- BETTER TRIP IN STORE FOR STELLAR WIND
- FIRING LINE TO MISS LOS ALAMITOS DERBY
- O’NEILL, REDDAM ON FIRE WITH JUVENILES
- ESPINOZA PRESSER AT CLOCKERS’ CORNER MONDAY
- TARA‘S TANGO SET FOR SUMMERTIME OAKS
STELLAR WIND BACK ON BEAM FOR SUMMERTIME OAKS
Team Sadler is inclined to draw a line through Stellar Wind’s fourth-place finish in the
Grade I Kentucky Oaks on May 1, and expects a return to top form in next Saturday’s Grade II Summertime Oaks for the daughter of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who reeled off three straight wins before her eventful trip at Churchill Downs.
“The whole week was speed-dominated,” said trainer John Sadler’s long-time assistant, Larry Benavidez of the foray to the Blue Grass State. “After the first eighth of a mile, you knew she had no shot.”
Stellar Wind broke from the No. 12 post position in a field of 14 for the Kentucky Oaks. Daily Racing Form’s trouble line reads, “Steadied early, 9 wide.”
Purchased privately by Hronis Racing LLC after an 8 ¾-length victory last Dec. 18 at Laurel Race Course, Stellar Wind paid quick dividends, winning the Grade III Santa Ysabel on Feb. 28 and the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 4 before stubbing her toe in the Kentucky Oaks.
“She’s had a strong work since she got back, going 11 and change last week (1:11.60 for six furlongs on June 10), and she’s doing well,” Benavidez said. Stellar Wind will again be ridden by racing’s “Triple Crown Man,” Victor Espinoza.
FIRING LINE DEALING WITH FOOT AILMENT
Firing Line, who finished closer to American Pharoah than any of his opponents to date when beaten only a length by racing’s newest Triple Crown winner in the Kentucky Derby, will miss the $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby July 4, trainer Simon Callaghan said Sunday morning.
Firing Line, a son of Line of David owned by Arnold Zetcher, missed a scheduled workout last Saturday due to a sore right front foot.
“It’s not quite cleared up and we’ve decided against the Los Al race,” Callaghan said. “I think it could develop into an abscess, but it’s not major. We’ll get him right and hopefully look for a summer campaign.”
O’NEILL, REDDAM ON ROLL WITH TWO-YEAR-OLDS
Doug O’Neill and principal owner J. Paul Reddam are on a roll with 2-year-olds.
O’Neill, in pursuit of his fourth Santa Anita training title, has won four races this meet with juveniles, all owned by Reddam and three sired by Square Eddie: Ralis, Mrazek, and Found Money. The other, Nyquest, was sired by Uncle Mo.
“The Square Eddies are runners,” said O’Neill, who captured Santa Anita titles three straight meets from 2004-05 through 2006-07, and leads Richard Baltas by one, 18-17, after 30 days this meet.
“This is the third crop of Square Eddies to race,” O’Neill said. “They’re precocious, they’re smart, they’ve got a lot of class and they’ll carry it two turns as well. They’ll run on turf or dirt; they’re very versatile horses.” Found Money and Mrazek are nominated to next Sunday’s $125,000 Santa Anita Juvenile at 5 ½ furlongs on the main track.
TRIPLE CROWN-WINNING JOCKEY ESPINOZA AVAILABLE TO MEDIA MONDAY
Santa Anita-based jockey Victor Espinoza returns to Southern California late today for the first time since guiding American Pharoah to a Triple Crown triumph, ending a 37-year drought without a Triple Crown winner.
Espinoza will be available for a group media session at Santa Anita’s
“Clockers’ Corner” Monday morning. Espinoza, currently in Kentucky, will return to California late Sunday for the first time since winning the Triple Crown.
Due to his busy schedule, Monday will be the only opportunity for media to have access
to Espinoza until the following weekend. He will conduct an informal group media session, and will not be available for one-on-one interviews.
WHEN: Monday, June 15
10-11 a.m. (approximately)
WHO: Victor Espinoza
- Jockey of Santa Anita-based American Pharoah, who with his victory at Saturday’s Belmont Stakes became the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
- Prior to 2015, Espinoza had two previous chances at winning the Triple Crown, with War Emblem in 2002 (trained by American Pharoah trainer Bob Baffert) and California Chrome in 2014. He is the only jockey in history to have had three chances at winning the Triple Crown.
- Has won a total of seven Triple Crown races (Kentucky Derby three times, Preakness three times and Belmont once). Espinoza has won five of the last six Triple Crown races. He also owns two Breeders’ Cup victories and the 2014 Santa Anita Derby.
- Is the first Hispanic jockey to win the Triple Crown and at 43, is the oldest to claim the feat.
- Standout jockey based at Santa Anita Park; resident of Sierra Madre
WHERE: Clockers’ Corner
Santa Anita Park
285 West Huntington Dr.
Arcadia, CA 91007
(DO NOT FOLLOW GPS DIRECTIONS TO THIS ADDRESS. INSTEAD, FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS BELOW).
Media should enter through Gate 8:
- From I-210, exit Baldwin and go South 7/10 of a mile to Santa Anita Park.
- If possible, please advise in advance that you will be coming, and after exiting the freeway, call your PR contact (Brian Robin – 661-349-2147 cell or Greg Ball – 760-271-9183 cell) so we can meet you as you enter.
- Go left just before the sign for the Westfield Mall (which abuts Santa Anita’s property. Stay to the left and do not enter the mall parking lot.
- Stay left at the fork along the hedges (going right will take you into the main parking lot) and pull up to the guard shack.
- Your PR contact will meet you there, get you parked and get you situated at Clockers’ Corner.
CONTACT: Brian Robin
Director of Publicity – Santa Anita Park
FINISH LINES: Tara’s Tango, runner-up to Fantastic Style in the Angel’s Flight Stakes May 16, worked six furlongs Sunday in 1:14 for next Saturday’s Grade II Summertime Oaks. “The distance should be OK for her,” said Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains the daughter of Unbridled’s Song for Stonestreet Stable LLC. Tara’s Tango won her first start going five furlongs at Del Mar last July and was second in two subsequent sprints . . . Hollendorfer reports Santa Anita Handicap winner Shared Belief “doing fine” as he recovers from an injured right hip suffered in the Charles Town Classic, but said he “wasn’t sure what the time frame is” on the gelding’s return to the track . . . Bargain claim Motown Men worked six furlongs in 1:11.40 Sunday under Tyler Baze for the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 27. “Awesome” is how trainer Ted H. West termed the move by the Tiznow Stakes winner . . . Kent Desormeaux and Martin Pedroza will be at ThistleDown Racino Saturday to ride War Story for Tom Amoss and Whiskey Ticket for Bob Baffert, respectively, in the $500,000 Ohio Derby.
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