Mario Gutierrez
February 24Santa Anita

Runs Sweet Wgt-122 Race 6 Maiden Claiming $30,000
February 25 – Fair Grounds

Shane’s Girlfriend Wgt-120 Race 9 Rachel Alexandra S. (Gr 2)
One Mean Man Wgt-116 Race 10 Fair Grounds H. (Gr 3)
So Conflated Wgt-120 Race 11 Risen Star S. (Gr 2)
February 26Sunland Park

Semper Fortis Wgt-120 Race 7 Curribot H.
Mopotism Wgt-119 Race 8 Island Fashion S.
Irap Wgt-122 Race 9 Mine That Bird Derby

February 20 – Santa Anita
Radish finished 5th beaten 2 lengths Race 1 Chart
Jimmy Bouncer finished 6th beaten 12 3/4 lengths Race 5 Chart
Rockin Rudy finished 2nd beaten 1 3/4 lengths Race 10 Chart

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity


Monday, February 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $63,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $25,000 $23,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $58,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $29,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Starter Optional Claiming – $32,000 $30,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Claiming – $12,500 $16,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Baffle S. $75,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Maiden Claiming – $100,000 $38,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight

Early Entries

Friday, February 24 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $40,000 $38,000
Race 2 Claiming – $12,500 $16,000
Race 3 Claiming – $16,000 $20,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $21,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $56,000
Race 8 Maiden Special Weight $54,000

Turf Paradise Daily Results and Activity


Monday, February 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden $4,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Allowance $5,200 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $10,000 $8,500 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $3,500 $7,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $12,500 $11,800 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Optional Claiming – $30,000 $12,500 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $3,500 $7,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Claiming – $3,500 $7,100 Overnight Overnight Overnight

Early Entries

Saturday, February 25 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Optional Claiming – $30,000 $12,500
Race 2 Claiming – $10,000 $11,800
Race 3 Claiming – $3,000 $7,000
Race 4 Claiming – $3,000 $7,000
Race 5 Claiming – $3,000 $7,000
Race 6 Claiming – $5,000 $8,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $25,000 $20,000
Race 8 Claiming – $3,000 $7,000

Final Entries

Wednesday, February 22
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $3,000 $7,000
Race 2 Claiming – $8,500 $8,300
Race 3 Allowance $14,000
Race 4 Claiming – $3,200 $7,200
Race 5 Claiming – $3,500 $7,000
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,300
Race 7 Claiming – $6,250 $9,000
Race 8 Claiming – $3,000 $7,000


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Streaking Bettys Bambino guns for his sixth straight victory and his fourth straight

stakes win when the son of Unusual Heat runs in next Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes for California-bred or sired horses.

The seven-year-old gelding, with seven wins in an abbreviated career of 11 races, holds the remarkable record of having started only once in each of the past two years, each a stakes victory. In his last three races, on Dec. 28, 2014, Feb. 21, 2015 and Dec. 26, 2016, he won the Grade III Daytona Stakes, the Sensational Star Stakes and the Grade III San Simeon Stakes, all over Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs.

This year’s edition of the Sensational Star, part of the popular and lucrative Golden State Series, also will be decided at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.

“He can just flat out run,” trainer Peter Eurton said succinctly in explaining the reason for the gelding’s success.

Joel Rosario rode Bettys Bambino last out, but Eurton has Corey Nakatani booked for the Sensational Star. “He’s ridden him twice before (two thirds at Del Mar in 2014) and he’s worked him several times,” the trainer pointed out.

Bettys Bambino has overcome relatively minor ailments that limited him to only 11 starts in a span of four years, among them tibia and joint issues.

But with seven wins and three thirds, he has earned $378,036 for owners Sharon Alesia, Michael Mellen (Brand Jam Stable) and Joseph Ciaglia.

Also ticketed for the Sensational Star are Ambitious Brew with Mike Smith and Forest Chatter under Flavien Prat.

Eurton, with seven wins from 35 starts at the Winter Meet, has other upcoming stakes in view for his stable, which has earned $388,879 through Saturday’s races.

Kobe’s Back is ticketed for the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes on March 11; Ashleyluvssugar for the Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes at 1 ½ miles on turf March 25; and Eclipse Award champion two-year-old female Champagne Room for the $75,000 China Doll Stakes at a mile on turf March 11.

“We want to give her a taste of grass,” Eurton said of Champagne Room, who captured the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita Nov. 4 going a mile and a sixteenth on dirt, enough to sway any wavering Eclipse Award voters to come on board for divisional honors.



            Bay Area-based trainer Blaine Wright has two horses entered in Monday’s Presidents’ Day feature at Santa Anita, the $75,000 Baffle Stakes scheduled for about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.

They are Anyportinastorm, an impressive maiden allowance winner at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 21, and Bay Muzik, also an impressive maiden allowance winner in his solo outing last August at Golden Gate.

The Baffle goes as the 10th of 11 races with a first post time of 12 noon: Tipo Duro, Corey Nakatani, 9-2; Rockin Rudy, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2; Elwood J, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Souter, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Conquest Farenheit, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 2-1; Bay Muzik, Stewart Elliott, 6-1; and Anyportinastorm, Tyler Baze, 4-1.


Tyler Baze found his calling as a jockey, but he did have “a cup of coffee” as a basketball player more than two decades ago.

Whether it will stand him in good stead Thursday night when Santa Anita’s jockeys play Holy Angels School in their annual charity game remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt his participation will be for a worthy cause.

“It’s good for all the charities involved,” said the 34-year-old Baze, second in Santa Anita’s standings with 28 wins through Saturday, seven behind front runner Flavien Prat. “I played on a team in the fourth and fifth grades, but when I got in the sixth grade, they said I was too short to play.”

The 50th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School game will be

played at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), Holy Angels athletic program and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.

Given the historic nature of the game, individual jockey sponsors, representing a wide array of racing industry stakeholders, will lend financial support to this worthy cause. Tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.

Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will be available for an autograph session at 6:30 p.m. TVG’s Kurt Hoover will be back for his 16th consecutive season as Jockeys’ Coach. Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita.


Jay Cohen was a welcome and familiar sight at Santa Anita Saturday after being absent since Dec. 27 of last year battling a painful and persistent case of shingles.

“It was the most relentless pain I ever experienced,” said the popular horn blower, a fixture at Santa Anita beckoning horses to the post for 30 years.

“I was here opening day (Dec. 26), and yesterday was my first day since then (a span of seven weeks). Needless to say, I’m delighted to be back.”

A New Jersey native, the 60-year-old Cohen has ingratiated himself with fans and horsemen alike through the years, fulfilling requests in his extensive repertoire from A to Z.


The bayou comes to Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Feb. 25 for the first-ever Mardi Gras Trackside celebration. Join in on the festivities a few days early and let the good times roll. The all-inclusive $28 package includes: authentic Cajun fare courtesy of “Ragin’ Cajun on Wheels” (your choice of ½ shrimp or ½ catfish Po’ Boy sandwich with choice of side, or a combo plate comprised of red beans and rice with smoked sausage and Gumbolaya, (a Ragin Cajun on Wheels specialty), live music, loads of Mardi Gras-inspired decorations, one 12 oz. craft beer, Club House admission, racing program, tip sheet and trackside seating.

For more info and to purchase your ticket visit:

Upcoming Trackside events at the Winter Meet: Feb. 25, Mardi Gras Celebration; March 18, Big ‘Cap Beer & Cider Festival; March 18, St. Patrick’s Day; April 8, Santa Anita Derby Day Extravaganza; May 6, Kentucky Derby Day Celebration; May 13, Tacos y Cervezas; May 20, Preakness Party; May 27, Gold Cup Beer & Sour Festival; and May 27, Belmont Day.


FINISH LINES: Santa Anita offers Dollar Day tomorrow Presidents’ Day. Enjoy draft beer, soda and hot dogs for just a buck. First post time for the 11-race program is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Live racing will resume Friday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. . . .

There is a single ticket Pick Six carryover of $23,345.87 into Sunday . . .Congrats to 18-year-old apprentice and Puerto Rican native Evin Roman on winning his first race in the Continental United States when he piloted Sly Humor to a 6 ¼-length victory for Jerry Hollendorfer in Saturday’s first race . . .

There was a Peter Miller exacta in Saturday’s third race worth $74.60 when Annie’s Candy and Stormy Rocit finished one-two for the trainer, but Bob Baffert trumped that with a cold trifecta in the fourth race when he sent out Bronze Age to win, West Coast to finish second, and Glacier to run third, good for a $145.80 return . . .

Trainer Ian Kruljac has two races in mind for Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner and Eclipse champion in that category Finest City, the Triple Bend at seven furlongs against males on March 11 or the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes at 1 1/8 miles against her own sex on March 18 . . .

Agent Tom Knust has Mario Gutierrez booked on stakes engagements next weekend, Saturday at the Fair Grounds and Sunday at Sunland Park in New Mexico, while agent J.R. Pegram has Hall of Fame member Kent Desormeaux at the Fair Grounds Saturday to ride Dalmore, Majestic Quality and Sorry Erik in stakes for his brother, trainer John Keith Desormeaux. All three horses were among the 26 recorded works on Santa Anita’s “fast” main track Sunday, each going five furlongs, Dalmore in 59.80, Majestic Quality in a bullet 59.60 and Sorry Erik in 1:00.40 . . .

All THOROUGHBREDS members at Santa Anita on Big ‘Cap Day, March 11, will receive a free Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies last. There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 6. First post time will be 12 noon, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m. . . .

Royal Albert Hall, conditioned by Doug O’Neill, will be the first American-trained Thoroughbred to race in Qatar. He is entered in the $1 million Emir’s Trophy at 1 ½ miles on turf Feb. 25. Royal Albert Hall left California this past Thursday and settled in nicely after arriving in Doha, Qatar on Friday


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ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2017)–Longshot Cuddle Alert, claimed for $10,000 this past August, rallied late to take Sunday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap at Santa Anita by a head under Agapito Delgadillo while getting six furlongs in 1:09.86.  Trained by Melissa Saldana, the 6-year-old California-bred mare by Bedford Falls registered her first stakes win in her 21st career start.

Breaking from the rail in a field of five California-bred or sired fillies and mares, Cuddle Alert was a close fourth while under restraint at the half mile pole, rallied three-wide turning for home and overhauled both heavily favored Sunday Rules and pacesetter Late ‘n Left well inside the sixteenth pole to win.

“I’m a little sore,” said Delgadillo, who was unseated during the running of Sunday’s second race.  “My collarbone is a little sore, the same one that I’ve broken twice already but it’s nothing big…She always finishes well.  I knew she likes to run in the stretch, so I waited for it.”

A close fourth down the hillside turf course in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint here on Jan. 28, Cuddle Alert was dispatched at 8-1 and paid $18.40, $6.60 and $2.60.

Owned by Reed Saldana and Leopoldo Urbina, she collected $60,000 for the win, boosting her career earnings to $229,000.  Her overall mark now stands at 21-6-1-7.

“I can’t put it into words, to be honest,” said Melissa Saldana, who, along with her horse, collected her first career stakes win.  “She’s special.  She’s very, very special.  The stretch run was awesome.  She had to sit much closer than she usually does so she ended up going quicker than what she’s used to.  She still had that final kick though and just got up…

“We’ll probably give her about 30 days before we run her again because I think she does better with a little more time…She gives her all every time that we ask her to come out here.”

Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Late ‘n Left set fractions of 21.93, 45.01 and 57.19.  Off at 9-1, she paid $7.60 and $3.00.

Sunday Rules, who had been idle since July 4, tried to rally while between the winner and runner-up, but was third best under Tyler Baze.  Off at 2-5, she paid $2.10 to show.

The Spring Fever Handicap is part of the lucrative Golden State Series for California bred or sired horses.

Mario Watch

Mario Gutierrez
February 20 – Santa Anita

Radish Wgt-123 Race 1 Maiden Special Weight
Jimmy Bouncer Wgt-124 Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming $62,500
Rockin Rudy Wgt-120 Race 10 Baffle S.
February 25Fair Grounds

Shane’s Girlfriend Wgt-120 Race 9 Rachel Alexandra S. (Gr 2)
One Mean Man Wgt-116 Race 10 Fair Grounds H. (Gr 3)
So Conflated Wgt-120 Race 11 Risen Star S. (Gr 2)
February 26Sunland Park

Semper Fortis Wgt-120 Race 7 Curribot H.
Mopotism Wgt-119 Race 8 Island Fashion S.
Irap Wgt-122 Race 9 Mine That Bird Derby

February 19 – Santa Anita
Ten Count Out Scratched (Off-Turf) Race 5 Chart
Smoove It finished 4th beaten 8 1/4 lengths Race 7 Chart

Mud Management 102: Paddock Footing

Mud = yuck! At this time of the year mud becomes a common occurrence in many horse paddocks until summer when things dry out. If mud is an issue on your horse property you may be under the impression that it is an unavoidable part of having horses. But it doesn’t have to be! There are simple changes you can make to reduce or even eliminate mud on your property.

Before footing addition

In a previous post, Mud Management 101, I talked about gutters and downspouts as your first line of attack in reducing mud – keeping clean rainwater clean and not allowing it to mix with manure and dirt in the confinement areas. The next step for getting a handle on mud issues is to use some sort of footing in paddocks and other high traffic areas such as watering points and gates. The purpose for the footing is to build up the area to keep horses up out of dirt and allow rainwater to drain through. Less mud equals less chance of nutrients and sediments running off and polluting surface waters, too. Footings, such as hogfuel (chipped or shredded wood products), gravel (crushed rock) or coarse sand can go a long way in reducing mud. Gravel and coarse washed sand are probably the most useful and most available.

Gravel (crushed rock, no larger than ¾”—anything larger will be uncomfortable for horses to stand on) is a good footing to consider. It won’t break down like wood products do so you don’t have to replace in yearly, plus it drains well. You can get it with the fines (often called the “minus”) which will help it bind together and lock in place. Coarse washed sand also works well. It drains better and is less dusty than finer varieties. Be careful to avoid feeding horses on any type of sand as ingesting sand or dirt particles with hay can result in sand colic, a serious digestive disorder.

Use at least three inches of footing but more is better when it comes to footing. If you already have a lot of mud you may want to either remove some of the existing mud or plan to put footing in at least a 1:1 ratio (for example, if you have about six inches of mud each year you’ll need at least six inches of footing.)

After gravel footing

If your soil is especially mucky or clay-like, you may want to consider first laying down some type of geotextile filter fabric and then placing the footing on top. Geotextile fabric, purchased through garden supply and hardware stores, helps keep the soil layer from working its way up into the footing. More on geotextiles in a future blog – stay tuned!At our ranch the past couple of weeks we’ve been working on bringing in footing for several paddocks. We would have preferred 3/8 to 5/8” crushed rock but in our new location the smallest crushed rock size available seems to be ¾”.  We put this in our paddocks at about three inches deep. In our large, group paddock we only put it around the gate, feeders and stock watering tank, the high traffic areas. The biggest downside I see to this slightly larger size is it doesn’t fit through the tines of a manure fork, therefore we may end up pitching some our expensive gravel into the compost every time we clean.

At least paddocks will be easier to clean and the horses will be out of the mud. One more step at Sweet Pepper Ranch towards being eco-friendly (less muddy runoff!), chore efficiency and improved horse health.

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About the Author


Alayne Renée Blickle, a life-long equestrian and reining competitor, is the creator/director of Horses for Clean Water, an award winning, nationally acclaimed environmental education program. Well known for her enthusiastic, down-to-earth approaches, Alayne is an educator and photojournalist who has worked with horse and livestock owners for over 15 years teaching manure composting, pasture management, mud and dust control, water conservation, chemical use reduction and wildlife enhancement. She teaches and travels North America and writes for horse publications. Alayne and her husband raise and train their reining horses at their ranch in sunny Nampa, Idaho.

A Valid Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship

Every month I hear from at least a reader or two who are gravely disappointed that we won’t tell them exactly how much of what type of treatment or supplement to use for a specific horse. They’ll say that we simply cover topics too broadly to be useful. My response to these readers: Are you looking for treatment advice individual to your horse? If so, please, please call your veterinarian.

Practitioners have years of training and experience and can weigh treatment benefits with potential dangers.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/

Similarly to humans, each equine patient is different. Their health, as well as ours, is the sum of our genetics, health history, environmental exposures and experiences, and a host of other influences. And just as a physician isn’t necessarily going to prescribe the same treatment for me as he would another 39-year-old female, he certainly isn’t going to do it sight unseen. It would put him in danger of violating the “do no harm” tenet. The patient’s health could diminish or worse could happen.

In the February issue (now available here) you’ll see the first of a two-part series on first-aid supplies and techniques. Our editorial board advised against running a list of prescription drugs to keep on hand because a lot can go wrong with these meds if given without a diagnosis and especially without an established veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR). A classic example that comes to mind is clostridial myositis following intramuscular administration of Banamine (I’ve seen several of these painful cases of muscle infection caused by anaerobic clostridial bacteria). Similarly, using the wrong kind of medication—even an over-the-counter one!—can cause a corneal ulcer to deteriorate.

Practitioners have years of training and experience and can weigh treatment benefits with potential dangers, such as antibiotic resistance.

I’m fortunate enough to see the VCPR work as it should in my barn. The reality is you’ll be hard-pressed to find any horse owner or farm operator who doesn’t have a prescription drug or two left over from previous treatment courses or for use at their veterinarian’s instruction in case of emergency. The important distinction here is my barn friends and I are not do-it-yourself-ers; we consult our veterinarians for advice.

Recently my gelding developed a hematoma on his neck from a kick. I called his veterinarian with vital signs and texted her photos. She said it looked minor and advised me to cold-hose the swelling and administer an oral anti-inflammatory from an earlier visit, and to call with updates in the morning. He fared fine.

A more poignant example: Just a few days ago I held my friend’s older horse while she gave him a tranquilizer dose at the advice of her veterinarian. The gelding’s blindness had progressed to where he was frequently agitated, and she wanted nothing more than to calm him for a short time until the vet could come out to usher him to his final rest.

To me this is the ultimate example of how a valid VCPR helps us be the most responsible, ethical, loving horse owners we can be.

This Viewpoint appears in the February issue of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care.

About the Author


Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief of The Horse, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Va., and has worked in six positions at the magazine since 1999. Her equine background is in eventing, and she enjoys photography, cooking, cycling, swimming, and traveling in her free time.