STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JANUARY 16, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                               

  • DORTMUND AND EXAGGERATOR IN SOLID WORKS
  • ‘TEAM’ KEY WORD IN SUCCESS OF TEAM O’NEILL
  • DOLLAR DAY AGAIN AT SANTA ANITA ON MONDAY

 

EXAGGERATOR IN ‘GREAT’ BREEZE FOR SAN VICENTE

Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund and Delta Jackpot winner Exaggerator worked on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday morning in preparation for upcoming stakes engagements at The Great Race Place.

Dortmund, ticketed for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 12, went four furlongs under regular rider Martin Garcia in a bullet 47 seconds flat for Bob Baffert, who is in Florida awaiting the coronation of Triple Crown king American Pharoah later today.

Exaggerator, set to make his three-year-old debut in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 15, went six furlongs according to Santa Anita clockers in 1:13.80 for trainer Keith Desormeaux.

“It was a great work,” said Keith, who gave his brother, Hall of Fame rider Kent, a leg up for the drill. “I clocked him faster than what’s on the tab, however, I got him in 1:12 1/5.”

 

ROTHBLUM MINDING THE FORT FOR TEAM O’NEILL

While Doug O’Neill and his entourage were in Florida today awaiting the formality of Nyquist being named champion two-year-old male of 2015 at the Eclipse Awards, team member Steve Rothblum was minding the store at Santa Anita, where O’Neill had three horses entered.

“We work our butts off,” Rothblum said, offering a condensed version of the reason for their success. “We get together and get a ton of stuff done, but at the end of the day, if we’re not smiling about it, we just feel like it’s been wrong.

“We have a saying, ‘Everyone’s welcome but no one’s safe,’ because we give each other hell. But everybody knows what we need to do and what’s expected of them. The credit has to go to Doug, because he’s open enough to listen to all of us. We put together a good team, because every member is pretty good at what they do.

“Doug listens to us, but he’s good at what he does, too. He delegates authority and he never panics. We’ve been together so long, we have a lot of trust in each other and that’s really important. We all represent the brand, we all care about it and try to move forward every day.

“I’ve trained on my own for 30 years and have been with Doug since 2007 and couldn’t be happier or ask for a better work situation.”

 

FINISH LINES: Santa Anita will honor Paddock Captain John Shear in the Winner’s Circle after the fourth race Sunday on the occasion of his 95th birthday . . . Fans can feast on the cheap this Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, when Santa Anita offers another of its Dollar Days, with draft beers, hot dogs and sodas on sale for just a buck. Santa Anita will be dark Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Live racing resumes Friday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. . . . As a thank you to fans, Santa Anita offers FREE General Admission and FREE general parking every Thursday and Friday during the Winter Meet . . . Probable for next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes for older fillies and mares at seven furlongs: Ben’s Duchess, Joe Talamo; Kiss at Midnight, no rider; Living The Life, Flavien Prat; Prize Exhibit, Santiago Gonzalez; and Sunday Rules, Mike Smith. Trainer Peter Eurton said he is considering two races for Kyriaki, the Santa Monica and the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic at Sam Houston at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 30 . . . Popular former world featherweight champion Danny (Little Red) Lopez, his wife, Bonnie, and sister-in-law Murphy were Santa Anita press box visitors Saturday . . . With two wins yesterday, Santiago Gonzalez overtook Rafael Bejarano for the riding lead, 16-15, through 13 racing days. The 32-year-old Venezuelan also is making his presence felt nationally, ranking eighth in purse earnings through Jan. 13 with $343,700. Bejarano was fifth in that category with $436,720. Among trainers, Richard Baltas, tied with Bob Baffert at Santa Anita with seven victories, was third nationally in money won at $301,940, while Baffert was fourth at $289,680.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS              
               
(Current Through Friday, Jan. 15)        
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won  
Santiago Gonzalez 71 16 10 5 23% 44% $576,330  
Rafael Bejarano 63 15 14 4 24% 52% $749,060  
Joseph Talamo 52 8 8 4 15% 38% $364,190  
Edwin Maldonado 43 8 2 4 19% 33% $236,030  
David Lopez 40 7 2 10 18% 48% $233,328  
Mario Gutierrez 55 6 9 5 11% 36% $325,904  
Martin Garcia 34 5 4 7 15% 47% $327,014  
Flavien Prat 39 5 3 8 13% 41% $272,522  
Tyler Baze 63 4 10 10 6% 38% $275,668  
Fernando Perez 49 4 4 11 8% 39% $233,696  
Mike Smith 27 4 2 2 15% 30% $386,640  
Kent Desormeaux 31 3 6 5 10% 45% $282,970  
Alonso Quinonez 22 3 5 1 14% 41% $130,250  
Drayden Van Dyke 28 3 2 2 11% 25% $140,200  
Martin Pedroza 30 3 2 1 10% 20% $62,970  
Gary Stevens 16 3 1 0 19% 25% $360,080  
Victor Espinoza 24 2 3 1 8% 25% $242,130  
Agapito Delgadillo 18 2 2 2 11% 33% $65,284  
Abel Lezcano 18 2 1 1 11% 22% $86,570  
Alex Solis 7 2 0 2 29% 57% $114,384  
Tiago Pereira 25 1 5 1 4% 28% $118,602  
Ty Kennedy 19 1 3 2 5% 32% $66,780  
Gonzalo Nicolas 14 1 2 0 7% 21% $34,590  
Jose Verenzuela 8 1 1 1 13% 38% $20,930  
Brice Blanc 13 1 0 4 8% 38% $148,490  
Brayan Pena 7 1 0 0 14% 14% $17,120  
               
Trainer Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won  
Richard Baltas 27 7 4 2 26% 48% $427,730  
Bob Baffert 30 7 3 5 23% 50% $405,760  
Philip D’Amato 33 6 7 9 18% 67% $396,540  
Peter Miller 35 5 2 1 14% 23% $176,380  
William Spawr 11 5 2 0 45% 64% $120,874  
Doug O’Neill 50 4 7 10 8% 42% $244,882  
Peter Eurton 19 4 6 3 21% 68% $154,830  
Kristin Mulhall 13 4 2 1 31% 54% $150,100  
Steven Miyadi 15 3 4 2 20% 60% $99,266  
Jeff Bonde 11 3 2 0 27% 45% $81,660  
Patrick Gallagher 10 3 1 1 30% 50% $206,684  
Mark Glatt 21 3 1 1 14% 24% $88,360  
Jeff Mullins 8 3 1 0 38% 50% $77,530  
Karen Headley 4 3 0 0 75% 75% $127,450  
Jerry Hollendorfer 36 2 5 5 6% 33% $174,792  
John Sadler 21 2 2 2 10% 29% $102,750  
Vladimir Cerin 7 2 1 2 29% 71% $70,850  
Barry Abrams 8 2 1 0 25% 38% $94,260  
Jack Carava 9 2 1 0 22% 33% $40,420  
J. Keith Desormeaux 15 2 0 4 13% 40% $51,360  
George Papaprodromou 13 2 0 2 15% 31% $48,080  
James M. Cassidy 14 2 0 2 14% 29% $154,420  
Steve Knapp 9 2 0 1 22% 33% $48,630  
Jorge Gutierrez 4 2 0 0 50% 50% $32,410  

 

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