- ‘HORSE FOR COURSE’ SET FOR GRADE III MADDY
- DISTANCE IS IDEAL FOR RHAGORI ON CLOSING DAY
- SHOEMAKER AWARD TO TOP BREEDERS’ CUP JOCKEY
TRAINER HOPES IT’S MILLER TIME IN SEN. KEN MADDY STAKES
With three victories from four starts on Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs, On the Backstreets qualifies as the personification of a “horse for course.”
Peter Miller hopes the chestnut filly continues her penchant for the venue when she runs in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes for fillies and mares, 3 and up.
“It’s a quick turnaround, but she loves the downhill,” the trainer said. “She bounced out of her last race (ninth in the one-mile Autumn Miss Stakes on Oct. 25) really well, so we’re taking a shot. We’ve got nowhere to run at Del Mar, so we either sit on her until Santa Anita’s winter meet or run her.”
The field for the Sen. Ken Maddy, race three of 10 with a first post time of 10:15 a.m.: Judy In Disguise, Martin Garcia, 10-1; Biorhythm, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Stars Above Me, Irad Ortiz Jr., 8-1; Velvet Mesquite, Mike Smith, 6-1; Gender Agenda, Javier Castellano, 8-1; Richies Party Girl, Victor Espinoza, 4-1; Warm Breeze, Rafael Bejarano, To My Valentine, Frank Dettori, 12-1; 15-1; Llandudno, Corey Nakatani, 12-1; On the Backstreets, Paco Lopez, 6-1; Fanticola, Joe Talamo, 15-1; Amaranth, David Carr, 15-1; Ageless, Julien Leparoux, 5-1; and Dutchessa, Brice Blanc, 20-1.
MILE OF GOLDIKOVA ‘PERFECT’ FOR RHAGORI SUNDAY
Trainer Simon Callaghan expects Rhagori to continue her good form at one mile on Santa Anita’s grass course when she runs in Sunday’s closing day feature, the Grade II, $200,000 Goldikova Stakes for fillies and mares, 3 and up, at one mile on turf.
“I think the distance is perfect for her,” Callaghan said. “She’s training really well. She’s more prepared for this race than she was last time (when she won the restricted Swingtime at one mile on turf Oct. 4). She’s doing great.”
A 5-year-old English-bred mare owned by Michael House, Rhagori has two wins and a second at one mile on Santa Anita’s grass course. In 21 career starts, the daughter of Exceed And Excel has a 6-6-2 record but seeks her first graded win in the Goldikova, named for the three-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
The field for the Goldikova: Filimbi, Joel Rosario, 2-1; Wall of Sound, Richard Kingscote, 5-1; Rhagori, Joe Talamo, 12-1; Strathnaver, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Emotional Kitten, Lanfranco Dettori, 8-1; I’m Already Sexy, Florent Geroux, 6-1; Legacy, Victor Espinoza, 20-1; Pontchatrain, Mike Smith, 4-1; and Queen of The Sand, Corey Nakatani, 12-1.
SHOEMAKER AWARD TO MOST OUTSTANDING JOCKEY OF BREEDERS’ CUP
The Breeders’ Cup will honor the most outstanding jockey of the Breeders’ Cup World Championship event with the Bill Shoemaker Award based on competition in the 13 Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita today and tomorrow.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith is the two-time defending champion of the award. Smith has 10 mounts in this year’s Breeders’ Cup, including morning line favorites Shared Belief in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic and Judy the Beauty in the $1 million DraftKings Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
The Shoemaker Award is based on a 10-5-3-1 scoring system on first through fourth-place finishes in each of the 13 Breeders’ Cup races.
The Bill Shoemaker Award is named in honor of one of the greatest jockeys in the history of Thoroughbred racing. Shoemaker, who captured the Kentucky Derby four times, won more than 8,800 races in a career that spanned more than 40 years. In 1987, at 56, Shoemaker won the Breeders’ Cup Classic aboard Ferdinand.
FINISH LINES: When $67.40 winner Tribal Express led from almost start to finish in Thursday’s 10th race, triggering a two-day a Pick Six carryover of $147,992.71 into Friday, it was somewhat of a surprise to trainer Steve Knapp, who registered his first win of the meet. “I didn’t think Alonso (Quinonez) would be on the lead, but he told me the filly broke so good, he decided to go on with her. . .If there is a Pick Six carryover again today, it will carry over into Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup card, and if it is not hit Saturday, it will carry over into the final day on Sunday . . . With three racing days remaining, Rafael Bejarano holds a 25-20 lead over Joe Talamo in the race for leading rider, while Jerry Hollendorfer is three up on Leandro Mora, 13-10, for training honors. Of 196 favorites at the meet, 62 have won, 31.63 percent, with 41 of 136 on dirt, 30.15 percent, and 21 of 60 on turf, 35 percent . . . Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, Nov. 2. Turn your clocks back one hour Saturday night. Accordingly, first post time Sunday is earlier than usual, 12 noon.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Thursday, Oct. 30)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||118||14||14||15||12%||$542,022|
|William Antongeorgi III||46||4||8||3||9%||$140,220|
|Robert Hess, Jr.||22||4||2||3||18%||$120,620|