Stable Notes By Ed Golden & Mike Willman – Friday, March 6, 2020

first_imgBIG ‘CAP DAY OFFERS HUGE GUARANTEED POOLS Richard Mandella3472721%47%$629,065 Bob Baffert6617141326%67%$1,370,752 TRUE VALOUR PURSUES GRADE I STATUS IN KILROE Geovanni Franco761210616%37%$643,600 Philip D’Amato769121112%42%$704,588 Mike Puype3664617%44%$324,620 John Sadler6310111216%52%$688,179 Edwin Maldonado70710710%34%$264,075 SHIRREFFS SEEKS SAN FELIPE, BIG ‘CAP DOUBLE SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Joel Rosario12233301927%67%$1,851,954 (Current Through Sunday, March 1) Tiago Pereira10717141716%45%$874,502 Abel Cedillo21232362915%46%$1,964,548 Craig Anthony Lewis39631215%54%$378,441 Mario Gutierrez75911812%37%$592,361 Andrew Lerner2865221%46%$279,502 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Ruben Fuentes751110315%32%$506,801 BEJARANO TO SEEK A FRESH START NEXT MONTH Jeff Mullins4698620%50%$533,431 Agapito Delgadillo6065910%33%$353,521 Victor Espinoza4776815%45%$623,457 J.C. Diaz, Jr.68751110%34%$315,061 Doug O’Neill8711171013%44%$716,177 Flavien Prat14233312323%61%$1,834,044 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jorge Velez1481417299%41%$785,899 RACEGOER TO ATTEND HIS 72ND STRAIGHT BIG ‘CAP BAFFERT HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN SAN CARLOS Drayden Van Dyke962018821%48%$1,181,821 HONOR A.P., MIDCOURT SET SATURDAY FOR SHIRREFFS                   Tomorrow, John Shirreffs could enhance a resume already worthy of Hall of Fame consideration.The 74-year-old former Marine and surfing aficionado sends out promising Triple Crown prospect Honor A.P. in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes, the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4, and win-happy Midcourt in the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap.The San Felipe is the West’s most anticipated three-year-old race to date this year, offering $400,000 in purse money but more importantly, 85 qualifying points to the May 2 Kentucky Derby, 50 to the winner, 20 to the runner-up, 10 to the third-place horse and five to the fourth.Also featured on Santa Anita’s most attractive and appealing card of the 2020 Winter Meet are the $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf, the Grade II, $200,000 San Carlos Stakes and the $75,000 China Doll Stakes.First post time for the 12-race program is 11:30 a.m. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.Honor A.P., an $850,000 son of the A.P. Indy stallion Honor Code, was second in his debut last August before returning two months later to score a dazzling 5 ¼ length triumph going a mile at Santa Anita in 1:37.80.“He’s been training very well,” Shirreffs said of the ridgling owned by the C R K Stable. “I think he’s ready to run and I’m optimistic.”Facing two undefeated Bob Baffert-trained runners and champion Storm the Court, Honor A.P. could benefit from a parsimonious pace.Baffert, who has won the San Felipe a record six times, will be represented by the two favorites, Authentic and Thousand Words, while Honor A.P. will likely vie with Storm the Court as third betting choice.“Both my horses are coming into the race really well,” Baffert said. “There are no excuses.”Shirreffs’ lone victory in the San Felipe came with A.P. Warrior in 2006. A.P. Warrior was a son of the great Seattle Slew stallion A.P. Indy, who died just two weeks ago on Feb. 21. Thus, should Honor A.P. capture the San Felipe, Shirreffs would have the distinction of winning it with a son and a grandson of A.P. Indy, whose many achievements were capped with a Horse of the Year crown in 1992.In a career of just over a quarter of a century, Shirreffs has never won the Santa Anita Handicap. He was second with Niko Bay to the Baffert-trained Misremembered in 2010.Midcourt, winner of five of seven races since Shirreffs began training the son of Midnight Lute a year ago, was third to Big ‘Cap favorite Gift Box in the San Antonio Stakes last Dec. 28. Midcourt will be out to turn the tables on Gift Box tomorrow, preventing his trainer, John Sadler, from becoming the first conditioner in 84 editions of the Santa Anita Handicap to win it three straight years.Midcourt had won four straight races before losing the San Antonio, in which he was off slowly. “The track kind of broke away from him,” Shirreffs explained. “He didn’t get away from the gate very well.”The least of Shirreffs’ worries for his runners should be his riders, Mike Smith on Honor A.P. and Victor Espinoza aboard Midcourt. While each is approaching Senior Citizen status at 54 and 47, respectively, both are in the Hall of Fame and achieved perhaps racing’s rarest feat, a Triple Crown sweep, Espinoza on American Pharoah in 2015 and Smith on Justify in 2018.“Not bad, huh?” Shirreffs laughed, when apprised of giving two Triple Crown winning riders a leg up on his horses in graded stakes the same day. “Both are very professional about the business of horses and are very good horsemen as well.“They really understand the horse. After a race, they’re always able to provide meaningful information and insight.”The San Felipe: Fort McHenry, Abel Cedillo, 20-1; Honor A.P., Mike Smith, 4-1; Wrecking Crew, Tyler Gaffalione, 12-1; Authentic, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-5; Thousand Words, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Storm the Court, Joel Rosario, 5-1; and Swagsational, Kassie Guglielmino, 50-1.The Santa Anita Handicap:  Multiplier, Tyler Gaffalione, 20-1; Two Thirty Five, Ruben Fuentes, 12-1; Brown Storm, Hector Berrios, 20-1; Gift Box, Joel Rosario, 6-5; Midcourt, Victor Espinoza, 2-1; Combatant, Umberto Rispoli, 12-1; Hofburg, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Endorsed, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1.BIG ‘CAP DAY OFFERS HUGE GUARANTEED POOLSIn addition to the Santa Anita Handicap and four other stakes tomorrow, fans can look forward to tremendous betting value, as massive guaranteed pools with be offered throughout the 12-race program, which boasts average field size of 9.5 horses per race.With a guaranteed single ticket payout of $1 million, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot will initiate with race seven, China Doll Stakes.The 50 cent Late Pick 5, which has a guaranteed pool of $500,000, will begin with race eight, the San Felipe Stakes.With a guaranteed pool of $750,000, Santa Anita’s 50 cent Late Pick 4 will begin with race nine, a one mile turf allowance for fillies and mares.There will be a $100,000 guaranteed pool in the all new five dollar Golden Hour Double, which includes the last race from both Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields. The Golden Hour Double features a low 15 percent takeout.All on-track Thoroughbreds and XB Rewards members will receive a free Santa Anita Gym Bag, courtesy of San Manuel Casino, while supplies last.BIG ‘CAP DAY BY THE NUMBERS:–First post time at 11:30 a.m., admission gates open at 10 a.m.–Free Gym Bag, from San Manuel Casino, to Thoroughbreds & XB Reward members–Free Infield General Admission & Parking via 6 off of Colorado Place–$5 General Admission, $10 Club House–$1 million guaranteed payout to any 20 cent single ticket Rainbow Pick Six winner–$750,000 guaranteed pool in 50 cent Late Pick 4–$500,000 guaranteed pool in 50 cent Late Pick 5–$100,000 guaranteed pool in $5 Golden Hour DoubleFor additional information regarding Santa Anita Handicap Day, this Saturday, March 7, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.VETERAN RACEGOER TO ATTEND 72ND CONSECUTIVE BIG ‘CAP     “It all started in 1949.”  That from veteran racegoer and recently retired Senior Editor of the Beverly Hills Courier, John Seitz, who will be attending his 72nd consecutive Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday and who proudly states, “I just celebrated my 42nd birthday, times two!”Reached by telephone at his home in Bel Air, Seitz, who grew up going to the races in Southern California with his parents, recounts with acute clarity what impressed him as a young boy attending his first Big ‘Cap, the world’s most prestigious race for older horses, in 1949.“It was raining and muddy and Vulcan’s Forge, a big longshot won it (ridden by Dave Gorman and trained by G.D. Cameron, he paid $42.60 to win).  The next year, 1950, Noor beat Citation (with Johnny Longden up for Burley Parke, Noor toted 110 pounds while Citation with Eddie Arcaro aboard, was assigned 132 pounds).  And then in 1951, Moonrush (Longden) beat a great filly, Next Move (Eric Guerin).  She was owned by the Vanderbilt family and it was such a big thing with her running in the Big ‘Cap.”While he readily acknowledges the Santa Anita Handicap doesn’t have the same significance it did for many decades, Seitz is eager to offer up ideas to help the “Granddaddy of them all.”“It’s still a heckuva race, but I’d like to see it moved back a bit on the calendar, to the mid-point of the Triple Crown,” he said. “That way, there’d be some separation from the Dubai World Cup and the timing would be better.” What is it about racing that most appeals to Seitz?“The people. The first time I went to the races was in the summer of 1945 and it was tremendous. I loved the atmosphere and everything about it and still do. I went to the races at Hollywood Park with my parents on June 20, 1947. My dad was in the movie business and he had a box next to George Raft, who introduced us to a friend of his, Ben Siegel.“Well, we found out a couple days later Ben had gone to his girlfriend’s house after the races that night and things didn’t go well.  Ben was ‘Bugsy’ Siegel, and he had a few enemies.”Ah, the memories, and although Seitz and millions of fans nationwide experienced the Big ‘Cap in its heyday, Seitz is every bit as enthusiastic about this year’s running as the previous 71.“I wouldn’t miss tomorrow for anything.”  TRUE VALOUR EYES TRUER TRIP IN KILROE MILESimon Callaghan is hoping for better luck when True Valour runs in Saturday’s Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf.The Irish-bred six-year-old full horse had issues in his last three races since winning the Grade II City of Hope Mile last Oct. 5. “He’s training very well,” the trainer said, “but he didn’t get the best of trips last time (steadying when third in the Thunder Road on Feb.8). He’s got to be ridden properly and things didn’t unfold right for him, but he’s coming into this race well.“The mare (Got Stormy) is tough but if everything goes right, he’ll be right there.”Callaghan also has two entered in the China Doll for three-year-old fillies at one mile on turf, Bella Vita and Triana.“Bella Vita is stretching out (from 5 1/2 furlongs) but I think she can do it,” Callaghan said. “She has a good mind and I think she’ll relax. She’s a nice filly and this is the next step.“Triana has been running in Italy and this is her first start in the U.S. I think she’ll be coming off the pace and running late. Her stallion (Sir Prancealot) seems to move horses up a lot over here. She’s done everything right and I think she’s ready to run a good race.”The Kilroe: True Valour, Umberto Rispoli, 6-1; River Boyne, Abel Cedillo, 3-1; Got Stormy, Tyler Gaffalione, 5-2; Next Shares, Flavien Prat, 10-1; Sellwood, Mike Smith, 15-1; Ohio, Jose Valdivia Jr., 6-1; Kingly, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1; Frontier Market, Joel Rosario, 6-1; Sash, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1; and Desert Stone, Geovanni Franco, 10-1.ROADSTER, McKALE IN SAN CARLOS FOR BAFFERT   Roadster returns to one of his favorite distances and McKale is likely to make his presence felt on the pace for Bob Baffert, who sends out both horses in Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs.“He’s run well at that distance,” Baffert said of Roadster, last year’s Santa Anita Derby winner who is coming off a disappointing seventh in the nine furlong San Pasqual Stakes Feb. 1 but who was second in the Grade I Malibu Stakes before that last Dec. 29.“I wanted to run him in the Big ‘Cap but his last race was just lethargic. It’s a tough race and he never draws well (post three of six). He always draws inside. McKale is fast and this might be a little far for him, but he’s doing well. They both worked extremely well the other day so this should set them up for races down the road, like the one-turn Met Mile.”The San Carlos: Manhattan Up, Tiago Pereira, 6-1; Flagstaff, Victor Espinoza, 8-5; Roadster, Mike Smith, 5-2; St. Joe Bay, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Law Abidin Citizen, Abel Cedillo, 8-1; and McKale, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-1.AGENTLESS RISPOLI LIKELY TO REMAIN AT SANTA ANITAUmberto Rispoli was still undecided Friday morning as to his new agent and where he would continue to ride in the future.The 31-year-old two-time champion in his native of Italy was left agentless when it was announced last Saturday that his agent, Ron Anderson, will now represent Hall of Fame member John Velazquez in addition to future Hall of Famer Joel Rosario, leaving Rispoli open.“I think I’m going to stay (here),” said Rispoli, who has his wife, Kimberley, and their son, Hayden, 2 ½, in California. “But I still have no plan, no agent. I’m going to Italy Sunday to pick up my visa, and when I return, I’ll go forward. I’ve had no inquiries from other agents.”BEJARANO MULLS MOVE TO KENTUCKY FOLLOWING SA DERBYRafael Bejarano, a long-time successful fixture on the Southern California circuit, will make a fresh start come April, his agent, Tora Yamaguchi, said Friday morning.“He’s enjoyed his time here, but as of late, opportunities here have been scarce,” Yamaguchi said. “He’ll remain here through the Santa Anita Derby (April 4), then will consider going to Keeneland after that to ride there and later at Churchill Downs.”A 37-year-old native of Peru, through 33 days of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, Bejarano had four wins, 12 seconds and 12 thirds from 66 mounts.FINISH LINES: Hard Not to Love, the one-eyed wonder filly, worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 this morning under Mike Smith for the Grade I Beholder Mile on March 14 . . . Also working wasTriple Crown hopeful American Theorem,scheduled to make his three-year-old debut in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 14 for trainer George Papaprodromou. Regular rider Tiago Pereira was aboard. Venetian Harbor, prepping for the Santa Anita Oaks on April 4, went five furlongs in 1:00.40 for leading trainer Richard Baltas . . .Streaking stakes winner Fashionably Fast, winner of last Sunday’s Tiznow Stakes, went back to the track today but trainer Dean Pederson had no word on his next race. “We’re in no hurry to do anything special,”Pederson said of the son of Lucky Pulpit, whose Tiznow victory was his sixth in a row . . . Thomas Goldsmith, 2020 National Handicapping Champion, and Trey Stiles, NHC qualifier for 18 consecutive years, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, 10:20 a.m. Saturday and 11:20 a.m. Sunday, respectively, in the XBTV studio . . . Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on March 6th, 2020Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for March 6th, 2020WORKOUTS:Venetian Harbor (Baltas) 03/06/20American Theorem (Papaprodromou) 03/06/20Lazy Daisy (Outside) and A Thousand Dreams (O’Neill) 03/06/20Nonno’s Polaris (Outside) and Platinum Equity (Knapp) 03/06/20Gingham (Outside) and Much More Halo (Baffert) 03/05/20Eclair (Baffert) 03/05/20Eight Rings (Inside) and JZ My Man (Baffert) 03/05/20Hofburg (Mott) 03/04/20Queen Bee To You (Outside) and Lay The Floor (Lerner) 03/04/20Orquidias Biz (Mullins) 03/04/20Improbable (Baffert) 03/04/20Thousand Words (Outside) and Dr. Dorr (Baffert) 03/02/20Charlatan (Outside) and Fay Dan (Baffert) 03/02/20Donna Veloce (Callaghan) 03/02/20Midcourt (Shirreffs) 03/01/20Honor A. P. (Shirreffs) 03/01/20Gift Box (Sadler) 03/01/20 Richard Baltas922016822%48%$1,355,082 Steve Knapp4499520%52%$359,462 Mike Smith4594520%40%$927,682 Umberto Rispoli12628201822%52%$1,300,976 Peter Miller60186530%48%$948,676 Assael Espinoza5366911%40%$204,572 RISPOLI PONDERS FUTURE AFTER AGENT DEPARTS Michael McCarthy3593426%46%$342,045 Mark Glatt67771510%43%$352,381 Brian Koriner3783822%51%$327,922last_img read more