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March 18, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Eight of the nine horses scheduled to run in the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes today at Santa Anita have something in common. So far this year, they have avoided Brother Derek, who is considered the top 3-year-old in the country. Only Blazing Sunset, who will be a longshot in the Grade II at 1 1/16 miles, has faced Brother Derek -- in the Santa Catalina two weeks ago, a race Brother Derek won easily.
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May 23, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A controlled burn that got out of control due to a wind shift has burned more than 750 acres in northeast San Diego County, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced Thursday night. The San Felipe fire is burning in a largely unpopulated desert area north of California 79 and east of Julian. No structures are threatened and no injuries have been reported, the agency said. The fire is 30% contained, the agency said. Agency officials had expected to burn about 114 acres of brush when the wind shift occurred.
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March 20, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Those familiar figures at Churchill Downs -- owners Bob and Beverly Lewis and trainer Wayne Lukas -- may be around for an encore at the Kentucky Derby on May 7. Their calling card this time would be Consolidator, who ran the fastest San Felipe ever at Santa Anita on Saturday, winning the Derby prep by a stakes-record 6 1/2 lengths. "They say we might be back," Lukas said, "but in my mind, we've never been away. We won the thing not that long ago."
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April 3, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
The Bob Baffert-trained Flashback drew post position No. 1 for Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby and was installed as the 9-5 favorite in a nine-horse field. "I really don't like the one hole," Baffert said after Wednesday's draw for the 1 1/8-mile test. Flashback, a gray 3-year-old son of Tapit, finished second at Santa Anita in the March 9 San Felipe Stakes behind Hear The Ghost after getting into a speed duel with Goldencents. It has resulted in Baffert switching jockeys - Garrett Gomez will replace Julien Leparoux on Flashback.
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October 11, 1987 | JOHN M. WILSON, Wilson is a Los Angeles free-lance writer and editor
As I opened the door of my room at the Chapala Motel on Avenue Mar de Cortez, the main street of this Baja fishing village, it was just past dawn, but already oven hot. Beyond the rooftops of curio shops and cafes, small boats moved across the Sea of Cortez, and vendors spread their wares on blankets along the sidewalk. Such days are rare here, for in winter it gets crowded. Still, even on off-season weekdays San Felipe is not the quaint and sleepy village it was decades ago.
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March 19, 2000 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what is arguably the best Kentucky Derby prep race so far this year, Fusaichi Pegasus, the $4 million yearling who has won two of his first three starts, is the 8-5 favorite against six other 3-year-olds in the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes today at Santa Anita. The San Felipe, a Grade II at 1 1/16 miles, will mark the stakes debut of Fusaichi Pegasus, who has won his last two races easier than the margin of victory would indicate for owner Fusao Sekiguchi and trainer Neil Drysdale.
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March 16, 1996 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There were more horses entered than expected Friday morning for Sunday's $250,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita. Smithfield and Halo Sunshine were surprise entries, but that doesn't necessarily mean they will run against Prince Of Thieves and the rest of the field in the final local prep for the April 6 Santa Anita Derby. Last in the recent San Rafael Stakes, Smithfield is more likely to run in an allowance race, and Halo Sunshine, second in the San Rafael, also is likely to race elsewhere.
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March 18, 1991 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sea Cadet won the $214,200 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Sunday, and therein hangs a tail. Not much of a tail, actually, because this 3-year-old colt was born with little backing. Sea Cadet races with about a 10-inch tuft at the rear, much less than the average horse. But his trainer, Ron McAnally, prefers accomplishments to cosmetics, and this is what he and owner-breeder Verne Winchell got again in the San Felipe--a three-length victory over a field of promising Kentucky Derby prospects.
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March 18, 1985 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
A handsome chestnut son of Triple Crown champion Secretariat won the $185,600 San Felipe Handicap at Santa Anita Sunday, but put any comparisons with his illustrious sire on hold. There were nine tired horses at the end of the 1 1/16-mile San Felipe, which only added to the suspicion that the best 3-year-olds in the country reside outside California.
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March 18, 2005 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
There are three significant Kentucky Derby preps Saturday, but the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita is the most wide open. Eight 3-year-olds were entered in the Grade II at 1 1/16 miles, and cases can be made for half a dozen of the participants. Wilko, the upset winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at 28-1 Oct.
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March 9, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
With the Kentucky Derby less than two months away, excitement and tension filled the Santa Anita paddock Saturday just before the running of the Grade II $300,000 San Felipe Stakes. Cameras were everywhere, and all eyes were on the two highly regarded 3-year-olds, Flashback and Goldencents. And their two jockeys, Julien Leparoux and Kevin Krigger, acted as if they were engaged in a match race soon after the start of the 1 1/16-mile race. Flashback, the even-money favorite, and Goldencents engaged in a speed duel, but when they reached the stretch, Hear The Ghost came charging from fifth place under jockey Corey Nakatani and overtook Flashback for a half-length victory.
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March 8, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Flashback and Goldencents, the West Coast's top two Kentucky Derby prospects, are set to face off Saturday in the Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes at 11/16 miles at Santa Anita. The eight-horse field is a final prep for the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 1. Flashback, trained by Bob Baffert, and Goldencents, trained by Doug O'Neill, are in post position Nos. 2 and 3. Flashback, a 3-year-old son of Tapit, is two for two, including a 61/4-length win in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 2. Goldencents, a son of Into Mischief, has earned $782,000, including winning the one-mile Sham Stakes by 11/2 lengths on Jan. 5. O'Neill is hoping for a second year of Kentucky Derby luck.
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March 11, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
There were expressions of relief instead of elation in the Santa Anita winner's circle Saturday by 70-year-old trainer Mike Harrington even though his talented 3-year-old, Creative Cause, emerged victorious in the Grade II $300,000 San Felipe Stakes, beating Bodemeister by three-quarters of a length in the 1 1/16-mile race. That's because Harrington has much bigger prizes in his sights - the April 7 Santa Anita Derby and the May 5 Kentucky Derby. And Creative Cause, a son of Giant's Causeway, is very much in the upper echelon of Derby contenders.
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March 12, 2011 | Staff and Wire Reports
Premier Pegasus trounced the Bob Baffert -trained favorite Jaycito and eight other 3-year-olds by more than seven lengths in the San Felipe Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita, announcing himself as a hot Kentucky Derby prospect and throwing wide open the West Coast field of Triple Crown contenders. Ridden by Alonso Quinonez for trainer Myung Cho and racing longer than a mile for the first time, Premier Pegasus was seventh in the early going but made a huge move on the second turn, pulling away to win by a stakes-record 73/4 lengths and covering 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute 41.23 seconds.
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March 15, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
The West Coast's top contender for the Kentucky Derby, Pioneerof the Nile, did nothing to lessen his reputation on Saturday by winning the Grade II $200,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by jockey Garrett Gomez, Pioneerof the Nile ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.35 to defeat Feisty Suances by 1 1/4 lengths in his final tuneup before the April 4 Santa Anita Derby. "He's becoming very professional," trainer Bob Baffert said of the 3-year-old son of 2003 Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker.
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March 14, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
The West Coast's top Kentucky Derby contender, Pioneerof the Nile, will run in his final major prep before next month's Santa Anita Derby in today's $200,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita. It's one of four Grade II races for 3-year-olds around the country, less than two months before the May 2 Kentucky Derby. Pioneerof the Nile, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Garrett Gomez, will be heavily favored in the small field of seven that could be reduced by late scratches.
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March 20, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Pat Valenzuela said he had stomach flu on Saturday, and was so sick that he stayed home and passed up Santa Anita mounts on Lively One, a big winner in his 4-year-old debut, and Claire Marine, who ran third in a $150,000 race. "I was throwing up all day and all night," Valenzuela said Sunday. "And if it hadn't been for this horse, I wouldn't have been here today, either."
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March 17, 1986 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
A crowd of only 28,189 at Santa Anita spent most of Sunday dodging raindrops. The horses had it even worse. In the first race, they were hit by pellet-sized hail running down the backstretch. And then after the $131,600 San Felipe Handicap, run in a light mist, a fan had to duck a safety helmet and goggles that were thrown at him by jockey Alex Solis, who said the spectator called him a name and threw something at him.
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March 16, 2008 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
The ending was much happier for jockey Michael Baze in his second collaboration with Georgie Boy on Saturday at Santa Anita. Replacing the injured Rafael Bejarano on the 7-5 favorite in the $200,000 San Felipe Stakes, Baze got the money in the Grade II with a fast finish to defeat 7-2 third choice Gayego by three-quarters of a length. Given the nod by owner-breeder George Schwary and trainer Kathy Walsh to ride the Tribal Rule gelding after Bejarano was hurt in a spill on Thursday, Baze is now one for two on Georgie Boy. In his debut under Baze last June 16 at Hollywood Park, Georgie Boy was third as the 4-5 favorite.
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February 24, 2008 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Rodrigo Ortega Montes was barefoot and beaming, a hammer in one hand, a bucket full of clams and sea snails in the other. "Very rich," he said in Spanish, meaning the snails. We were alone on the beach. When I introduced myself, Ortega told me how he had left Mazatlan, worked in California for a few years, then found his way to a construction job here. He squinted south at the blue horizon, the knife-sharp outline of a rocky hill with the sun behind it, and raised his arms.
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