Month: August 2020


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first_imgBrice Blanc5072414%$297,000 Richard Baltas661310520%$536,422 John Sadler11817171714%$1,037,584 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Philip D’Amato631311921%$635,230 Michael Pender4266414%$175,740 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 Mike Smith9720191521%$2,243,551 A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Mark Glatt6611111117%$493,792 Mike Puype94813139%$417,756 Drayden Van Dyke17921212312%$1,347,810 Martin Pedroza14916211811%$666,204 Hector Palma2764122%$142,370 Mark Casse56105818%$784,378 FINISH LINES: In addition to the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic against males on April 18 and the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn, Craig Lewis is considering the Grade I, $300,000 Vanity Stakes on May 9 for Warren’s Veneda, and if all went well, the $1 million Ogden Phipps on Belmont Day, June 6 . . . Thanks mainly to a Zenyatta-like last-to-first finish by first-time starter Rutile (44.80) in Saturday’s fifth race, there is a hefty Pick 6 carryover of $92,696.80 going into Sunday’s card. Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss of Zenyatta fame, Rutile is a half-sister to speed deficient 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, also owned by the Mosses . . .Multiple graded stakes winner Sahara Sky, a candidate for the Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on April 11, worked six furlongs Sunday in 1:13.20 for Jerry Hollendorfer . . . Santa Anita Handicap third-place finisher Catch a Flight, possible for the Charles Town Classic, worked five furlongs for Richard Mandella in 1:03.40 . . . Perennial SoCal leader Rafael Bejarano has opened a 58-34 lead over runner-up Tyler Baze in Santa Anita’s jockey standings through 51 racing days. Kent Desormeaux and Victor Espinoza share third with 31 wins apiece . . . With two triumphs yesterday, Peter Miller inched to within 28-26 of training leader Hollendorfer . . . Favorites are winning at a 35.68 percent clip (157 of 440) . . . Next Saturday, March 28, the Grade III Tokyo City Cup will be the feature race on Japan Family Day, with the Ramen Yokocho Festival in the infield. For more details, visit Gary Stevens9316141717%$1,483,818 Fernando Perez1661521169%$721,400 Santiago Gonzalez10413121713%$628,034 Flavien Prat1201014148%$619,136 Peter Eurton8113131416%$808,606 Victor Espinoza16731322419%$2,024,226 Martin Garcia12123161519%$1,716,960 Kent Desormeaux17631322018%$1,799,870 Joseph Talamo22023233510%$1,590,558 Mario Gutierrez9481399%$429,760center_img TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Felipe Valdez6910111014%$326,328 Peter Miller13426271519%$1,320,396 James Cassidy62981115%$369,930 Brandon Boulanger11565105%$213,346 Doug O’Neill14716132211%$832,798 Thomas Proctor4676315%$525,628 Steven Miyadi3575320%$218,210 Steve Knapp3362318%$260,510 CALIFORNIA: A CHAMPIONSHIP STATE OF MINDBAFFERT HOLDING STRONG HAND FOR DERBYOCHO OCHO OCHO SEEKING BLUER PASTURES? Ron Ellis54114820%$426,470 Richard Mandella52109919%$641,766 Jeff Bonde3190329%$324,240 Edwin Maldonado11614111412%$514,354 Jerry Hollendorfer14828202319%$3,170,038 (Current Through Saturday, March 21) Eddie Truman1761235%$255,180 Jack Carava47610613%$191,970 Rafael Bejarano24158343124%$2,685,642 Tiago Pereira1101291411%$419,542 Elvis Trujillo19423241712%$1,311,950 Tyler Baze26134323113%$2,100,784 Bob Baffert9220161322%$1,764,752 ‘WEATHER’ OR NOT, SANTA ANITA IS ‘PARADISE ON EARTH’The other night at The Meadowlands in North Jersey, trotters were running throughsnow flakes the size of golf balls.Meanwhile, 3,000 miles away in California, the sun was out and temperatures were in the 80’s.Call it coincidence. Credit the good purses, the good racing surfaces and the greatweather, but whatever it is, from north to south, California currently is the home of the best and the brightest in the business, to wit:Los Alamitos Race Course in Orange County is the headquarters of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome; Golden Gate Fields in the Bay Area is the stomping grounds of the best horse in America, Santa Anita Handicap winner Shared Belief; Santa Anita is the permanent residence of the two Kentucky Derby favorites, American Pharoah and Dortmund; and, with all due respect to Untapable, the home court of the best older mares in training, Beholder and Warren’s Veneda.“It’s paradise on earth,” said native Los Angelino Craig Lewis, who trains Warren’s Veneda, the streaking California-bred mare who has won three straight, including the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes on March 14.“The surfaces and the purses are very good, and you can’t beat the weather,” Lewis said. “Hot Springs (Oaklawn Park in Arkansas) calls me every day trying to get me to run Warren’s Veneda there (in the Grade I, $600,000 Apple Blossom on April 10), and I said to the guy, ‘Why would I come all the way across the country to run against the best mare in the country, Untapable?’“And he told me, ‘You’ve got the best mare in the country.’“You can’t beat the weather we’ve got. We’re fortunate to be here.”CLOCKER FANCIES BAFFERT DUO FOR KENTUCKY DERBYThe Kentucky Derby is six weeks hence, but twisting Gary Young’s arm today for his picks, he wouldn’t deviate from the obvious.“If I had to name a Derby winner on three notes right now it’d be American Pharoah, Dortmund and Carpe Diem,” said the respected private clocker, referring to Bob Baffert’s dynamic duo and Tampa Bay Derby winner Carpe Diem, trained by Todd Pletcher.“As far as the two Baffert horses are concerned, I think Pharoah is probably the more brilliant horse,” Young said. “But just looking at who’s bigger, looking at their bodies and their stride, Dortmund might have a better chance of getting a mile and quarter than Pharoah.“You’ve got to go back a long time since one guy had two horses as strong as this, six weeks from the Derby. These are two good horses.“One thing about Baffert: he gets good horses and he’s not afraid to train them.”In other Santa Anita Derby news:Trainer Jim Cassidy said he may opt out of the Santa Anita Derby in favor of the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 4 for Delta Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho, who suffered superficial leg cuts when finishing eighth behind Dortmund in the San Felipe Stakes.In either case, his current go-to rider, Santiago Gonzalez, would have the mount.Santa Anita offers a $750,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool and a $300,000 guaranteed Pick 6 pool on Santa Anita Derby Day. -30-last_img read more


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first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, DANZING CANDY, WINNER: “He warmed up great, he was on his toes. Our game plan was to put him on the lead unless he didn’t jump out of there well. We didn’t want to experiment. We wanted to play our hand, right off the bat. Let’s go to the lead and if they want to go with us, we’ll be probably be going too fast and if that’s the case, that’s the case. We were going to worry about it next time.“We did it. I left there very aggressive and he didn’t get away with anything. If you go twenty-two on this track today, you’re smokin’. And for him to hold off the caliber of horses he held off, was very impressive.“In the mornings we’ve been schooling with him and it doesn’t seem to be bothering him at all. I was pretty impressed with the caliber he showed today and the numbers that he put up. He’s flashy in the afternoon. He’s so easy on himself in the mornings and that’s a good thing. If he was a bit too aggressive in the morning it would probably take its toll on him.“He’s a big horse. He’s still carrying a lot of flesh on him. There’s room to trim him down as we get closer to the Derby and we’re doing it little by little. He’s handling everything. He’s a big, beautiful horse and he’ll start tucking up as we get closer.“We don’t do much with him. There’s room to tighten those screws, tighten him up.”             KEITH DESORMEAUX, EXAGGERATOR, THIRD: “He ran nice and steady. They were quick the first part of the race. He was sitting chilly and relaxed. I loved the way it set up, but he didn’t finish. I would like to think he’ll move forward off of this. He might be maxing out at a mile, too. That’s what’s going through my mind right now. But we’ll stay here for the Santa Anita Derby, try them again and try and prove me wrong.” NOTES: The winning owners are Ted Aroney (Halo Farms) of Carlsbad and Jim and Diane Bashor of La Jolla. The victory was worth 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points. Second was worth 20; third, 10; and fourth, five. 2/2/2/2 TRAINER QUOTES             BOB BAFFERT, MOR SPIRIT, SECOND: “He ran well. The horse that won is a pretty good horse. I wanted to run first, second or third. He’s coming on. A mile and an eighth will be more to his liking, but he got a lot out of it today. I’m happy with the way he went and we’re learning more about him. He’ll stay here for the Santa Anita Derby.”center_img -more- CLIFFORD SISE JR., DANZING CANDY, WINNER: “I expected him to be on the lead. We didn’t want to experiment in this race. Mike (Smith) just said, ‘I’ll let him come out the first few jumps and if he’s there, he’s there. If somebody sends, he’ll sit second.“He left much better today. He’s good now. We’ll stay for the Santa Anita Derby ($1 million, Grade I, 11/8 miles April 9). He’s three for three on this track. Why would we change now? I don’t see any reason to, but you never know. You’ve got to leave that up to the owners.” TED ARONEY, PART-OWNER, DANZING CANDY, WINNER: “I won’t make reservations (for the Kentucky Derby May 7) until the last minute! I had Hear the Ghost back in 2013. He won the San Felipe and was the favorite going into the Santa Anita Derby. I made my reservations too early and then we didn’t run (due to a minor knee injury) and they wouldn’t give me my money back! I made my mind up that I won’t be making any reservations this year!“I’m so excited with the way he ran today. I was disappointed after his first race but then his second and third race showed us how game he is. He gets to the lead and he’s so game. The whole thing today was not to experiment. If you have a speed horse you don’t want to experiment now. He’s got a front-running style that we didn’t want to experiment with and Mike bought into that. If we want to, we’ll leave that for later.” GARY STEVENS, MOR SPIRIT, SECOND: “I’m super happy, because he was way too keen in the early part of the race – he was really fresh, hasn’t run for a while. He was super sharp. As I was coming into the lane, I knew I wasn’t going to catch the winner, but I knew we had to get some (Kentucky Derby) points here. I like where we’re sitting for the Santa Anita Derby. I lost a battle today, but I like our position. Bob (Baffert) was happy, so I’m happy. We got a lot out of today’s race. He’ll settle a little better for me in the Santa Anita Derby.” -30-last_img read more


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first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2016)–In a massive upset, 71-1 longshot Generosidade flew late to take Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes under Tiago Pereira by 1 ½ lengths while covering a mile and one half on a turf course listed as “good” in 2:28.80. Trained by Paulo Lobo, Uruguayan-bred Generosidade made her third stateside start today.“I was so excited because this is my (second) graded win in North America,” said an ebullient Pereira, who like Lobo, is a Brazilian native. “Generosidade was so good today. We sat behind, we let the pace go and the last three eighths, I was able to get outside and get up to win it.“Paulo told me to relax the first part of the race in the other three times I rode her (three) because she liked to do that when she ran in Brazil. But, in the three races she’s run here, they were not so good…Her last work was good and today she was too good for them.”The longest shot in a field of 10 older horses that included four females, Generosidade paid $144.80, $45.60 and $17.60.Owned by her breeder, Haras Phillipson, Inc., Generosidade got her fifth win from 16 lifetime starts and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased her earnings to $206,894.“She’s a marathon horse,” said Lobo. “She loves the distance and we were looking for a mile and a half. She had her (recent) race (finishing sixth in the 1 ½ miles turf Astra Stakes here on Jan. 17). I think the rain helped me because she’s seven years old. She has issues, little problems, and the softer ground helped her.Trained by Ron McAnally and ridden by Tyler Baze, Chilean-bred Quick Casablanca rallied boldly from far back to be second, finishing a neck in front of Brazilian-bred Energia Fribby. Off at 10-1, Quick Casablanca paid $11.00 and $5.60.“I tried to thread the needle (at the top of the lane) and a horse stopped in front of me,” said Baze. “The horse is on the top of his game right now. He’s doing awesome. I can’t wait for the next one.”Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Energia Fribby, a 6-year-old mare, rallied wide-out and finished third, a neck in front of Highball. Off at 30-1, Energia Fribby paid $12.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.18, 47.61, 1:12.29, 1:38.20 and 2:03.83.There is a massive two-day Pick Six carryover into Thursday at Santa Anita of $548,670. It is expected Thursday’s total Pick Six pool will exceed $2.5 million.First post time for an eight-race card on Thursday is at 1 p.m. The Pick Six will begin with Thursday’s third race, with approximate post time at 2 p.m. LONGSHOT TRIGGERS MASSIVE TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $548,670 INTO THURSDAY; TOTAL PICK SIX POOL EXPECTED TO EXCEED $2.5 MILLIONlast_img read more