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Shared Belief highlights Santa Anita's inspired opening day
Shared Belief highlights Santa Anita's inspired opening day

It might be too early to call it a trend, but there are signs of a possible resurgence in Southern California horse racing. Just two months after 61,114 showed up for the final day of the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita, a post-Christmas crowd of 40,810 came out for opening day of the winter meeting on Friday at the Arcadia track. Lured by near-perfect weather, with the picturesque backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance, fans waited until the eighth race to unleash their biggest roar for Shared Belief, the 3-year-old gelding who went off as the 1-2 favorite in the Grade I $301,000 Malibu Stakes and didn't disappoint. Jockey Mike Smith asked Shared Belief to turn...

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