STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MARCH 19

·         BOLO BREEZES FOR $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY

·         AMERICAN PHAROAH WEATHERS REBEL IN HIGH STYLE

·         HESS LONGSHOT HOPES TO ‘STEAL’ THE SAN LUIS REY

·         DADDY D T IN GOOD SPOT FOR PASADENA STAKES

·         NAKATANI COULD BE BACK ON HORSES IN FOUR WEEKS

·         MIKE LUZZI TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD ON APRIL 12

BOLO REMAINS ON DIRT IN SANTA ANITA DERBY

            After making his first three career starts on turf, two of them victories, Bolo gave a promising account of himself in his dirt debut when he finished third behind undefeated Dortmund in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 7, beaten less than two lengths despite steadying in deep stretch.

            Next up for the Temple City colt: the $1 million, Grade I, Santa Anita Derby on April 4.

            “We were very pleased,” said Carla Gaines, who trains Bolo for Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc., and Earle Mack. “It was sort of an unknown (racing on dirt for the first time), and he had missed some training and didn’t go into the race exactly as we would have liked.

            “But he ran really well in spite of me,” she concluded with a self-effacing chuckle.

Bolo worked four furlongs on an overcast Thursday morning in 47.80.

            Mike Smith, who rode Ocho Ocho Ocho in the San Felipe, rides Bolo in the Santa Anita Derby, leaving Ocho Ocho Ocho open at press time. Ocho Ocho Ocho worked five furlongs Wednesday for Jim Cassidy in 1:00.80. Smith had ridden Bolo in his first three races.

            “He worked really good,” trainer Jim Cassidy said of Ocho Ocho Ocho, who suffered superficial leg cuts in the San Felipe, in which he lost for the first time, finishing eighth. “I was really happy with the work and I’m happy with the horse right now.

“His cuts are healed; he’s better than he was last week. He was kind of quiet last week.”

            Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. has San Felipe runner-up Prospect Park scheduled to work six furlongs at his San Luis Rey base Saturday for the Santa Anita Derby. Joe Steiner will be up.

AMERICAN PHAROAH BACK ON TRACK AFTER REBEL ROMP

            Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharoah was back on the track at Santa Anita for the first time Thursday morning since his scintillating 6 ¼-length win on a sealed but sloppy track in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park Saturday.

            “He looks happy,” trainer Bob Baffert said.

            Said Baffert assistant Jim Barnes who was on hand for the Rebel performance: “It was exciting. He ran the way we expected him to. We just had to deal with the elements. That was the worst part of the trip, the heavy rains.

            “But it didn’t seem to bother him, he shipped well, and we learned about shipping and weather, so that’s good.”

HESS CLAIM SEEKS TO STEAL SAN LUIS REY STAKES

Bob Hess Jr. is hoping Joes Blazing Aaron catches a flyer in Saturday’s San Luis Rey Stakes and can carry his speed a mile and a half to victory in the grassy Grade II race for older horses that offers $200,000 in purse money.

Claimed for $62,500 from his last start, Joes Blazing Aaron is a committed front-runner, having won seven of 37 career starts and $393,491.

“(Joe) Talamo worked him Sunday (five furlongs on the main track in 1:01) and he’ll ride him,” Hess said. “The horse is an old, classy individual, very healthy. I think he likes the turf course here.

“He’s coming off a real good race (third at 1 ¼ miles on turf Feb. 27, beaten just over a length when he went the first six furlongs in 1:09.60).

“Hopefully,” Hess said, “he doesn’t have to go nine and change this time.”

The field for the San Luis Rey: Raise Your Gaze, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Play Hard to Get, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Diamond Bachelor, Martin Pedroza, 10-1; Power Foot, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Buymeabond, Iggy Puglisi, 20-1; Joesblazing Aaron, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Fly Lexis Fly, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; Finnegans Wake, Victor Espinoza, 6-5; and Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 9-2.

TALAMO’S HEART BELONGS TO DADDY (D T) IN PASADENA

            Joe Talamo expects another strong effort aboard Daddy D T when he rides the Scat Daddy ridgling for Hronis Racing and John Sadler in Saturday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf.

            Talamo and Daddy D T finished second by a neck in an overnight race at a mile on grass Feb. 22.

            “He should be tough,” Talamo said. “They didn’t have much speed last time. The turf was soft. He ran a good race. He’s run against come tough horses (American Pharoah and Bolo, to name but two).

            “He shows up every time. If he doesn’t win, he’s always right there.”

            In six starts, Daddy D T has one win, a second and two thirds.

            The Pasadena, race four on a nine-race program: Bench Warrant, Tyler Baze, 5-2; Daddy D T, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Jazzy Josh, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Papacoolpapacool, Elvis Trujillo, 7-2; Temple Keys, Aaron Gryder, 20-1; Ernest Shackleton, Felipe Valdez, 20-1; Soul Driver, Gary Stevens, 6-1; Stand and Salute, Flavien Prat, 10-1; and Anytime Anyplace, Martin Pedroza, 6-1.

LUZZI TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD ON APRIL 12

Santa Anita Park has announced that 2015 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award winner Mike Luzzi will travel west from his home in New York to receive the prestigious Woolf Award trophy in a ceremony between races on Sunday, April 12.

            Sidelined due to a broken leg and fractured pelvis sustained in a paddock accident at Aqueduct on Nov. 2, Luzzi has undergone reconstructive surgery and is now rehabbing for a return to the saddle at some point this year.

            Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most highly coveted honors in all of racing as it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character have earned esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

            America’s Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1989, Luzzi, by a vote of his peers, outpolled four other finalists: James Graham, Leslie Mawing, Corey Nakatani and the recently retired Rosie Napravnik.

            It is expected that Luzzi, who has won 3,420 career races, will be accompanied April 12 by his wife, Tania, daughter, Larue, 14, and son, Lane, 16.

FINISH LINES: Agent Tony Matos hopes Corey Nakatani can resume riding in about a month after the 44-year-old Hall of Fame nominee went down when his mount, Bilger’s Sapphire, clipped heels and fell in Sunday’s fifth race at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf. “It’s not as bad as it appeared,” Matos said. “He had no surgery. His (left) collar bone is broken but it’s not displaced and it takes three weeks to heal. He’ll have X-rays taken, and then if everything looks all right, he can start getting on horses.” . . . Agent Mike Ciani reports that three-time Kentucky Derby winner Kent Desormeaux rides Mr. Z for D. Wayne Lukas in the Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds on March 28. Nakatani had been scheduled to ride . . . Agent Scotty McClellan has Joe Talamo named on horses at the Fair Grounds on March 28, including War Story in the Louisiana Derby; Moreno in the New Orleans Handicap; and Chocolate Ride in the Mervin H. Munoz Jr. Memorial . . . Thursday morning, trainer Craig Lewis was still pondering where streaking Warren’s Veneda would make her next start. “Against the boys (in the Charles Town Classic), the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park, or maybe just wait,” the trainer said of the California-bred mare who captured the Grade I Santa Margarita Saturday for her third straight stakes win. Incidentally, the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic on April 18 will be run in the daytime this year, not in the evening as in the past . . . Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked six furlongs under Gary Stevens in a snappy 1:10.80 for her 5-year-old debut. “The Madison (at Keeneland on April 4) remains a possibility,” trainer Richard Mandella said. San Onofre‘s time of 1:10.40 for Karen Headley was the fastest at the distance, the average time of which was 1:12.60 . . . David Nance, second in Santa Anita’s Handicapping Challenge Tournament last week, and jockey Aaron Gryder, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. . . . Santa Anita presents the world-famous Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship Saturday in its spacious infield. Taste delicious samplings from the masters of BBQ and watch a full card of Thoroughbred racing. Special packages are available at santaanita.com/events . . . Saturday, March 28, features the Grade III Tokyo City Cup on Japan Family Day, with the Ramen Yokocho Festival in the infield. For details, visit www.tokyocitycup.com . . . Poetry in motion: Saturday’s hunch play of the day comes in the San Luis Rey–Raise Your Gaze, ridden by Tyler Baze.

 

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SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Sunday, March 15)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

Money Won

Rafael Bejarano

224

53

34

29

24%

$2,525,552

Tyler Baze

243

31

28

30

13%

$1,969,614

Kent Desormeaux

164

29

31

20

18%

$1,720,510

Victor Espinoza

154

29

30

22

19%

$1,909,756

Joseph Talamo

205

23

20

33

11%

$1,542,058

Martin Garcia

115

23

16

12

20%

$1,698,860

Elvis Trujillo

181

22

21

16

12%

$1,221,370

Drayden Van Dyke

174

20

20

22

11%

$1,305,436

Mike Smith

94

19

19

14

20%

$2,200,581

Corey Nakatani

114

19

11

16

17%

$933,348

Fernando Perez

159

15

20

15

9%

$708,410

Gary Stevens

89

15

14

15

17%

$1,347,068

Martin Pedroza

141

14

20

18

10%

$603,024

Santiago Gonzalez

92

12

10

15

13%

$585,824

Tiago Pereira

105

12

9

14

11%

$418,022

Edwin Maldonado

110

11

11

14

10%

$471,194

Flavien Prat

111

10

13

12

9%

$583,256

Felipe Valdez

60

9

11

10

15%

$285,938

Mario Gutierrez

89

7

10

9

8%

$384,160

Brice Blanc

47

7

2

4

15%

$296,250

Brandon Boulanger

115

6

5

10

5%

$213,346

Aaron Gryder

61

4

8

4

7%

$322,480

Trainer

Sts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

Money Won

Jerry Hollendorfer

138

26

19

22

19%

$3,086,378

Peter Miller

126

22

26

14

17%

$1,195,066

Bob Baffert

85

18

16

11

21%

$1,680,142

John Sadler

109

17

16

15

16%

$1,006,284

Doug O’Neill

138

16

13

21

12%

$812,444

Richard Baltas

62

13

9

5

21%

$522,802

Peter Eurton

74

12

11

12

16%

$664,966

Philip D’Amato

59

12

10

9

20%

$568,840

Richard Mandella

52

10

9

9

19%

$641,766

Mark Casse

55

10

5

7

18%

$777,418

James Cassidy

59

9

7

10

15%

$350,850

Ron Ellis

48

9

3

8

19%

$359,720

Jeff Bonde

30

9

0

3

30%

$323,080

Mark Glatt

61

8

11

10

13%

$441,172

Mike Puype

89

7

12

12

8%

$374,016

Thomas Proctor

45

7

6

3

16%

$525,378

Steven Miyadi

32

7

5

2

22%

$214,740

A. C. Avila

25

7

2

3

28%

$208,298

Jack Carava

44

6

9

5

14%

$182,920

Michael Pender

41

6

6

3

15%

$173,700

Hector Palma

27

6

4

1

22%

$142,370

Steve Knapp

32

6

2

3

19%

$259,130

Eddie Truman

17

6

1

2

35%

$255,180