Trainers are used to getting bills, but the Morey family produces them almost as fast.
Bill Morey, Jr., 72, has been a fixture in Northern California for decades and also has had ample success in this section of the state. When his son, William E. Morey, 38, followed in his footsteps, many couldn’t figure out who was the father and who was the son.
“First of all, we both thought it was going to be a girl. Then I asked (my wife), ‘What if it’s a boy?’ I wanted to name him George, but my wife wanted to stick with Bill. We compromised and named him William E. Morey. The E is for Edward, in honor of one of my lifelong friends, Ted West (whose given name is Edward Kenneth).” William E. Morey goes by the nickname Billy.
So, though it’s unusual, the father’s name is William Morey, Jr. and the son’s name is William E. Morey.
If that isn’t confusing enough, one of Bill Morey’s long time clients is named Joe Morey…..no relation.
SMILING TIGER, RICHARD’S KID RETURN WELL FROM STAKES
Trainer Jeff Bonde reported Thursday morning that Smiling Tiger came out of his victory in Sunday’s Vernon O. Underwood Stakes “very well.”
“If everything goes as planned, he’ll start once more in the Palos Verdes before heading to Dubai,’’ said Bonde.
Meanwhile, Doug O’Neill was disappointed, but not discouraged, by Richard’s Kid’s fourth place finish in last Saturday’s Native Diver Stakes.
“He came back great,” said an upbeat O’Neill. “He ran bigger and gave more of an effort in the Breeders’ Cup (Classic) than I had originally thought. He just bounced a little bit. But he came out of it sound and we’re just shooting for a big time campaign in 2013.’’
The original blueprint was to take Richard’s Kid to Dubai for the World Cup, but O’Neill may have to rethink that plan.
“That’s one of those things that no matter what I think, you have to get invited anyway,’’ he said. “So we’ll play it by ear. That would be a dream place to run him, but he’s going to have to pick it up to be invited.”
DISTAFFERS TUNE UP FOR STARLET, BAYAKOA
Several key entrants for Saturday’s Grade I, $500,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet and Grade II, $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes—Presented by Oak Tree Racing Association—had their final preps this week.
Executiveprivilege, whose unbeaten streak came to an end when she finished second to Beholder in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, and Blonde Fog, a smashing debut winner by 12 ½ lengths, each worked a half-mile Dec. 2 on a muddy main track at Santa Anita. Both are trained by Bob Baffert. Executiveprivilege, a double Grade I winner, was timed in 48 seconds while Blonde Fog was clocked in 48.60. Executiveprivilege will be a prohibitive favorite in the Starlet.
Another Starlet entrant, Midnight Ballet, who captured the Sharp Cat Nov. 11 in her Betfair Hollywood Park debut, worked five furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:00.60 Monday.
Canadian invader and 2011 Queen’s Plate winner Inglorious worked five furlongs in 1:04.80 over Cushion Track Dec. 1. The move in preparation for the Bayakoa for Inglorious, who has earned more than $1.3 million, was termed “breezing’’ by the clockers. Grade I winner Willa B. Awesome worked the same distance on the same morning in 1:01. Lady of Fifty, who defeated older fillies and mares in the Palm Springs Handicap Nov. 1 at Santa Anita, worked a half-mile for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer in 49.40 Wednesday.
WEEKEND SEMINARS FOCUS ON STARLET, BAYAKOA
Rich Perloff of Television Games Network (TVG) will host the Hollywood Insider Saturday beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Paddock Tote Board. Perloff will offer handicapping tips, insights and other last minute information on the afternoon’s races, including the Starlet and Bayakoa Stakes.
A half-hour earlier at the same location, jockey Martin Garcia will be the special guest of co-hosts Michael Burns and George Ortuzar on Escogiendo Ganadores (Picking Winners).
CLOSING STRIDES—Lyndsay Duncombe from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was at Betfair Hollywood Park Thursday to interview Mario Gutierrez, rider of this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another. According to Dana Kelly, an associate producer for CBC News, Gutierrez has made the top 10 list of “Newsmakers of the Year.”
Gutierrez was one of the leading riders at Hastings Park in Vancouver, Canada before relocating to Southern California………Doug O’Neill is looking forward to running He’s Had Enough in the Grade I, $750,000 CashCall Futurity Dec. 15. In his last start, the son of Tapit lost by a head to Shanghai Bobby in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. “He’s doing fantastic,” said O’Neill. “He’s locked, loaded and ready to go.”……..Bob Baffert has won three of the last four CashCall Futurities, but he’s been in a bit of a slump in the filly counterpart, the Starlet. The last time Baffert won the Starlet was with Habibti in 2001. The Hall of Famer will send out heavily favored Executiveprivilege and Blonde Fog Saturday trying to end the drought…….. Jockey Julien Leparoux and Shea Mitchell, the younger daughter of trainer Mike Mitchell, will be married Monday at an Arcadia church with a reception to follow in Bradbury. The couple are expecting 260 guests and will honeymoon in Bora Bora…Trainer Craig Dollase and jockey Jose Valdivia, Jr. will both celebrate their birthdays Saturday. Dollase will turn 42 and Valdivia 38…………With eight days remaining in the Autumn meet, 14 of the original 2,409 participants remain alive in the $2,500 winner-take-all Show Me the Money contest.