STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY APRIL 18, 2015

ONE LUCKY DANE OFF KENTUCKY DERBY TRAIL

·        SAN SIMEON NEW GIG FOR OUTSIDE NASHVILLE

·        MITCHELL MEMORIAL MONDAY AT SANTA ANITA

 

DORTMUND DRILLS FOR DERBY, ‘LUCKY’ NOT SO LUCKY

It was a bittersweet morning for Bob Baffert.

After unbeaten Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund worked five furlongs on Santa

Anita’s main track in a bullet 58.80 under regular rider Martin Garcia for the May 2 Kentucky Derby, Santa Anita Derby runner-up One Lucky Dane, who also had been ticketed for the Run for the Roses, went five furlongs with Rafael Bejarano up in 59.20.

          But One Lucky Dane lost his left front shoe soon after the work, whereupon Bejarano pulled him up. The horse ambulance brought One Lucky Dane back to Baffert’s barn.

          Baffert later advised the media that X-rays had revealed the beginning of a condylar fracture in his left front, and that two screws would be inserted during subsequent surgery. One Lucky Dane is expected to be out four months.

          One Lucky Dane worked with Air Pocket, who was clocked in 59.60.

          It was immeasurably better news on Dortmund, who worked in company with Game On At Midnite, who was clocked in 1:00.80. Dortmund’s time was the fastest of 59 at the distance, the average time of which was 1:00.66.

          “It was a nice move,” Baffert said of Dortmund. “He was really happy out there. The track was in great shape today. He’s happy. There’s no regression (since the Santa Anita Derby on April 4).”

          Baffert said he plans to leave Tuesday for Kentucky to see Arkansas Derby winner American Pharoah, the Kentucky Derby favorite.

          “He’ll breeze once there (at Churchill Downs),” Baffert said, “but it won’t be on Tuesday. He looks good so far. He hasn’t regressed, either.”

          In other Kentucky Derby news:

          Sunland Derby winner Firing Line worked five furlongs in company for Simon Callaghan in 1:00.40 under Gary Stevens with owner Arnold Zetcher on hand.

Stablemate Footstepsinbronze was timed in 1:01.

          “I got him in a tick faster than that,” Callaghan said of Firing Line, “but it’s just what we were looking for. He sat off the lead horse, joined it, and galloped out really strong.

“Gary was really, really happy. He’ll probably have one more breeze here next Saturday, and leave for Kentucky April 26.”

          Delta Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho, third in the Blue Grass Stakes on April 4, will run in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Jim Cassidy said by phone from Illinois, where he runs Verraco today in the Illinois Derby. He said the mount on Ocho Ocho Ocho was still open.

         

OUTSIDE NASHVILLE MAKES DOWNHILL DEBUT IN SAN SIMEON

          Outside Nashville will make his first start on Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course when he runs in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs.

          That doesn’t mean the 5-year-old Broken Vow gelding is without a chance.

          “He’s got good grass form and good sprint form,” pointed out Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer who is in a pitched battle with Peter Miller for Santa Anita’s Winter Meet training title. Hollendorfer held a 33-31 lead with two days remaining.

          “If he can put the two together, the sprint and the grass, we’ll be all right,” Ward said.

The San Simeon: Get Happy Mister, Tyler Baze, 8-1 Home Run Kitten, Gary Stevens, 5-2; Joes Blazing Aaron, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; Outside Nashville, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; supplemental nominee Holy Lute, Mike Smith, 3-1; Pure Tactics, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; U S Citizen, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; and Sweet Swap, Joe Talamo, 3-1.

 

MITCHELL MEMORIAL MONDAY AT SANTA ANITA

A public memorial for longtime Southern California trainer Mike Mitchell will take place Monday, April 20 at Santa Anita. The service, which is to start at 1:30 p.m. and run until 3 p.m., will be held in the track’s Chandelier Room.

           Mitchell, who passed away following a lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 66 on Tuesday, trained in California for nearly 40 years and is survived by his wife, Denise and their two daughters, McCall (Rounsefell) and Shea (Leparoux). Additional surviving family includes his four siblings; a twin sister, Cheryl, and three brothers, Earl, Jr., Guy and Casey.

            The Mitchell family has arranged for their pastor and the choir from their church, Fellowship Monrovia, to address those attending. There will also be a few other short speeches from designated speakers. 

            At the request of the family, donations may be made in Mike Mitchell’s name to the Southern California Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA). The family has also requested that light refreshments be served at the memorial. Guests should enter by car through Gate 5 and follow signage to the Mitchell Memorial in the Chandelier Room.

 

FINISH LINES: Payoff bonanza? Santa Anita will offer mandatory payouts for the Pick 5 and the Pick 6 tomorrow, closing day of the Winter Meet. Santa Anita will be dark next Monday through Thursday and resume racing on Friday, April 24 at 1 p.m. . . . Effective Sunday, agent Vic Lipton will represent Hall of Fame rider Alex Solis . . . Fans and friends of Jon White wish him well as tomorrow is his last day lending his diverse knowledge with viewers of Santa Anita’s simulcast television feed. White, who has worked in racing for some five decades, will continue in his roll as Santa Anita’s morning line odds maker and will also continue share his expertise with fans and horsemen by authoring Santa Anita’s Handicapper’s Helper in each day’s program . . . Harris Auerbach, manager of the syndicate for Unusual Heat, points out that the venerable stallion is the leading sire of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet with 16 wins at the ripe old age of 26. “This is the fourth or fifth time,” Auerbach said. “We’re not sure. Tribal Rule is runner-up with 12. They’re both California sires.” And this racing rarity: “After Empty Headed and Bobby Z Man won yesterday,” Harris said, “each has identical career earnings of $211,312, to the dollar.”

 

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Current Through Friday, April 17)

 

 

 

 

 

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

Money Won

 

Rafael Bejarano

313

76

49

43

24%

$3,705,408

 

Tyler Baze

346

56

45

36

16%

$2,944,538

 

Victor Espinoza

195

37

35

29

19%

$2,542,796

 

Kent Desormeaux

219

34

39

30

16%

$2,125,990

 

Martin Garcia

158

30

20

17

19%

$2,770,744

 

Elvis Trujillo

250

27

36

26

11%

$1,588,458

 

Joseph Talamo

257

27

27

43

11%

$1,877,938

 

Drayden Van Dyke

233

23

28

27

10%

$1,519,123

 

Mike Smith

115

22

22

17

19%

$2,547,221

 

Santiago Gonzalez

155

22

19

21

14%

$973,754

 

Martin Pedroza

189

19

27

26

10%

$827,554

 

Corey Nakatani

114

19

11

16

17%

$933,348

 

Fernando Perez

220

18

25

28

8%

$899,798

 

Flavien Prat

167

18

22

21

11%

$1,039,964

 

Gary Stevens

107

18

16

19

17%

$1,626,648

 

Edwin Maldonado

137

18

16

15

13%

$647,394

 

Tiago Pereira

137

18

11

17

13%

$536,342

 

Felipe Valdez

108

15

12

16

14%

$483,617

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trainer

Sts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

Money Won

 

Jerry Hollendorfer

181

33

23

28

18%

$3,417,698

 

Peter Miller

173

31

31

22

18%

$1,536,966

 

Bob Baffert

114

26

19

15

23%

$2,961,772

 

Doug O’Neill

198

26

18

27

13%

$1,207,922

 

John Sadler

146

23

20

20

16%

$1,543,670

 

Philip D’Amato

88

21

13

16

24%

$985,460

 

Richard Baltas

87

17

16

8

20%

$763,955

 

Richard Mandella

76

17

12

13

22%

$1,054,126

 

Mark Glatt

89

16

18

12

18%

$694,882

 

Mike Puype

114

15

17

16

13%

$662,436

 

Peter Eurton

93

15

13

16

16%

$886,956

 

Ron Ellis

65

15

5

10

23%

$605,440

 

James Cassidy

77

10

8

13

13%

$444,620

 

Mark Casse

67

10

7

9

15%

$825,366

 

Steven Miyadi

47

10

6

6

21%

$339,290

 

Jeff Bonde

38

10

2

4

26%

$381,976