- INTO OBLIVION RIDES WAVE INTO SURFER GIRL STAKES
- CALIFORNIA CHROME IN CLASSIC WORK AT LOS ALAMITOS
- PAPAPRODROMOU HOPES CLAIM FIRES IN ZUMA BEACH
- WHITE MAKES SHARED BELIEF BC CLASSIC FAVORITE
INTO OBLIVION SEEKS TO MAKE AMENDS IN SURFER GIRL
Breaking from the rail and setting the pace until the final strides, Into Oblivion lost by a neck as the 3-10 favorite in the Barretts Debutante at Los Alamitos on Sept. 13.
Jim Cassidy is hoping the daughter of Into Mischief makes amends in Sunday’s $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.
Owned by Deron Person’s DP Racing, LLC, Into Oblivion was a 2 ½-length debut winner at Del Mar Aug. 24 under Mike Smith, who regains the mount in the Surfer Girl.
“She shouldn’t have got beat last time,” Cassidy opined. “Mike rode her in her first race but was out of town for the Barretts. The filly is training well.”
The Surfer Girl: Into Oblivion, Mike Smith, 6-1; Devil’s Beauty, William Antongeorgi III, 30-1; Sea Mona, Alex Solis, 6-1; Holiday Maker, Edwin Maldonado, 30-1; Her Emmynency, Joe Talamo, 5-2; She’s Complete, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; Heart of Paradise, Martin Pedroza, 12-1; Call to Congrats, Tyler Baze, 10-1; Elementar, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; Shezapiranha, Alonso Quinonez, 15-1; Bobbi Grace, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; Achiever’s Legacy, Elvin Trujillo, 10-1; and also-eligible Foolish Ways, Corey Nakatani, 10-1.
MANDELLA GOES FOR SURFER GIRL GOLD WITH MAIDEN
Encouraged by her game try on the turf in a maiden allowance race, Richard Mandella hopes Elementar can break her maiden against stronger company when she runs in Sunday’s $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes.
“It was a good effort at Del Mar, so I’m going to give her a chance to show me something,” the Hall of Fame trainer said of the daughter of More Than Ready, who was a well-beaten ninth in her Aug. 2 debut at 5 ½ furlongs on Del Mar’s soon-to-be removed Polytrack.
CALIFORNIA CHROME PREPS FOR BC CLASSIC
California Chrome worked four furlongs at Los Alamitos Saturday morning in 47 2/5 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01 in preparation for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.
“He went great,” said Alan Sherman, son of and assistant to trainer Art Sherman, who plans three more works before the 1 ¼-mile Classic. Regular rider Victor Espinoza was aboard the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner for the drill.
It was California’s Chrome first official breeze since his disappointing sixth-place finish in the Pennsylvania Derby at Parx on Sept. 20.
“He came out of that race really well,” Alan Sherman said.
TRAINER HOPES HE HAS ANOTHER BARGAIN CLAIM IN ZUMA BEACH
Trainer George Papaprodromou seeks to catch lightning in a bottle again when he sends out Peacenluvpeacenluv in Sunday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes for 2-year-olds at one mile on turf.
Papaprodromou claimed Peacenluvpeacenluv for $50,000 on July 24, when the son of 2005 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller broke his maiden in front-running fashion going five furlongs on Del Mar’s Polytrack. First shot out of the box after the claim, Papaprodromou ran the bay ridgling in the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf at one mile where he finished seventh.
“I hope he turns out like Imperative,” said Papaprodromou, who took Imperative for $50,000 and eventually picked up a cool $1 million when the son of Bernardini upset Game On Dude and others in the Charles Town Classic last April.
“We liked him being by Artie Schiller,” Papaprodromou said. “That’s why we tried him on turf last out. The horse is doing well. We should learn more tomorrow.”
Expect a prolonged winner’s circle ceremony should Peacenluvpeacenluv win: Between the trainer’s name and the horse’s name, a combined 11 syllables, Trevor Denman could have his elocution skills tested to the max.
The field for the Zuma Beach: Rowdy Dylan, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Highway Boss, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Remo, Mario Gutierrez, 10-1; Luck of the Kitten, Corey Nakatani, 3-1; Lucky Forty Niner, Kayla Stra, 30-1; Dallas Skyline, Mike Smith, 5-2; Reflected Star, Joe Talamo, 8-1; Peacenluvpeacenluv, Alex Solis, 20-1; Red Button, Tyler Baze, 6-1; and John’s Success, Elvis Trujillo, 12-1.
BC CLASSIC MORNING LINE FAVORITE WILL BE SHARED BELIEF
Shared Belief, who remained undefeated when he won Santa Anita’s Grade I Awesome Again Stakes at 1 1/8 miles last Saturday despite a tough trip characterized by some as “a mugging,” will be the morning line favorite for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic to be run at the Great Race Place on Nov. 1.
So says Jon White, who again will be making all of the official morning lines for the Breeders’ Cup races this year.
“Even though the Breeders’ Cup still is about a month away, Shared Belief will definitely be the morning line favorite for the Classic,” said White, who also provides pre-race television commentary for Santa Anita’s simulcast network. “What I still am going to have to decide is how strong of a favorite. Of course, much can change between now and Oct. 27 when post positions for the Breeders’ Cup are drawn and the Breeders’ Cup morning lines have to be submitted. But if I had to do it today, I’d make Shared Belief a 6-5 favorite for the Classic.
“Shared Belief won the Awesome Again by just a neck, which was by far his smallest margin of victory. But he got pushed wide on the clubhouse turn and then raced wide the rest of the way. Ken Davis of Equibase told me that, according to Trakus, Shared Belief traveled 6,070 feet, while Fed Biz, who finished second, traveled 6,004 feet.
“When I asked Pat Cummings of Trakus about that, he said that means based on the Trakus formula, Shared Belief covered about 7 ¾ lengths more than Fed Biz. So even though Shared Belief didn’t win the Awesome Again by daylight, he probably would have won by daylight if not for having such a wide trip, according to data from Trakus.
“I originally had been thinking about 8-5 or 7-5 for Shared Belief in the Classic, but I am expecting him to be a shorter price than that. I think he will probably be lower than 8-5 or 7-5 because of his perfect record and the way he has been so heavily bet in his last couple of races. In the Pacific Classic, he opened as a 1-5 favorite and went off at 6-5. In the Awesome Again, he opened as a 1-9 favorite and went off at 1-5. It really makes me wonder if he might end up an even lower price than 6-5 in the Breeders’ Cup. Thus it is possible that, when push comes to shove, I could end up making Shared Belief even money or 4-5.”
In terms of a second choice on the morning line, that is “up in the air” at this time, White related.
“Again, if I had to do it today, I would make Bayern, California Chrome and Tonalist co-second choices at 6-1,” he said. “But if one of those three seems to train especially well up to the race, or if I get a sense that the public is gravitating more toward one of those three, then I’d be inclined to make him the second favorite by himself.”
White also said that he will be closely monitoring Breeders’ Cup developments between now and when post positions are drawn.
“I will be continually trying to ascertain what the public is thinking, not only for the Classic, but for all of the other Breeders’ Cup races as well,” he said.
The first time White made the official morning lines for the Breeders’ Cup was in 2010. He installed Zenyatta as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the Classic. Zenyatta won as the 5-2 favorite. Last year, White made Game On Dude the 8-5 morning line favorite in the Classic. Game On Dude went off as the 8-5 favorite and finished ninth, with Mucho Macho Man winning at 4-1.
FINISH LINES: While not quite at his fighting weight, Tom Proctor has lost 70 pounds over the past 13 months. “I just watch what I eat,” the formerly corpulent trainer said . . . The three 2-year-olds sired by Papa Clem in Friday’s fourth race finished one-three-four: Mischief Clem, Paradventure and Cardiac . . . Mike Smith, Santa Anita’s leading rider through five racingdays with six wins, rides at Keeneland today. Next Saturday, Corey Nakatani will be at the Kentucky track to ride Del Mar Oaks winner Personal Diary for trainer Victoria Oliver in the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Stakes presented by Lane’s End . . . Trainer Richard Baltas has bargain $20,000 claim Big Macher, winner of the Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes, scheduled to breeze Monday as the California-bred son of Beau Genius prepares for the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 1 . . .
Jockey Alex Canchari underwent successful reconstructive surgery for a broken right collarbone at Huntington Memorial Hospital Saturday morning following an incident in which his mount, Scene Queen, clipped heels and fell nearing the stretch in Friday’s seventh race at one mile on the turf. Canchari also sustained broken ribs and a collapsed lung, according to his own Facebook page…Jockey Tiago Pereira‘s mount, Kukaluka, fell over Scene Queen but the rider escaped serious injury. Canchari was handed a five-day suspension (Oct. 10, 11, 12, 13 and 16) for careless riding in the race.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Friday, October 3)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||33||5||3||1||15%||$146,898|
|Robert Hess, Jr.||6||2||1||0||33%||$76,240|
|J. Keith Desormeaux||7||2||0||2||29%||$107,770|