Tuesday, December 25 2012
STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• ‘DEAD MEN WALKING’ MALDONADO, LIPTON ALIVE AND WELL
• DRYSDALE HAS BC SPRINT RUNNER-UP SET FOR GRADE I MALIBU
• RENEESGOTZIP TACKLES CHAMP MY MISS AURELIA IN LA BREA
• TROUBLE-PRONE SMART ELLIS IN SIR BEAUFORT, RAIN OR SHINE
Thursday, November 15 2012
SANTA ANITA 2012/’13 STAKES SCHEDULE FINALIZED
OPENING DAY MALIBU & LA BREA LEAD WAY
AS GREAT RACE PLACE OFFERS NINE GRADE I STAKES OVER 71 DAYS
ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2012)—Santa Anita Park, which will embark upon its 76th winter/spring meeting on Dec. 26, has announced it will offer a total of 41 graded stakes over the course of its 71-day meet, beginning with the opening day Malibu (3-year-old colts and geldings) and La Brea (3-year-old fillies) Stakes which will serve as the first of nine Grade I events. Both stakes will offer purses of $300,000 and will be run at seven furlongs.
Monday, November 05 2012
RHYTHM OF LIGHT TAKES GRADE II GOLDIKOVA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2012)—In a racing first, English-bred Rhythm of Light, who won the Group II International Istanbul Trophy in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sept. 1, shipped to Santa Anita and won her U.S. debut on Sunday, the Grade II Goldikova Stakes for fillies and mares at one mile on turf as Santa Anita’s 24-day Autumn Meet drew to a close.
GOLDIKOVA STAKES QUOTES
GARRETT GOMEZ, RHYTHM OF LIGHT, WINNER: “She always travels really well. She did everything like a class filly should, and she proved she was today. She was absolutely perfect about everything and traveled the last six furlongs exactly the way I wanted her to. She was never too keen or too much off the bridle and raced beautiful the whole time. When I asked her to pick up, she picked up great and came home nice. I didn’t have to ask her for too much.”
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?
Tuesday, October 30 2012
171 Horses Entered for 2012 Breeders’ Cup World Championships
Game On Dude, Royal Delta, Animal Kingdom, Wise Dan & Point of Entry
Lead 171 Horses Entered for 2012 Breeders’ Cup World Championships
ARCADIA, Calif. – Breeders’ Cup Classic favorite Game On Dude, defending Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic winner Royal Delta, 2011 Kentucky Derby hero Animal Kingdom and grass course stars Wise Dan and Point of Entry lead the marquee among the 171 horses, including 26 from Europe and five also-eligibles, entered to run in the 29th Breeders’ Cup World Championship races to be held Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park.
Breeders’ Cup Draw Sheets for Classic and Ladies’ Classic
Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)
3-year-olds & up 1 1/4 miles
Post Horse Jockey Odds
1 Pool Play Miguel Mena 30-1
2 Flat Out Joel Rosario 5-1
3 Alpha Ramon Dominguez 20-1
4 Fort Larned Brian Hernandez Jr. 5-1
5 Game On Dude Rafael Bejarano 9-5
6 Brilliant Speed Junior Alvarado 20-1
7 Handsome Mike Mario Guiterrez 30-1
8 Nonios Martin Pedroza 20-1
9 Richard's Kid Garrett Gomez 12-1
10 Ron the Greek Jose Lezcano 6-1
11 Mucho Macho Man Mike Smith 8-1
12 To Honor and Serve John Velazquez 8-1
Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (G1)
3-year-olds & up, Fillies & Mares
1 1/8 Miles
Post Horse Jockey Odds
1 Grace Hall Javier Castellano 10-1
2 My Miss Aurelia Corey Nakatani 4-1
3 Class Included Russell Baze 30-1
4 Questing (GB) Irad Ortiz Jr. 4-1
5 Awesome Feather Jeffrey Sanchez 3-1
6 Royal Delta Mike Smith 9-5
7 Include Me Out Joe Talamo 15-1
8 Love and Pride John Velazquez 8-1
Breeders’ Cup Post Position Draw Quotes
Breeders’ Cup Classic and Ladies’ Classic Post Position Draw Quotes
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said he was pleased with the post positions drawn by his four horses in the Breeders’ Cup.
Royal Delta, the 9-5 morning line favorite in the Ladies’ Classic drew post 6. In the Classic, Flat Out drew post 2, Ron the Greek, post 10, and To Honour and Serve, post 12.
“Perfect,” Mott said Monday evening as he boarded a flight from Miami to Los Angeles. “They’re good. The post positions are fine.”
Monday, October 29 2012
RED SUN TAKES $65,000 LURE STAKES
BEJARANO HOLDS RYEHILL DREAMER OFF BY A NECK
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2012)—In what appeared to many to be a two-horse race on paper, Red Sun and even money favorite Ryehill Dancer traded punches throughout Sunday’s $65,000 added, one-mile turf Lure Stakes at Santa Anita, with Red Sun and Rafael Bejarano emerging as neck winners, getting the distance in 1:34.03. It was Bejarano’s sixth win from seven tries aboard Red Sun.
LURE STAKES QUOTES
RAFAEL BEJARANO, RED SUN, WINNER: “I had to be on the lead with my horse. I knew there was going to be a little speed on the outside so I had to use a little bit of my horse in the beginning, but after that I was able to relax. When I saw the favorite (Ryehill Dreamer) was coming next to me I tried to save as much ground as I could and let my horse go with him. This horse always runs well with me.”
STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN - October 28, 2012
• BAFFERT BREEDERS’ CUP WORKERS BOUNTIFUL ON SUNDAY
• GOMEZ AT HOME WITH HIS BREEDERS’ CUP MOUNTS
• THERE’S ROOM AT THE INN FOR BREEDERS’ CUP RIDERS
• VETERAN TRAINER ROLLINS PASSES AT 92
Sunday, October 28 2012
FAVORED LADY TEN & BEJARANO TAKE AUTUMN MISS STAKES AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2012)—Rafael Bejarano has been missing at Santa Anita. Missing from his customary perch atop the rider standings, and missing this past Thursday, Friday and, with the exception of the Grade III, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes, all of Saturday—his lone engagement, due to a three-day riding suspension.
And, due to the fact the Autumn Miss is classified as a designated race by track stewards, the Peruvian native made the best of his lone opportunity this week, booting home 2-1 favorite Lady Ten, while holding off a furious rally from 9-1 shot Customer Base and Garrett Gomez, to win by neck, getting the Autumn Miss distance in 1:34.95.