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  • Northern California Fair Dates Resolved

    The California Horse Racing Board finally gave approval to a Northern California fair racing dates program for 2010 during its meeting at Santa Anita Park Jan. 15, though not everyone was happy with the much-delayed action.

  • Ranger Heartley Shows His Grit in Cal Derby

    Though somewhat erratic through the homestretch, Ranger Heartley held off odds-on choice Connemara to win the $100,000 California Derby by three-quarters of a length at Golden Gate Fields Jan. 16.

  • Papa Clem fights off Smart Bid to take the San Fernando.<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%3D8746875%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Papa Clem Proves Class in San Fernando

    Favored Papa Clem seized the lead from pacesetter Smart Bid in the stretch and held off his rival through the lane to score a hard-fought half-length win in the $150,000 San Fernando Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Jan. 16.

  • Amen Hallelujah pulls away to win the Santa Ynez under Chantal Sutherland. <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%3D8746846%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Amen Hallelujah Answers Santa Ynez Call

    In a battle of Eastern invaders down the Santa Anita stretch, Amen Hallelujah overpowered Franny Freud in the final strides to win the $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) by three-quarters of a length Jan. 16.

  • Takeout Hike OK'd to Help Simulcast Sites

    Responding to what track owner Dr. Ed Allred called "a desperate situation" at the state's simulcast wagering locations, the California Horse Racing Board agreed to hike takeout on Quarter Horse wagers at Los Alamitos.

  • CHRB Eliminates Meeting Webcasts

    Due to a lack of funding, the California Horse Racing Board will no longer provide audio or video Webcasts of its meetings, beginning with its Jan. 15 date at Santa Anita Park.

  • Papa Clem tries to return to the Winners' Circle in the San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes.

    Papa Clem Takes Another Shot in San Fernando

    Papa Clem's last win came in the Arkansas Derby (gr. II) nine months ago, but the son of Smart Strike could be the horse to beat in a wide-open San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Jan. 16.

  • Franny Freud makes her West Coast debut in the Santa Ynez Stakes.

    Franny Freud Poised for West Coast Splash

    New York invader Franny Freud, a three-time stakes winner in 2009, makes her West Coast debut in the $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) as the 123-pound high weight Jan. 16 at Santa Anita.

  • Todd Pletcher has Connemara ready for the California Derby.

    Connemara Makes Stakes Debut in Cal Derby

    Connemara, undefeated in a pair of route tries for trainer Todd Pletcher last fall, makes his stakes debut against five rival 3-year-olds in the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields Jan. 16.

  • Crisp scored an impressive win in the Santa Ysabel Stakes at Santa Anita.<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%3D8736694%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Crisp Toasts Rivals in Santa Ysabel

    Crisp, who blew the turn in her prior start yet still managed to break her maiden, proved to be an impressive winner of the Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Jan. 10.

  • Neko Bay flies home late under Mike Smith to win the San Pasqual. 
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    Neko Bay Rides Late Wave to San Pasqual Win

    Seven-year-old Neko Bay earned the first graded stakes victory of his career in the San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II), winning a dash to the wire in the final sixteenth of a mile at Santa Anita Jan. 9.

  • Custom for Carlos pulls away in the Mr. Prospector 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%3D8735845%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Custom for Carlos Handles Mr. Prospector Slop

    Even-money favorite Custom for Carlos overcame the sloppy going at Gulfstream Park in the Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 9, seizing the lead at the top of the lane en route to a three-quarters length victory.

  • Tuscan Evening got her new year off to a great start when she captured the Monrovia Handicap at Santa Anita.<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%3D8726957%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Tuscan Evening Starts Year Right in Monrovia

    A winner of six of 10 starts in 2009, Tuscan Evening got her new year off to a great start when she captured the $100,000 Monrovia Handicap (gr. IIIT) as the favorite on the turf Jan. 3 at Santa Anita.

  • In his first race since his famous starting gate tantrum prior to the Breeders' Cup Classic, Quality Road bounced back to win the Hal's Hope Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

    Fresh Start for Quality Road in Hal's Hope

    In his first race since his famous starting gate tantrum prior to the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), Quality Road was much the best in the $100,000 Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III), winning by 2 3/4 lengths at Gulfstream Park.

  • Cat by the Tale cruises in the San Gorgonio.<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%3D8726084%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Cat by the Tale Gets Purr-fect 'Gorgonio Trip

    The $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Jan. 2 could not have come up any better for Cat by the Tale, who seized the lead from pacesetter Century Park on the final turn and burst home easily.

  • Tuscan Evening was assigned top weight of 121 pounds for the Monrovia.<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%3D8320304%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Tuscan Evening Tuning Up in Monrovia 'Cap

    It's not the race they are aiming at with Tuscan Evening, but for Team Hollendorfer, the $100,000 Monrovia Handicap (gr. IIIT) Jan. 3 at Santa Anita appears to be the best way to get there.

  • 2009 Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic winner Life Is Sweet switches to the turf in the San Gorgonio Handicap.<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%3D8608643%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Life Is Sweet Starts New Season On Turf

    Making her first start since a rousing triumph in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) two months ago, Life Is Sweet returns in the $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. IIT) on the turf at Santa Anita Jan. 2.

  • Rail Trip<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%3D8320303%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rail Trip Back in Training at Hollywood

    Grade I winner Rail Trip, last seen finishing third in the Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar in September, is back in training at Hollywood Park, trainer Ron Ellis said Dec. 30.

  • Proudinsky gets a victory in the San Gabriel Handicap for the second consecutive year.<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%3D8719791%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    'Gabriel Repeat for Proudinsky; Lava Man Last

    Lava Man made his long-awaited return to competition in the San Gabriel Handicap (gr. IIT) Dec. 27, but it was Proudinsky that found his way back to the winner's circle in the $150,000 turf event at Santa Anita Park.

  • M One Rifle, a 7-1 shot, went all the way on the front end to post an easy win in the Malibu 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%3D8719309%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Headley's M One Rifle Hits Malibu Bullseye

    M One Rifle, a 7-1 shot, went all the way on the front end to post an easy win in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) over favored Misremembered for veteran trainer Bruce Headley Dec. 26 at Santa Anita.

  • Evita Argentina earned her first grade I win in the La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita.<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%3D8719308%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Evita Argentina Hits High Note in La Brea

    Last at the quarter-pole, Evita Argentina charged while extremely wide in the stretch to mow down the field and earn her first grade I win in the $300,000 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita Dec. 26.

  • Lava Man

    Lava Man Moves to Turf for San Gabriel

    The return from retirement of Lava Man, temporarily scrapped by bad weather in Southern California two weeks ago, is set Dec. 27 when he takes on six rivals in the San Gabriel Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita turf.

  • Gabby's Golden Gal is the 123-pound top weight in the La Brea 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%3D8223203%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Gabby's Golden Gal Faces 11 in La Brea

    Grade I winner Gabby's Golden Gal, out of action for nearly six months, returns for trainer Bob Baffert as the 123-pound top weight in the La Brea Stakes (gr. I) on opening day at Santa Anita Dec. 26.

  • Misremembered is one of 2 graded stakes winners in the Malibu trained by Bob Baffert.<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%3D8342024%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Baffert Duo Headlines Grade I Malibu

    Trainer Bob Baffert, who won a pair of grade I stakes on the closing weekend of the Hollywood Park fall meeting, is in a prime position to do it again as the Santa Anita winter meet opens Dec. 26.

  • Blind Luck demolished a strong field in the  Hollywood Starlet.<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%3D8710491%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Blind Luck Bursts to Starlet Romp

    With a breathtaking move in the lane, Blind Luck demolished a strong field in the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) on closing day of the Hollywood Park fall meet Dec. 20.

  • Lava Man will make his first start since July 20, 2008 in the Native Diver at Hollywood Park.<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%3D952607%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    All Eyes On Lava Man in Native Diver

    Lava Man and Mast Track have accounted for victories in four of the past five renewals of the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I). Both have question marks heading into the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.

  • Kinsale King courageously held off Delta Storm by a neck in the Vernon O. Underwood Stakes at Hollywood Park.<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%3D8677044%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Kinsale King Rules Underwood for New Trainer

    Trainer Carl O'Callaghan earned his first stakes win when front-running Kinsale King courageously held off the veteran sprinter Delta Storm by a neck in the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park Dec. 6.

  • 9-year-old Cloudy's Knight was victorious in the Valedictory Stakes at Woodbine.

    Cloudy's Knight Has Last Word in Valedictory

    The gritty 9-year-old Cloudy's Knight surrendered the lead to Eagle Poise but fought back along the inside to win the 1 3/4-mile Valedictory Stakes by one length on closing day of the 167-day Woodbine meet Dec. 6.

  • Zardana flies home in the Bayakoa under Victor Espinoza.<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%3D8675989%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Zardana Zeroes In, Tallies Bayakoa Upset

    Trainer John Shirreffs left Life Is Sweet in the barn and won the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) anyway when outsider Zardana swept by pacesetter Briecat past the eighth pole en route to a 1 1/4-length victory Dec. 5 at Hollywood Park.

  • Quiet Temper splashes to victory in the Delta Princess.

    Quiet Temper Breaks Maiden in Delta Princess

    New York shipper Quiet Temper broke her maiden in style when she crushed the field in the $500,000 Boyd Gaming's Delta Princess Stakes Powered by Youbet.com (gr. III) on a sloppy track at snow-pelted Delta Downs on Dec. 4.

  • The Usual Q.T. gets his fifth consecutive win in the Hollywood Derby.<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%3D8661028%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Hollywood Derby: More of Same From Usual Q.T.

    Since trainer James Cassidy switched The Usual Q.T. to the turf to break his maiden in August, all the California-bred son of standout sire Unusual Heat has done is win. He ran his streak to five against a powerful field.

  • Ventura flies to a new stakes record in the Matriarch.

    Ventura Fulfills Frankel's Wish in Matriarch

    For the second day in a row, the barn of the late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel scored a grade I victory on the Hollywood Park turf. On Nov. 28 Ventura captured the $300,000 Matriarch in a stakes record time by 1 3/4 lengths.

  • Flashing goes gate-to-wire in the Gazelle.<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%3D8659019%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Flashing Shows Her Heels in Sharp Gazelle Win

    Flashing, thought to be making the final start of her career, popped the gate in front and never looked back, drawing away from Unrivaled Belle through the stretch drive to easily win the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. I) by 4 1/4 lengths at Aqueduct Nov. 28.

  • Fluke and Joe Talamo get up late to win the Citation.<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%3D8659096%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Fluke Wins Poignant Citation for Frankel Barn

    In an emotional win for the barn of the late Bobby Frankel, the Brazilian import Fluke charged between horses in deep stretch to capture his first American stakes race in the $300,000 Citation Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 27.

  • Blame powers home to triumph in the Clark.

    Blame Points the Way in Huge Clark Verdict

    Three-year-old Blame ensconced himself as a leading player in next year's national handicap picture when he seized the lead from fellow sophomore Misremembered at the eighth pole and held on for a neck victory in the $460,600 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 27.

  • Sara Louise holds off Justwhistledixie to win the Top Flight.<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%3D8657574%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sara Louise Popular Winner in Top Flight 'Cap

    Sara Louise, wheeling back in three weeks following a fourth-place showing in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), held off Justwhistledixie in the final furlong Nov. 27 to win the $150,000 Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) as the odds-on favorite at Aqueduct.

  • Bridgetown won the Summer Stakes at Woodbine in September.

    Cup Runner-up Bridgetown is Generous Choice

    Bridgetown, a determined second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IIT) earlier this month after setting the pace, is clearly the one to beat in the Nov. 28 Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park.

  • Ventura goes for her fourth grade I victory in the Nov. 28 Matriarch 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%3D7610819%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ventura, Diamondrella to Battle in Matriarch

    Ventura, one of the leading stars for the late trainer Bobby Frankel and Juddmonte Farms during the past two years, goes for her fourth grade I victory against six rivals in the Nov. 28 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park.