02/26/2011 4:38PM

Santa Anita: Mattea wears stickers


Mattea will wear stickers for Saturday's fourth race, a maiden race over 6 1-2 furlongs.

With wet weather in the last 24 hours, and track conditions listed as wet-fast, trainer John Sadler has opted for stickers with Mattea, a first-time starter.

Steward Scott Chaney said trainers are not required to announce when their horses are wearing stickers , which take on many forms and are considered a protrusion of the shoe, acting as sort of a cleat. Chaney said there are limits as to what kind of stickers and the lengths permitted. The information is gathered by the horseshoe inspector in the receiving barn about 40 minutes before post time.