- IRISH SURF TRIES TO GO THE DISTANCE ON FRIDAY
- HARTY SEEKS LUCK OF THE IRISH IN TWILIGHT DERBY
- TAKE BACK SPRING GOES FOR GOLDEN STATE GOLD
YOUNG SAYS CALIFORNIA CHROME LOOKS LIKE OLD SELF
Private clocker Gary Young likes what he sees from California Chrome as the Kentucky
Derby winner cranks up for Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, which could decide both Horse of the Year and male 3-year-old champion of 2014.
“It looks like there’s going to be some pace,” Young said of the field of 15, including one also-eligible.
“California Chrome’s coat looks good, and to tell you the truth, he’s moving better than I’ve ever seen him, since the (Kentucky) Derby.
“He’s moving very freely behind and the post (13) will help him. Shared Belief and Tonalist also drew well. Tonalist (who drew post position 11) will try to beat four or five of them into the turn and not lose too much ground around there.”
Asked his best bet on the two-day Breeders’ Cup card comprised of 13 races worth $26 million, Young offered the Kelly Breen-trained Stonetastic in the $1 million DraftKings Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs on Saturday. “I think she’s going to run well,” he said.
IF AT FIRST, YADA, YADA, HENDRICKS TRIES AGAIN IN MARATHON
Irish Surf is winless in two tries over Santa Anita’s dirt course, but trainer Dan Hendricks is optimistic about the colt’s chances in Friday’s $200,000 Las Vegas Marathon at 1 ¾ miles on the recently renovated main track.
“He’s doing great, he’s training great,” Hendricks said of the Kentucky-bred son of Giant’s Causeway, who has raced on nothing but turf and synthetics in his last 14 starts. “The question is, how will he run on the dirt?
“I don’t know. But he acts like this distance is what he’s always wanted and we’re going to give it a try. It will be very interesting to see what the pace scenario is. I would have never thought there would be a mile-and-three-quarter race with this much speed in it.
“It shouldn’t be a problem for him, because he gets into his one pace and he’ll clip off those twelves (12-second eighths of a mile) from start to finish, and not a lot of horses can do that. Hopefully, it works out.”
The field for the Las Vegas Marathon, the second of 10 races with first post time 11:25 a.m.: Big Kick, Tyler Baze, 9-2; Patrioticandpround, Martin Pedroza, 10-1; Irish Surf, Elvis Trujillo, 4-1; Ice Cream Truck, Tiago Pereira, 8-1; Big Cazanova, Corey Nakatani, 5-2; Mystery Train, Mike Smith, 4-1; Sky Kingdom, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Volkonsky, Martin Garcia, 20-1; and Cary Street, Miguel Mena, 10-1.
HARTY HOPES FOR LUCK OF THE IRISH IN TWILIGHT DERBY
Trainer Eoin Harty and jockey Kieren Fallon, both natives of Ireland, hope they have the luck of the Irish when they join forces with Yard Line in Friday’s Grade II, $200,000 Twilight Derby at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
It will mark the first stakes race for Yard Line, a 3-year-old son of Discreet Cat owned by Godolphin Racing and bred by Darley in Kentucky.
“It’s a tough race,” Harty said. “We could use the luck of the Irish. Maybe it will rub off, because this is the first time I’ve ever ridden Fallon. Karma aside, I’ve got a world-class rider. You can’t knock his ability on a horse.”
Fallon demonstrated he plays no favorites with his global prowess when he guided Notorious to a 5 ¼-length victory in Wednesday’s eighth race at a $97.20 win payoff, cementing a Pick Six carryover into Thursday of $32,989.60.
The field for the Twilight Derby, which goes as the fourth race: Sawyer’s Hill, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Talco, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; Ashleyluvssugar, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Divine Oath, Javier Castellano, 9-2; Patriots Rule, Fernando Perez, 12-1; Enterprising, Mike Smith, 7-2; Crushed It, Elvis Trujillo, 15-1; Flamboyant, Joel Rosario, 6-1; Sammy Mandeville, Rafael Bejarano, 20-1; Long on Value, Rosie Napravnik, 6-1; Ring Weekend, John Velazquez, 3-1; and Yard Line, Kieren Fallon, 20-1.
‘CONFIDENT’ TAKE BACK SPRING MAKES STAKES DEBUT FRIDAY
Take Back Spring goes from a maiden allowance win to the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies at seven furlongs on Friday.
“She’s going up the ladder,” trainer Leandro Mora said, “but she is stakes-placed,” the filly having finished third in the CTBA Stakes at Del Mar last July. “She won a maiden race (on Oct. 9), so that should give her more confidence,” Mora said. “I think she has a good chance.”
The field for the Golden State Juvenile Fillies, race three of 10 with an 11:25 a.m. first post: Stormy Adieu, Florent Geroux, 9-2; Take Back Spring, Elvis Trujillo, 15-1; Moonie, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1; My Fiona, Rafael Bejarano, 2-1; Easter Fever, Joe Talamo, 7-2; Joylicious, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Ashley’s Sassy, Alonso Quinonez, 3-1; Princess Bertrando, Corey Nakatani, 12-1; and Tatum’s Gold, Joel Rosario, 8-1.
TICKETS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP, FOOD TRUCKS AT SANTA ANITA
Santa Anita hosts the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for the third consecutive year Friday and Saturday. 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. Online ticket sales end at midnight tonight.
For access to the Infield only, admission on Friday is $5 and on Saturday $10, both available only via Gate 6 on Colorado Place. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and a wide variety of food trucks will also be available Saturday in the Infield.
In addition, City of Arcadia residents with ID and children under 14 are admitted free to the Infield only on Friday.
BREEDERS’ CUP, NBC REACH UNPRECEDENTED 10-YEAR EXTENSION
The Breeders’ Cup and the NBC Sports Group announced an unprecedented 10-year media rights partnership extension that will keep the Breeders’ Cup on NBC and NBCSN through 2025. The agreement was announced by Craig Fravel, President and CEO, Breeders’ Cup Limited, and Jon Miller, President of Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN.
As part of the agreement, NBC and NBCSN will combine to present at least eight hours of live coverage of the Breeders’ Cup, including live primetime coverage of the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on NBC in 2016 from Santa Anita, and in 2017 from Del Mar.
The agreement is an extension of a current four-year agreement that began in 2012. That year marked the first time the Classic was televised live in primetime. NBC broadcasted the first-ever Breeders’ Cup in 1984. The new 10-year extension is the Breeders’ Cup’s longest and most extensive media rights agreement.
This past year, NBC Sports Group expanded its Breeders’ Cup coverage, televising 11 programs of Breeders’ Cup qualifying races from the nation’s top tracks under the banner of “Breeders’ Cup Challenge: Win and You’re In.”
“We’re proud to extend our partnership with the Breeders’ Cup as we continue to showcase the most prestigious events in horse racing,” said Miller. “We look forward each year to concluding the horse racing season with two days of terrific racing at the Breeders’ Cup.”
The Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious global racing event, consists of 13 races held over two days, worth $26 million in purses and awards. The culminating event of the Breeders’ Cup, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, is contested at 1 ¼ miles on the main track, for 3-year-olds and older, and is often the determining race for the coveted Horse of the Year title.
NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 31st Breeders’ Cup begins Friday from Santa Anita with the live telecast on NBCSN from 2 to 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Coverage continues on Saturday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Pacific on NBCSN; and from 5 to 6 p.m. Pacific on NBC.
NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Breeders’ Cup will be streamed on NBC SportsLive Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
FINISH LINES: Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has won 6,755 races, third all time behind Dale Baird (9,445) and Steve Asmussen (6,887), but no winner paid more than Notorious at $97.20 when the 2-year-old gelded son of the late McCann’s Mojave captured Wednesday’s eighth race by 5 ¼ lengths. “I can’t ever remember one being that high (a mutuel price),” Hollendorfer said Thursday . . .San Francisco sports fan Alan Sherman, son of and assistant to Art, trainer of California Chrome, enjoyed watching what he could of the Giants winning the World Series last night in a 3-2 nail-biter over the Kansas City Royals. “I didn’t see the whole game,” said Alan, who attended the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters bash at the Derby Restaurant honoring his father with the Mr. Fitz Award for typifying the spirit of racing. “The game was awesome,” Alan continued. “(Madison) Bumgarner was amazing. A win by California Chrome (in the Breeders’ Cup Classic) would top off a good year.” . . . Newfound Gold, 2-1 morning line favorite in today’s second race, has been claimed eight times from his last 12 races . . . Vicar’s in Trouble, who tackles defending Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Goldencents Friday, may have a racing record for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Michael Maker. The 3-year-old son of Into Mischief has run in six straight derbies starting from March 29 through Oct. 4: the Louisiana Derby, the Kentucky Derby, the Iowa Derby, the West Virginia Derby, the Super Derby and the Indiana Derby. He won the Louisiana Derby and the Super Derby . . . 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 Wednesday, Oct. 29)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||114||14||13||15||12%||$536,272|
|Robert Hess, Jr.||20||4||2||3||20%||$115,600|