• ‘NO CONTEST,’ BUT ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
• PACOIMA MAN COLLECTS $1,400 IN CASHCALL CONTEST
• 626 NIGHT MARKET PRESS CONFERENCE ON WEDNESDAY
It’s good news, bad news for Mike Machowsky concerning the Breeders’ Cup. The bad
news: Caracortado will not make the Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 3. The good: Worth Repeating is on course for the $500,000 Marathon at 1 ¾ miles on dirt on Nov. 2.
Caracortado had not raced since the Daytona Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 8, after which he suffered a burn on the frog of his right front foot. Despite prolonged healing efforts after 11 months, the 47-year-old trainer came to the realization that Caracortado would not make the Turf Sprint.
“Too much time has passed and it’s getting too close,” Machowsky said. The unrelenting ailment, in lay terms, is on “an integral component of the hoof.” You have to give horses proper time to get over things.
“Now, there’s no rush at all. I’m just going to try and get him right and ready for the big meet, somewhere around there,” referring to Santa Anita’s winter/spring session that starts Dec. 26.
“We shod him Friday and the foot actually looks pretty good. But too much time has passed to make the Breeders’ Cup with him.”
Not so with Worth Repeating. “He’s doing good,” said Machowsky, whose lone previous Breeders’ Cup starter was the California-bred Caracortado, who finished fifth in last year’s Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs. At Fairplex Park on Sept. 23, Worth Repeating captured the Ralph M. Hinds at about 1 1/8 miles. Last year, Worth Repeating won the 1 ½-mile Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita.
Worth Repeating, the 3-1 favorite in Daily Racing Form’s early line for the Marathon, worked six furlongs on Betfair Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track Saturday morning in 1:13.20 under Martin Pedroza, who has the Marathon mount. “He galloped out (seven furlongs) in 1:27 and a mile in 1:42,” Machowsky said. “It went great.”
In other Breeders’ Cup news, Classic favorite Game On Dude will work “either tomorrow or Monday,” Bob Baffert said. “It depends on the track.” The Hall of Fame trainer plans to work the Awesome Again Stakes winner a half-mile or five furlongs.
Breeders’ Cup hopefuls Beholder and Jimmy Creed “are back galloping and doing great,” Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said.
NO HARM, NO FOUL IN ‘NO CONTEST’ RACE AT SANTA ANITA
Had Joe Talamo spoken “poquito Espanol,” he might have had earlier knowledge of a bizarre incident that occurred in Friday’s second race. In any language, it had a happy ending.
Friday’s second race, a six furlong sprint for maiden 2-year-olds, was declared a no contest by track stewards as a result of a loose horse running the wrong way up the homestretch.
Spinning Love was away in good order, but as he left the chute he hesitated and then jumped to his left, over the temporary inside rail, unseating jockey Alonso Quinonez. He proceeded to run the wrong way along the inside rail through the Club House turn and into the stretch.
Talamo, a 22-year-old native of Louisiana, might be fluent in Cajun but Spanish is not his strong suit. “I saw Alonso’s horse duck in, but down the backstretch, the other riders (Quinonez, Edwin Maldonado, David Flores, Rafael Bejarano and Martin Pedroza, all of Hispanic descent) were all screaming in Spanish,” Talamo said after the smoke had cleared.
“At the three-eighths pole I asked what’s going on, whatcha all talkin’ about? Flores said there was a loose horse and then we all saw it pulling up and went back to riding. At the time it wasn’t funny because it could have been a mess. Thank God everything worked out good.”
Added Quinonez, who would go on win Friday’s seventh race on Oligarch at a $51.60 payoff: “First-time starters coming out of the one hole going three-quarters, sometimes they do that (veer in). Sometimes we’re able to help them by keeping the stick in the left hand, but when my horse saw the horses outside of him, he tried to run away from them.”
Santa Anita’s three-member board of stewards, Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer and Tom Ward, acted swiftly.
“We radioed our outriders and one of them was able to communicate to the jockeys that we had a loose horse running the wrong way,” said Sawyer. “We also told Trevor (Denman) and he immediately announced it. As the field rounded the turn, the jockeys could see the loose horse and they stopped riding.
“Our outrider who is positioned at the starting gate chased the loose horse and was able to herd him towards the outside rail as he headed up the stretch, and at that point the jockeys went ahead and persevered with their mounts to the wire.
“It was our judgment, however, that the race be declared a no contest, because it was obvious that the running of the race had been seriously disrupted.”
Trainer Tim Yakteen reported that Spinning Love exited his wrong way ordeal in good order.
As a result of the no contest ruling, full refunds, totaling $267,507, were granted on all daily doubles involving races two and three, win, place and show wagers, exactas, trifectas and superfectas.
For those including race two in their Pick 3s, 4s, 5s, and in the Pick All, the race was considered an “All” race for pari-mutuel purposes and the tickets were live.
PACOIMA MAN COLLECTS $1,400 IN CASHCALL CONTEST
Jose Nava, a 59-year-old laborer from Pacoima, selected 2-5 favorite Generations to win Santa Anita’s eighth and final race on Friday and won CashCall’s $1,000 to Win Contest, collecting $1,400.
“I come out two or three times a week,” said Nava. “This is the first time I’ve played in this contest.”
When asked if he had any plans for his winnings, Nava said, “I’ve got money for Santa Anita this weekend.”
On-track fans are encouraged to fill out an entry blank when they get to the track each day and to submit them at the Thoroughbreds Club Center, located on the main floor of the Grandstand’s east end.
A name is drawn following each day’s seventh race, at which time the participant designates which horse the $1,000 win bet will be placed upon. Winners get to keep the $1,000 put up by CashCall if their selections are victorious.
PRESS CONFERENCE WEDNESDAY ON FIRST 626 NIGHT MARKET AT SANTA ANITA
Santa Anita will host an all-media press conference on Wednesday at 11 a.m. to announce its first-ever two-day 626 Night Market, which will take place in the track’s expansive Infield area on Saturday, Oct. 20, and Sunday, Oct. 21.
The highly successful 626 Night Market, which was held this past July in Pasadena, features Asian street foods and is home to a wide array of local Asian businesses and young entrepreneurs who promote their businesses, products and services. The event aims to entertain people of all ages and will feature live DJs, a dance floor, performance artists and games.
“We are thrilled to be hosting this event and we are looking forward to introducing this dynamic group of entrepreneurs to the Asian and English-speaking media here on Wednesday,” said Santa Anita CEO Mark Verge.
“The people who have developed this 626 concept are some of the brightest and most highly motivated entrepreneurs in our community and we feel this is a great opportunity to introduce them to Santa Anita and to make them feel at home here. It’s a win/win for everybody.”
Verge and Jonny Hwang, 626 Night Market organizer, will be available for interviews and tours of Santa Anita’s infield area, which will be the site of the two-day event.
It is estimated that the most recent 626 Night Market in Pasadena attracted a crowd of 40,000. Night Market hours on Oct. 20 will be from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. and on Oct. 21 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Santa Anita’s infield parking lot, which can be accessed by entering Gate 6, off of Colorado Place on Santa Anita’s northern perimeter, can comfortably accommodate 10,000 vehicles.
“The 626 Night Market team is working closely with the City of Arcadia and Santa Anita Park to make the two-night cultural experience smooth and enjoyable for our patrons,” said Hwang. “We’re looking forward to bringing some new and dynamic people out to the track.”
For more information regarding the 626 Night Market at Santa Anita on Oct. 21 and 22, visit http://www.626nightmarket.com.
CARMA BENEFICIARY OF DEEPSTACKS POKER TOUR BREEDERS’ CUP INVITATIONAL
The Breeders’ Cup has announced that it has selected the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) as beneficiary of the 2012 Deepstacks Poker Tour Breeders’ Cup Celebrity Invitational, which will be held during Breeders’ Cup week on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Commerce Casino in California.
CARMA is a non-profit, charitable organization created to raise money for retired California racehorses, dedicated to the goal of providing funding for the rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement of Thoroughbred horses that have raced in California. Funds raised at the 2012 CARMA Cares “Poker in Paradise – A Night Under the Stars,” hosted by Breeders’ Cup poker ambassador Mike “The Grinder” Mizrachi in July, totaled more than $60,000 for retired racehorses.
The final table from that event won automatic entry into the final table of the Breeders’ Cup Celebrity Invitational Poker Tournament. The night’s grand prize winner, Steve Rothblum, also won a VIP experience trip to the 2012 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
The second annual Breeders’ Cup Celebrity Invitational Poker Tournament will be held at Commerce Casino and will again be hosted by Mizrachi, a two-time winner of the World Series of Poker $50,000 Players Championship. Winner of the Breeders’ Cup Celebrity Invitational Poker Tournament will earn an automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, Nov. 2 and 3 at Santa Anita.
“We’re honored to be able to support an organization as committed to Thoroughbred retirement and rehabilitation as CARMA,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup CEO. “The importance of the well-being of our athletes extends beyond their racing careers, so it’s important that we provide adequate facilities and resources for these Thoroughbreds.”
“We are so pleased Breeders’ Cup has selected CARMA as one of its charity partners this year. Having a global organization like the Breeders’ Cup talk about and promote racehorse retirement is vital to our efforts – raising awareness is essential for raising funds. The entire CARMA Board is thrilled to have Breeders’ Cup as a partner this year and we join the rest of California racing in welcoming Breeders’ Cup back to Santa Anita,” said CARMA founder and Board Chair Madeline Auerbach.
FINISH LINES: The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular meeting Thursday, Oct. 18, at Santa Anita beginning at 9:30 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only Webcast of this and all regular monthly Board meetings can be heard through the “Webcasts” link on the CHRB Website (http://www.chrb.ca.gov). The audio archive for past meetings also is available on the Website. The agenda and supporting package of materials for the Board meeting can be accessed through the following links: agenda, package.
SANTA ANITA STATISTICS
(Current through Friday, Oct.12)
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won
Joseph Talamo 76 15 11 6 20% $629,432
Rafael Bejarano 52 14 12 5 27% $891,546
Garrett Gomez 45 10 7 9 22% $688,682
Martin Garcia 61 10 6 6 16% $606,280
Agapito Delgadillo 31 6 3 3 19% $146,820
Martin Pedroza 40 5 5 9 13% $272,314
Juan Hernandez 49 4 7 8 8% $243,310
Edwin Maldonado 53 4 5 1 8% $122,324
Corey Nakatani 26 4 1 7 15% $214,798
Trainer Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won
Bob Baffert 31 10 10 1 32% $940,190
John Sadler 32 5 5 4 16% $215,810
Peter Miller 25 4 1 7 16% $163,748
Richard Mandella 9 4 1 1 44% $184,860
Michael Machowsky 10 3 3 2 30% $64,970
Mike Puype 21 3 3 0 14% $90,162
Robert Hess, Jr. 13 3 2 4 23% $125,150
Carla Gaines 14 3 1 2 21% $121,070
Vladimir Cerin 11 3 0 2 27% $51,050
Jack Carava 7 3 0 1 43% $57,750
Jeff Mullins 11 3 0 0 27% $60,840