- MIKE AND JERRY SHOW MONOPOLIZE WINS
- AMERICAN PHAROAH SCHOOLS, GALLOPS
- SISE GOES TO PLAN B FOR TWILIGHT DERBY
- KOOL KAT NEEDS THE RIGHT TRIP IN MADDY
AT 12,000-PLUS, HOLLENDORFER, SMITH KNOW HOW TO WIN
Jerry Hollendorfer and Mike Smith have more than 12,000 career wins between them, 12,274 to be exact. Talk about having a monopoly on winning.
The Hall of Fame trainer and the Hall of Fame jockey are experts in their fields and will put their well-established talents on display in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Keeneland next Saturday when Hollendorfer gives Smith a leg up on the undefeated Juvenile Fillies favorite, Songbird.
“She can get the mile and a sixteenth, we know that,” said Smith, who rode the $400,000 daughter of Medaglia d’Or to a front-running, 4 ½-length score in the Grade I Chandelier Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth on Sept. 26.
Smith worked Songbird six furlongs Sunday in 1:13.60 and will work her again at 6:30 tomorrow morning before she departs for Kentucky early Sunday.
“She’s learning more every day; she’s getting stronger, smarter,” Smith said. “She’s been everything you could ask for and more, so hopefully we can stay on the same path we’re on and she’s going to be one to reckon with.”
Within earshot of a remarkable 7,000 wins (6,978 through Thursday), it’s apparent that Hollendorfer leaves no stone unturned before preparing a horse to run. Workaholic is an adjective that falls a tad short in describing his modus operandi.
“When you get on a horse for Jerry, you know it’s ready,” said Smith, with 5,295 wins. “He’s got them 100 percent, especially when you get to this stage. He’s had time to really work with them. You know you’re getting on a horse that’s ready to win.
“He’s one of the greatest.”
In other Breeders’ Cup news:
Triple Crown king American Pharoah stood in the gate and later galloped Friday morning as he nears his final workout at Santa Anita Monday for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland next Saturday.
American Pharoah Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mVQ9DBiugk
Victor Espinoza was aboard Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind (Distaff) as she worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday in 1:01.20 for John Sadler. “She went very good,” Espinoza said. “She’s ready to go.”
Hard Aces (Classic) worked six furlongs from the gate in company with Blue Navy Blue for Sadler, the former getting a time of 1:13.40 while Blue Navy Blue was given a five furlong clocking of 1:01.40.
Sharla Rae (Filly & Mare Turf) went four furlongs on the main track in 50.60 for Doug O’Neill, who also sent Chandelier Stakes runner-up Land Over Sea the same distance in 51 seconds flat. Both had exercise rider Jonny Garcia aboard. Jimmy Bouncer (Turf Sprint) went five furlongs for O’Neill in 1:01.20.
Jerry Hollendorfer trainee Wild Dude (Sprint) has his final major drill at 6:30 tomorrow morning with Rafael Bejarano up.
GROUND RULES TRIES NEW SURFACE IN TWILIGHT DERBY
Cliff Sise Jr. expected to run both Prospect Park and Ground Rules in Saturday’s Grade II Twilight Derby at a mile and an eighth on turf, but was left with just Ground Rules when Prospect Park was sent to River Edge Farm with a stomach ailment.
“He’s never run on turf outside of workouts, but his breeding says he can handle it,” said Sise of Ground Rules, a son of Smart Strike, like Prospect Park, owned by Marty and Pam Wygod.
“Ground Rules has a good tracking style, and the further he goes, the better he’ll be,” Sise said. “A mile and an eighth should be perfect for him.”
Doug O’Neill on Royal Albert Hall for the Twilight Derby: “He’s very honest. He caught real soft ground in New York which he really didn’t care for, but still tried down the lane. We’re looking forward to his being back in California over firm ground. I think he’s going to run big.”
The field for the Twilight Derby: Hunt, Mike Smith, 8-1; Mister Brightside, James Graham, 6-1; Om, Gary Stevens, 9-5; Ground Rules, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Boone Docks, Corey Nakatani, 20-1; Soul Driver, Tyler Baze, 9-2; Daddy D T, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Royal Albert Hall, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Second Summer, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; and Verraco, Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1.
KOOL KAT NEEDS RIGHT TRIP IN SENATOR KEN MADDY
Kool Kat seeks his first stakes victory when she runs in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes for fillies and mares, three and older, at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.
A Kentucky-bred daughter of Scat Daddy owned by Deron Pearson, Kool Kat won at six furlongs on turf at Kentucky Downs Sept. 19, and was a fast-closing fourth in the Unzip Me Stakes at Santa Anita in September of 2014, a race also run at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.
“If ridden properly, she’s tough,” trainer Jim Cassidy said of Kool Kat, who will be piloted by James Graham for the first time. Drayden Van Dyke rode Kool Kat last out, but rides Theatre Star for Tom Proctor in the Maddy.
Formerly run as the Autumn Days Handicap, in 1999 the race was renamed for long-serving California State Senator Kenneth L. Maddy for his support of Thoroughbred racing. He died on Feb. 19, 2000.
The field for the Maddy, race five of nine: Chati’s On Top, Santiago Gonzalez, 4-1; Velvet Mesquite, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Kool Kat, James Graham, 15-1; Amaranth, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Spirit of Xian, Joe Talamo, 9-2; Baruta, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Theatre Star, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; and Off the Road, Mike Smith, 4-1.
FINISH LINES: Saturday and Sunday, closing weekend of the 19-day Autumn Meet, Santa Anita will offer fans free a large format past performance program. A survey will be attached in addition to a contest entry for a free day at the races for four. The package includes valet parking, four Club House admission passes, four programs, a table for four in the FrontRunner Restaurant with lunch (blackout dates apply) and a $100 betting voucher . . . Doug O’Neill, one off the meet training lead shared by Jerry Hollendorfer and Peter Eurton with three racing days left, is closing in on a career milestone. He has 1,981 wins, 19 shy of 2,000 . . . Hector Palma needs two to reach 1,100.
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