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February 3, 1996 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Canty has been the only trainer to saddle consecutive winners in the Strub Stakes. He won the 1972 running with Unconscious and repeated the next year with Royal Oak. Richard Mandella, who won last year's Strub with Dare And Go, has the only chance to match Canty's record when he runs Afternoon Deelites on Sunday in the 49th edition of the $500,000 Santa Anita stake. Afternoon Deelites, 4-5 when he won the Malibu on Dec.
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February 3, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
One of the best racing days of the Santa Anita meeting is set for Saturday, when three Grade II stakes will be on the 10-race card. They include the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, a race for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles and a tuneup for the Santa Anita Derby. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, looking to showcase a couple of his Kentucky Derby prospects, will send out Liaison, winner of the Grade I CashCall Futurity in December, and Sky Kingdom, a winner by 4 1/2 lengths in an allowance race at 1 1/16 miles Jan. 12. Liaison's primary competition could come from the improving Rousing Sermon, who has twice finished second to Liaison while rallying from way back.
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February 7, 1988 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Although On the Line has won the first two races in the Strub series, he's likely to be no better than the fourth betting choice in a field of six today at Santa Anita in the $500,000 Charles H. Strub Stakes. The reason for On the Line's lack of popularity in the series finale is simple: The farther he runs, the less likely he is to win. In the Strub series opener, the seven-furlong Malibu, On the Line won by 7 1/2 lengths.
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February 7, 2010
Steady rain and poor track conditions caused Santa Anita to cancel its race card for Saturday, when five stakes events were supposed to have been held. Three of the stakes -- the Las Virgenes, the Robert Lewis and the Strub -- have been rescheduled for next Saturday. Poor weather conditions also caused cancellations at several tracks around the country. It's the fourth time during the current meeting that weather and track conditions have forced Santa Anita to cancel races. "We had a lot of rain, and the thing doesn't drain as it's supposed to," track spokesman Mike Willman said.
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February 2, 1985 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Of the four horses that will oppose Precisionist in Sunday's $300,000 Charles H. Strub Stakes at Santa Anita, three were soundly beaten by the 4-year-old colt two weeks ago and the fourth, a gelding named Halo Folks, has never run in a stakes race or ever gone farther than a mile. Yet rival trainers believe that Precisionist is vulnerable as he tries to become the fifth horse to sweep the Strub series. "They beat Man o' War, didn't they?" chortled Charlie Whittingham, who trains Greinton.
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February 7, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Diazo's worst races, the 4-year-old colt's problems have been self-inflicted. He has pulled his jockey, Laffit Pincay, to the front prematurely, expending his energy and having nothing left for the finish. Before Sunday's $500,000 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita, Allen Paulson, the owner and breeder of Diazo, gave Pincay some advice. "You better eat your Wheaties," Paulson said.
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February 3, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
One of the best racing days of the Santa Anita meeting is set for Saturday, when three Grade II stakes will be on the 10-race card. They include the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, a race for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles and a tuneup for the Santa Anita Derby. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, looking to showcase a couple of his Kentucky Derby prospects, will send out Liaison, winner of the Grade I CashCall Futurity in December, and Sky Kingdom, a winner by 4 1/2 lengths in an allowance race at 1 1/16 miles Jan. 12. Liaison's primary competition could come from the improving Rousing Sermon, who has twice finished second to Liaison while rallying from way back.
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February 11, 2009
Horse racing: An article in Saturday's Sports section on the weekend race card at Santa Anita said that the Strub Stakes was for horses 4 years old and up. The Strub is exclusively for 4-year-olds.
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February 3, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
It was a case of a great horse having one of its great days. Spectacular Bid did exactly what his trainer, Bud Delp, said he would at Santa Anita's Strub Stakes, 19 years ago today. He won, easily, and set a world record for 1 1/2 miles, 1:57 4/5, that still stands. The time broke the mark of 1:58 1/5, set by Noor in 1950. Spectacular Bid won by 3 1/4 lengths over Flying Paster, who actually was gaining on the winner in the stretch.
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December 18, 1988
On The Line won his first stakes race since last winter Saturday when he raced to a 5 1/2-length victory in the $81,400 Hollywood Express at Hollywood Park. Held in third place by jockey Gary Stevens, On The Line turned on his speed in the stretch to dominate the field of 6 in the 6-furlong race that was moved from the turf course to the main track by earlier rains. He was timed in 1:09 1/5. The win was his second since returning from a 10-month layoff. Little Red Cloud, ridden by Aaron Gryder, came from far off the pace to finish second.
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February 11, 2009
Horse racing: An article in Saturday's Sports section on the weekend race card at Santa Anita said that the Strub Stakes was for horses 4 years old and up. The Strub is exclusively for 4-year-olds.
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January 1, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Santa Anita kicks off the new year today with a 10-race noon card featuring a horse named Idiot Proof running in the Grade III, $100,000 El Conejo Handicap. The name seems fitting going into another year in this often complicated high-tech world because Marty Wygod of Rancho Santa Fe, who owns the horse with his wife Pam, lives by the motto, "Keep it simple."
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January 31, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Jockey Mike Smith says that Giacomo, the upset winner of the 2005 Kentucky Derby, will make his first start as a 4-year-old in the $300,000 Strub Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita. Speaking from Florida, where he is riding at Gulfstream Park, Smith said he would be at Santa Anita on Friday to ride a first-time starter for Giacomo's owner-breeders, Jerry and Ann Moss, and trainer John Shirreffs, then would remain for the Strub, a Grade II at 1 1/8 miles.
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February 6, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
From the stands at Santa Anita, trainer Richard Mandella looked out on the stretch run of the $300,000 Strub Stakes, and didn't especially like what he saw. "Imperialism was coming, and he had momentum going for him," Mandella would say later. "My horse had the lead, but he was loafing. I was worried." Mandella's horse, Rock Hard Ten, had replaced Love Of Money as the leader at the eighth pole Saturday, and now was trying to hold off the charge of the gray horse.
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February 8, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
For five races, Domestic Dispute ran in black-and-gold silks that had one of his owners' names -- Winner -- on the jockey's back. But Domestic Dispute was anything but a winner. He couldn't do any better than fourth place. The owners -- Chuck Winner and David Bienstock -- didn't change silks and, like their trainer, Paddy Gallagher, didn't despair. Finally, on Saturday, it all came together for them and Domestic Dispute.
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February 7, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
The indignities heaped on the Strub Stakes in recent years may have race-goers considering what could be ahead for Santa Anita's once-proud fixture. The echoes of Round Table, Affirmed, Spectacular Bid, Alysheba and Silver Charm, all winners of the Strub, are only sad reminders of what the stake once was.
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February 7, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
The indignities heaped on the Strub Stakes in recent years may have race-goers considering what could be ahead for Santa Anita's once-proud fixture. The echoes of Round Table, Affirmed, Spectacular Bid, Alysheba and Silver Charm, all winners of the Strub, are only sad reminders of what the stake once was.
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January 1, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Santa Anita kicks off the new year today with a 10-race noon card featuring a horse named Idiot Proof running in the Grade III, $100,000 El Conejo Handicap. The name seems fitting going into another year in this often complicated high-tech world because Marty Wygod of Rancho Santa Fe, who owns the horse with his wife Pam, lives by the motto, "Keep it simple."
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March 4, 2001 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mike Cooper, en route to the postrace press-box interviews, stepped off the elevator at the fifth floor and virtually bumped into a small TV monitor. "Wait a minute," he said to his escort. "I want to watch this again." As the field hit the top of the stretch for the $1-million Santa Anita Handicap, Cooper's Tiznow began to open up his lead and track announcer Trevor Denman said: "Chris McCarron pushes the button . . . " "If only it were that easy, Trevor," Cooper said into the tiny screen.
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February 4, 2001 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At Gulfstream Park, trainer Bob Baffert had already pocketed a $500,000 race with Captain Steve, and now he was in the directors' room, watching on television as his Wooden Phone took on the reigning horse of the year, Tiznow, in the $500,000 Strub Stakes from Santa Anita. Baffert won that one too, Wooden Phone cruising home by two lengths Saturday in one of the biggest upsets in the Strub's 54-year history.
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