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    Horse racing notes: C Z Rocket retired at age 10
    • February 22, 2024


    (Through Thursday)

    Jockeys / Wins

    Flavien Prat / 32

    Juan Hernandez / 32

    Antonio Fresu / 26

    Frankie Dettori / 19

    Hector Berrios / 13

    Umberto Rispoli / 13

    Trainers / Wins

    Mark Glatt / 18

    Doug O’Neill / 16

    Phil D’Amato / 16

    Steve Knapp / 14

    Bob Baffert / 13



    • $100,000 Santa Ana Stakes (Grade III), fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/4 miles on turfSunday

    • $100,000 Wishing Well Stakes, fillies and mares, 4 and up, about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf



    • $35,000 Denim N Diamonds Handicap, quarter-horse mares, 4-year-olds and up, 350 yards


    • $125,000 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes, quarter horses, 3-year-olds, 350 yards


    • Sierra Leone was bet down to 6-1 favorite in the fourth Kentucky Derby futures pool after the Chad Brown-trained colt and rider Tyler Gaffalione rallied to a half-length win over a deep field in last Saturday’s Risen Star Stakes in Louisiana. Sierra Leone and Risen Star runner-up Track Phantom rose to second and third in the NTRA 3-year-olds rankings. Nysos is No. 1 and Muth No. 4, but both are ineligible for the May 4 Kentucky Derby because of Churchill Downs’ sanctions against trainer Bob Baffert.

    • The next Derby steppingstone, the Rebel Stakes in Arkansas on Saturday, looks like a soft touch for Timberlake and jockey Cristian Torres as trainer Brad Cox sends the Champagne Stakes winner out for his first start since a fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

    • The Santa Ana highlights local weekend stakes action. Khinjani and jockey Frankie Dettori can run down Linda’s Gift and Tiago Pereira if the British-bred filly moves forward off a win in her U.S. debut for Santa Anita-leading trainer Mark Glatt.

    • Echo Zulu, champion 2-year-old filly of 2021, was euthanized after injuring a leg in a stall accident while recovering from the foreleg fracture that kept her out of last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, trainer Steve Asmussen told the Daily Racing Form.

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    • C Z Rocket, winner of the Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar and the Santa Anita Sprint Championship in 2020, has been retired following a sixth-place finish at the allowance level in Arkansas on Monday, trainer Peter Miller announced. C Z Rocket is a 10-year-old gelding.

    • Betting favorites are winning an enormous 45.7% of races at Santa Anita this season, including 12 of 18 on Saturday and Sunday, and seven of the past eight stakes races.

    • Upcoming: The Santa Anita Handicap and the San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds are among four graded stakes Saturday, March 2. Reserved-seat sales begin Monday for Santa Anita Derby day, April 6, featuring three graded stakes.

    — Kevin Modesti

    ​ Orange County Register