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PROCTOR ‘HAS ‘EM SURROUNDED’ IN SATURDAY’S GRADE III SEN. KEN MADDY; VETERAN CONDITIONER BOOKENDS RACE WITH RECENT HILLSIDE TURF COURSE WINNERS PURIM’S DANCER & PONTCHATRAIN
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 30, 2013)—Veteran conditioner Tom Proctor “has ‘em surrounded” on Saturday as his Purim’s Dancer and Pontchatrain, both recent hillside turf winners, will break from post positions one and 13, respectively in the Grade III, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes for fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs down the hill.
Saturday will mark the 44th running of the Maddy, which prior to 1999, was known as the Autumn Days Handicap.
Purim’s Dancer, an impressive classified allowance winner down the hill on Oct. 4, rates top billing in the 13-horse Maddy as she’s been designated as the 7-2 morning line favorite.
Ridden by Gary Stevens, she was the 4-5 favorite Oct. 4 and she pressed the pace en route to a half length win—her fourth victory in five tries over Santa Anita’s unique hillside layout.
Although Stevens also rode her to victory in the restricted Wishing Well Stakes Feb. 10, Purim’s Dancer will be handled for the first time on Saturday by John Velazquez, as Stevens will stick with Pontchatrain.
Owned by Doug Donnelly, Corey Johnsen, Lenny Kohn and Gene McLean, Purim’s Dancer, a 4-year-old Kentucky bred filly by the Dynaformer stallion Purim, is 10-5-1-2 overall with earnings of $181,200.
An impressive three-length winner of the downhill Unzip Me Stakes Sept. 28, Glen Hill Farm’s Pontchatrain is 6-1 on Jon White’s morning line and would appear to have plenty of upside. A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by hot sire War Front, Pontchatrain has three wins and a third place finish from five starts and will hope to get a stalking trip in the Maddy. She has $144,882 in earnings.
Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Ultrasonic will make her U.S. debut in the Maddy and she has been installed as the second choice on the morning line at 9-2.
Trained by Bob Baffert, Ultrasonic, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred by Mizzen Mast, is winless in six starts this year in England and has two half mile works over Santa Anita’s main track. Third as the 6-5 favorite in her most recent start in England on Aug. 10, Ultrasonic is 15-2-4-3 overall with earnings of $103,426.
Trainer Simon Callaghan will be represented by English-bred Judy In Disguise, who was fourth, beaten three lengths as the 7-2 favorite by Pontchatrain in the Unzip Me Stakes Sept. 28. Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Judy In Disguise won the Sweet Life Stakes down the hill on Feb. 16.
Although beaten in the Unzip Me, Judy In Disguise was finishing well late and can either lay close or rally from off the pace. She has earnings of $130,204 from an overall mark of 12-4-1-2.
California-bred Qiaona comes off a sharp win versus statebreds down the hill on Oct. 12 and will hope for a fast pace with Corey Nakatani once again aboard. Trained by Ed Moger, Jr., and owned by Curt and Lila Lanning, LLC, Qiaona drew post position 12 and has never been better—evidenced by her career-best 92 Beyer Speed figure in winning the California Distaff Handicap last out.
The complete field for the Senator Ken Maddy Stakes, to be run as third race on a 12-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order with morning line: Purim’s Dancer, John Velazquez, 118, 7-2; Sister Kate, Martin Pedroza, 118, 12-1; Winding Way, Rafael Bejarano, 118, 8-1; Let Faith Arise, Louis Saez, 115, 12-1; Sky High Gal, Joel Rosario, 115, 12-1; Judy In Disguise, Victor Espinoza, 115, 5-1; Ultrasonic, Martin Garcia, 118, 9-2; Minds Eyes, Julien Leparoux, 118, 15-1; Camryn Kate, Richard Hughes, 118, 10-1; Unusual Hottie, Joe Talamo, 118, 8-1; A Time to Love, Chantal Sutherland Kruse, 118, 15-1; Qiaona, Corey Nakatani, 118, 6-1, and Pontchatrain, Gary Stevens, 115, 6-1.