first_imgTHEGIRLINTHATSONG IN TUNE FOR SANTA MARIASHARED BELIEF WORKS WEDNESDAY FOR BIG ‘CAPLEGACY BACK ON TURF GRADE II BUENA VISTASANTA ANITA JOCKEYS ROLL TO CHARITY VICTORYDESORMEAUX MAKES HIS POINT FOR TEXAS RED THEGIRLINTHATSONG SET FOR GRADE II SANTA MARIAThegirlinthatsong took an immediate fancy to Santa Anita’s main track in her first startover it when she rolled to a 4 1/4-length triumph in the Grade II La Canada Stakes on Jan. 17. Jerry Hollendorfer looks for a similar effort in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.“She looked like she likes Santa Anita,” said the Hall of Fame trainer, Santa Anita’s leader through 29 days with 19 victories. “It looks like there’s a lot of speed in the race, so that should help her, hopefully.”A Texas-bred filly by My Golden Song out of the Dixieland Band mare Belle of the Band, Thegirlinthatsong has a 5-4-4 record from 19 starts with earnings of $407,695 for a partnership that includes Hollendorfer.The field for the Santa Maria: Yahilwa, Gary Stevens, 5-1; Thegirlinthatsong, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Uzziel, Fernando Perez, 20-1; Legacy, Joe Talamo, 12-1; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 2-1; Sweet Marini, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Awesome Baby, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Backintheacademy, Brandon Boulanger, 20-1; and Valiant Emilia, Tiago Pereira, 10-1.Tiz Midnight was scratched. (Current Through Thursday, Feb. 12) SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Flavien Prat5995615%$425,430 Philip D’Amato4188720%$419,460 Gary Stevens5397917%$705,402 LEGACY BACK ON GRASS FOR BUENA VISTALegacy returns to graded company and the turf Monday when she runs in the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on Presidents’ Day.The 5-year-old Sightseeing mare led before weakening to fourth on a wet/fast track in the Paseana Stakes on Jan. 11.“The track was a little wet,” said John Sadler, who trains the Kentucky-bred miss. “I don’t think she cared for the mud, but other than that she’s been fairly steady. The filly that beat her (Warren’s Veneda) loved the mud. My horse should run pretty well.”The Buena Vista: La Tia, Joel Rosario; Winning Rhythm, Flavien Prat; Diversy Harbor, Gary Stevens; Blingismything, Kent Desormeaux; Nashoba’s Gold, Rafael Bejarano; Annecdote, Victor Espinoza; and Uzziel, Fernando Perez.            Monday is Dollar Day at Santa Anita. Fans can partake of draft beers, hot dogs and sodas for just a buck. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. Edwin Maldonado6273811%$264,196 Carla Gaines2553120%$297,945 Martin Garcia7212121017%$1,081,330 Brandon Boulanger705387%$137,636 Victor Espinoza8917171219%$1,159,490 Joseph Talamo12413142010%$985,998 SHARED BELIEF TO WORK FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAPShared Belief is scheduled to have his first breeze since vanquishing Horse of the Year California Chrome in the San Antonio Invitational when the once-beaten son of Candy Ride works Wednesday at Golden Gate Fields for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is following a familiar and successful routine with Shared Belief, who will have Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze aboard for the drill.Art Sherman, meanwhile, squelched rumors, hearsay, gossip, speculation and/or scuttlebutt that San Antonio runner-up California Chrome would race somewhere in advance of the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 28.“He’s going right to Dubai,” Sherman said by phone Friday morning from his Los Alamitos headquarters. “He’ll leave two weeks before the race.” Rafael Bejarano13832231823%$1,553,984 Mike Smith6714131021%$1,284,141 Richard Baltas3756314%$198,268 Corey Nakatani70128817%$629,670 Tyler Baze14117141612%$1,019,064 Mark Casse3975518%$594,800 FINISH LINES: The GoldenPick 6, a 20-cent bet at Golden Gate Fields, is a jackpot-style wager that is paid out in full when there is only one perfect ticket with all six winners in the Pick 6 sequence. When there is more than one ticket with all six winners, 70 percent of the net pool is paid to handicappers going six for six. The remaining 30 percent of the pool is carried over into the next racing day. The Golden Pick 6 is conducted on the final six races each day. Heading into today, the jackpot at the Bay Area track stands at $220,396 . . . Richie Silverstein points out that two-time Vosburgh Invitational winner Private Zone is scheduled to work in Florida this weekend towards his ultimate major goal, the Grade I, $400,000 Carter Handicap at seven furlongs at Aqueduct on April 4, “if everything goes perfect.” Silverstein is the long-time agent for Martin Pedroza, regular rider of Private Zone . . . Trainer Sean McCarthy reports that Santa Anita Gold Cup winner Majestic Harbor, who finished eighth by some eight lengths in the grassy San Marcos Stakes Saturday behind victorious Finnegans Wake, will run in next Saturday’s Grade III, $125,000 Mineshaft Stakes at 1 1/16 miles at the Fair Grounds for trainer Paul McGee, who formerly trained the son of the late Rockport Harbor . . . Host Tom Quigley will have the following guest handicappers in theEast Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. this holiday weekend: top jockey agent Tony Matos on Saturday; handicapping author James Quinn on Sunday; and trainer and HRTV analyst Gary Mandella on Monday, Presidents’ Day . . . Mike Smith, with more Breeders’ Cup wins than any other rider (21), rides 7-2 morning line favorite Conquest Typhoon for trainer Mark Casse in Saturday’s Grade III, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate. Northern California’s official Kentucky Derby prep, the 1 1/8-mile race has drawn a field of 10: Donji, Pedro Terrero, 30-1; Indianaughty, Corey Lanerie, 4-1; Metaboss, Alex Solis, 8-1; Ernest Shackleton, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Cross the Line, Juan Hernandez, 5-1; Harmonic, Ricardo Gonzalez, 20-1; Soul Driver, Dennis Carr, 6-1; Stand and Salute, Russell Baze, 6-1; Conquest Typhoon, Smith, 7-2; and Mischief Clem, Kent Desormeaux, 9-2. All starters carry 122 pounds . . . Low five: She Got Away, 6-1 morning line chance in today’s third race, has finished fifth in each of her four starts, but had excuses twice when she steadied early on. The daughter of Kafwain adds blinkers today . . .Today’s eighth race is dubbed the “Happy 50th Birthday Mr. President” for a mystery celebrant, remindful of 1962 when Marilyn Monroe breathlessly and sensually sang Happy Birthday at Madison Square Garden to JFK on the occasion of his 50th. Jerry Hollendorfer9319131020%$1,928,784 Martin Pedroza10011171011%$475,660 Tiago Pereira6575811%$210,854 Bob Baffert541012819%$1,118,268 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Elvis Trujillo1201416912%$897,742 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won A. C. Avila1850228%$107,524 Drayden Van Dyke11414131712%$769,086 James Cassidy3765716%$237,080 Richard Mandella3375621%$338,630 Fernando Perez989989%$391,962 POINTS, NOT FITNESS, CONCERN FOR TEXAS RED’S TRAINERKeith Desormeaux, trainer of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red, is optimistic that the son of Afleet Alex can still make the Kentucky Derby on May 2 as he recovers from an abscess in his right front foot discovered after he ran a sharp second by a neck to Lord Nelson in the seven furlong San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 1.“We have a positive outlook,” Desormeaux said Friday morning after a brief visit to his native state of Louisiana. “It’s something that we’ve dealt with before and we’re hoping he’s done with it in a couple of weeks.”Texas Red left Santa Anita Tuesday for a California farm where he will be treated for the abscess while swimming to maintain fitness, according to a Daily Racing Form report.Texas Red made his 3-year-old debut in the San Vicente, his first race since a smashing 6 ½-length score in the Juvenile at odds of nearly 14-1 under Keith’s brother, three-time Kentucky Derby winner Kent Desormeaux.Keith indicated fitness and a prep before the Run for the Roses is not necessarily a major concern. Having enough points to qualify for the Derby is, however. At the moment, Texas Red has 12.“I wouldn’t even be concerned with having another race at all if we weren’t at the mercy of this point system,” Desormeaux said. “I’d go straight into the Derby. But you have to run now.“You’ve got a horse with $1.2 million in earnings and he’s the Breeders’ Cup champion; he shouldn’t have to prove anything more to get into the Kentucky Derby. But we have to run.” Ron Ellis3152516%$197,700 Jeff Bonde1950326%$192,730 John Sadler637101011%$473,646 VAN DYKE LEADS JOCKEYS TO CHARITY HOOPS WINA good time was had by all at last night’s 48th annual Santa Anita Jockeys-Holy Angels School Charity basketball game at La Salle High School in Pasadena, won by the riders, 41-34.Drayden Van Dyke, Eclipse Award-winning apprentice rider of 2014, led the jockeys with 20 points, while Omar Figueroa added 13, Corey Nakatani six and Elvis Trujillo, two.Other players for the riders, who opened a 7-0 lead early on and led at halftime, 26-12, were Rafael Bejarano, Brandon Boulanger, Kent Desormeaux, Berkeley Headley (son of trainer Karen Headley), Edwin Maldonado, Joe Talamo, Iggy Puglisi and Kayla Stra.“I was in the passing lane handing out assists,” said Desormeaux, who has been the jockeys’ leading scorer in past games. “I only played four minutes.”“It was a lot of fun and there was a good crowd,” said HRTV’s Kurt Hoover, who once again coached the riders. “It looked like every seat was taken.”Proceeds benefit the Holy Angels athletic program, the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation. The game was sponsored by J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park.The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, the 16-year-old son of Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States. Mark Glatt4068615%$323,624 Santiago Gonzalez3844811%$133,250 Doug O’Neill79991011%$502,806 Felipe Valdez1954326%$99,630 Hector Palma1762035%$116,180 Kent Desormeaux10221161121%$1,195,802 Peter Miller781617721%$961,180 Peter Eurton4396721%$417,278last_img read more

first_imgKent Desormeaux831711920%45%$1,126,318 Bob Baffert3274522%50%$683,716 Joseph Talamo7675149%34%$282,988 John Sadler3267819%66%$406,574 DREFONG BREEZES ON A ‘BEAUTIFUL’ MAIN TRACK Philip D’Amato42115726%55%$670,520 (Current Through Thursday, Feb. 9) Rafael Bejarano9316151717%52%$922,923 WHAT A VIEW BACK IN TWO WEEKS FOR ARCADIAWhat a View will be running uncharacteristically sooner than normal when he starts in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Arcadia Stakes for four-year-olds and up at a mile on turf.The speedy California-bred son of Vronsky was a game second in the California Cup Turf Championship on Jan. 28, but will be returning in two weeks Saturday.“It’s quicker than usual, because we like to give him 30 days or more, but I’ve only tried it once or twice,” said trainer Kenny Black. “This time it’s a different situation. Before the Cal Cup he hadn’t run for 60 days since the Seabiscuit (Nov. 26), so it was either run Saturday or work him five or six times before the Kilroe, which is our next major target.“I’d rather run him on the grass for $200,000 than work him on the dirt for free.”The Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf will be run March 11.The Arcadia, race five of nine: Bolo, Mike Smith, 5-1; Ring Weekend, Rafael Bejarano, 6-5; What a View, Tyler Baze, 4-1; Ohio, T.J. Pereira, 15-1; and Conquest Enforcer, Flavien Prat, 8-5. FAMILY MAN GUTIERREZ ACHIEVES 1,000TH VICTORY Richard Baltas7014131020%53%$712,020 ILIAD DEBUTS FOR O’NEILL SUNDAY IN SAN VICENTE Victor Espinoza3167519%58%$458,462 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Santiago Gonzalez6679611%33%$340,271 Tyler Baze12021251018%47%$1,049,212 ILIAD DEBUTS FOR O’NEILL IN SAN VICENTEIliad makes his first start under the direction of trainer Doug O’Neill in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes for three-year-olds at seven furlongs. The bay ridgling owned by Kaleem Shah formerly was trained by Bob Baffert.“He’s training really well and we’re looking forward to getting him started,” O’Neill said. Iliad will be making his first start since last Dec. 18, when he broke his maiden going six furlongs at Los Alamitos, winning by 3 ½ lengths.The San Vicente: Law Abiding Citizen, Jamie Theriot, 6-1; Aquamarine, Stewart Elliott, 3-1; Blabimir, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Battle of Midway, Mike Smith, 7-5; and Iliad, Rafael Bejarano, 9-5. TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Flavien Prat11429132025%54%$1,857,613 FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner and Eclipse champion Drefong worked five furlongs in a bullet 58.60 under Mike Smith on Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday for the Golden Shaheen on March 25. Drefong went in company with Pretty N Cool who was timed in 59 flat. “He worked nice,” trainer Bob Baffert said of Drefong. “The track is just beautiful today.” Another Eclipse champion, 2015 three-year-old filly winner Stellar Wind, worked four furlongs in 48.60 under exercise rider Jose Contreras. Trainer John Sadler moved the breeze up a day in advance of impending rain. Sham Stakes winner Gormley, with designs on the San Felipe Stakes March 11, worked five furlongs for John Shirreffs in 1:02.40 under regular rider Victor Espinoza. Workmate Shazara was timed in 1:03 . . . In all, there were 289 recorded workouts Friday, including 24 on the training track . . . Baffert reports Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Arrogate doing well but offered no race for his next start. “We call him Big Blue,” Baffert said. “He’s been tough. He looks pretty good.” Baffert was thrilled when he received a call this morning from Madeline Auerbach advising him that a full brother to Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh was born early this morning at Summer Wind Farm in Georgetown, Ky. “He’s got the same head as American Pharoah,” Baffert said. “He’s gorgeous.” . . . With two victories Thursday (Wealthy Shipman, $10 in the second race) and Salsita ($5 in the fifth), Richard Baltas gained a tie for the training lead with Peter Miller. Each has 14 wins, one more than Jerry Hollendorfer in a heated battle that has Phil D ‘Amato on their heels with 11 . . . Belated congratulations to Barry Abrams on the birth of twin daughters, Rose and Stella, to his daughter, Anna Marie, who is married to trainer Tim Yakteen‘s assistant, John Applegate. Luis Contreras67881812%51%$388,639center_img LADY TAPIT EYES FIRST STAKES WIN IN SANTA MARIA            Lady Tapit closed four wide to finish half a length behind front-running winner Perfect Pic on a muddy track Jan. 13, her first start in seven months.Trainer Peter Eurton is hopeful the five-year-old Tapit mare owned by C R K Stable can progress enough to capture her first added money race Saturday in the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.“It’s hard to say whether she’ll move forward or not,” Eurton said. “Because of how the weather affected her training, I didn’t think she was fit enough to run second last time. I just want to see her run as well on Saturday as she did last out. She’s got to improve though, to be competitive.“Perfect Pic had a great trip. She walked the dog. You would think we would move forward, but it doesn’t always happen that way.”The Santa Maria, race four: Midnight Toast, Jamie Theriot, 12-1; Lady Tapit, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1; Autumn Flower, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Sheer Pleasure, Martin Garcia, 5-1; Show Stealer, Tyler Baze, 6-1; and Vale Dori, Mike Smith, 1-5. Jerry Hollendorfer691391519%54%$1,124,785 Mark Glatt4186520%46%$296,750 Mike Smith2883629%61%$856,165 Mario Gutierrez61612910%44%$587,856 Stewart Elliott801091413%41%$430,728 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won J. Keith Desormeaux2772526%52%$430,400 GUTIERREZ ACHIEVES CAREER MILESTONE It was only an event for cellar-dwelling maidens, but for Mario Gutierrez, winning Thursday’s eighth race aboard Hot Paris Night was almost like winning the Kentucky Derby, which he has done twice.The 30-year-old Gutierrez piloted Hot Paris Night to a neck triumph, giving the native of Mexico his 1,000th career victory. A mainstay with the Doug O’Neill barn after winning the 2012 Run for the Roses on I’ll Have Another and again last year aboard Nyquist, Gutierrez was given a leg up on Hot Paris Night by Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward.“It can weigh on you until you finally achieve that milestone,” said Mario’s agent, Tom Knust. “Not only is he a very good rider, but I think getting married to Rebecca and then her having a baby helped him.“He’s very grounded and motivated to provide for his family. He’s out working every day as hard as he can. Combined with his talent and work ethic, you can’t ask for anything more.” Peter Miller551413625%60%$859,497 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6495414%28%$458,830 Tiago Pereira5585515%33%$210,330 Doug O’Neill798191210%49%$762,708 William Spawr1670244%56%$181,551 Martin Pedroza617101111%46%$298,693 Corey Nakatani3963315%31%$331,836 QUICK TURNAROUND FOR WHAT A VIEW IN ARCADIA LADY TAPIT COULD RUN BETTER, FOR PETE’S SAKE Peter Eurton2973224%41%$363,754last_img read more