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April 8, 2000 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Who'll make the lead is almost as good a question as who'll win today in the 63rd Santa Anita Derby. Few horses have won this race on the front end, and all of the jockeys and trainers involved today would rather have a target than be one. "Maybe we'll inherit the lead," said trainer Wayne Lukas, who's running the filly Surfside against five colts. "If that's the case, we'll be in good shape, because we've got the best guy [Pat Day] in the world to milk a horse."
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April 8, 2007 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Oh, brother. Two years after longshot Giacomo roared from behind to win the Kentucky Derby, a half brother named Tiago rallied to win the Santa Anita Derby on Saturday and earn a trip to Churchill Downs. With Giacomo's jockey, Mike Smith, in the irons wearing the familiar green and pink silks of owners Jerry and Ann Moss, the 29-1 shot was ninth after half a mile before running down the rest of the 10-horse field to best King Of The Roxy by half a length.
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April 4, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Smiling, trainer Wayne Lukas ticked off the names: Bobby Barnett, Kiaran McLaughlin, Mark Hennig, Randy Bradshaw, Todd Pletcher and Dallas Stewart. They are the most prominent members of the Lukas Alumni Assn., former assistant trainers to the perennial national purse leader who are fashioning their own careers. Sometimes, they make Lukas turn the other cheek.
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April 7, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Four times in the last 10 years, 3-year-olds who were beaten in the Santa Anita Derby went on to victory in the Kentucky Derby. Silver Charm and Real Quiet finished second in the local derby before winning at Churchill Downs in 1997 and 1998. Charismatic and Giacomo were fourth before their shockers in Louisville in 1999 and 2005. It has been a long time, however, since a Santa Anita Derby winner achieved glory in the Kentucky Derby. Sunday Silence was the last to do so in 1989.
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April 12, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
The fallout from favored Sweet Catomine's fifth-place finish in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby reached seismic proportions Monday when the filly's trainer was fired and her owner, Marty Wygod, was accused by the California Horse Racing Board of secretly transporting the horse to a clinic five days before the race. The Sweet Catomine episode smacks of something out of a Dick Francis novel.
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April 10, 1995 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At trainer Richard Mandella's barn Sunday morning, jockey Kent Desormeaux sat on a tack trunk and reflected on the Santa Anita Derby the day before. Larry The Legend, the horse Desormeaux used to ride, won the $700,000 race by a head, beating favored Afternoon Deelites, the horse Desormeaux always rides.
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April 4, 1999 | RANDY HARVEY
Bob Baffert said after another triumphant Santa Anita Derby on Saturday that he had to call Kentucky and make a hotel reservation. But he didn't rush to the telephone. You can bet he had taken care of his accommodations for the first Saturday in May a long time ago, probably on the first Sunday of May last year. There was no chance that Baffert, who won the last two Kentucky Derbys with Silver Charm and Real Quiet, was going to pass up a chance to become the first trainer to win three in a row.
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April 1, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Florida a few weeks ago, the conversation among trainers turned to this year's California contingent of Kentucky Derby prospects. " . . . And then there's those fillies out there," said Carl Nafzger, who has won a Derby--with Unbridled in 1990--and who has a leading candidate in Vicar this year. "If any other trainer had that filly Honest Lady, you'd say the guy was crazy. But she runs for a guy like Bobby Frankel, so you have to pay attention."
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April 7, 2001 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The late trainer Charlie Whittingham would be pleased. When the perennial naysayers came around, denigrating the quality of the 3-year-old crops, he would protest, "Never knock a horse until they've been dead for at least 10 years." That could have been chiseled on his headstone. But Whittingham, who won the Kentucky Derby twice--with Ferdinand at age 73 and with Sunday Silence at 76--wouldn't be on the defensive this year. The naysayers have been unusually muffled, if not completely silent.
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April 11, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
The California Horse Racing Board is conducting an investigation into the poor performance by the even-money favorite, Sweet Catomine, in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby. The board, in a statement, said that the physical condition of the filly and pre-race comments by co-owner Marty Wygod and trainer Julio Canani are being reviewed. Sweet Catomine, trying to become the fourth filly to win the race, finished fifth, five lengths behind Buzzards Bay, the 30-1 upset winner.
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April 6, 2007 | Bill Dwyre
Meet Doug O'Neill, horse trainer. He is 38 and has a receding hairline. Actually, he's bald. He once told a high school counselor that his first three choices for college were, in order, Del Mar, Santa Anita and Hollywood Park. His brother isn't an official part of his racing team, but has proved to be the best in the family at spotting great thoroughbreds. And his wife is allergic to his constituents. Put us next to the great horse Lava Man and we'll be thrilled.
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April 5, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
No wonder the field size for the Santa Anita Derby, which will be run for the 70th time Saturday, is double what is was in 2006. Unlike Brother Derek, who kept the lineup small last year and prevailed by more than three lengths as the 1-2 favorite, the two 3-year-olds who are the shortest prices on the morning line for the 2007 Derby have not proven themselves to be stars.
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April 8, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
A horse owner for about 35 years and a longtime client of trainer Dan Hendricks, Cecil Peacock has always had a thoroughbred preference. The man who made his fortune in oil asked Hendricks to find him a horse good enough to win the derby. No, not the one held on the first Saturday of May every year in Louisville. The Canadian-born Peacock's dream wasn't quite so lofty.
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April 7, 2006 | Bill Dwyre, Times Staff Writer
When the horse racing gods get around to passing out the good luck this Triple Crown racing season, it would seem only fair that Team Brother Derek be first in line. No black cats allowed. Any good fortune would be justified in Saturday's 69th running of the Santa Anita Derby, a $750,000 race and one of the main tests for Kentucky Derby hopefuls.
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April 21, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Sweet Catomine, the champion filly who wound up in the center of a firestorm after her fifth-place finish in the Santa Anita Derby, has been retired, her co-owner, Marty Wygod, said Wednesday. Wygod, who along with his wife, Pam, bred and raced Sweet Catomine, said that the filly would be sent to Mill Ridge Farm in Lexington, Ky., and bred to A.P. Indy, the 1992 horse of the year. A.P. Indy stands at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky.
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April 12, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
The fallout from favored Sweet Catomine's fifth-place finish in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby reached seismic proportions Monday when the filly's trainer was fired and her owner, Marty Wygod, was accused by the California Horse Racing Board of secretly transporting the horse to a clinic five days before the race. The Sweet Catomine episode smacks of something out of a Dick Francis novel.
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April 9, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
The Mutt-and-Jeff, David-and-Goliath look to today's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby is the cross-gendered comparison of Sweet Catomine and Wilko. If they were buildings, the filly Sweet Catomine would be a skyscraper and Wilko, one of her 10 challengers, would be a duplex. "We put the stick to her a couple of weeks ago," said co-owner Marty Wygod, when asked about Sweet Catomine's size. "They got her at 16-1 or 16-2 hands, depending on who was holding the stick."
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April 7, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Four times in the last 10 years, 3-year-olds who were beaten in the Santa Anita Derby went on to victory in the Kentucky Derby. Silver Charm and Real Quiet finished second in the local derby before winning at Churchill Downs in 1997 and 1998. Charismatic and Giacomo were fourth before their shockers in Louisville in 1999 and 2005. It has been a long time, however, since a Santa Anita Derby winner achieved glory in the Kentucky Derby. Sunday Silence was the last to do so in 1989.
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April 11, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
The California Horse Racing Board is conducting an investigation into the poor performance by the even-money favorite, Sweet Catomine, in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby. The board, in a statement, said that the physical condition of the filly and pre-race comments by co-owner Marty Wygod and trainer Julio Canani are being reviewed. Sweet Catomine, trying to become the fourth filly to win the race, finished fifth, five lengths behind Buzzards Bay, the 30-1 upset winner.
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April 9, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
The Mutt-and-Jeff, David-and-Goliath look to today's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby is the cross-gendered comparison of Sweet Catomine and Wilko. If they were buildings, the filly Sweet Catomine would be a skyscraper and Wilko, one of her 10 challengers, would be a duplex. "We put the stick to her a couple of weeks ago," said co-owner Marty Wygod, when asked about Sweet Catomine's size. "They got her at 16-1 or 16-2 hands, depending on who was holding the stick."
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