Saturday, March 25, 2017

San Luis Rey Stakes (Gr. II)



1,2,3 BET THE (3)     WITH 1,7,5 WITH 7,6 BET THE (7) WITH 5

1,2,3 WITH 1,7,5 WITH 6.7 WITH 5


Unreal break getting hammered at the gate......Arrogate is the best horse I have seen in my lifetime.......Congrat's Arrogate.........

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Calumet Farm's homebred Sonneteer made his 9th start in the Rebel as a maiden, missing by only 2 lengths as the 112-1 longest shot in the field. The son of champion sprinter Midnight Lute   got shuffled back at the start and raced wide, but jockey Richard Eramia moved him to the inside for the stretch run and he made a huge rally up the rail to gain runner-up status.

"We are definitely proud of our horse and the way he ran," Julie Clark, trainer Keith Desormeaux's assistant, said. "I was talking with Rich and he said he's still a little green. He's still a maiden but he said he did everything right. When Rich asked him to do something, he followed through. He felt like he had a lot of horse under him.

"He (Sonneteer) was a little hesitant down on the rail, but he kept pushing through, and when the horse came to him about a sixteenth (of a mile) out, he pushed on. This was a big step forward for him, a giant step."

If all remains on schedule, Sonneteer and Malagacy will get their rematch in the Arkansas Derby (G1) April 15.

"There's a good chance he'll be back for the Arkansas Derby," Clark said. "He ships really well, and obviously, the surface here agrees with him."


The temptation to look ahead becomes easy to give into when dealing with an athlete who makes the complicated look routine. And trainer Bob Baffert didn't become the Hall of Famer he is by not being mindful of such traps.

So it is then that the legendary conditioner keeps steering back to the present those who want talk about Juddmonte Farms' champion Arrogate in forward-thinking terms. For every question he fields about the legacy the son of Unbridled's Song will own should his performance in the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) equal expectations, Baffert reminds all that gimmes simply do not exist in competitive sports.

One hurdle at a time, or risk tripping over what you don't pay attention to. For a man who doesn't put his horses on a plane unless he has peak confidence in their ability to represent, the last thing Baffert is going to do is go halfway around the world only to get sloppy.

"Right now we are just trying to stay focused that he is doing well, because you have to make sure that they show up," Baffert said. "Right now, we know he is an exceptional horse. He is the heavy favorite. But he still has to have racing luck."

The luck of draw was the latest obstacle to be cleared in Arrogate's favor with the 4-year-old gray colt landing post No. 9 in a field of 14 for the March 25 Dubai World Cup.

The draw for the 2,000 meter (1 1/4 miles) test was largely kind to its main contenders as fellow grade 1 winner Gun Runner—the consensus main threat to Arrogate—drew post No. 5 and Keen Ice, Neolithic and Hoppertunity set to break from posts 10, 11, and 12, respectively.

During his 10-month rise from allowance winner to world's best handicap horse in training, Arrogate has rendered his starting points moot. He captured both the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Jan. 28 and Travers Stakes (G1) last August after breaking from the rail, and departed from the No. 9 slot en route to reeling in champion California Chrome   in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) last November.

It was already going to take more than an unfortunate draw for Arrogate to be at any perceived disadvantage in the World Cup. With that now off the table, Baffert can take another deep breath as he prepares to hold his air for a few more days.

"He's settled in pretty well and everything has gone pretty smooth," said Baffert, who will also saddle Hoppertunity. "We're just playing the waiting game now. The draw is over so that's the last of the suspense. We just have to keep him happy the next couple of days.

"As long as he shows up, that's the key. But he's done everything well here. If he runs his race, we know what he can do."

What Arrogate can do is set a track ablaze and break his opponents' hearts all while looking like a big, goofy kid out for a stroll. What the connections of Gun Runner hope their colt can counter with is a high cruising speed that, when left to its own devices, has its own track record of running foes into the ground.

Since finishing a well-beaten third to Arrogate in the Travers, Gun Runner has delivered some of the best performances of his 13-race career. Twenty-one days after running second in the Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1), the 4-year-old son of Candy Ride   capped his sophomore campaign by besting elders in the Nov. 25 Clark Handicap (G1).

His seasonal bow in the Feb. 20 Razorback Handicap (G3) at Oaklawn Park was a gate- to-wire 5 3/4-length victory that was every bit the definition of sublime. With Arrogate not always the fastest out of the gate, Gun Runner will likely have every chance to set the pace in the Dubai World Cup and make his champion rival have to go through him at the finish.

"I was happy with it," co-owner Ron Winchell of Winchell Thoroughbreds said of the draw. "Just let him use his natural speed and hopefully they'll let him go on the lead. The track seems to play speed-favoring."

Hoppertunity and Keen Ice are both closers who would welcome someone to keep Gun Runner honest on the front end. Neolithic could be one such candidate as he prompted pacesetter Noble Bird in the Pegasus World Cup and held for third-place honors.

"The ideal (race) scenario is one where Arrogate would not be involved," laughed Jack Wolf of Starlight Racing, which sold an interest in Neolithic to Qatar Racing. "That's the horse to beat obviously. I would think we'd be near or on the lead or at least stalking the pace and this track seems to be favoring the speed of the last few weeks. Hopefully we hit the board here."

Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), March 25, 2017, Meydan Race 9
About 1 1/4M, Dirt, $10,000,000

PP, Horse, Jockey, Trainer            
1 Apollo Kentucky, C. Lemaire, K. Yamauchi
2 Long River, M. Barzalona, S. bin Ghadayer
3 Gold Dream, J. Moreira, O. Hirata
4 Lani, R. Moore, M. Matsunaga
5 Gun Runner, F. Geroux, S. Asmussen
6 Move Up, A. De Vries, S. bin Suroor
7 Awardee, Y. Take, M. Matsunaga
8 Furia Cruzada, A. Fresu, E. Charpy
9 Arrogate, M. Smith, B. Baffert
10 Keen Ice, J. Castellano, T. Pletcher
11 Neolithic, J. Velazquez, T. Pletcher
12 Hoppertunity, F. Prat, B. Baffert
13 Special Fighter, F. Jara, M. Ritchie
14 Mubtaahij, C. Soumillon, M. de Kock

Zenyatta: El Encino Stakes

Monday, March 20, 2017


Triple Crown Prep Races

Sep 17
Iroquois S.
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
CD$150,0001 1/16 miles Dirt 1:45.22

1. Not This Time (+10)
2. Lookin At Lee (+4)
3. Recruiting Ready (+2)
4. Honor Thy Father (+1)

Oct 1
FrontRunner S.
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
SA$3,000,0001 1/16 miles Dirt 1:43.57

1. Gormley (+10)
2. Klimt (+4)
3. Straight Fire (+2)
4. Midnight Pleasure (+1)

Oct 8
Champagne S.
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
BEL$500,0001 mile Dirt 1:34.68

1. Practical Joke (+10)
2. Syndergaard (+4)
3. Favorable Outcome (+2)
4. Big Gray Rocket (+1)

Oct 8
Claiborne Breeders' Futurity
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
KEE$400,0001 1/16 miles Dirt 1:43.41

1. Classic Empire (+10)
2. Lookin At Lee (+4)
3. Wild Shot (+2)
4. No Dozing (+1)

Nov 5
Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
SA$2,000,0001 1/16 miles Dirt 1:42.60

1. Classic Empire (+20)
2. Not This Time (+8)
3. Practical Joke (+4)
4. Lookin At Lee (+2)

Nov 19
$1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot S.
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
DED$10,000,0001 1/16 miles Dirt 1:45.15

1. Gunnevera (+10)
2. Hot Sean (+4)
3. Dangerfield (+2)
4. J Boys Echo (+1)

Nov 26
Remsen S.
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
AQU$3,000,0001 1/8 miles Dirt 1:51.58
1. Mo Town (+10)
2. No Dozing (+4)
3. Takaful (+2)
4. Win With Pride (+1)

Nov 26
Kentucky Jockey Club S.
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
CD$2,000,0001 1/16 miles Dirt 1:44.15

1. McCraken (+10)
2. Wild Shot (+4)
3. Warrior's Club (+2)
4. Uncontested (+1)

Nov 26
Cattleya Sho
Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby
TOK$19,300,000About 1 mile Dirt 1:37.80

1. Mont Saint Legame (JPN) (+40)
2. Caucus (JPN) (+16)
3. Blanc Eclat (+8)
4. Lavapies (JPN) (+4)

Dec 10
Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
LRC$3,000,0001 1/16 miles Dirt 1:41.56

1. Mastery (+10)
2. Irap (+4)
3. Dangerfield (+2)
4. Bobby Abu Dhabi (+1)

Jan 2
Jerome S.
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
AQU$1,500,0001 mile 70 Yards Inner track 1:46.17

1. El Areeb (+10)
2. Bonus Points (+4)
3. True Timber (+2)
4. Win With Pride (+1)

Jan 7
Sham S.
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
SA$1,000,0001 mile Dirt 1:35.89

1. Gormley (+10)
2. American Anthem (+4)
3. Big Hit (+2)
4. Bird Is the Word (+1)

Jan 16
Smarty Jones S.
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
OP$3,000,0001 mile Dirt 1:36.32

1. Uncontested (+10)
2. Petrov (+4)
3. Rowdy the Warrior (+2)
4. Warrior's Club (+1)

Jan 21
LeComte S.
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
FG$200,0001 mile 70 Yards Dirt 1:43.20

1. Guest Suite (+10)
2. Untrapped (+4)
3. Takeoff (+2)
4. Arklow (+1)

Feb 4
Withers S
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
AQU$2,500,0001 1/16 miles Inner track 1:44.47
1. El Areeb (+10)
2. True Timber (+4)
3. J Boys Echo (+2)
4. Bonus Points (+1)

Feb 4
Holy Bull S.
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
GP$3,500,0001 1/16 miles Dirt 1:42.52
1. Irish War Cry (+10)
2. Gunnevera (+4)
3. Classic Empire (+2)
4. Talk Logistics (+1)

Feb 4
Robert B. Lewis S
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
SA$1,500,0001 1/16 miles Dirt 1:43.48
1. Royal Mo (+10)
2. Irap (+4)
3. Sheer Flattery (+2)
4. Term of Art (+1)

Feb 11
Sam F. Davis S.
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
TAM$2,500,0001 1/16 miles Dirt 1:42.45
1. McCraken (+10)
2. Tapwrit (+4)
3. State of Honor (+2)
4. Wild Shot (+1)

Feb 18
El Camino Real Derby
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
GG$200,0001 1/8 miles All Weather Track 1:51.34
1. Zakaroff (+10)
2. More Power to Him (+4)
3. Tribal Storm (+2)
4. Ann Arbor Eddie (+1)

Feb 19
Hyacinth S.
Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby
TOK$32,200,000About 1 mile Dirt 1:37.80
1. Epicharis (JPN) (+50)
2. Adirato (JPN) (+20)
3. Hypernova (JPN) (+10)
4. Foggy Night (JPN) (+5)

Feb 20
Southwest S.
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
OP$250,0001 1/16 miles Dirt 1:41.85
3. Lookin At Lee (+2)
4. Silver Dust (+1)

Feb 25
Risen Star S.
Kentucky Derby Championship Series
FG$4,000,0001 1/16 miles Dirt 1:43.08
1. Girvin (+50)
2. Untrapped (+20)
3. Local Hero (+10)
4. Guest Suite (+5)

Mar 4
Xpressbet Fountain of Youth S.
Kentucky Derby Championship Series
GP$4,000,0001 1/16 miles Dirt 1:44.25
1. Gunnevera (+50)
2. Practical Joke (+20)
3. Three Rules (+10)
4. Talk Logistics (+5)

Mar 4
Gotham S.
Kentucky Derby Championship Series
AQU$4,000,0001 1/16 miles Inner track 1:46.34
1. J Boys Echo (+50)
2. Cloud Computing (+20)
3. El Areeb (+10)
4. Action Everyday (+5)

Mar 11
Tampa Bay Derby
Kentucky Derby Championship Series
TAM$350,0001 1/16 miles Dirt 1:42.36
1. Tapwrit (+50)
2. State of Honor (+20)
3. Wild Shot (+10)
4. No Dozing (+5)

Mar 11
San Felipe S.
Kentucky Derby Championship Series
SA$300,0001 1/16 miles Dirt 1:42.28
1. Mastery (+50)
2. Iliad (+20)
3. Term of Art (+10)
4. Gormley (+5)

Mar 18
Rebel S.
Kentucky Derby Championship Series
OP$500,0001 1/16 miles Dirt 1:43.00
1. Malagacy (+50)
2. Sonneteer (+20)
3. Untrapped (+10)
4. Petrov (+5)

Mar 25
UAE Derby
Kentucky Derby Championship Series
MEY$2,000,0001 3/16 miles
1. (+100)
2. (+40)
3. (+20)
4. (+10)

Mar 25
Spiral S.
Kentucky Derby Championship Series
TP$500,0001 1/8 miles
1. (+50)
2. (+20)
3. (+10)
4. (+5)

Mar 26
Sunland Derby
Kentucky Derby Championship Series
SUN$800,0001 1/8 miles
1. (+50)
2. (+20)
3. (+10)
4. (+5)

Apr 1
Florida Derby
Kentucky Derby Championship Series
GP$1,000,0001 1/8 miles
1. (+100)
2. (+40)
3. (+20)
4. (+10)

Apr 1
Louisiana Derby
Kentucky Derby Championship Series
FG$1,000,0001 1/8 miles
1. (+100)
2. (+40)
3. (+20)
4. (+10)

Apr 8
Wood Memorial
Kentucky Derby Championship Series
AQU$1,000,0001 1/8 miles
1. (+100)
2. (+40)
3. (+20)
4. (+10)

Apr 8
Blue Grass
Kentucky Derby Championship Series
KEE$1,000,0001 1/8 miles
1. (+100)
2. (+40)
3. (+20)
4. (+10)

Apr 8
Santa Anita Derby
Kentucky Derby Championship Series
SA$1,000,0001 1/8 miles
1. (+100)
2. (+40)
3. (+20)
4. (+10)

Apr 15
Arkansas Derby
Kentucky Derby Championship Series
OP$1,000,0001 1/8 miles
1. (+100)
2. (+40)
3. (+20)
4. (+10)

Apr 15
Lexington S.
Kentucky Derby Championship Series
KEE$1,500,0001 1/16 miles
1. (+10)
2. (+4)
3. (+2)
4. (+1)


Heavily favored Conquest Farenheit dominated eight fellow sophomores in taking Sunday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes by 2 ¼ lengths under Norberto Arroyo, Jr.  Trained by Peter Miller, the Kentucky-bred colt by Scat Daddy set fast front-running fractions while getting a mile on turf in 1:33.58.

“What a horse!” exclaimed Miller.  “This is a serious horse.  For him to run that way with fast splits (22.94, 45.59, 1:09.46 and 1:21.46) and come away like he did is pretty impressive.  It showed he could get two turns and it looked like he had another gear.  I think we’ll try him next in the American Turf Derby at Churchill Downs (Grade II, 1 1/16 miles on May 6).”

An impressive winner of the Baffle Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course on Feb. 20, Conquest Farenheit was the even money favorite and paid $4.20, $3.40 and $2.60.

“I love the way he ran today,” said Arroyo, who was also aboard for the Baffle win.  “He’s still learning.  He was waiting for horses in the stretch, pricking his ears back and forth.  He settled nice with me today and I expect him to get better as he goes on.  He was full of run with me galloping out.”

Owned by Rockingham Ranch and Chad Littlefield, Conquest Farenheit provided Miller with his second win on the day, which gives him a Winter Meet best of 30 victories through 46 racing days.  Conquest Farenheit is now 5-3-1-1 overall and with the winner’s share of $47,700, he has earnings of $157,745.

Ridden by Jesus Rios, previously undefeated Taco tasted defeat in his fifth start, finishing second by a half length over Cistron as both pressed the pace throughout.  Off at 7-1, Taco paid $6.20 and $4.40.

Cistron, who was ridden by Tyler Baze, was off at 9-1 and paid $4.20 to show.








A day without Baltas at Santa Anita is like a day without sunshine, and while there has been more than enough erratic weather during the 12-week old Winter Meet, trainer Richard Baltas has been a constant, a racing secretary’s dream with 125 starters, second only to three-time Santa Anita training king Doug O’Neill’s 150.

Baltas couldn’t recall the number of days he did not have a starter from his barn of 83 head based at Santa Anita and San Luis Rey Downs, but added with a laugh, “There haven’t been many, maybe a couple. That’s what I’m here for, and it’s hard to win at 18 percent when you run 125 horses.

“Yesterday I thought we’d win two but we only won one, and we had one second and one third, so all three horses hit the board.”

The fact is, Baltas has missed only one of 45 racing days without entering a horse this meet, that being Feb. 11.

Baltas, who turns 56 on May 30, could add to that ever-expanding number with at least two more starters next weekend, Inordinate in Saturday’s San Luis Rey Stakes for older horses at a mile and a half on turf and Kiss At Midnight in Sunday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes, part of the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses, this for older fillies and mares at a mile on dirt.

Inordinate, a five-year-old full horse by Harlan’s Holiday, ran second in an overnight race at a mile and a quarter on turf Feb. 25 in his only start for Baltas, who obtained the Kentucky-bred bay out of the November Fasig-Tipton Sale. Bred by Juddmonte Farms and previously owned by the internationally acclaimed Thoroughbred operation, Inordinate had been trained by 2016 Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown.

“He ran well for us first time out and I believe he probably needed the race (his first since last Aug. 27),” Baltas said. “He’s come back to train well. He worked (six furlongs) in 1:12 and two on March 14. It looks like he might have a chance in the race. We’ll see.”

Inordinate will be ridden by resurgent Corey Nakatani, who has enjoyed noticeable success with Baltas, winning nine times in 26 tries for the trainer.

Kiss At Midnight was claimed for $25,000 in April of 2015 and has been second in four Cal-bred stakes, including last year’s Dream of Summer. The five-year-old Decarchy mare has earned $357,793, most of that under the direction of Baltas.

Baltas, a native of Gary, Indiana, hometown of Tony Zale, the great middleweight champion of the 1950s, has had great success with claims. He posted his first stakes win with $32,000 claim Freedom Crest in the Grade II San Pasqual Handicap in 2001 and also the Grade II, $488,000 Goodwood Breeders’ Cup Handicap in which Freedom Crest defeated 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow. On the bargain list as well is Big Macher, who was taken for $20,000 in 2013 and gave Baltas his first Grade I win, in the Bing Crosby Stakes in 2014. Big Macher was on the work tab Sunday morning, going three furlongs in 36.80.

Baltas, who now resides in Los Alamitos with his wife, Debby, moved to Huntington Beach when he was nine, graduated from Marina High School in 1979, attended the races with his late father, Gus and fell in love with the sport.

“I started going to the races when I was 13 with my father,” Baltas said. “My mother was at the races the other day. She’s 88. My Dad died when he was 74.”

At 21 and wanting to break into the game, in 1983 Baltas moved to the heart of the Blue Grass country in Lexington, Kentucky, attended the Kentucky Equine Institute and began working at Spendthrift Farm where resided Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew and Affirmed.

He rubbed yearlings and worked as a groom, learning the business “from the ground up,” through trainers such as Tom Skiffington, Eric Guillot, Barry Abrams, Craig Dollase and Richard Mandella.

Baltas took out his trainer’s license in 1991 and won his first race at Hollywood Park with Latchburn.

His wife, Debby, the “Julia Child of Racing Repast,” calls the shots at the track kitchen on Santa Anita’s backstretch. Her family ran the track kitchen at Hollywood Park until the track closed in December of 2013.

Debby’s Mom, Norma, serves hungry patrons at the Fresh Gourmet, “a great stop for lunch or dinner” on 2004 Huntington Drive in San Marino, a few furlongs from Santa Anita.

The San Luis Rey is expected to draw a full field. Probables include Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens; Buster Douglas, Santiago Gonzalez; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc; Inordinate, Corey Nakatani; Itsinthepost, Tyler Baze; Liam the Charmer, Victor Espinoza; Papacoolpapacool, no rider; Site Read, Stewart Elliott; Some in Tieme, Tiago Pereira; Syntax, no rider; Texas Ryano, Joe Talamo; Up With the Birds, no rider; and Wanstead Gardens, no rider.

Liam the Charmer and Site Read worked in company for Michael McCarthy Sunday, going five furlongs in 1:00.60 and 1:00.80, respectively. Asked how he liked the works, the on-the-run trainer said, “Loved ’em.”


Veteran jockey Stewart Elliott, who was named winner of the 2017 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award on Feb. 24, will receive the prestigious trophy, which depicts the legendary George (The Iceman) Woolf, in a Winner’s Circle ceremony between races at Santa Anita next Sunday, March 26.

Established to honor the memory of Woolf, who died following a spill on Santa Anita’s Club House turn on Jan. 3, 1946, the Woolf Award was first presented by Santa Anita in 1950 and this year marks the 68th anniversary of the honor that can only be won once.

Voted on by jockeys nationwide, the Woolf Award seeks to recognize riders who have not only achieved a high degree of success in the saddle, but who have conducted both their personal and professional lives in a manner that brings credit to the sport of Thoroughbred racing and to them personally.

Born in Toronto on March 11, 1965, Elliot celebrated his 52nd birthday on Santa Anita Handicap Day, March 11. A strong finisher who is also an outstanding judge of pace, Elliott, best known for capturing the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with Smarty Jones, has now amassed more than 4,700 career wins.

One of five 2017 Woolf finalists, Elliott outpolled contemporaries Kerwin Clark, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy and Scott Stevens.


 Las Virgenes winner Unique Bella, prepping for the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 8, worked six furlongs for Jerry Hollendorfer Saturday in a bullet 1:11.20, fastest of 10 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:13.96. Unbeaten California Cup Oaks winner Sircat Sally also worked for Hollendorfer, going four furlongs in 48.40 . . . John Shirreffs reports Gormley and Royal Mo came out of their races in the San Felipe Stakes and Rebel Stakes in good order despite finishing unplaced and are being considered for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8 . . . There is a single ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover today of $317,374.27 . . . Santa Anita presents a Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship on Saturday, April 1. Patrons can taste delicious samplings from masters of BBQ and enjoy a day of Thoroughbred racing. Special packages are available at . . . The annual Santa Anita Derby Day 5K Run and Walk takes place on Saturday, April 8. Visit or call 760-434 5255 for further information . . . According to Santa Anita statistician Jason Hom, favorites overall are winning at a 36.55 clip at the Winter Meet (144 out of 394) and at an even greater rate on dirt, 38.46 (115 of 299). The number drops to 30.53 on turf (29 of 95). Odds-on favorites are winning at 62.03 percent (49 of 79); in the money favorites at 72.08 (284 of 394); and in the money odds-on favorites at 94.94 percent (75 of 79) . . . Agent Nelson Arroyo has brother Norberto Jr. booked to ride Palos Verdes winner St. Joe Bay for leading trainer Peter Miller in the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai next Saturday . . . Barretts Sales at Del Mar will be conducting their Select 2-year-old in Training Sale on Wednesday, March 29. Their training track preview will be on Monday, March 27, beginning at 10 a.m. The sale catalogue is available in the Santa Anita Racing Office and the complete catalogue is available on line as well at . . . Condolences to the family of longtime Thoroughbred owner Nick Barron, who passed away earlier this month at age 85.  The owner of Hallett Boats, now Barron Boats, Inc., Barron and his wife Shirley resided in nearby Glendora. Services were held this past Wednesday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Monrovia.


Sunday, March 19, 2017




      1. Symposium
      2. Nickname
      3. Lajatico 


      1. Sly Humor
      2. Aura Rose
      Long shot   Gemini Journey


      Long-shot  Play   Big Sky Logan


       1. California Cajun
       2. Liberty Jack
       3. Soft Trips

Thursday, March 16, 2017




A contentious sprint down the hill...........A under-achiever is Discatsonthesquare.........She will need to have some racing luck.........Talamo re-rides her........She just might outrun her odds.......third race off a slight vacation couplied with a bullet work makes her my longshot of the day.


         1. Discatsonthesquare

Monday, March 13, 2017








San Vicente Stakes winner Iliad and Cecil B. DeMille winner Term of Art, second and third behind runaway winner Mastery in Saturday’s Grade II San Felipe Stakes, are bound for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8, trainer Doug O’Neill’s assistant Leandro Mora said Sunday morning.

“Both horses looked good this morning and the Santa Anita Derby is what we’re looking at,” Mora said.

O’Neill won the Santa Anita Derby back to back in 2012 and 2013 with I’ll Have Another and Goldencents.

Meanwhile, Bob Baffert barely had a chance to begin celebrating after Mastery’s 6 ¾-length romp in the San Felipe that established him as the Kentucky Derby favorite, when the bubble burst.

Mastery was pulled up after the finish of the 1 1/16-mile race and taken back to the barn via horse ambulance after being evaluated by track vet Dr. Dana Stead.

“When he got back to the barn, he seemed OK, but when he got off the wash rack, he showed some filling in his left front ankle,” Baffert said after the race Saturday. “It’s a condylar fracture. He’ll be operated on early Monday and they’ll insert two screws (at Santa Anita’s Equine Hospital on the backstretch).

“We won’t know until after the surgery whether or not this is career-ending.”

Sunday morning, Baffert said Mastery “was eating and looked comfortable, but the most important thing now is to focus on his well-being. Our emotions went from the highest of the highs after he won to the lowest of the lows. Obviously what happened is pretty disappointing.

“But in this game you have to keep things in perspective. It could have been worse.”


Autumn Flower has enhanced her broodmare status with third-place finishes at long odds in Grade II stakes in her last two outings, the La Canada and the Santa Maria.

Trainer Dan Hendricks is satisfied with that accomplishment for the moment, but has his sights set on even greater heights when the five-year-old Flower Alley mare runs in next Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.

“Another third would be fine, but she’s maturing and as happy as she’s ever been since we’ve changed some of her routine from last year. It’s really worked,” Hendricks said. “We added a goat, my son (Gregg) takes extra time with her and grazes her every morning.

“She’s just happy and doing well.”

Autumn Flower never ran in a stakes race until Dec. 3 of last year when she finished sixth in the Grade II Bayakoa Handicap. She had won two optional claiming races before that for owners Thomas Traver and Priscilla Webb.


            It was a far cry from Dare and Go’s 3 ½-length victory at nearly 40-1 that ended Cigar’s 16-race winning streak in the 1996 Pacific Classic, but Bal a Bali’s win as the longest shot in Saturday’s Grade I Kilroe Mile at 9-1 put another upset notch on Richard Mandella’s Hall of Fame resume.

Bal a Bali hadn’t raced since last June 16, a span of nearly nine months, but had been training forwardly, even sporting a bullet work, uncommon for a Mandella campaigner.

“He came out of the race in good shape but I’m not sure where I’ll go next,” Mandella said Sunday morning. “He’s a very good horse, so it was no surprise that he was good enough (to win under those conditions), but running that good after all that layoff, I was happy to see he did what he could do.

“But it was no surprise that he could do it. I always thought he was that good. I have nothing immediate in mind. I’ll give him a little extra time because I know he runs really well with long layoffs, but I’m not giving him nine months this time.”

Bal a Bali, a seven-year-old full horse bred in Brazil and owned by Calumet Farm, won his U.S. debut way back on May 9, 2015, when he captured the Grade III American Stakes at Santa Anita. The Kilroe marked his 14th triumph in 23 starts.

Ridden by four-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier Castellano, who also piloted 13-10 favorite Shaman Ghost to a three-quarter length victory over Midnight Storm in the Santa Anita Handicap, Bal a Bali paid $21.20 as the longest shot in the field of seven.


Gary Stevens won his first race since coming back from hip replacement surgery Dec. 21 when he piloted Shehastheritestuff to a half-length victory for trainer Paddy Gallagher in Saturday’s sixth race at one mile on turf. The four-year-old California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat paid $16.40.

“It’s great to be back and great to have support of the trainers this first week back,” the 54-year-old Hall of Fame rider said Sunday morning. “Paddy put me on a nice filly that fit my style and fortunately we got the job done.

“The first win back is always the toughest. You’ve got to reprove yourself, and like any athlete, you’ve got to fight back and show that you’ve still got some shelf life.”

For the unsinkable Gary Stevens, there’s no expiration date in view.

FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup winner Arrogate worked seven furlongs Sunday morning in company as he prepares for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 25. With Martin Garcia up and in company with Cat Burglar, Arrogate was timed in 1:25 flat for seven furlongs, with fractional times of 24.60, 36.80, 48.60 and 1:12.80. Cat Burglar was clocked in 1:25.40. “He went really nice,” Bob Baffert said of Arrogate. “I saw what I needed to see. He just cruised around there and he’ll ship tomorrow (for Dubai).” . . . Ron Ellis reports Masochistic came out of his second-place finish as the 1-2 favorite in the Triple Bend Stakes in good order, but “has no plan” for his next race. “We’ll have to regroup and see what goes on,” the trainer said. “It was his first race in four months; he got a little tired.” Masochistic was beaten a length by 16-1 shot Denman’s Call, one of six winners picked on top by Toby Turrell‘s Winners Card . . . Agent J.R. Pegram has booked Kent Desormeaux on Santa Maria and La Canada runner-up Show Stealer for Art Sherman in next Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes . . .There is a Pick Six carryover of $189,246 into Sunday’s program . . . With apologies to General Douglas MacArthur, “Old geldings never die. They just race away,” and the 11 scheduled starters in today’s eighth race, the $30,000 “605 Starter Handicap” at 5 ½ furlongs, have run a combined total of 434 races, winning 93 and earning $2,051,129. The leader is 10-year-old Nextdoorneighbor with 15 wins from 55 starts for current trainer Steve Knapp, who also has Changing Karma entered . . . Also next Saturday, Santa Anita has the St. Paddy’s Day Pitch, with the person tossing a ringer winning $1 million! It’s free to enter. Get on track, fill out a contest entry card and you could be one of four entries selected, or sign up online at before March 18, as one online entry also will be chosen.

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