Friday, February 13 2009
PUGLISI GUIDES SILENT SOUL TO UPSET AFTER RAIN-RELATED SURFACE CHANGE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2009) – Silent Soul, whose last previous victory came after wet weather had moved a scheduled turf event to a synthetic surface, scored an upset under similar conditions Friday when defeating odds-on favorite Mr Napper Tandy by a head in Santa Anita’s $58,800 optional claiming feature.
Jockey Iggy Puglisi, relegated to riding primarily longshots and who had struggled while winning with but four of his last 110 mounts, slipped through along the rail aboard Silent Soul to win the one-mile competition in 1:36.70 after rain took the race off the grass.
EVITA ARGENTINA EYES HISTORY AGAINST MALES IN SAN VICENTE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2009) – Should Evita Argentina -- the most accomplished of ten entrants – emerge victorious Monday in Santa Anita’s 68th running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds, her achievement would have been unmatched in 62 years.
Only two fillies have ever won the seven-furlong event, and the last was Rex C. Ellsworth’s Hubble Bubble in 1947, just two years after the race was taken by Louis B. Mayer’s Busher, a Hall of Famer named Horse of the Year when a 3-year-old filly.
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2009
O’NEILL HOPES HIS ‘PLAN’ IS REAL DEAL ON SYNTHETIC IN SANTA MARIA
Mistical Plan figures to be part of the pace scenario in Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile Santa Maria Handicap, coming off a fourth-place finish after a troubled start in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint at six furlongs. The 5-year-old California-bred mare also figures to benefit from that race, her first in five months.
“She’s doing great,” trainer Doug O’Neill said of the daughter of Game Plan, who won the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks at 1 1/16 miles in March of 2007. “She’s proven at two turns. The only thing she’s not proven at is the distance on synthetics. But she’s training great and this race fits well into her schedule, so we’re going to give it a go.”
TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $353,752 INTO FRIDAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2009)—For the second consecutive day, no one selected six winners in Santa Anita’s Pick Six, resulting in a two-day carryover of $353,752 into Friday. This marks the 16th Pick Six carryover through 36 days of racing and it’s expected the total Pick Six pool on Friday could exceed $2 million.
Thursday’s Pick Six got off to a rocky start in race three as the 1-2 favorite, Solo Piano, finished second to 11-1 shot Unusual Strike, who was handled by Gerry Olguin. The 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat paid $25.40 to win. Owned by Johnson, Nakkashian, Roberts and partners, she’s trained by Barry Abrams.
GENERAL CONSENSUS SCORES SECOND WIN IN ROW IN SANTA ANITA TURF FEATURE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2009) – With jockey Alex Solis generating a dash for home on the far turn, General Consensus bolted to the front and reached the wire three-quarters-of-length ahead of Shes a Real Keeper Thursday in Santa Anita’s feature race, a $55,920 first condition allowance event for fillies and mares at one-mile on turf.
Sent off at odds of 7-1, the victorious 4-year-old filly, a $400,000 sales purchase as a yearling, registered her second straight win over the course and at the same distance after going winless in her first six starts. The final time over a “firm” turf course was 1:36.95.
LIFE IS SWEET, DESERT CODE HEAD SUNDAY’S GRADED STAKES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2009) – Dominant El Encino Stakes winner Life Is Sweet and Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint champion Desert Code, each having demonstrated a keen fondness for Santa Anita’s respective racing surfaces, head a pair of graded stakes at the track on Sunday.
Martin and Pam Wygod’s Life Is Sweet is the 123-pound high weight among nine entrants in the 35th running of the Grade II, $200,000 La Canada Stakes. She attempts to become the twelfth El Encino victor to also annex the mile-and-one-eighth event for 4-year-old fillies.
STABLE NOTES, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2009
DELGADILLO SEEKS FIRST GRADE I VICTORY IN SANTA MARIA
Agapito Delgadillo goes for the biggest win of his career Saturday. The 42-year-old jockey, who has dealt with weight problems for the past decade, rides Tizfiz for trainer Rafael DeLeon in the Grade I Santa Maria Handicap for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.
Victory would give Delgadillo his first Grade I triumph in nearly 25 years as a jockey. He registered one of his greatest wins when he rode Tizfiz to a nose victory at 9-1 in the Grade II, $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap on Jan. 4. Prior to that, his richest stakes win came in the $200,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields in 1997.
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.”