January 26, 1990 |
Mountain Storm rallied to beat favored Rolling Donut by a neck in the $37,000 allowance feature for older horses Thursday at Santa Anita. Mountain Storm was last early in the race but gradually moved up along the rail down the backstretch. He moved into third at the top of the stretch, angled outside pacesetters Rolling Donut and Joy Maker and took the lead in the final yards. Joy Maker was another three-quarters length back in third. First place was worth $20,350.
April 23, 1989
Mazilier came from the back of the pack and took the lead down the stretch Saturday to win the $82,500 San Simeon Handicap at Santa Anita before a crowd of 40,629. Mazilier, ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, was timed in 1:15 4/5 for the 6 1/2-furlong race for 4-year-olds and up on the hillside turf course. Owned by Juddmonte Farms and trained by Eddie Gregson, Mazilier beat Imperial Star by 1 1/4 lengths to earn $48,750 and pay $5.40, $3.80 and $3.00. Imperial Star, ridden by Bill Shoemaker, paid $6.40 and $3.60.
July 13, 1991
Jockey Jose Santos, national money-winning leader from 1986 to 1989, said Friday that he will return to New York, beginning at Belmont Park on Wednesday. Santos will leave after Sunday's card at Hollywood Park. He had 19 winners through 58 days of the meeting going into Friday night's card. Two of those victories came in stakes, but Santos expected to be much more successful when he arrived from New York for the 1990 Hollywood fall meeting. "It's a tough decision for me," Santos said.
December 8, 1985
Love Smitten took the lead early and drew off at the finish to win the $120,100 Silver Belles Handicap for older fillies and mares Saturday at Hollywood Park. Ridden by Chris McCarron, Love Smitten was seven lengths ahead of Mimi Baker, ridden by Alex Solis. The heavily favored Dontstop Themusic, ridden by Laffit Pincay, finished third, another two lengths back. The impressive victory was worth $61,600 to Love Smitten, a 4-year-old daughter of Key To The Mint, trained by Eddie Gregson.
January 9, 1988 |
Trainers might not necessarily be mathematics scholars, but any of them would know that a 125-pound assignment is better for a horse than 129. So with a four-pound break, Super Diamond, who hasn't run in three months, will make his debut today as an 8-year-old, running against eight opponents in the $100,000 San Carlos Handicap at Santa Anita.
February 6, 1990 |
Tsu's Dawning will be after his third straight victory when he faces six other sophomores in the $75,000-added Santa Catalina Stakes on Wednesday at Santa Anita Park. The 1 1/16th-mile Santa Catalina is an early preparation race for the $500,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 7. Tsu's Dawning made an inauspicious debut in November, finishing fifth. He broke his maiden by 5 1/2 lengths at a mile in his second start, then triumphed by two lengths in allowance company to close out 1989.
March 9, 1989
Super Diamond, who came back from a series of injuries to win the Grade I San Antonio Handicap at age 9, will not race again. "He's officially retired," trainer Eddie Gregson said Wednesday at Santa Anita. "He's got a serious ankle problem. He reinjured the ankle that has been a chronic problem. We took X-rays that we'll get back today. Regardless of what they show, he's retired. I can't see the point in trying to bring him back again."
March 5, 1988 |
In a close call, Alysheba was made the 7-5 favorite over Ferdinand Friday when five horses were entered in Sunday's $1-million Santa Anita Handicap. Jeff Tufts, the Santa Anita line maker, installed Ferdinand as the second choice at 8-5. Although Ferdinand won the battle of Kentucky Derby winners by a nose over Alysheba in the Breeders' Cup Classic last November at Hollywood Park, Alysheba was brilliant in his only 1988 start, the Strub Stakes at Santa Anita Feb. 7.
February 27, 1990 |
Royal Lines' Tsu's Dawning, third as the odds-on favorite in the Santa Catalina Stakes three weeks ago, will try to return to his winning ways on Wednesday as one of six 3-year-olds in the $75,000-added Bradbury Stakes at Santa Anita. Santa Catalina runner-up Senagalaise and recent allowance winner Assyrian Pirate are among the challengers in the 1 1/8-mile race.
March 20, 1986 |
Eddie Delahoussaye got spoiled riding in the Kentucky Derby. The second time he competed in the race, Delahoussaye finished second with Woodchopper in 1981, and he won the Derby the next two years with Gato Del Sol and Sunny's Halo, becoming only the fourth jockey to register back-to-back victories. In the last two years, Delahoussaye has been fourth (disqualified to fifth) with Gate Dancer and sixth with Skywalker in the Derby.