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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN - Sunday November 4, 2012


• HORSE OF THE YEAR: WISE DAN OVER ROYAL DELTA

MILE RECORD-SETTER WISE DAN FAVORED TO WIN HORSE OF THE YEAR
As the dust settled Sunday on racing’s biggest stage following the sixth presentation of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita amidst the spectacular backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains, the buzz on the backside was: Who’s going to be Horse of the Year?


Since the “leader in the clubhouse,” Game On Dude, fumbled the ball in the red zone by finishing seventh as the 13-10 favorite in the Classic, it opened the door for Wise Dan, who set a turf course record at Santa Anita, winning the Mile by a length and a half in 1:31.78, breaking the mark of 1:31.89 set by Atticus in 1997.
Said respected private clocker Gary Young, whose opinions are rarely under wraps, “Wise Dan over (the filly) Royal Delta. It’s that kind of year. Game On Dude dropped the ball. Wise Dan’s appearance in the paddock was unbelievable. He took on Europe’s second-best horse (Excelebration) and blew him off the race track (fourth by two lengths).”
Added former top jock and one of racing’s all-time good guys, Richard Migliore, now lending his expertise on HRTV, “It’s a good question, but I guess I would have to say Wise Dan. He’s run on turf, dirt, synthetic and his performance yesterday was amazing, breaking the track record. Yeah, I guess I’d have to go with Wise Dan.”
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert made the rounds at Clockers’ Corner as usual Sunday morning, facing the music despite a remarkable turn of events that saw none of his nine Breeders’ Cup starters win, among them Game On Dude.
There was levity in defeat, however.
Ron McAnally, who delights in using Baffert as a verbal punching bag, called over a reporter to ask whether he had seen a white-haired man (Baffert) on top of Mt. Baldy who was ready to jump--without a parachute.
With 55,123 fans on hand at Santa Anita Saturday and total wagering approaching the $100 million mark, all seemed right with the Sport of Kings. As the late, great philosopher Will Rogers once wrote:
“A man that don’t love a horse, there is something the matter with him.”

FINISH LINES: Jay Cohen, Santa Anita’s popular bugler, missed the past few days at The Great Race Place due to a sinus infection.

Santa Anita Statistics

(Current through Saturday, Nov. 3)
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won
Joseph Talamo 159 33 20 14 21% $1,645,872
Rafael Bejarano 106 20 28 12 19% $2,354,016
Martin Garcia 113 17 14 13 15% $1,037,980
Garrett Gomez 89 17 13 15 19% $2,925,162
Agapito Delgadillo 60 12 5 3 20% $242,570
Edwin Maldonado 112 11 9 7 10% $369,082
Corey Nakatani 53 10 4 10 19% $1,502,443
Tyler Baze 81 9 11 8 11% $424,257
Martin Pedroza 87 7 12 10 8% $408,934
Juan Hernandez 96 7 9 17 7% $394,902
David Flores 70 7 7 10 10% $358,250

Trainer Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won
Bob Baffert 67 17 16 6 25% $1,707,320
John Sadler 70 12 10 12 17% $989,198
Peter Miller 54 10 6 11 19% $528,208
Doug O'Neill 76 9 11 7 12% $976,460
Carla Gaines 26 7 1 3 27% $381,160
Mike Puype 35 6 3 3 17% $740,992
Jeff Mullins 28 6 2 5 21% $202,370
Richard Mandella 28 6 1 3 21% $1,351,105
Mark Glatt 21 5 4 2 24% $161,342
Vladimir Cerin 24 5 0 2 21% $88,135



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