- CANDY BOY CARRIES SADLER’S HOPES IN CLASSIC
- CALIFORNIA CHROME IN SHARP WORK AT LOS AL
- SHARED BELIEF ‘RIGHT ON SCHEDULE’ FOR CLASSIC
- BIG MACHER, RICH TAPESTRY DRILL FOR SPRINT
SADLER OPTIMISTIC ABOUT ‘THE OTHER 3-YEAR-OLD’
Four 3-year-olds are grabbing all the headlines in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but that’s OK with John Sadler.
Sadler conditions Candy Boy, “the other 3-year-old,” whose lone disappointing effort came in a troubled Kentucky Derby. Otherwise, the son of Candy Ride has never been worse than fourth in 11 career starts for Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable.
“He’s got one placing ahead of California Chrome in the Pennsylvania Derby and he was second to Shared Belief in the Los Alamitos Derby,” Sadler reasoned. “His form is his form. He’s been good and steady. He hasn’t shown that he’s the best 3-year-old, but he’s in the upper group.”
Candy Boy usually gains ground in the homestretch, so the mile and a quarter of the Classic should be to his liking.
“He had a terrible trip in the Kentucky Derby (finishing 13th of 19 after taking up sharply at the seven-eighths marker),” Sadler said. “He was essentially eliminated on the first turn. But otherwise, he’s been remarkably consistent.
“We’re running on his home track at a mile and a quarter and he’s doing well, so we’re looking forward to the race.”
Candy Boy worked seven furlongs Saturday morning in company with Candy Anniversary and was clocked in 1:25 flat. His stablemate got 1:26.20.
“Very good” is how Sadler termed the drill.
CHROME IN ‘UNBELIEVABLE’ WORK AT LOS AL FOR CLASSIC
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome had his final major prep for the Breeders’ Cup Classic Saturday at his Los Alamitos headquarters, going five furlongs in 59.60 under regular rider Victor Espinoza.
“Unbelievable” is how Alan Sherman summed up the move. “He’s ready to roll. We’re really happy with him.” The son of and assistant to trainer Art Sherman said California Chrome is scheduled to leave Los Alamitos around 5 a.m. tomorrow and arrive at Santa Anita about an hour later. “The Classic should be a great race,” he added.
Los Alamitos head clocker Russ Hudak echoed Alan Sherman’s sentiments on the workout. “I would agree with him,” Hudak said. “California Chrome has really moved forward. This was a step up, the best he’s done since coming back from Philadelphia (where finished sixth in the Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 20).”
California Chrome’s fractional times, according to the teletimer observed by Hudak, were 24 1/5 and 48 flat, with a six-furlong gallop out of 1:12.
In other Breeders’ Cup news:
Jerry Hollendorfer is pleased with Shared Belief as the undefeated male 2-year-old champion of 2013 awaits the Classic, with potential Horse of the Year and 3-Year-Old of the Year on the line for the Candy Ride gelding.
“It’s been a long journey, but we’re right on our schedule, so we’ll just see if we can follow through,” the Hall of Fame trainer said.
On Belmont Park’s main track, Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist worked five furlongs for the Classic in 1:01.75 for Christophe Clement.
Other Breeders’ Cup workers at Santa Anita Saturday included Big Macher (Sprint), who went four furlongs for Richard Baltas with Tyler Baze up in 47.40. “He was just cruising,” Baltas said of the California-bred son of Beau Genius. “Tyler had him three or four (lanes) off the rail and was just sitting on him.
“It wasn’t as impressive as his last work (a bullet 58.60 last Sunday) but that was kind of by design. He finished up great and he came out of it good. He went the last eighth in 11 flat. Tyler is really happy with the horse. The horse’s weight is better; he looks good.”
Also: Santa Anita Sprint Championship winner Rich Tapestry worked five furlongs in 1:01 under exercise rider Vincent Sit. “I’m very happy; he went very smooth,” said trainer Leonard Powell, deputizing for trainer Michael Chang who is due in Monday from Hong Kong.
Fed Biz (Dirt Mile) worked four furlongs in company for Bob Baffert in 46.80 with Martin Garcia up. Workmate Declassify was caught in the same time.
Prayer for Relief (Classic) went four furlongs for Dale Romans in 47.40; Daddy D T (Juvenile Turf) worked five furlongs for John Sadler in 1:02; Golden Ticket (Dirt Mile) went five furlongs for Ken McPeek in 59 flat; Cristina’s Journey (Juvenile Fillies), five furlongs in a minute flat for Romans; and Home Run Kitten (Turf Sprint) five furlongs in 59.40 for David Hofmans with Joe Talamo in the irons.
On Santa Anita’s firm turf course, Obviously (Mile) went five furlongs in a bullet 58.40 for Phil D’Amato, who also sent Big John B (Turf) the same distance in 1:02.40; Danny Boy (Juvenile Turf) went five furlongs in 59.60 for Romans, while Mark Casse sent Conquest Harlanate (Juvenile Fillies Turf) and Conquest Typhoon (Juvenile Turf) five furlongs in the identical time of 1:00.60; Lawn Ranger (Juvenile Turf) went five furlongs in 1:03.20 for McPeek; and Luck of the Kitten (Juvenile Turf) four furlongs in 51.40 for Wesley Ward.
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR BREEDERS’ CUP AT SANTA ANITA
Santa Anita hosts the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for the third consecutive year next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. The two-day event includes live music, star sightings and the best Thoroughbreds worldwide vying for $26 million in prize money.
General admission tickets are $10 in advance online or $15 at the gate on Friday, and $25 in advance online or $40 at the gate Saturday. For access to infield only, admission on Friday is $5 and on Saturday $10, both available only via Gate 6 on Colorado Place.
In addition, City of Arcadia residents with ID and children under 14 are admitted free to the infield only on Friday.
FINISH LINES: Mike Smith on Lure, for whom Sunday’s $75,000 stakes for 3-year-olds and up at one mile on turf is named: “He’s one of the greatest milers ever,” said the Hall of Fame jockey, who rode Lure to back-to-back Breeders’ Cup Mile victories in 1992 and 1993. “He was that good.” The field for the Lure: Drill, Elvis Trujillo, 15-1; Old Time Hockey, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Starspangled Heat, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; Hay Dude, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Pure Tactics, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Smart Ellis, Alex Solis, 20-1; Power Ped, Tyler Baze, 6-1; Artest, Martin Garcia, 6-1; and Boyett, Mike Smith, 7-2.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Friday, Oct. 24)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||97||11||11||13||11%||$439,232|
|John W. Sadler||42||8||7||5||19%||$389,680|
|Robert Hess, Jr.||19||4||1||3||21%||$109,600|