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  • Jeffrey Strauss

    Inside Track: Stakes on the Grille

    Because of the owners, trainers and jockeys who frequent The Pamplemousse restaurant near Del Mar in Southern California, co-owner and chef Jeffrey Strauss gets more than his share of tips.

  • The Pamplemousse strides away in the San Rafael.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7456544%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    The Pamplemousse Turns Back Square Eddie

    The Pamplemousse went from maiden winner to graded stakes winner Jan. 17 at Santa Anita Park, breaking to an early lead and never looking back for an impressive two-length victory in the $100,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds on the Pro-Ride surface.

  • Lane's End Breeders' Futurity winner Square Eddie makes his highly-anticipated 3-year-old debut in the San Rafael Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6182741%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    All Eyes on Square Eddie in San Rafael

    Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) winner and Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) runner-up Square Eddie makes his highly-anticipated 3-year-old debut Jan. 17 at Santa Anita when he takes on seven rivals in the $100,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita.

  • Lane's End Breeders' Futurity winner Square Eddie, is continuing to prep for his 3-year-old debut in the San Rafael Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6182741%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Square Eddie Breezes for San Rafael Try

    Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) winner Square Eddie, prepping for his 3-year-old debut in the San Rafael Stakes (gr. III) at one mile on Jan. 17 at Santa Anita, breezed six furlongs at Hollywood Park Jan. 8.

  • Lane's End Breeders' Futurity winner Square Eddie will make his next start in the San Rafael Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6182741%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Square Eddie to Run in San Rafael Stakes

    Square Eddie, who worked six furlongs Dec. 29 at Hollywood Park in a sharp 1:12 2/5 for trainer Doug O'Neill, is scheduled to stay in California and will make his next start in Santa Anita's San Rafael Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 17.

  • El Gato Malo flies home late to take the Lone Star Derby (gr. III).

    El Gato Malo Delivers in Lone Star Derby

    West Point Thoroughbreds' El Gato Malo, making his first start on traditional dirt, made a dramatic move in late stretch to take the 400,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) by a half-length May 10 at Lone Star Park.

  • Notional wins Saturday's San Rafael at Santa Anita.

    Zippy Notional Sews Up San Rafael

    Notional, sent off at odds of 3-5, proved a punctual four-length winner of Saturday's $150,000 San Rafael (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at one mile at Santa Anita Park.

  • Wednesday surgery for Stevie Wonderboy.

    Stevie Wonderboy Surgery Set for Wednesday

    Stevie Wonderboy, 2-year-old male champion of 2005 who suffered a condylar fracture of the right front ankle in a workout at Hollywood Park Monday, is scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday morning, trainer Doug O'Neill said.

  • Will Brother Derek (right) and Stevie Wonderboy (far left) meet again at the top of the stretch in the Santa Catalina?

    Derek, Wonderboy to Meet Again in 'Catalina

    A day after Brother Derek squared his record with Stevie Wonderboy at one win apiece with a gate-to-wire victory in Saturday's San Rafael Stakes (gr. II), the 3-year-old colts were on course to meet once more in the Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita on March 4.

  • Brother Derek and Alex Solis, right, race ahead of Stevie Wonderboy and Garrett Gomez to win the San Rafael Stakes, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Brother Derek Tops Chart in San Rafael

    In spite of his grade I victory in the Hollywood Futurity last month, Brother Derek has been ignored on the national scene, his trainer, Dan Hendricks feels. But after Saturday's impressive win over Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) champ Stevie Wonderboy under steady handling by Alex Solis in the $150,000 San Rafael (gr. II) at Santa Anita, that shouldn't be the case any longer.

  • Brother Derek, winning the Hollywood Futurity, seeks San Rafael.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Trail Stakes Preview: Winter Wonder

    It's not often we get to see the probable 2-year-old champ and early favorite for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) running in January. But not only is Stevie Wonderboy making his 3-year-old debut in Saturday's San Rafael Stakes (gr. II), he'll be facing another leading juvenile and major Derby contender in Brother Derek.

  • Derby Campaign Begins for Stevie Wonderboy

    Merv Griffin's Stevie Wonderboy, this year's early Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite, begins the Triple Crown trail Saturday when meeting Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) champion Brother Derek and four other 3-year-olds in Santa Anita's $150,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II).

  • Wonderboy to Prep in California; Derek Drills

    Trainer Doug O'Neill has mapped out a program that would keep Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Stevie Wonderboy in Southern California until the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on May 6.

  • Spanish Chestnut, right, holds off Iced Out to win the San Rafael Stakes, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Spanish Chestnut Pops San Rafael Upset

    Spanish Chestnut took a big step forward Saturday at Santa Anita Park by winning the $150,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds -- his graded stakes debut -- in determined style.

  • Texcess Alters Course, to Run in San Rafael

    Texcess, who was entered in both the Golden Gate Derby at Golden Gate Fields and the San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita on Saturday, will stay home, Southern California-based trainer Paul Aguirre confirmed Friday morning.

  • Kirkendahl in 'Rafael Spotlight for Singer Keith

    If Kirkendahl wins Saturday's $150,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita Park, it will be music to the ears of the colt's owner, country singing star Toby Keith.

  • Kent Desormeaux to ride Imperialism in Derby

    Desormeaux Gets Derby Mount on Imperialism

    Multiple grade II winner Imperialism will get a new jockey for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), owner Steve Taub said Monday. The gray son of Langfuhr, who had been ridden by Victor Espinoza in all of his three starts since being purchased privately by Taub in early January, will now be ridden by Hall of Fame candidate Kent Desormeaux.

  • Imperialism, left, with Victor Espinoza aboard, edges out Lion Heart to win the San Rafael Stakes.

    Imperialism Marches On in San Rafael

    Surging Imperialism shocked even-money favorite Lion Heart in the $200,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita, coming from last after a half mile to get up in the final jumps and score a neck victory Saturday.

  • Master David, shown winning the Sham Stakes, worked Monday.

    3-Year-Olds Top West Coast Work Tabs

    Trainer Bob Baffert sent out a slew of his top sophomores for workouts Monday over Santa Anita's fast main track and leading the parade was San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) candidate Consecrate, who worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5.

  • Veteran Mitchell has Derby 'Gold Rush' in Mind

    Mike Mitchell has been training nearly 30 years but has never run a horse in the Kentucky Derby. If the 55-year-old Bakersfield, Calif. native gets to Churchill Downs on May 1, his hopes rest with Quinton's Gold Rush.

  • The Cliff's Edge runs in this weekend's Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Who's Going Where

    With two fairly uneventful weekends coming up, this is the perfect time to see how the big March Madness stakes are shaping up across the country. While many of the big-name horses will be running in smaller fields in Florida and California, look for large, competitive fields down south.

  • Kafwain sets his sights on Louisiana Derby.

    Kafwain Headed for Louisiana Derby

    Trainer Bob Baffert revealed Saturday that The Thoroughbred Corp.'s early Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite Kafwain will likely make his next start in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds.

  • Our Bobby V. Takes to Slop in Santa Anita Drill

    Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Our Bobby V. is one of only 14 horses on the official Santa Anita work tab over the past three days, going five furlongs in 1:01.80 on a sloppy track on Tuesday.

  • Trainer Zucker Knows Hoops and Hoofs

    Tomorrow's NAPA Auto Parts Breeders' Cup Sprint will be trainer Howard Zucker's first Breeders' Cup contest, but it certainly isn't the first time he has been closely involved with world-class athletes.

  • Came Home comes home victorious in the San Rafael.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report (3/4): Lost Weekend

    For a weekend in which we had five races of note for 3-year-olds, we learned very little. Three of the five races were run on sloppy or muddy tracks, and in the highlight event, the San Rafael Stakes, we really didn't learn much more about Came Home than we knew before, other than he can now get a mile with no problem.

  • Came Home, after winning the San Rafael.

    San Rafael Report: Home Alone

    Came Home pressed Werblin through moderate fractions then drew away in the stretch to win the $200,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) by three lengths on Saturday at Santa Anita. Under Chris McCarron, Came Home completed the mile in 1:36.24 on a fast track to notch the victory in his first career attempt at a race run around two turns.

  • Will Fonz's be able to duplicate this Prevue victory in the San Rafael?

    Came Home Heads San Rafael; Looks to Remain on Derby Trail

    Although Saturday's San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita has drawn several classy colts, there is a major question whether or not the race will produce any Kentucky Derby contenders. Of the top choices in the one-mile race, only Pelirrojo looks like he wants any part of 1 1/4 miles. The other big names, Came Home, Fonz's, and Werblin, all have either pedigree issues or logistics going against them.

  • Came Home, winning the San Vicente.

    Came Home in Sharp Drill for San Rafael

    Came Home, who is looking to take the next step up the Kentucky Derby ladder, drilled a sharp half in :46 4/5 at Santa Anita Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's one-mile San Rafael Stakes.