Thursday, February 12 2009
MARATHONER CAPRICE GAINS FIRST U.S. WIN IN LA ZANZARA ’CAP
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2009) – German-bred Caprice, who has competed at marathon distances in France, New York, Kentucky and Illinois, recorded her first United States victory Wednesday at Santa Anita in the $75,150 La Zanzara Handicap for fillies and mares at the seldom run distance of 1 ½ miles on turf.
The 6-year-old mare, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, rallied from last in the field of six to outfinish Restless Soul by 1 ¾ lengths with 8-5 favored Brushed Gold another length back in third after appearing rank while leading into the stretch.
PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $90,411 INTO THURSDAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2009)—Due in large part to two major upsets, there is a Pick Six carryover of $90,411 into Thursday at Santa Anita, which marks the 15th carryover through 35 days of racing.
The biggest upset of the day came in race four, the second leg of the Pick Six. My King, under Alonso Quinonez, paid $35.60 to win. Owned by MT Racing Stable and trained by Mark Tsagalakis, the 5-year-old son of Lear Fan broke his maiden in his sixth career start and first time in for a claiming tag.
Wednesday, February 11 2009
LEAH’S SECRET TRIES TO DENY FRANKEL IN GRADE I SANTA MARIA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2009) – WinStar Farm’s Leah’s Secret, a decisive winner of the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff three weeks before, will attempt to deny Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel a third straight victory in Santa Anita’s 67th running of the Grade I, $300,000 Santa Maria Handicap on Saturday.
Frankel will saddle a pair of entrants, Juddmonte Farms’ well-fancied British-bred Visit and multiple Grade I winner Country Star, among twelve contestants in the mile-and-one-sixteenth event for fillies and mares that he won last year with Double Trouble and the year before with Sugar Shake.
STABLE NOTES, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2009
COMMON BOND FOR WINNING COLORS, STARDOM BOUND IS CONFIDENCE: STEVENS
If Stardom Bound were to run and win the Santa Anita Derby on April 4, she would become the fourth filly to take the West’s major steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby in 72 runnings, and the first since Winning Colors in 1988.
Winning Colors went on to capture the Run for the Roses, the last filly to do so, and only the third in 135 runnings of the historic classic. Should Stardom Bound duplicate Winning Colors’ rare double, it would be with a completely different style. Winning Colors was a front runner; Stardom Bound is a stone closer.
Jockeys Play Charity Basketball Game
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2009)—The 42nd annual Holy Angels/Santa Anita Jockeys Charity Basketball game will take place Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at La Salle High School in Pasadena. Proceeds will benefit the Holy Angels athletic department and legendary Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Delahoussaye and Laffit Pincay Jr. will serve as honorary captains. Delahoussaye and Pincay will be available to sign autographs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the La Salle High gymnasium.
“This game has been such a fun thing for all of us over the years,” said Santa Anita President Ron Charles. “To have Eddie and Laffit involved again in this way as honorary captains I think helps to draw added attention to it and hopefully, it will help us raise more money for the athletic program at Holy Angels.”
Monday, February 09 2009
MAGNUM ENDS LONG TAILSPIN WITH 16-1 UPSET IN SUNDAY’S SAN ANTONIO
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2009) – Winless since May of 2006, which was two months after running second in the Santa Anita Handicap, 8-year-old gelding Magnum ran down Well Armed at odds of 16-1 Sunday in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Handicap to race back into consideration for the 2009 Big ’Cap on March 7.
With Joel Rosario aboard for the first time, Well Armed tracked the defending San Antonio champion though extremely pedestrian fractions during the 1 1/8-mile journey, but nonetheless was resolute enough to surge through the final sixteenth to triumph by one length.
STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2009
SANTA ANITA DERBY AWAITS STARDOM BOUND, PIONEEROF THE NILE—IF . . .
A potential “Dream Match” in the Santa Anita Derby on April 4 between champion filly Stardom Bound and the West Coast’s leading Kentucky Derby contender Pioneerof the Nile was questioned Sunday morning by Bobby Frankel, who saddled Stardom Bound for her fourth straight Grade I victory in Saturday’s Las Virgenes Stakes.
“I don’t know,” Frankel said when asked if the gray daughter of Tapit would make her next start against colts in the Santa Anita Derby, as firmly indicated after the Las Virgenes by Mike Iavarone, president of IEAH Stables, part owner of the filly. “Cooler heads will prevail,” Frankel continued. “I don’t know. It’s their horse.”
Sunday, February 08 2009
PIONEEROFTHE NILE, STARDOM BOUND SHINE AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Bob Baffert loves the spot he's in, having a solid Kentucky Derby candidate with three months to go until the first Saturday in May.
Pioneerof the Nile rallied from off the pace to win Saturday's $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by a half-length over Papa Clem in his 3-year-old debut.
Friday, February 06 2009
WITCHY MEETING FLIES HOME TO UPSET AT 14-1 IN SPRINT FEATURE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2009) – After being sidelined since March of last year, 14-1 shot Witchy Meeting mounted a furious closing rally Friday with leading rider Rafael Bejarano at the controls to capture Santa Anita’s $48,800 allowance feature for California-bred fillies and mares at six furlongs.
Ahead of just one horse turning into the stretch, the 5-year-old daughter of General Meeting overhauled six others while running past Unworldly Heat in the final yards to emerge with a three-quarter length victory. The winning time was 1:09.91.
SATURDAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $85,768
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2009)—On an afternoon that at times produced intense rain and intermittent periods of meteorological calm, Santa Anita’s Pick Six once again proved an elusive proposition, resulting in a carryover into Saturday of $85,768. Friday’s carryover marked the 14th such occurrence from 32 days of racing.
Leg one in the Friday Pick Six was the third race and it went to longshot A Big To’do, returning 28.80 to win under Brice Blanc. Originally scheduled to be run on turf, the race was transferred to Santa Anita’s Pro Ride synthetic main track, which appeared to weather the rain with no problems. A Big To’Do is conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg.
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2009
MOSSES EAGER FOR TIAGO’S 2009 DEBUT IN SAN ANTONIO HANDICAP
Nothing can match the thrill of winning the Kentucky Derby, but for Jerry and Ann Moss, who etched a place in history when their Giacomo registered a stunning 50-1 upset in 2005, winning is never monotonous, no matter the race.
The excitement will be at a lower pitch than it was after Giacomo’s stirring victory, but on Sunday, the anticipation for the Mosses will be just as great when their Tiago runs in the Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Stakes, a major prep for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.
FIRE WOOD STRIKES OFF CLAIM BY MITCHELL IN LONG WALK HOME
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2009) – After being claimed by trainer Mike Mitchell for $32,000 in his last start, 7-2 fourth-choice Fire Wood closed strongly Thursday to defeat Isipingo by a neck in Santa Anita’s $52,800 Long Walk Home Purse, a first condition allowance for older horses, at 1 ¼ miles.
His late charge timed perfectly by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, the 7-year-old gelding covered the classic distance over the Pro-Ride synthetic surface in 2:03.34 while providing Mitchell, the meet’s leading trainer, with his second win of the afternoon.