- DRINKS ON BOOZER IN $250,000 TURF CLASSIC?
- SUNDAY RULES VS. MALES IN VALPREDO SPRINT
- TOUGH IT OUT SET FOR RICH CAL CUP DERBY
- TALAMO’S FILLY ‘REAL BOSS’ IN CAL CUP OAKS
- ASHLEY’S SASSY IN FILLY & MARE TURF SPRINT
- MOR SPIRIT DRILLS FOR ROBERT LEWIS STAKES
‘GOOD TRIP’ CRUCIAL FOR BOOZER IN TURF CLASSIC
Boozer makes his second attempt to win the $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic presented by City National Bank Saturday when the son of Unusual Heat trained by Mark Glatt for Al and Saundra Kirkwood runs in the mile-and-an-eighth race for four-year-olds and up.
The six-year-old gelding is usually on the pace or close to it. Last year, he missed winning the Classic by a neck after leading most of the way under Gary Stevens, who is back aboard Saturday.
“It looks like there’s speed in the race and hopefully he’ll relax behind it,” Glatt said. “If he gets a good trip, he’ll be close and we’ll see if we can hang on this year.”
The Turf Classic, one of five stakes races worth a total of $1 million for California-bred or sired horses on Sunshine Millions Day: Tamarando, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; G.G. Ryder, Santiago Gonzalez, 4-1; Unusually Green, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Image of Joplin, Agapito Delgadillo, 15-1; defending champion Alert Bay, Martin Garcia, 7-2; Grazen Sky, Tyler Baze, 12-1; $25,000 supplemental nominee What a View; Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Soi Phet, Alonso Quinonez, 15-1; Something Unusual, Iggy Puglisi, 12-1; Poshky, Flavien Prat, 9-2; Boozer, Gary Stevens, 10-1; Awesome Return, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; and also-eligible Cowboy, Jose Verenzuela, 50-1.
SUNDAY RULES TACKLES MALES IN CAL CUP SPRINT
Sunday Rules has been entered to face males in Saturday’s $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint for older horses at six furlongs.
It would mark a first for the five-year-old Tribal Rule mare trained by Phil D’Amato for owner/breeder Nick Alexander.
“She’s one-for-one on grass and four-for-four on the main track at Santa Anita, so it’s hard to ignore her dirt record,” said D’Amato, the meet’s leading trainer through 19 days with nine victories from 47 starts. He also has eight seconds and 10 thirds.
“The field was coming up on the smaller side, so I hoped we’d draw well and sure enough we drew the outside. It’s a good post, she’s ready to go and we’ll give it a shot.”
The Sprint field: San Onofre, Alex Solis, 4-5; Solid Wager, Victor Espinoza, 10-1; Old Man Lake, Tyler Baze, 30-1; Richard’s Boy, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Raised a Secret, Santiago Gonzalez, 12-1; Sunday Rules, Edwin Maldonado, 9-5; and Pay the Fine, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1.
TOUGH IT OUT READY TO GO IN CAL CUP DERBY
Trainer Phil D’Amato also has Tough It Out entered in the $250,000 California Cup Derby at 1 1/16 miles for owner/breeder Nick Alexander.
A gray son of Grazen, Tough It Out was third behind Found Money in the one-mile King Glorious for state-breds last Dec. 12 at Los Alamitos.
“He’s doing really well,” D’Amato said. “He lost a lot of ground in the King Glorious. He ran an extra sixteenth of a mile. Saturday, we’ve got the rail and (leading rider) Santiago (Gonzalez). The horse is ready to go.”
The Derby field: Tough It Out, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; Smokey Image, Victor Espinoza, 4-5; Record Highs, Joe Talamo, 10-1; Demonslayer, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Glory Bound, Edwin Maldonado, 4-1; Xingontothebone, Martin Pedroza, 8-1;and Loyalist, Flavien Prat, 12-1.
RUN LIKE THE BOSS SHOULD FANCY TURF
Joe Talamo has ridden Run Like the Boss twice, winning once, and hopes to add to his success in Saturday’s $200,000 Xpressbet California Cup Oaks for three-year-old fillies scheduled for one mile on turf.
“She won first time out and ran third at Del Mar coming off a layoff,” said Talamo, who has been working the gray daughter of Scat Daddy at San Luis Rey Downs for Peter Miller, trainer of Run Like the Boss for owners J. Kirk and Judy Robison.
“I think she’ll love the distance, and even though she hasn’t run on turf, her breeding indicates she can handle it,” Talamo said. “All the Scat Daddys seem to like it.”
The Oaks lineup: Just Google Me, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1; Patriotic Diamond, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Hurricaine Callie, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Run for Retts, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Roo’s Valentine, Martin Pedroza, 4-1; Run Like the Boss, Joe Talamo, 12-1; Pacific Heat, Flavien Prat, 9-5; and $25,000 supplemental nominee Cheekaboo, Mario Gutierrez, 4-1.
ASHLEY’S SASSY TAKES TO TURF IN FILLY & MARE SPRINT
Ashley’s Sassy makes her grass debut in Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint for older fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs, and if breeding means anything, the chestnut filly should take a liking to the greensward.
“It’s her first time down the hill and she seems to like grass,” trainer Peter Eurton said of the 4-year-old daughter of Decarchy out of the Urgent Request dam Ashley’s Folly.
“She’s from an all-grass family, that’s for sure, with her mother and Decarchy.”
The field: Yana, Agapito Delgadillo, 30-1; My Fiona, Fernando Perez, 20-1; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Chati’s On Top, Santiago Gonzalez, 5-1; Heaven’s Stairway, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Velvet Mesquite, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; Singing Kitty, Gary Stevens, 5-1; Jenna’s Faith, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1; Light One, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Qiaona, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; Ashley’s Sassy, Alonso Quinonez, 12-1; and also-eligibles Nite Delite, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1 and Princess Bertrando, Abel Lezcano, 30-1.
FINISH LINES: California General and VIP packages are available at santaanita.com/events for Saturday’s Sunshine Millions & Wine Festival, which will offer food from some of the best local wineries and food vendors. First post time is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. . . Mor Spirit worked five furlongs in company Thursday morning in 1:00.20 for his three-year-old debut a week from Saturday in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. The winner of the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity had jockey Martin Garcia aboard for the drill. Stablemate Latest Craze was clocked in 1:01.60 . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Om, prepping for the Grade II Arcadia Stakes on Feb. 13, worked five furlongs for Dan Hendricks with Gary Stevens in the irons in 1:00.80 . . . Champion Songbird continued to advance for her three-year-old debut in the Las Virgenes Stakes on Feb. 6 with a seven furlong workout Wednesday in 1:26.60 . . . The first offspring of stakes-winning turf sprinter Lakerville was born Jan. 25 at Harris Ranch in Coalinga. A chestnut filly out of the mare Craven Cottage owned and bred by Bob Huston and Barry Abrams is a half-sister to stakes winners of more than $1.5 million. Appropriately, she was named The First One . . . Jockey Abel Lezcano has been suspended three days (Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 4) for causing interference aboard Mr. Count On Me in Saturday’s sixth race, resulting in a disqualification of his mount from first to third, while Edwin Maldonado has been banned the same days for failure to maintain a straight course on Xerxes after the start of Saturday’s third race . . . Also given “days” were jockeys Abel Lezcano (Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 4) for causing interference on Silent Movies in Saturday’s fourth race, and Bruno Panicucci (Feb. 7, 11 and 12) for interference on Icona in Sunday’s second race . . . Joe Carr, whose British-based Duralock Equestrian is the manufacturer of Santa Anita’s newly installed temporary rail, was a race-day visitor on Thursday. Duralock Performance Fencing, renowned for safety and for its ease of installation and movement, is currently in use at racetracks and equestrian venues throughout the world, including New York’s Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course…Horse player and Thoroughbred owner Bob Carper and Dudley Osborne, agent for jockey Agapito Delgadillo, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens at 10:50 a.m.; Saturday and 11:20 a.m. on Sunday.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Sunday, Jan. 24)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||52||6||7||6||12%||37%||$368,634|
|J. Keith Desormeaux||20||4||0||6||20%||50%||$101,170|
|J. Eric Kruljac||20||3||2||5||15%||50%||$75,200|