Tuesday, October 6, 2015


With his connections pointing him to the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 31 at Keeneland, grade I winner Big Macher turned in an easy five-furlong move in 1:01 2/5 Monday, Oct. 5 at Santa Anita Park.

Trainer Richard Baltas said he is pointing 2014 Bing Crosby Stakes (gr. I) winner Big Macher to the Sprint off his 4 3/4-length victory in the Pirate's Bounty Stakes Sept. 7 at Del Mar. That easy victory marked the first race for Tom Mansor and Tachycardia Stables' Big Macher since his fifth-place finish in the March 28 Dubai Golden Shaheen presented by Gulf News (UAE-I) at Meydan.

Baltas said Big Macher was impressive in the Pirate's Bounty—earning a nice speed figure—and the trainer plans to call Breeders' Cup officials Oct. 6 to see where he stands in terms of making it into the $1.5 million Sprint. Big Macher finished ninth in last year's Sprint at Santa Anita Park.

"We're pointing for the Sprint; we want to bring him in fresh," Baltas said. "He runs better fresh. He probably should get in."

On Monday, Big Macher completed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 at Santa Anita. It marked his third move at Santa Anita since his Sept. 7 Pirate's Bounty win. The 5-year-old Beau Genius gelding has won five stakes including two graded stakes with earnings of $684,038.

"The track was a little bit deep today, we just gave him an easy work," Baltas said. "He went real nice, he's doing really well out of the Pirate's Bounty. ... He was in Dubai and that took something out of him so we gave him some time off. His comeback race was really good. We're looking forward to trying to get to Lexington later this month."

Other works of note at Santa Anita on Monday included grade I winner Obviously working toward a start in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) with a five-furlong move in :59 1/5 on the training track, earning the bullet; and grade II winner Big John B working toward the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) with a six-furlong move in 1:14 3/5 on the main track.


*(Due to weather the CA Distaff Handicap came off the turf and was run on the main track)


FERNANDO PEREZ, OUR PURE CREATION, WINNER: “There were a couple of speed horses. The favorite, Home Journey and Velvet Mesquite, so I knew they would go straight to the lead. I stayed behind them so I was close and I stayed to the outside to keep a clear path. At the end she had a big kick.”


MIKE PUYPE, TRAINER FAVORED HOME JOURNEY, FOURTH: “This was a little long for her on the dirt. On grass, no problem. She likes the turf but there’s no question she needs grass.”

VAL BRINKERHOFF, OUR PURE CREATION, WINNER: “This is only the first horse I’ve ever run here at Santa Anita. She’s run here before though I’m not sure if she ever won or not. I was glad we got her in this Cal-bred race.

“Well I was glad it came off the turf. Mike Puype’s horse, Home Journey is a known quantity down the hill and we weren’t. Our Pure Creation runs well on the dirt so I was glad, I thought we had a better chance. She’s run on all three surfaces so whatever comes up and we can get in, we’ll take.

“We’ve had a long trip with her, I have to thank Mr. Parker for sticking with her through all this. They sent her to me over in Phoenix and she had a bit of a tendon on her so I started swimming her in the pool. We were two days away from stopping the swimming and were going to breeze her but she got colic so we had to operate. $10,000 dollars and seven months later we got back to Del Mar to run but it might have been a blessing in disguise. That extra seven months off on that leg and it got better and better. She’s a nice filly. She used to be so skinny and that time off helped her, she blossomed.”

JOE PARKER, WINNING OWNER/BREEDER, OUR PURE CREATION: “We were happy the race came off the grass this morning. You never know what’s going to happen, but I noticed in a few of the earlier races, if two or three horses went to the front, the horses running from behind were doing well. I think this track is probably a little wet and kinda drying out. I sold this mare’s mother in foal to Lucky Pulpit at the Barrett’s Winter Mixed Sale last January, so somebody’s got a lot to look forward to.

“I’ve been breeding here in California for 25 years and I sold my farm in the San Joaquin Valley a year and a half ago. This mare got hurt and we gave her quite a bit of time. Val took her and turned her around. I think we might look for a race at Del Mar and then back here this winter. She’s gonna be six years old, but Hughes (B. Wayne, owner of superstar mare Beholder) says he’s gonna run his mare at six, so I think we’ll follow his lead.”



JOE TALAMO, BEN’S DUCHESS, WINNER: “I was smiling when I saw the race play out in front of me. We really had a good trip. I kept her back and to the outside because the kick-back was a little heavy. I came into the turn and I had so much horse.

“She runs her race every time, she’s hit the board every time she’s run. Even when she doesn’t win, she’s such a hard-trying filly, so I had all the confidence in the world in her today.”


LARRY BENAVIDEZ, ASSISTANT TO JOHN SADLER, BEN’S DUCHESS, WINNER: “She always tries, she always brings her ‘A’ game, and today, Joe (Talamo) didn’t do what they (the other jockeys) did (vie for the lead). At the half-mile pole, I was kind of smiling when they went 43 and change (43.45). We kind of wanted to sit third. We thought the one and the five would go head and head. We didn’t think there would be four across the track (for the lead), but when that materialized, I was smiling.”

SIMON CALLAGHAN, TARIS, THIRD: “We were four-wide the whole way and they went really quick on this track that is just a little slow. I think that took its toll. The horse that sat back came and got them. I think under the circumstances it wasn’t a bad run but going that quick and going wide, it was just a bad trip.

“Gary said she felt fine but the track and the wide trip just took its toll.”

NOTES: The winning owner is Richard Templer of Chicago who races as Doubledown Stables, Inc.


EDDIE D. 2015


GARY STEVENS, NO SILENT, WINNER: “He was a stallion before when I rode him. He was very aggressive and tough to deal with and I was lucky to win a race with him (July, 2013). They gelded him and Gary showed a lot of patience, much like Papa Mandella.

“Today, he broke clean, he got a perfect stalking trip and Gary has just done a good job with him, been very patient. He’s run three great races now off of a long layoff and this horse is just loving his job and he made my job easy.”

TYLER BAZE, MIDNIGHT STORM, SIXTH: “He ran good, we just got outrun.”


GARY MANDELLA, NO SILENT, WINNER: “He was gelded right after we got him back from Keeneland (in April of 2014). It (the Shakertown, April 12, 2014) was a really roughly run race. He got bumped a million times and we knew he was going to need some time off to get over some injuries, but I think the time off did more for him mentally than physically.

“He’s really become a subtle, more relaxed horse, and more so than anything, it’s been why he’s been able to stay so happy and enabled us to build on that and have every race better than the last one.

“Gary (Stevens) and I both agreed that on paper the race would set up exactly the way his last races had been, that a couple of horses would send and he would comfortably follow in the second flight. It didn’t actually wok out exactly that way because they were a little bunched on the front end and he got forced wide, but he still won pretty handily. I thought it was really impressive. He ran the best race of his life, as a 6-year-old.”

EDDIE DELAHOUSSAYE: “It feels great (to be back in the Winner’s Circle). Not only that, old man Gary Stevens won the race and I’m going to present the trophy.”

Asked how far No Silent would have won had Delahoussaye ridden him: “A nose.”



RAFAEL BEJARANO, WILD DUDE, WINNER: “Well I knew Distinctiv Passion and Masochistic had the speed so I let them go and I knew Glacken Too would be the cheap speed so I let him go and I was only really concerned about the horse that was going to come from behind me, Kobe’s Back.

“I was waiting to make my own decision. I let him relax and let him finish like he has won before. The last time that he ran seven furlongs (Aug. 22 at Del Mar in the Grade II Pat O’Brien) he finished second and he still ran well but it wasn’t really his style. His style is to come from behind and make one run.

“He’s getting better and he’s been working great in the mornings.”

GARY STEVENS, KOBE’S BACK, SECOND: “Tough beat. He had way more energy today. The break today wasn’t pretty, but it wasn’t horrendous.”

WHEN ASKED IF HE’D LIKE TO RIDE THE HORSE IN THE BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT: “I’d absolutely love to ride him. There’s gonna be a lot of horses and he likes that track (at Keeneland). The winner got the jump on me, but my horse was like Pac Man. He was eatin’ ‘em up late.”


JERRY HOLLENDORFER, WILD DUDE, WINNER: “I saw the fractions a little late, but when I saw the 43 and change go up (43.93 for the half-mile), I thought we had a chance. Then I started thinking Kobe’s Back was going to close, too, and he did.

“I think we will (go on to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint) if he comes out of this good. Nobody knows right now when they’ll ship because of the weather conditions back there.”

RON ELLIS, MASOCHISTIC, FOURTH: “Well, he went a little too fast. Forty three and change is not his game really. He’s not a forty three and four horse really, so . . . ”


NOTES: The winning owners are Jerry Hollendorfer of Point Richmond, CA, and Green Smith Jr. of Bryan, Texas.

Monday, October 5, 2015



Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux was fined $2,500 and essentially put on probation by the Board of Stewards at Santa Anita Park Oct. 4, stemming from a July 29 breathalyzer test that showed alcohol in his system while riding in races at Del Mar.

The decision states that Desormeaux was "suspended" 30 days, but that the suspension is "stayed" unless he "receives a similar violation in this or any other racing jurisdiction" through Feb 2, 2018.

California Horse Racing Board documents said that stewards were alerted July 29 that Desormeaux "smelled of alcohol," inspiring them to send investigative staff to the jockeys' room to administer a breathalyzer. Two tests were performed in succession, resulting in blood alcohol content readings of .047 and .041, and stewards removed Desormeaux from his remaining two mounts on the card.

According to the documents, the CHRB argued "that any blood alcohol level above zero constitutes a violation" of CHRB rule 1874, which states no "licensee shall be under the influence of any alcoholic beverage." Again according to the documents, Desormeaux's opposing argument was that the testing protocol was flawed and that, even if the tested blood alcohol content was accurate, it should not be considered "under the influence."

Desormeaux in July initially contended that his drinking of a carbonated drink led to a false positive, but steward Scott Chaney said that aspect was not brought up by the jockey's lawyers when the case was being decided.

Desormeaux, who has been taken off mounts for alcohol-related violations in the past while riding at Belmont Park and Woodbine, was unavailable for comment mid-card Sunday at Santa Anita.

Sunday, October 4, 2015


                        NO TURF RACING TODAY


I like the first time for a tag.......drops in class .........cutback in distance for Red Stitch

        1. Red Stitch
        2. Tiz Pleasant.......favorite at post time
       Long Shot FTS Play  Twopercentisgolden


The speed in a race void of speed is Bandido Too........catch this one to win .......

        1. Bandido Too
        2. Verraco
        3. John's Success


        1.  Tough Sunday
        2.  Matriculate
        3.  Real Big Deal

       Long Shot  Sir Barclay


Might want to use more then Home Journey.......but on paper the one to fear......high speed figures........might want to hit the all button....Chaulk O L. is out...taken off the turf.........

          1. Home Journey
          2. Velvet Mesquite


        1. Kellianne Can Can
        2. 9 Point 9

        Long Shot look Rich Girl

Saturday, October 3, 2015


Race 1

         1. Hail Mary looks to be live......!   WON

Race 2.

Let's take a shot with Wild Street Party

         1. Wild Street Party    WON

Race 3.

   Take Stevens.........

          1. Zira Gold

Race 4.

         1. Mesa Sky       WON PAID $78.00
         2. Nightly News  SHOW



          1. Chief Of Staff
          2. Rockinatten
          3. New Summit

PICK 4   4,8,9  WITH 2,6 WITH 1,2,9 WITH 1

COST $9.00



           1. Masochistic
           2. Wild Dude


          1. Kathleen Rose
          2. Intoxicating Move
          3. Journey On


           1. Well Maybe
           2. Story To Tell

Friday, October 2, 2015


RACE   1

Let's take a long shot in a race with many contender's.........Moscato Girl likes this track.......should move forward at Santa Anita Park.

             1. Moscato Girl    SHOW


             1.  The Mad Hungarian     WON

Thursday, October 1, 2015



           1. Zendal     WON



          1. Golds Venus      WON
          2. Chicago Angel


         1. Chef Lion
         2. Celebrity Status


         1.  Tulira Castle      WON

         Long Shot Warren's Nickolas


         1. Boone Docks    WON
         2. Discovery

RACE 6  

           1. Bellamentary      WON
           2. Exactamente
           3. Escapee
           Long Shot Midnight In Giana


          1. Thundering Gale
          2. Codacious
          3. Glory          WON

          Long Shot No Comparision's     PLACE


Plenty of speed in this race............Sharp Holiday faded in the Barretts Debutane............Dragon Flower has ran strong in all her three starts.......she is a major player........Public House......won her debut......has the right running style and good post position......6 to 1 is her morning line........

            1. Public House
            2. Sharp Holiday       PLACE
            3. Dragon Flower      WON

            Long Shot  She's A Classic

Sunday, September 27, 2015



              1. SILENTIO
              2. TALCO
              3. BIG BANE THEORY

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