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.
Thursday, October 27 2016
SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES (THURSDAY, OCT. 27
• SONGBIRD, BEHOLDER BREEZE FOR DISTAFF
• CLASSIC COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR CHROME
• NYQUIST, MELATONIN IN CLASSIC WORKOUTS
• GRADE I ACE FROSTED WORKS FOR CLASSIC
SONGBIRD, BEHOLDER WORK TOWARDS DISTAFF SHOWDOWN
Songbird and Beholder, two thirds of the three “Fab Females” set to run in the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff next Friday, Nov. 4, had their final major works about an hour apart Thursday morning, undefeated two-year-old female champion of 2015 Songbird going five furlongs under exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez in 1:01, breezing, after the 6:30 a.m. renovation break, and the six-year-old Beholder, winner of three Eclipse Awards, working six furlongs at 7:45 in 1:14.40 with regular rider Gary Stevens up for Richard Mandella.
Saturday, October 01 2016
GRADE I, $300,000 ZENYATTA STAKES
STELLAR WIND PREVAILS BY A NECK OVER BEHOLDER IN GRADE I, $300,000 ZENYATTA STAKES
AS ESPINOZA REGISTERS HIS THIRD GRADE I WIN OF THE DAY; SADLER TRAINEE GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:41.80
AS TOP TWO HEAD TO $2 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP DISTAFF ON NOV. 4
ZENYATTA IS ONE OF FIVE BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 1, 2016)
—In what shaped up as the rubber match in a best out of three series, 4-year-old filly Stellar Wind got the nod Saturday at Santa Anita, taking the Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes by a neck while getting 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.80. With Victor Espinoza garnering his third Grade I stakes victory on the day, trainer John Sadler has the likely favorite in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 4.
Friday, September 30 2016
SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES (FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2016)
• CHROME COUNTDOWN IN ITS FINAL STAGES
• BUSY SATURDAY FOR KEITH DESORMEAUX
• WINSTAR MULLS CLASSIC FOR EXAGGERATOR
ESPINOZA: CHROME IS THE BEST HORSE
Perhaps Victor Espinoza’s most natural trait is his easy going, roll-with-the-punches attitude.
Sitting on a couch opposite David Letterman before millions of TV viewers or on California Chrome in a million dollar race, the self-described “happy Mexican” is as soothing as Sinatra’s phrasing.
Thursday, September 29 2016
SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES (THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 29
•RAIL OR NO, CHROME SET FOR AWESOME AGAIN
• DORTMUND ADDS BLINKERS AGAINST CHROME
• ARGENTINE-BRED FILLY IN CLASSY RODEO DRIVE
• McANALLY: ANOTHER OPENING, ANOTHER SHOW
• MACHOWSKY HAS TWO FOR EDDIE D. ON FRIDAY
PACE COULD PUT CHROME IN CATBIRD SEAT
The number one post position didn’t hamper California Chrome in the slightest when he
rolled to a front-running, five-length victory in the Grade I Pacific Classic at 1 ¼ miles on Aug. 20.
Call it negative karma, but the reigning king of Thoroughbreds drew the rail again for Saturday’s Awesome Again Stakes at 1 1/8 miles.
Art Sherman doesn’t expect it to make a difference.
Thursday, June 23 2016
SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES - Thu 6/23
• HOPPERTUNITY RETURNS IN ‘FORMIDABLE’ GOLD CUP
• KOBE’S BACK AND SO IS STEVENS FOR TRIPLE BEND
• NYQUIST WORKS BEFORE SATURDAY’S FIRST RACE
• TWO RIVALS HELPED SAVE HORSES AMID WILDFIRES
GOLD CUP DISTANCE SHOULD SUIT HOPPERTUNITY
Bob Baffert, who was on the fence at best last week about running Hoppertunity in Saturday’s Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita, decided to enter after the five-year-old by Any Given Saturday after the horse worked six furlongs last Saturday in 1:12.20.
Saturday, June 18 2016
UNDEFEATED SONGBIRD SENSATIONAL IN GRADE II, $200,000 SUMMERTIME OAKS
ROMPS BY 6 ½ LENGTHS UNDER SMITH;
SUPERSTAR HOLLENDORFER FILLY GETS 1 1/16 MILES GEARED DOWN IN 1:42.63
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 18, 2016)—How good is she? Although that question wasn’t answered completely, it would appear the sky continues to be the limit for superstar filly Songbird as she remained undefeated with yet another sensational performance, winning Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks by 6 ½ lengths under Mike Smith while covering a mile and a sixteenth geared down in 1:42.63. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc., the Kentucky-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, idle since winning the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 9, ran her unbeaten skein to eight on Saturday and will likely ship east for her next engagement.
Saturday, April 09 2016
SANTA ANITA OAKS QUOTES
MIKE SMITH, SONGBIRD, WINNER: “She’s just incredible. I feel so blessed and I keep pinching myself, having to remind myself that I’m the one that gets to keep the weight on her. That’s really all I do. She’s so professional, so good at everything.
“She was spinning her wheels a little bit going into the first turn but once we got to the backside, she found her rhythm and she got comfortable and it was all her again.
“It’s pretty slick. It’s safe, it’s got a bottom, but it’s a little slick on top. She ran with normal shoes and was spinning just a little bit leaving the gate but once she was moving forward she was fine.”
SANTA ANITA DERBY QUOTES
KENT DESORMEAUX, EXAGGERATOR, WINNER: “Well, if he shows up the first Saturday in May like he did today . . . he was ultra-confident today. He’s so mature and he walked to the gate like an old pony. He left there quiet and comfortable and I think that’s the difference, when a horse lets you drive and they’re not man-handling themselves. He reminded me of Texas Red.
“He’s that caliber of horse and it’s extra special to be with Keith, and we don’t even talk too much, it’s all quite understood. All he said in the paddock was, ‘Kent, I’m telling you that I’ve never seen this horse so confident.’ When I galloped off once I was on the track, he took to the track like a duck to water. He never missed a beat and he showed it winning today.
Saturday, March 12 2016
SAN FELIPE STAKES QUOTES
MIKE SMITH, DANZING CANDY, WINNER: “He warmed up great, he was on his toes. Our game plan was to put him on the lead unless he didn’t jump out of there well. We didn’t want to experiment. We wanted to play our hand, right off the bat. Let’s go to the lead and if they want to go with us, we’ll be probably be going too fast and if that’s the case, that’s the case. We were going to worry about it next time.
Saturday, February 06 2016
LAS VIRGENES STAKES QUOTES
MIKE SMITH, SONGBIRD, WINNER:
“She has such a high cruising speed, she has gears.
“You always worry about horses that are brilliant at two. Sometimes they won’t mature or grow anymore at three. You’re anxious to see what will happen.
ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES QUOTES
GARY STEVENS, MOR SPIRIT, WINNER:
“No, I never had any concerns. I actually got there quicker than I wanted to. I was loaded going into the stretch. He’s pretty special and I’m looking forward to facing more competition.