- SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS’ RACE DOWN TO THE WIRE
- MILLER IS RUNAWAY WINNER OF TRAINING CROWN
- PICK SIX CARRYOVER TODAY COULD HIT $2 MILLION
ROMAN TWO UP ON PRAT AS MEET ENDS TODAY
Apprentice jockey Evin Roman holds a 41-39 lead over journeyman Flavien Prat in the battle for the riding title at the Spring portion of the current Santa Anita meet that ends today. Roman is named to ride in six of the 10 races, while Prat is named in seven.
Roman’s mounts are 5-2 morning line favorite Southern Mischief for Bob Baffert in the second race; 3-1 Causeforcommotion for Eric Kruljac in the third; 8-1 Lucky Son for Steve Miyadi in the seventh; 12-1 Buckys Pick for Victor Garcia in the eighth; 8-1 Lake Time for Eric Kruljac in the ninth; and 20-1 Traffic Thief for John Sadler in the 10th.
Prat rides 6-1 Qiaona for Ed Moger Jr. in the first; 4-1 Lady Ninja for Michael McCarthy in the second; 12-1 California Breeze for Phil D’Amato in the third; 5-2 Percy’s Bluff for Jerry Hollendorfer in the fourth; 10-1 Kenjisstorm for Richard Baltas in the sixth; 4-1 Powerful Thirst for Steve Miyadi in the seventh; and 5-1 American League for Jeff Bonde in the eighth.
Should the 19-year-old Roman win the crown, he would be only the second apprentice to ever do so at Santa Anita and the first in nearly seven decades. Gordon Glisson won in 1948-49 with 57 victories.
The training title has been wrapped up tight, as Peter Miller holds a 36-25 lead over Richard Baltas.
Santa Anita’s Autumn meet will start on Sept. 29.
FINISH LINES: There are mandatory payouts for the Pick Six, Pick Five and Super High Five today. There is a main pool Pick Six carryover of $126,038.89, and a single ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $410,879.22, but since there must be a payout today in both pools, the total now stands at $536,918 and the pool could exceed $2 million. If there are no winners with six, the Pick Six will pay to tickets with five . . . Agent Caesar Dominguez and jockey Martin Garcia have parted company on good terms. The 32-year-old Garcia, who has ridden and breezed horses predominantly for Bob Baffert the past few years, will continue in that vein, according to Dominguez, who will still represent apprentice Austin Solis . . . Agent Erick (Goldy) Arroyo, son of agent Nelson Arroyo, has taken the book of jockey Edwin Maldonado, and no longer represents Joey Martinez . . . Trainer Vladimir Cerin has engaged John Velazquez to ride Gold Cup at Santa Anita runner-up Follow Me Crev in Saturday’s Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park . . . Santa Anita will offer free General Admission, free general parking and a cut rate $5 admission to the FrontRunner Restaurant for simulcast wagering Thurssdays through Sundays during the Los Alamitos meet July 6 to July 16, and Wednesdays through Sundays during Del Mar’s Bing Crosby season July 19 through Sept. 4 . . . Santa Anita statistician Jason Hom has winning favorites at Santa Anita this meet well above the national average of about 33 percent, coming in at 39.10 (156 out of 399). The figure was even higher on dirt, 41.60 percent (104 of 250) and about average on turf, 34.90 (52 of 149). Winning odds-on favorites came in at 62.93 percent (73 of 116); winning in the money favorites at 74.69 (298 of 399); and in the money odds-on favorites at 93.10 percent (108 of 116) . . . .Darin Scharer, executive director of the Winners Foundation, reminds that its many services are available to track employees and their families for support, contact, intervention and referral services, free of charge. The Winners Foundation is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to assist men and women adversely affected by substance abuse, compulsive gambling or mental health issues. For more information, call 626 574-6498 . . . And a hearty congratulations to trainer Hector Olvera Palma on the occasion of his 80th birthday today. Hector is a native of Mexico and is the most patriotic of American citizens, since he was born on the Fourth of July.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Monday, July 3)|
|Norberto Arroyo, Jr.||83||12||12||14||14%||46%||$779,179|
|Hector O. Palma||48||7||8||7||15%||46%||$293,881|