Friday, October 18, 2013




Goldencents worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track in 59 seconds flat under
leading rider Rafael Bejarano Friday morning as the Santa Anita Derby winner prepares for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Nov. 1.

“I thought he looked great,” said trainer Doug O’Neill, who also sent out Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf favorite Clenor a half-mile on turf in 47.20. “Raffy and the horse looked great together.”

O’Neill’s Juvenile hopeful, FrontRunner Stakes winner Bond Holder, worked five furlongs Thursday in 1:00.80.

“He worked great,” O’Neill said. “There was a lot left in the tank. It’s exciting. He really came out of the FrontRunner in great shape. He’ll need to pick it up to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, but he’s heading in the right direction.”

Defending Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Trinniberg, who disappointed in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship Oct. 5, worked a half-mile Friday in a bullet 46.60 for trainer Bisnath Parboo. “He went very nice without the whip,” Parboo said of the 4-year-old son of Teuflesberg, who has earned more than $1.5 million.

Defending Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection worked seven furlongs on turf in 1:24 flat under Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith. “That’s the exact time I got her in,” said trainer Mike Puype. “It was a nice strong work. She’s right on schedule.”

Bob Baffert said if all goes well, Secret Circle would be pre-entered Monday in the Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint. The 4-year-old son of Eddington was an impressive 1 ½-length winner last Sunday in his first start since the Grade I Arkansas Derby on April 14, 2012.
Secret Circle won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint at Churchill Downs in 2011, and won a division of the Grade III Southwest Stakes and the Grade II Rebel Stakes before being sidelined after running second in the Arkansas Derby to stablemate Bodemeister.


It’s been nearly three decades since Bob Baffert had a vision that led him to become
one of the leading Thoroughbred trainers of his generation.

“The Breeders’ Cup is what got me to switch from Quarter Horses to Thoroughbreds,” said Santa Anita’s 11-time training champion, who sends out probable favorite Game On Dude in this year’s $5 million Classic at The Great Race Place on Nov. 2.

“I watched the first Breeders’ Cup at Hollywood Park (in 1984) on television, and I thought, ‘Man, I’d like that. I could do that.”

And do that he did. The 60-year-old Hall of Fame trainer not only has won the Kentucky Derby three times, he has eight Breeders’ Cup wins on his extensive resume, and hopes to add more when the 30th Breeders’ Cup World Championships are run at Santa Anita Nov. 1 and 2.


Strong Wind has never raced on Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs, but on paper at least, he should appreciate the added furlong-plus over the five furlong grass sprints he’s been competing in when he runs in the $100,000 California Flag Handicap on Saturday.

“I don’t think the extra distance hurts him, let’s put it that way,” said Mark Glatt, who trains the California-bred son of Tribal Rule for Gino Roncelli and Bill and Sue Tomasic.

“Except for the fact that he’s never run on this course, going down the hill and crossing over the dirt, he’s run well in straight turf sprints before. But he’s pretty adaptable.

“He’s a nice little race horse, so I expect he’ll handle it fine.”

Strong Wind had three starts in five-furlong turf sprints at Del Mar, winning once with a second and a third, each time finishing well to be only a neck behind the winner. The chestnut colt has a 3-3-3 record from 13 starts, with earnings of $254,844.

The field for the inaugural California Flag Handicap: Tiz A Minister, Martin Garcia, 6-1; A Toast to You, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Circa’sgoldengear, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; Atta Boy Pete, Julien Leparoux, 5-1; Starspangled Heat, Corey Nakatani, 5-1; Mobilized, Joe Talamo, 8-1; Ain’t No Other, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Dixieland Blues, Edwin Maldonado,
20-1; Strong Wind, Gary Stevens, 3-1; and Luckarack, Martin Pedroza, 10-1.

FINISH LINES: Trainer Eddie Truman, who has won with three of his six starters this meet, including two sired by the late McCann’s Mojave, will be Steve Andersen’s guest at Saturday’s Daily Racing Form seminar, 12 noon in the East Paddock Gardens. “It’s pretty amazing,” Truman said of his .500 batting average, “considering I only have six horses in training and one of them is sidelined.” . . . Patrick Valenzuela is expected to resume riding tomorrow. “He had some headaches but didn’t know why,” said his agent, Tom Knust. “After a couple visits to his doctor, he was advised not to ride, but he was cleared yesterday.” . . . Ted H. West, usually one of the most active campaigners on the circuit, has yet to run a horse through the first 13 days of the 24-day meet. “I’ve got a few babies but only one horse ready to run, and every time I enter, the race doesn’t go,” said the 40-year-old trainer . . . On Saturday, all THOROUGHBREDS members at Santa Anita will receive a practical and attractive Santa Anita Throw Blanket, free with paid admission, while supplies last.


(Current Through Thursday, Oct. 17)
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won
Rafael Bejarano 85 12 17 14 14% $625,394
Joe Talamo 85 11 8 9 13% $458,394
Gary Stevens 42 10 6 8 24% $835,578
Mike Smith 26 10 3 2 38% $552,530
Edwin Maldonado 75 9 8 6 12% $342,108
Corey Nakatani 52 9 4 8 17% $482,250
Irving Orozco 56 7 2 5 13% $227,496
Julien Leparoux 46 6 8 5 13% $502,158
Agapito Delgadillo 54 6 7 3 11% $200,590
Mario Gutierrez 46 6 5 3 13% $318,200
Martin Garcia 54 5 6 7 9% $369,030
Martin Pedroza 47 4 3 4 9% $151,684
Chantal Sutherland Kruse 22 4 3 1 18% $116,884

Trainer Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won
Bob Baffert 44 10 2 7 23% $590,290
Doug O'Neill 62 7 5 3 11% $471,268
Peter Miller 36 6 3 5 17% $196,026
John Sadler 51 5 11 9 10% $370,430
Thomas Proctor 25 5 2 2 20% $257,050
Ronald Ellis 13 5 1 0 38% $143,580
William Spawr 12 4 4 0 33% $126,310
Barry Abrams 18 4 2 0 22% $146,944
Mike Puype 33 4 1 6 12% $98,004
Jeff Mullins 20 4 1 1 20% $139,890
Jerry Hollendorfer 27 3 5 4 11% $201,122
Steven Miyadi 9 3 3 0 33% $73,950
Richard Mandella 18 3 2 1 17% $330,990
Eddie Truman 6 3 1 1 50% $81,410

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