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April 11, 2009
I admire Bill Dwyre not sugarcoating his comments regarding Santa Anita Derby Day [April 5]. As an employee of Santa Anita we all worked very hard to put on a good show for the 50,915 that enjoyed the top-class racing and the beautiful weather the day provided. My disappointment is with his comments regarding trainer Julio Canani and an incident that happened four years ago. Julio, currently a 30% win percentage trainer, is nothing short of a class trainer and gentleman who is loved by everyone who comes in contact with him. If you think Julio Canani would put any horse in a van for a 200-mile round trip days before a race on a harebrained idea of an owner, then Bill, you don't know Julio Canani.
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September 30, 2010 | By Eric Sondheimer
Pink flamingos wandered aimlessly in the infield pond. Lumbering 747s drifted by on their way to LAX. Beer flowed at $3 a cup as the sun dipped. Never before had the Oak Tree meeting started with such a scene as the one Thursday night at Hollywood Park. Held since 1969 at Santa Anita, the 22-day Oak Tree meeting began for the first time under the lights at the Inglewood track. "It's strange," trainer Julio Canani said as he looked up at clouds turning orange from the sun's setting.
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April 16, 2005
After the Santa Anita Derby, Julio Canani, (then) trainer of the filly Sweet Catomine and suspected milkshake cheater, took the opportunity to praise winning trainer Jeff Mullins, another "alleged" milkshake cheater. Canani trashed the honest trainers who had criticized Mullins earlier, saying, "The guy gets here at 5 a.m. every day ... those other trainers don't show up until 8." That would be all well and good if Mullins' early hours reflected a deep, abiding work ethic. The problem is, we now know that Mullins shows up in the wee hours for another reason entirely.
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April 11, 2009
I admire Bill Dwyre not sugarcoating his comments regarding Santa Anita Derby Day [April 5]. As an employee of Santa Anita we all worked very hard to put on a good show for the 50,915 that enjoyed the top-class racing and the beautiful weather the day provided. My disappointment is with his comments regarding trainer Julio Canani and an incident that happened four years ago. Julio, currently a 30% win percentage trainer, is nothing short of a class trainer and gentleman who is loved by everyone who comes in contact with him. If you think Julio Canani would put any horse in a van for a 200-mile round trip days before a race on a harebrained idea of an owner, then Bill, you don't know Julio Canani.
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October 8, 1988
Patchy Groundfog beat favored Mazilier by three-quarters of a length Friday to win the $60,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting and complete a triple for jockey Gary Stevens and trainer Julio Canani. The 5-year-old Patchy Groundfog covered the mile on the turf in 1:34 4/5, just one-fifth of a second off the day-old course record. Carrying 114 pounds, Patchy Groundfog was prominent from the outset.
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June 30, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski
Trainer Julio Canani could have a big weekend on the Hollywood Park turf course with prime contenders in the $750,000 CashCall Mile on Saturday and the $750,000 American Oaks on Sunday. Attima, unbeaten in two starts in this country, will try for the first Grade I win of her career in the Oaks.
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April 28, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Citing a lack of evidence, the California Horse Racing Board has dropped two charges against Julio Canani, the trainer of Sweet Catomine, who finished fifth as the favorite in the Santa Anita Derby. The racing board also dismissed charges against Marty Wygod, the owner of Sweet Catomine, after a hearing last Saturday before stewards at Hollywood Park. Canani testified at the hearing and was to have his own hearing this Saturday.
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April 30, 2000 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Julio Canani had a big day in both halves of the state. After winning with his two starters at Hollywood Park, Canani watched on television while Ladies Din ended a 10-race losing streak in the $300,000 San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday. Owned by Terry Lanni and Bernie Schiappa, the 5-year-old Din's Dancer gelding and 2-1 favorite outdistanced 5-2 second choice Fighting Falcon to win in 1:33 1/5.
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November 20, 2002 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Even if Mike Smith doesn't win another race in the Hollywood Park fall meet, the jockey has already done considerably better in 2002 than he did in 2001. After 10 racing days, Smith sits atop the standings with 10 victories, one more than defending champion Alex Solis and Laffit Pincay. Solis won 30 races here a year ago, Pincay 23. Smith had all of two winners. Smith, teamed with talented agent Brian Beach, ranks 11th nationally this year with more than $10.
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April 28, 2005 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Since his improbable victory at 62-1 in the Stephen Foster Handicap last June 12 at Churchill Downs, Colonial Colony has been in a slump. The 7-year-old Pleasant Colony horse, who is owned by Lakeside Farms LLC, has lost eight in a row since he stunned Southern Image and four others in the Foster. Now trained by Dallas Stewart -- Walter Bindner Jr. was his conditioner for his biggest win -- Colonial Colony will try to end his dry spell in today's $150,000 Ben Ali at Keeneland.
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April 4, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
If horse racing were more Hollywood, it would have turned today's Santa Anita Derby into a sitcom. There'd be billboards, TV ads, people twittering. It would be called the "Julio and Bob Show." Get your tickets now. Come and laugh. There will even be some racing. Of course, Bob Baffert would say it should be the "Bob and Julio Show," and Julio Canani would want the title translated into his native tongue, which is Spanish/Portuguese/Mandarin and Swiss German, with a touch of dialect from Mars.
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April 2, 2009 | Bill Dwyre
The chatter at Wednesday morning's Santa Anita Derby post-position draw was as much about rabbits as horses. When the starting positions were drawn, in a race that was expected to have about six horses and ended up with 10, much talk centered on a sprinter named Z Day. That was a big change from earlier discussions that had this Kentucky Derby prep gauged as a two-horse race -- The Pamplemousse versus Pioneerof The Nile.
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March 1, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
So far, the stars of the Kentucky Derby prep season are a horse named after a grapefruit and a trainer who is a lovable fruitcake. Jockey Alex Solis rode The Pamplemousse around Santa Anita's mile-and-an-eighth course Saturday like a guy driving to the grocery store at midnight. Nobody in front, nobody to the side. No sweat. He won the $200,000 Grade III Sham Stakes by six lengths and it appeared as if The Pamplemousse wanted to go around again.
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June 30, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski
Trainer Julio Canani could have a big weekend on the Hollywood Park turf course with prime contenders in the $750,000 CashCall Mile on Saturday and the $750,000 American Oaks on Sunday. Attima, unbeaten in two starts in this country, will try for the first Grade I win of her career in the Oaks.
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May 27, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Trainer Julio Canani has won in the neighborhood of 20 Grade I races during a career that has spanned more than 35 years. Three of those significant victories have come in the $300,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile, which will be run Monday at Hollywood Park. The victories -- with Silic twice and Ladies Din -- have been a little more special for the Peruvian-born Canani.
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May 30, 2005 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Since 1999, trainer Julio Canani has won the $350,000-added Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile three times. Six years ago, Canani won with eventual Breeders' Cup Mile winner Silic, then scored again with the French bred the following year and won with Ladies Din in 2002. In the last two years, the Peruvian-born trainer has been second with Special Ring and third with Tsigane and Special Ring is back for another shot at the Grade 1, which will be run for the 62nd time today at Hollywood Park.
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November 24, 2001 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Trainer Julio Canani hopes the $500,000 Citation Handicap, to be run for the 25th time this afternoon, doesn't end the way last year's race did. The Canani-trained Ladies Din, the 5-2 favorite last year, was edged by Charge d'Affaires, a 14-1 shot who had shipped in from New York. The margin of victory was a nose in a race in which the first five finishers were separated by a little more than a length.
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April 7, 2005 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Those who like races on Santa Anita's downhill turf course will be in heaven this afternoon. Half of the card is made up of about 6 1/2 furlong races on the grass, beginning with the second, then continuing with the fourth, sixth and eighth. Of the four races, Andujar seems the most probable winner against five opponents in the second, a $44,000 maiden contest for older fillies and mares. Owned by S.L.
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April 28, 2005 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Since his improbable victory at 62-1 in the Stephen Foster Handicap last June 12 at Churchill Downs, Colonial Colony has been in a slump. The 7-year-old Pleasant Colony horse, who is owned by Lakeside Farms LLC, has lost eight in a row since he stunned Southern Image and four others in the Foster. Now trained by Dallas Stewart -- Walter Bindner Jr. was his conditioner for his biggest win -- Colonial Colony will try to end his dry spell in today's $150,000 Ben Ali at Keeneland.
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April 28, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Citing a lack of evidence, the California Horse Racing Board has dropped two charges against Julio Canani, the trainer of Sweet Catomine, who finished fifth as the favorite in the Santa Anita Derby. The racing board also dismissed charges against Marty Wygod, the owner of Sweet Catomine, after a hearing last Saturday before stewards at Hollywood Park. Canani testified at the hearing and was to have his own hearing this Saturday.
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