- CANDY BOY WORKS FOR ‘PROBABLE’ CLASSIC START
- CALIFORNIA CHROME IN ‘GREAT’ DRILL FOR BC CLASSIC
- MOULIN DE MOUGIN TO MISS BREEDERS’ CUP F&M TURF
CANDY BOY DRILLS BUT ‘NOT DEFINITE’ FOR BC CLASSIC
So far it’s been close but no cigar for John Sadler in the Breeders’ Cup, but the highly successful training fixture for years on the Southern California circuit hopes a string of 31 losses ends when Santa Anita hosts the World Championships for an unprecedented third straight year on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
It’s “Man Bites Dog” news when Sadler isn’t among the top five in the trainer standings.
One of Sadler’s possible streak-busters could be the late-running Candy Boy, an outsider should he run in the $5 million Classic at 1 ¼ miles.
Candy Boy worked five furlongs Saturday in 1:00.80.
“He’s training up for it, but we’re not a definite yet,” Sadler said. “We want to look and see how it shapes up . . . We’re in our own back yard and we’ll make up our mind when the money is due. It’s a lot of money to run. A mile and a quarter should be good for him.”
Pre-entries will be taken on Oct. 20; the entry deadline is Oct. 27.
“We’ve run well in past Breeders’ Cups; we’ve had some seconds and thirds, and Candy Boy is doing well,” Sadler said. “He’s a probable at this point.”
Candy Boy, like unbeaten Classic favorite Shared Belief a son of Candy Ride, closed late to be third behind loose-on-the-lead Bayern in the Pennsylvania Derby Sept. 20, but hasn’t won since capturing the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes in his 3-year-old debut last Feb. 8.
Owned by Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable, Candy Boy has failed to earn a check but once in 11 career starts, finishing 13th when taken up in the Kentucky Derby. The bay colt has earned $786,800.
Sadler was second with Switch in the Filly & Mare Sprint in 2010 and 2011 and third with her in 2012; third with Whatsthescript in the 2008 Mile; third with Capo Bastone in the 2012 Juvenile; and third with Cost of Freedom in the 2009 Sprint.
CALIFORNIA CHROME WORKS IN 59 3/5 FOR BC CLASSIC
Under regular rider Victor Espinoza,California Chrome worked five furlongs at his Los Alamitos base Saturday morning in 59 3/5 in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, getting the first quarter mile in 24 1/5.
“He looked good. He wasn’t pressured much on the gallop out,” said Los Alamitos head clocker Russ Hudak. “It didn’t look like he was pushed real hard. It was a good, steady work.”
Added Alan Sherman, son of and assistant to trainer Art Sherman: “He worked great. We’re real happy with him. He’ll go five or six furlongs next Saturday.”
MOULIN DE MOUGIN SIDELINED WITH BONE BRUISING
Moulin de Mougin, winner of the Grade II John C. Mabee at Del Mar on Aug. 10, will miss the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf on Nov. 1, trainer Richard Mandella said Saturday morning.
“We did a nuclear scan two days ago and it showed bone bruising on her left shoulder and stifle from that slide,” Mandella said, referring to an incident in the Rodeo Drive Stakes on Sept. 27 when she clipped heels and unseated jockey Mike Smith turning into the stretch in the 1 ¼-mile turf race.
“The X-rays are clean, so she’s fine,” Mandella said of the 4-year-old daughter of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, “but we’ll give her six or eight weeks off and point her towards next winter here.”
ARCADIA RESIDENTS TO BE ADMITTED FREE ON BREEDERS’ CUP DAY ONE
Residents of the City of Arcadia will be admitted to Santa Anita’s Infield Area free of charge with valid identification, on the first day of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Friday, Oct. 31.
In conjunction with the city and the Breeders’ Cup, Oct. 31 will also be “Halloween Fright Day” in the Infield from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Non-residents will be admitted for $5, while Infield parking via Gate 6 on Colorado Place will be $10 for everyone on Oct. 31.
The event includes trick or treating, carnival rides and games, pumpkin painting, pony rides, a haunted maze, bounce houses and more. Wear your best costume for a chance to win Breeders’ Cup’s best dressed prize. Full face masks for adults 14 and older are not permitted.
(Please note, Adult General Admission to the Infield on Breeders’ Cup Classic Day, Nov. 1, will be $10 for everyone).
For more information, call 626 574-5113 or visit www.breederscup.com/Halloween or www.ci.arcadia.ca.us.
FINISH LINES: Two-time winner of the Grade I Vosburgh Invitational Private Zone worked four furlongs Saturday morning in 47.80 for the $1.5 million Xpressbet Sprint with regular rider Martin Pedroza aboard . . . Classic candidate Moreno went the same distance for Eric Guillot in 50 flat, while Turf hopeful Big John B went five furlongs in 1:00.80 for trainer Phil D’Amato . . . Agent Michele Martinez has taken the book of jockey Felipe Martinez, no relation . . . Santa Anita presents holiday racing this Monday, Columbus Day, which also is Dollar Day. Fans can enjoy draft beer, hot dogs and sodas for just a buck. Gates open at 11 a.m. First post time is 1 p.m. . . . Tomorrow, Santa Anita hosts the Road Kings of Burbank Car Show in the Infield. Approximately 400 vehicles will be on display from 11 a.m. through the last live race, including Muscle Cars, Sports Cars, Restored Classics, Modified Hot Rods and Street Rods . . . Santa Anita offers a Pick 6 carryover today of $110,484 starting on race five . . . Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will be host Tom Quigley‘s handicapping seminar guest Sunday in the East Paddock Gardens starting at 11:50 a.m.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Friday, Oct. 10)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||55||8||7||6||15%||$275,172|
|Robert Hess, Jr.||10||3||1||1||30%||$88,260|
|J. Keith Desormeaux||7||2||0||2||29%||$107,770|