Friday, June 02 2017


STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN - FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017


• · TO THE VICTOR GOES THE STRATEGY IN THE BEHOLDER
• · BAL A BALI AND SMITH READY FOR GRADE I SHOEMAKER
• · JOCKEY DAVID FLORES RETURNS HOME TO SANTA ANITA

STELLAR WIND PRIMED, TACTICS UP TO ESPINOZA

The countdown is on in earnest for Saturday’s Battle of the Beholder, featuring champions Stellar Wind and FinestCity, and streaking graded stakes winner Vale Dori in the Grade I race at one mile, offering $400,000 in prize money.

The entries are in, the post positions are drawn, and the racing world awaits one of the most eagerly anticipated showdowns of the year. No exception is John Sadler, trainer of 2015 three-year-old filly champion Stellar Wind, the 3-5 morning line favorite.





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Saturday, May 27 2017


GRADE I, $500,000 GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA


COMEBACK CUPID MUCH BEST IN GRADE I, $500,000 GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA; BAFFERT & BEJARANO TEAM FOR 3 ¼ LENGTH WIN AS TAPIT COLT GETS 1 ¼ MILES IN RAPID 2:00.89

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 27, 2017)—
Idle since Sept. 24, Bob Baffert’s Cupid was plenty fit Saturday as he rolled to a convincing 3 ¼ length win in the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, negotiating a mile and a quarter in a rapid 2:00.89 under Rafael Bejarano.

Run at Hollywood Park from 1938 through 2013, the Gold Cup was contested for the 78th time time and the amazing Baffert chalked up his sixth win in the iconic fixture for three year olds and up—two behind the legendary Charlie Whittingham.





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GRADE I, $300,000 GAMELY STAKES


CLASSY LADY ELI HOLDS OFF GOODYEARFORROSES TO WIN GRADE I, $300,000 GAMELY STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH UNDER ORTIZ, JR.; TRAINED BY BROWN, SHE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:45.29

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 27, 2017)—
A tracking second throughout, classy Lady Eli overhauled pacesetter Avenge turning for home and repelled a resolute challenge from Goodyearforroses late to take Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita by a half length under regular rider Irad Ortiz, Jr.Trained by Chad Brown, Lady Eli, who overcame a life threatening bout with laminitis last year, negotiated 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:45.29.





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Saturday, March 11 2017


STRONACH’S HOMEBRED SHAMAN GHOST WIN SANTA ANITA HANDICAP


STRONACH’S HOMEBRED SHAMAN GHOST OVERHAULS MIDNIGHT STORM TO WIN GRADE I, $750,000 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER CASTELLANO; JERKENS TRAINEE GETS 1 ¼ MILES IN 2:01.57


ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Shaman Ghost beat Midnight Storm by three-quarters of a length to win the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday.

Ridden by Javier Castellano, Shaman Ghost ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:01.57 and paid $4.60, $2.60 and $2.40 as the 6-5 favorite.

Owner-breeder Frank Stronach was on hand to see his 5-year-old horse win a big race at Santa Anita, which Stronach also owns. Last November, Shaman Ghost was scratched from the Breeders' Cup Classic on race day at the track after falling ill.





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SANTA ANITA HANDICAP - STAKES QUOTES


SANTA ANITA HANDICAP
80TH RUNNING
GR. I, $750,000


JOCKEY QUOTES

JAVIER CASTELLANO, SHAMAN GHOST, WINNER: “I knew there wasn’t a lot of speed in the race so I just wanted to focus on the horse on the lead, Midnight Storm, and keep track of him. (Shaman Ghost) was comfortable the whole way.

“I knew I had it won at the eighth pole. I asked him for full speed at the eighth pole, and he gave it to me, right away. I said ‘Yes!’”






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SAN FELIPE STAKES QUOTES


SAN FELIPE
GR. II, $400,000

JOCKEY QUOTES

MIKE SMITH, MASTERY, WINNER: Regarding Mastery, who was pulled up after the wire and taken back to the barn via horse ambulance after being evaluated by track vet, Dr. Dana Stead – “He seemed to just go off in the left hind. I don’t know why. Nothing happened that made me think, ‘Oh, something just happened.’ He just all of the sudden went off and wouldn’t put weight on it.

“I got off real quick and nothing seemed dislocated or anything. After he moved for a little bit he started walking fine on it so I’m hoping that maybe he just tweaked it or rolled it. I’m hoping it’s not that serious because he’s an incredible horse.





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Friday, March 10 2017


Bluegrass Envy Seeks Upset in San Felipe (G2)


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Bluegrass Envy, a 3-year-old maiden bred by the University of Kentucky, takes his show on the road Saturday when he meets winners in the $400,000 San Felipe (G2) at Santa Anita Park.

Owned by Loooch Racing Stables Inc., J Stables LLC and Courtney Schneider, Bluegrass Envy is winless in five starts. The son of Any Given Saturday finished fourth behind the multiple-stakes placed Basha in his 2-year-old debut in September, second in December behind promising 3-year-old Classic Rock, and fifth in a maiden event in January that produced next-out winner Monaco, a $1.3 million purchase who won by a dozen Feb. 12 at Tampa Bay Downs.





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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES


TEAM O’NEILL SET FOR BUSY DAY WITH 11 HORSES ENTERED

The big boys come out to play Saturday.

Among those entered at Santa Anita in five stakes—three of them Grade I’s—are Bob Baffert’s undefeated Triple Crown contender Mastery and John Shirreff’s nearly perfect Grade I winning Gormley in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles; Phil D’Amato’s versatile speedster Midnight Storm and Jimmy Jerkens’ highly accomplished Shaman Ghost in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap for older horses at a mile and a quarter; Peter Eurton’s stretch-running Kobe’s Back in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes for older horses at seven furlongs, his first start since finishing third in the 2016 Triple Bend last June; and 2015 Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, who’s making his debut on grass in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile—which is also his first start for trainer Art Sherman.





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Saturday, January 07 2017


GRADE III, SHAM STAKES QUOTES


JOCKEY QUOTES

VICTOR ESPINOZA, GORMLEY, WINNER: “It was nice yes. I expected him to run the way he ran today. I know he’s still improving but I think he only gets better and better. Hopefully, he gets a lot better, but with this race and his next, he has a lot of potential to keep growing.





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Tuesday, December 27 2016


PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $115,062 INTO THURSDAY AT SANTA ANITA


WITH TWO ‘DARK DAYS,’ THE TOTAL PICK SIX POOL ON THURSDAY IS EXPECTED TO APPROACH $750,000

NEWLY INSTALLED SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER IS $24,656

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2016)—No one tabbed six winners in Santa Anita’s opening day Pick Six on Monday, creating a carryover into Thursday at The Great Race Place of $115,062. With two dark days serving as a pari-mutuel stimulant, Thursday’s total Pick Six pool is expected to approach $750,000.





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HOLLENDORFER & PRAT TEAM FOR 12-1 UPSET IN GRADE I $300,000 LA BREA STAKES


CONSTELLATION WINS BY A HALF-LENGTH WHILE GETTING SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:21.83

LA BREA ONE OF FOUR GRADED STAKES ON SANTA ANITA’S WINTER MEET OPENING DAY CARD

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2016)—Attentive to a fast pace throughout, LNJ Foxwoods’ Constellation overhauled a tenacious Finley’sluckycharm inside the sixteenth pole en route to a half-length victory in Monday’s Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Flavien Prat, the 3-year-old filly by Bellamy Road negotiated seven furlongs in 1:21.83.





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Friday, October 28 2016


SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES (FRIDAY, OCT. 28


• CLOCKER WEIGHS CHAMPIONS’ CHANCES IN DISTAFF
• KING OF MOUNTAIN CHROME MUST HURDLE ARROGATE
• STELLAR WIND IN LAST MAJOR DRILL FOR THE DISTAFF
• ALL IN THE FAMILY FOR STEVENS IN BREEDERS’ CUP
• SPRINT CHAMP RUNHAPPY TO BREEZE FOR DIRT MILE

DISTAFF LURES THREE CHAMPIONS

Perhaps the most anticipated race in the 33-year history of the Breeders’ Cup takes center stage next Friday, Nov. 4, when champions Beholder, Songbird and Stellar Wind meet in the $2 million Longines Distaff for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/8 miles.





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