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Setsuko is on the Comeback Trail

Setsuko, like the fabled Seabiscuit a two-time runner-up in the Santa Anita Handicap, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Monday in 52.20 as he nears a return to the races for Richard Mandella.

“He’s about six weeks from running,” said the Hall of Fame trainer, a three time winner of the Big Cap. “He had a long time off with a suspensory problem, but it looks great now. We’re doing a Seabiscuit.”

Setsuko, a 6-year-old gelded son of Pleasantly Perfect, has not raced since his second to Ron the Greek in the Big Cap on March 3, 2012. Setsuko also was second in the Santa Anita Handicap to Game On Dude in 2011.

Seabiscuit, who missed the 1939 Santa Anita Handicap due to injury, was second in 1937 and 1938 before finally winning in 1940.



Jorge Periban was bursting with pride Monday morning. Not because the 54-year-old trainer won a race, but because his son, 17-year-old Jorge Jr., won his first fight as an amateur.

A student at Downey High School, Periban Jr. won a three-round decision yesterday in the light flyweight or junior flyweight class of 108 pounds at the Ultimate Fighting Gym in Valencia.

“I’m very proud,” Periban said. “That’s my boy. He’s tall and lean, and at 108 pounds, light enough to be a jockey, but he’s never showed much interest in racing.”

Periban Jr. is scheduled to have his next fight on Nov. 8 in the San Fernando Valley.



Fans can purchase discounted tickets for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Nov. 1 and 2 every racing day at a booth just south of Champions Gift Shop, adjacent to the walking ring. The Breeders’ Cup ticket booth in the paddock also will be open for advance Breeders’ Cup General Admission sales.


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