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March 1, 2002 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Gates Open: 10 a.m. Saturday First Post: Noon Big 'Cap Post: Ninth race, Approx. 4:15 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Net 2 Listed in post position order (odds in parentheses): * CAGNEY (8-1) Owner: Stud T N T (Goncalo Borges Torrealba). Trainer: Richard Mandella. Jockey: Mike Smith. Lowdown: A five-time winner on the grass, Cagney has not raced on the main track since he finished sixth in his career debut in Brazil more than two years ago.
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March 9, 2014 | BILL DWYRE
The deciding moment in Saturday's Santa Anita Handicap couldn't have been more perfectly scripted. The horses' names described the action. At the head of the stretch, a big-time challenger, last year's Eclipse Award winner as top 3-year-old in the country, gathered for a run at the leader, a length or so in front and to his left. Will Take Charge was ready to do exactly that, just as he had done last November in the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. But in front, the response quickly became clear.
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February 27, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
This is a column about two big deals in Southern California horse racing, the Santa Anita Handicap and Bobby Frankel. One will be run Saturday and the other is no longer with us. Neither will ever be forgettable. If it seems odd to talk about a live race via a dead man, then you don't understand the value horse racing puts on its legends and legacies. When Frankel died of cancer Nov. 16, 2009, at age 68, he had had hundreds of huge moments as a race trainer, including six Breeders' Cup victories, a Belmont Stakes win, five Eclipse Awards and a 1995 Hall of Fame induction.
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March 7, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
If horse racing's newest star, Mucho Macho Man, could talk, the strapping 6-year-old horse would probably say, "I love Santa Anita. " His trainer, Kathy Ritvo, concurs. "He is very comfortable, very happy," she said. Last year, Mucho Macho Man won the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic by a nose over Will Take Charge at Santa Anita. The two are set to have a rematch in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday, joined by Game On Dude, a two-time winner of the Big 'Cap. A field of eight is set for a 1 1/4-mile race that track officials are calling the most highly anticipated Santa Anita Handicap since Alysheba and Ferdinand ran one-two in 1988.
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March 7, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
There are a million stories in the naked city, and almost that many today at Santa Anita, on Big 'Cap Day. The legendary Santa Anita Handicap, the 72nd, is the highlight. The hope is that with Magna Entertainment Corp., the owner of a still-profitable Santa Anita, now in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, there will be a 73rd. Life without Santa Anita in Southern California would be like life without newspapers. But that's another story for another day.
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March 3, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Apparently, it takes a village for a lot of things. Case in point: the 75th running of the Santa Anita Handicap, won by Ron The Greek on Saturday. This 5-year-old, with 16 lifetime starts before going to the gate in Santa Anita's prestigious $750,000 test, was on his fourth trainer and his ninth jockey. He is also jointly owned by three people. His most recent trainer is veteran Bill Mott, the man who trained Cigar to world fame. Mott trains mostly in the East and in Florida and, in keeping with the team approach, sent assistant trainer Rudolf Basset to handle things when they flew the horse in Wednesday.
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March 1, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Diazo, winner of the Strub Stakes and one of the favorites for Saturday's Santa Anita Handicap, suffered a broken bone in his lower left foreleg during a workout Sunday and has been withdrawn from the $1-million race. "The timing was bad on this," trainer Bill Shoemaker said Monday. "But they tell me that it's not a real bad fracture and there's a 75% to 85% chance that he'll be able to run again."
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March 12, 1995 | Jim Murray
Look! If a cool, benevolent-looking fellow with fringe around his bald pate that makes him look a little bit like Dickens' Mr. Pickwick comes up to your friendly Saturday night poker game and says, "Mind if I sit in?" you say, "Sorry, this is for family and friends only." If a guy in a ratty old sweater, with old clubs and a shy smile comes up to your group on the first tee and says, "Mind if I join you?" say you're awfully sorry, "but we already got three." Otherwise, you go home in a barrel.
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February 11, 1996 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The way Cigar won the $300,000 Donn Handicap Saturday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., in his 1996 debut, 130 pounds looks about right for him in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 2. Picking up where he left off, 1995's Horse of the Year made it 13 consecutive victories while winning his first race since the Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 28.
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March 6, 1988 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Tom Gentry and his son, Olin, were in the walking ring before a race at Santa Anita a week ago, watching one of their horses about to leave for the track. Olin was getting eyeballed by his father. "Don't you have a suit or a sport coat?" Tom Gentry said. He was thinking about a possible trip to the winner's circle, and Olin was wearing a sport shirt, with no coat. "I'll be all right," Olin Gentry said. "Well, it'd be better if at least you'd be wearing a coat," Tom Gentry said.
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March 5, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Jockey Aaron Gryder's life is not just a story. It's an odyssey. When he climbs aboard Blingo on Saturday in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the most prestigious race for older thoroughbreds west of the Mississippi, he will be an afterthought. Gryder doesn't mind that. He understands. This Big Cap, after all, has three of the best horses in the world. All three could have easily skipped this one and headed for Dubai and the March 29 Dubai World Cup, with a $10-million purse that makes it the richest in the world.
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March 2, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
A Ferrari made the rest of the field look like go-karts Saturday in the Santa Anita Handicap. As the 6-5 favorite, Game On Dude was expected to be impressive, but he went well beyond that. He was dazzling, awe-inspiring. For the crowd of 26,901 at the Great Race Place, the 2 minutes and 14-hundredths of a second they got of Game On Dude was easily worth the price of admission. The 6-year-old gelding broke to the front and never looked back, winning the $750,000 Grade I race by a record 7 3/4 lengths over Clubhouse Ride.
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March 2, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
Bob Baffert's big money horse, Game On Dude, carries the high expectations of both his trainer and the betting public Saturday in the 77th running of the Santa Anita Handicap. One of the two top races in Santa Anita's annual winter season — the other is the Santa Anita Derby on April 6 — the Big 'Cap is a Grade I stakes that carries a purse of $750,000, with 60% to the winner. Game On Dude, a 6-year-old gelding, has already won $3,252,158 and is the 6-5 morning-line favorite.
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February 28, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
For the first time in its 76-year history, the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap will feature two past winners — last year's Ron The Greek and 2011 champion Game On Dude. "I'm confident my horse is going to run a big race," said Bob Baffert, who trains Game On Dude. That certainty about the 6/5 favorite for the $750,000 Big 'Cap on Saturday is rooted in Game On Dude's recent performances, a 1 1/4-length win in the $250,000 Native Diver Stakes on Dec. 1 and a more-impressive 6 1/2-length triumph Feb. 3 in the $196,000 San Antonio Stakes.
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February 27, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
This is a column about two big deals in Southern California horse racing, the Santa Anita Handicap and Bobby Frankel. One will be run Saturday and the other is no longer with us. Neither will ever be forgettable. If it seems odd to talk about a live race via a dead man, then you don't understand the value horse racing puts on its legends and legacies. When Frankel died of cancer Nov. 16, 2009, at age 68, he had had hundreds of huge moments as a race trainer, including six Breeders' Cup victories, a Belmont Stakes win, five Eclipse Awards and a 1995 Hall of Fame induction.
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November 2, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
If Game On Dude is going to win the horse-of-the-year award, then Saturday's $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita is an ideal setting to make a lasting impression. A year after leading in the stretch and being overtaken by the late charge of Drosselmeyer at Churchill Downs, Game On Dude will try again to win the Classic, but this time the 5-year-old son of Awesome Again has a home-track advantage. So far, Game On Dude is a perfect five for five at Santa Anita. "You want to win the Breeders' Cup, you have to bring your A game that day," Game On Dude's trainer Bob Baffert said.
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February 22, 1985 | BILL CHRISTINE
Precisionist, who would have been the top-weighted starter in the Santa Anita Handicap, was scratched Thursday from the $450,000 race March 3. "He'll stay in the barn," trainer Ross Fenstermaker said. "He's lost too much training time, and it wouldn't be fair to the horse to run him in such a tough spot if he's not ready." Precisionist became only the fifth horse to sweep the three-race Strub series, but a week after winning the Strub Stakes Feb. 3, the 4-year-old colt developed a cough.
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March 1, 1986 | GRAHAME L. JONES, Times Staff Writer
Eddie Arcaro, who handled the draw Friday for Sunday's $1 million Santa Anita Handicap, would figure to know a thing or two about the race. After all, Arcaro, 70, rode in it no fewer than 14 times, starting with the inaugural race in 1935 and ending in 1960. He made it to the winner's circle twice--aboard Talon in 1948 and Mark-Ye-Well in 1953--placed second once and finished third once. So, when Arcaro voiced a quick aside to trainer Ross Fenstermaker during Friday's draw, it was worth noting.
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October 31, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Make no bones about it. The location of Seabiscuit's burial is an issue. Friday and Saturday, as many as 100,000 horse racing fans will gather at Santa Anita to watch the Breeders' Cup. Some may wander to the paddock, where a bronze statue commemorates Seabiscuit and his legendary 1940 victory in the Santa Anita Handicap. Seabiscuit was an oft-injured thoroughbred whose gritty races caught the attention of an American public needing domestic heroes during the Great Depression and at wartime.
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