Saturday, February 28 2009
STABLE NOTES, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2009
EUROPEAN ACE DANSANT SETTLES IN FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAP
European invader Dansant enjoyed taking in the scenic sights at Santa Anita for the first time Saturday morning, jogging twice around the track in preparation for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.
“He’s settled in very well and he’s very alert,” said Cindy Niemetz, West Coast representative for the International Racing Bureau. “He’s scheduled to canter tomorrow.”
Friday, February 27 2009
FUNALLOVER PURSE NO ROMP FOR VICTORIOUS SLEEP TIGHT
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2009) – Surviving a stewards’ inquiry and the fate of a nose bob at the wire, Sleep Tight narrowly gained her third straight victory Friday when capturing Santa Anita’s $51,168 Funallover Purse for fillies and mares while running 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.10.
The fourth choice in a field of five with Michael Baze in the saddle, Sleep Tight nosed out Unusual Spirit and jockey Victor Espinoza in a driving finish as 19-10 favorite Masterful Miss settled for third, one length further behind.
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2009
REDDAM MULLS SANTA ANITA HANDICAP FOR RED ROCKS
Red Rocks, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf in 2006 and the Grade I Man o’ War Stakes on turf at Belmont Park last July, could make his first start on a surface other than grass in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.
“He’s going to breeze Saturday (five furlongs at Payson Park in Florida) and then we’ll think about it,” trainer Mark Hennig said by phone late Thursday. “Paul’s never shy about taking a shot,” Hennig continued, referring to owner J. Paul Reddam. “He’s expressed some interest.”
Red Rocks, a 6-year-old Irish-bred horse by the Sadler’s Wells sire, Galileo, has a 6-4-3 record from 21 starts, with earnings of more than $2.8 million.
YOU GOT ME ROCKING STEALS YOSEMITE PURSE IN 7-1 UPSET
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2009) – A 7-1 shot owned by Jane and Burt Bacharach, You Got Me Rocking took command at once and gradually widened to a 4 ¼-length upset Thursday in Santa Anita’s $56,800 Yosemite Purse as 3-5 favorite Midships finished off the board in the mile-and-one-eighth turf competition.
With Tyler Baze in the saddle, You Got Me Rocking completed the distance in 1:46.12 after dictating moderate fractions that included the first half-mile in 47.85 and six furlongs in 1:11.35.
BROTHER KEITH FINDS COZY SPOT IN SUNDAY’S BALDWIN STAKES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2009) – Brother Keith, who has chased leading 3-year-olds Pioneerof the Nile and The Pamplemousse while routing in his last two starts, moves into more comfortable surroundings when facing seven other sophomores in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Baldwin Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s downhill turf course.
The Johar colt, trained by Bobby Frankel for Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, had broken his maiden by 2 ¼ lengths while going 6 ½ furlongs over Churchill Downs main track in his debut last November. He subsequently ran fourth behind The Pamplemousse in Santa Anita’s Grade III San Rafael Stakes at one mile and seventh after setting the pace in the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes won by Pioneerof the Nile at 1 1/16 miles.
STABLE NOTES, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2009
COLONEL JOHN ON TRACK FOR MARCH 7 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP
A full field with ample speed is in prospect for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, and that’s encouraging news for Eoin Harty, who trains stretch runner Colonel John.
Winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Derby and the Grade I Travers Stakes as a 3-year-old last year, Colonel John worked seven furlongs on Pro-Ride Wednesday in 1:25.40.
Thursday, February 26 2009
George Woolf Award Ceromony Set for March 8th
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2009)—John Velazquez, winner of the 2009 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, will receive the prestigious honor at Santa Anita on Sunday, March 8, it was announced today.
In a ceremony between races, Velazquez will formally receive the Woolf Trophy and be surrounded by many former winners of the award, which was instituted by Santa Anita in 1950. By a vote of his peers nationwide, Velazquez was selected over four other finalists, Gary Baze, Calvin Borel, Javier Castellano and David Flores.
PALM SPRINGS PURSE WIN GIVES AIR FAIR ANOTHER FOR PAASCH
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2009) – Switched to the stable of Christopher Paasch where she proceeded to break her maiden in her third start, Air Fair roared right back on Wednesday to run off with the $49,600 Palm Springs Purse for 3-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.
With Joel Rosario in the saddle, Air Fair bolted out of the pack inside the final sixteenth to defeat Play Nine by 1 ¾ lengths while the latter nosed out Waddup G in a photo for the place.
TWO-DAY CARRYOVER OF $704,945 AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2009)—A massive two-day Pick Six carryover of $704,945 will await fans at Santa Anita on Thursday, with the prospect of the total pool exceeding $3 million by third-race post time.
Wednesday’s Pick Six began with race three, which went to French-bred Headache, with Julien Couton aboard returning $19.40 to win. Headache is trained by Leonard Powell, making for a French-bred connection of horse, rider and conditioner. The winning owners are Collet, Phung, Rosenthal and partners.
Wednesday, February 25 2009
STABLE NOTES, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2009
ZAMBEZI SUN JOINS FULL LINEUP FOR MARCH 7 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP
Zambezi Sun, a disappointing seventh as the 9-10 favorite in his U.S. debut Sunday in the Grade II San Luis Obispo Handicap at 1 ½ miles on turf, will wheel back two weeks later in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, Bobby Frankel said Wednesday morning.
“There’s nothing wrong with him,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “He didn’t run hard; he’s OK. I just got him fit enough to run (in the Big ‘Cap).”
Making his first start since the Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in France last Oct. 5, Zambezi Sun was very rank in the San Luis Obispo, stalking in second place into the stretch before he was overtaken. He was beaten only three lengths by victorious Spring House.
THE PAMPLEMOUSSE CAN PUT SOLIS CLOSER TO DERBY AIM IN SHAM
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2009) – Aiming for his first Kentucky Derby victory after three seconds in 15 career rides, 44-year-old Alex Solis attempts to move a notch closer on Saturday in Santa Anita’s Grade III, $200,000 Sham Stakes while riding heavily favored The Pamplemousse, a 3-year-old co-owned and selected at sale by his son, Alex II.
The Kentucky-bred son of Kafwain, purchased last March by a partnership for $150,000, will face eleven other 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles, the same distance as the April 5 Santa Anita Derby and one that would seem well suited for the gray colt, whose name translates to “grapefruit” in French.
Sunday, February 22 2009
SPRING HOUSE BECOMES SECOND REPEAT WINNER OF SAN LUIS OBISPO
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2009) – Spring House split horses in deep stretch and held off hard-charging Church Service by one-half length Sunday to become only the second back-to-back winner of Santa Anita’s Grade II, $150,000 San Luis Obispo Handicap while negotiating the 1 ½-mile distance on turf in 2:27.26, just five one-hundredths of a second slower than in the previous year’s 52nd running.
Alex Solis, who had ridden the 7-year-old gelding in his last two starts, was aboard as Spring House went off at odds of 7-1 after being dispatched as the 17-10 favorite in 2008 with Garrett Gomez in the saddle.