Off the early pace through the opening stages, Sam's Sister came running off the turn and wore down front-runner Sweet Marini to win in the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes , her second straight graded stakes victory, Jan. 19 at Santa Anita Park.
Second to Horse of the Year hopeful California Chrome in the Nov. 29 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar, Queen's Plate winner Lexie Lou heads a field of eight 4-year-old fillies set for the $200,000 La Canada Stakes Jan. 17 at Santa Anita Park.
Richard C. Pell's Calculator, coming off two straight Grade 1 runner-up finishes, will be seeking his first career victory when he faces seven challengers Jan. 10 in the $100,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
Gunning from the rail for Rafael Bejarano, Seduire put away pace rival Xoxo leaving the turn and kicked away in the drive to win the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes in a powerful performance Jan. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
After struggling at times during his previous three seasons, veteran turf runner Finnegans Wake has found a home in California, coming from off the pace once again to capture the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes Jan. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
Bayern and California Chrome took another step toward a possible early-season rematch when the leading Horse of the Year contenders worked sharply about an hour apart the morning of Jan. 3 at their respective training bases.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's stakes-winning duo of Seduire and Light the City clash with dual graded winner Conquest Harlanate in the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for newly-turned 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Park Jan. 3.
After breaking through with his first stakes victory in six tries, Dynamic Sky attempts to surpass $1 million in career earnings as one of the favorites in the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes Jan. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
Shared Belief bounced back from a horrible trip in the Breeders' Cup Classic with his third grade I victory of the year, holding off a game Conquest Two Step by a head in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes on opening day at Santa Anita Park Dec. 26.