STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JUNE 14, 2015

        

  • 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.

WHAT:

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

661-349-2147 cell

brianr@bzapr.com

 

Mike Willman

Director of Publicity – Santa Anita Park

818-437-0786 cell

Mike.Willman@SantaAnita.com

 

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.

 

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS
(Current Through Saturday, June 13)
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won
Rafael Bejarano 146 37 28 22 25% $1,766,946
Tyler Baze 178 26 28 27 15% $1,610,080
Joseph Talamo 125 22 10 25 18% $886,498
Flavien Prat 122 21 24 13 17% $1,306,940
Fernando Perez 112 21 17 11 19% $791,730
Drayden Van Dyke 101 13 12 11 13% $592,468
Tiago Pereira 67 11 11 7 16% $462,980
Santiago Gonzalez 85 8 16 6 9% $352,454
Felipe Valdez 96 8 15 9 8% $364,430
Edwin Maldonado 77 8 14 14 10% $376,926
Mike Smith 36 8 8 4 22% $651,096
Mario Gutierrez 45 8 3 8 18% $368,848
Martin Pedroza 92 7 16 14 8% $375,474
Alex Solis 37 7 3 5 19% $279,544
Martin Garcia 30 7 3 4 23% $245,660
Gonzalo Nicolas 91 6 6 14 7% $239,308
Victor Espinoza 31 6 6 6 19% $489,320
Gary Stevens 24 6 3 4 25% $576,100
Kent Desormeaux 60 5 12 7 8% $317,124
Ignacio Puglisi 48 5 6 2 10% $189,580
Elvis Trujillo 58 5 4 7 9% $269,290
Brayan Pena 56 5 2 3 9% $116,530
Trainer Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won
Doug O’Neill 89 18 16 10 20% $772,088
Richard Baltas 52 17 6 4 33% $848,520
Peter Miller 70 15 17 7 21% $612,950
Philip D’Amato 52 15 8 6 29% $882,110
Richard Mandella 39 11 9 4 28% $807,140
Mike Puype 56 8 12 7 14% $485,520
Jerry Hollendorfer 56 7 14 7 13% $519,204
John Sadler 56 7 9 10 13% $546,374
Eddie Truman 19 7 2 3 37% $284,678
Mark Glatt 50 6 7 8 12% $277,114
Robertino Diodoro 27 6 4 3 22% $232,130
Bob Baffert 24 6 2 5 25% $287,970
Michael Machowsky 24 5 5 2 21% $141,230
Vann Belvoir 45 4 6 6 9% $159,950
Kristin Mulhall 21 4 5 0 19% $117,550
William Spawr 24 4 4 2 17% $136,530
John Brocklebank 15 4 4 1 27% $181,540
Carla Gaines 22 4 4 1 18% $203,080
Tim Yakteen 16 4 3 0 25% $142,430
Ricky Agarie 22 4 1 5 18% $140,440
Jeff Bonde 16 4 1 3 25% $187,790
Bruce Headley 13 4 1 2 31% $117,490