- SONGBIRD HAS ‘SPECTACULAR’ WORK FOR OAKS
- GREGSON FOUNDATION TO HONOR BOB BAFFERT
- DERBY WINNER NYQUIST FULL OF ENERGY IN JOG
EARLY SONGBIRD GETS THE WORK
Despite Jerry Hollendorfer calling an audible and working Songbird a day earlier than originally planned, it was just another day at the office for the undefeated champion two-year-old female of 2015 as she breezed seven furlongs under exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez in 1:25.80, after which Hollendorfer pronounced the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro “ready” for next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks at 1 1/16 miles.
“She went the last eighth in spectacular fashion, 12 seconds flat,” Hollendorfer said. “She’s ready. I changed my mind (on the work day). I decided at the last minute.”
Songbird worked in company with stablemates Little Curlin and The Gomper, who were given five furlong clockings of 1:02.60 and 1:02.80, respectively. Songbird’s fractional times were 25.40, 37.40, 49 flat and 1:13 flat, with a one-mile gallop out recording of 1:39.
Songbird’s owner, Rick Porter, who races as Fox Hill Farms, added on Facebook:
“Jerry called me first thing this morning after planning a very early work for Songbird. Everyone was expecting her to work tomorrow so Jerry wanted to go this morning when he sent two of his nice horses out right in front of Songbird.
“It was about five lengths when they all broke. She went behind them at her own pace and then, as planned, started running at the quarter pole and split them as nice as could please and went the last eighth in a gallop out in 12 flat. The clocker told Jerry he got her in 1:24 flat even though they published 1:25 4/5ths.
“It is nice to confirm she can rate. Great work and looking forward to the race next Saturday.”
Among those expected to face Songbird in the Oaks are Bellamentary, Coppa, Kay Kay, Kiss N Scat, Not Now Carolyn and That’s A Lady. Coppa worked six furlongs Saturday for Phil D’Amato in 1:14.60.
Songbird has never won by less than 3 ¾ lengths. Her average margin of victory is just over five lengths.
BAFFERT TO BE HONORED BY EDWIN J. GREGSON FOUNDATION
Triple Crown winning Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be honored this summer by the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation at its annual fund-raising and awards dinner.
The event will take place Monday, Aug. 15, at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar Resort, a few miles south of Del Mar Racetrack.
“I’m honored to be recognized by the Gregson Foundation and to stand alongside past honorees who are truly a Who’s Who of California racing,” said Baffert.
Among the Gregson Foundation’s past honorees are Baffert’s fellow trainers Jack Van Berg, Ron McAnally, Mel Stute, and the late Warren Stute, in addition to industry leaders Ann and Jerry Moss, Mace and Samantha Siegel, Dr. Jack Robbins, and Joe and Barbara Harper.
Last summer, the Foundation saluted jockeys Mike Smith and Gary Stevens while raising money to provide college scholarships to the children of California’s backstretch community.
“It’s pretty remarkable to see how the Gregson Foundation’s scholarship program has grown through the years and to know what a difference it has made in the lives of not only the kids, but entire families,” Baffert said. “Backstretch workers are the backbone of our industry, and this is a wonderful way to let them know they are appreciated and supported.”
Tickets for the event are $300 per person. The annual event has sold out each year, and the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation encourages early purchase of tickets to assure attendance. Please contact Angie Carmona at (626) 447-2339 for further information or go to www.gregsonfoundation.com.
FINISH LINES: California Chrome, 2014 Horse of the Year and that year’s Santa Anita Derby winner, worked five furlongs Saturday at his Los Alamitos headquarters in 1:01 flat for trainer Art Sherman. It was the ninth of 21 recorded works at the distance . . . Steve Rothblum, aide de camp with Team Doug O’Neill, said Donworth was scratched from today’s Met Mile at Belmont Park due to a cough. Rothblum added that Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist jogged two miles at Santa Anita Saturday morning and “looked great, full of energy.” . . . Jockey Jaime Theroit and his agent, Corey Black, were out pressing the flesh at Clockers’ Corner Saturday morning. Theroit arrived in California Thursday and hopes to make his Spring Meet riding debut soon . . . Through 22 days, Rafael Bejarano and Flavien Prat are tied for the Spring Meet riding lead at 25 each . . . Prat has been suspended three days (June 16, 17 and 18) for causing interference aboard Fashionably Handsome, who finished third in Thursday’s first race . . . Remarkable Martin Minutiae: Martin Pedroza and Martin Garcia have almost identical stat lines across the board through Friday, in mounts, wins, seconds, thirds, win percentage, and in the money percentage, as follows, with Pedroza’s numbers listed first: 56, 54; 8, 8; 5, 4; 10, 9; 14, 15; and 41, 39 . . . Apprentice rider Jose Barnes, still feeling the effects of an injury to his left ear following a riding mishap Thursday, took off his scheduled two mounts today and is not expected to ride on Sunday . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its meeting Thursday, June 16, while the CHRB Race Dates Committee will meet Wednesday, June 15. Both meetings at Santa Anita Park will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only webcast of the Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The Board agenda and supporting package of materials as well as the committee agenda and package are available on the CHRB website.
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