- BOLO WORKS ‘PERFECTLY’ FOR KENTUCKY DERBY
- SANTA ANITA OAKS WINNER IN ‘AWESOME’ DRILL
- QUICK CASABLANCA DEFENDS LAST TYCOON WIN
BOLO IN SHARP DRILL FOR KENTUCKY DERBY
Santa Anita Derby third-place finisher Bolo worked five furlongs in 59.60 on Santa Anita’s fast main track on an overcast Friday morning under Rafael Bejarano, who will ride the son of Temple City in the Kentucky Derby a week from Saturday, May 2.
Trainer Carla Gaines said the Kentucky-bred colt owned by Golden Pegasus Racing Inc. and Earle I. Mack worked “perfectly” and will leave Sunday for the Blue Grass State.
Also departing Sunday will be unbeaten Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund for Bob Baffert. Dortmund is scheduled to breeze at Santa Anita tomorrow, as is Sunland Derby winner Firing Line for Simon Callaghan.
Trainer Jim Cassidy said Delta Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho, third in the Blue Grass Stakes, left today for Kentucky and will breeze at Churchill Downs on Wednesday. Elvis Trujillo rides the son of Street Sense in the 141st Run for the Roses.
Three-time Derby winner Kent Desormeaux will ride Risen Star third-place finisher Keen Ice for Dale Romans in quest of victory No. 4.
ESPINOZA ON STELLAR WIND FOR ‘AMAZING’ WORKOUT
Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind, prepping for the May 1 Kentucky Oaks, worked six furlongs Friday in 1:12.80 for John Sadler, who trains the daughter of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin for Hronis Racing LLC.
“Awesome,” said her regular rider, Victor Espinoza, who was aboard for the drill. “She went really good today. Last time she worked good, but this time she was amazing, exactly what John wanted. She’s ready to go.”
So is Espinoza, who has enjoyed a storybook journey the past year as the regular rider not only of Stellar Wind, but of Horse of the Year California Chrome and Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharoah.
“I’m thrilled with how things are going,” the good-natured veteran said. “I had an amazing year and I hope it continues this year. I think I’m just a very lucky jockey.
“I hope the horses I ride stay healthy for the Kentucky Derby and the Oaks and we’ll go from there.”
Espinoza, who has won the Derby twice, on War Emblem in 2002 and California Chrome last year, leaves Monday for Kentucky.
McANALLY SEEKS LAST TYCOON REPEAT ON SATURDAY
Quick Casablanca seeks his second straight win in the Grade III Last Tycoon Stakes Saturday for two Hall of Fame members, trainer Ron McAnally and jockey Gary Stevens.
Quick Casablanca closed ground to finish eighth by 5 ½ lengths in the Thunder Road at one mile on turf April 4.
It was the first race in nine months for the 7-year-old Chilean-bred horse.
“He’s training very well and we’ve got a good rider,” McAnally said. “Gary’s worked him a couple of times and he’s crying to ride him. The reason the horse didn’t race all that time was because he got cast in his stall at Del Mar, but he’s healed and ready to go again.”
McAnally expects Quick Casablanca to appreciate the added distance of the mile-and-a-quarter Last Tycoon, which also is run on grass. A bay son of Until Sundown, at age three Quick Casablanca won a Group 1 at a mile and a half on turf under 128 pounds in his native Chile in 2012.
The field for the Last Tycoon: Big John B, Mike Smith, 5-2; Power Foot, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Ganesh, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Joes Blazing Aaron, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Play Hard to Get, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Si Sage, Elvis Trujillo, 20-1; Quick Casanova, Gary Stevens, 3-1; and Abbey Vale, Tiago Pereira, 3-1.
FINISH LINES: Shared Belief is back at his Golden Gate Fields base after suffering an injury to his right hip in the Charles Town Classic last Saturday and could be sidelined 60 to 90 days, Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, said Friday. The Santa Anita Handicap winner will ultimately move from Golden Gate to the Pegasus Training and Equine Rehabilitation Center in Seattle for further recovery . . . Edwin Maldonado, Corey Nakatani and Drayden Van Dyke have stakes engagements at Golden Gate Fields Sunday . . . Sam’s Sister, winner of the Grade I La Brea Stakes last Dec. 26 and the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes on Jan. 19, worked five furlongs for Hollendorfer in 59.80 under Rafael Bejarano . . . Jockey Felipe Valdez and Brad Free of Daily Racing Form will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday, respectively, 11:20 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens . . . With Millie Ball out of the country visiting her ailing mother and Michelle Yu at Golden Gate for weekend stakes, Aaron Vercruysse will host Santa Anita’s simulcast signal this weekend.
|SANTA ANITA – Dec. 26, 2014 – April 19, 2015||FINAL|
|(Current Through Sunday, April 19)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||245||24||29||28||10%||$1,633,673|
|John W. Sadler||148||23||20||20||16%||$1,545,920|
|J. Eric Kruljac||65||9||7||9||14%||$415,368|