STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY APRIL 8, 2017

   

  • SUNDAY’S SANTA PAULA IS VERY CONTENTIOUS
  • TRAINERS’ RACE COULD GO DOWN TO THE WIRE
  • SPRING PORTION OF MEET STARTS NEXT FRIDAY

 

 

BALTAS SEES SANTA PAULA AS ‘TOUGH RACE’

Sunday’s Santa Paula Stakes offers a relatively small pot of $75,000, but pound for pound, the 6 ½ furlong dirt race for three-year-old fillies is not an easy spot.

Take it from Richard Baltas, the meet’s third-leading trainer with 25 wins, it’s more competitive than the purse money might indicate.

“It’s a very tough race,” Baltas said. “Union Strike (supplemented to the race for $1,500) is a Grade I winner (Del Mar Debutante) and Selcourt (9 ¼-length maiden winner in her debut race) looks like she could be any kind.

“But my filly (Mistressofthenight) is working well (two bullet drills, on March 24 and April 2), and she stumbled at the start when she finished fourth to Unique Bella in the (Grade II) Santa Ysabel March 4.”

With two racing days remaining in the Winter Meet, Baltas finds himself in third place in the trainers’ standings, no facile feat.

“To be third behind Jerry Hollendorfer and Pete Miller and to be right up there in earnings plus four graded stakes wins, I’ve got to be more than happy.”

The Santa Paula, race nine of 10: Auntjenn, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Mistressofthenight, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Union Strike, Brice Blanc, 6-1; Selcourt, Tyler Baze, 8-5; Charlatana, Martin Garcia, 5-1; Life’s Blessings, Flavien Prat, 5-2, and Chalon, Norberto Arroyo, Jr., 4-1.

 

FINISH LINES: The battle for leading trainer in terms of total wins at the Winter Meet could go down to the 10th and final race on Sunday. Jerry Hollendorfer leads Peter Miller, 35-34, going into Saturday. Each has six horses entered today, but Miller has two each in both the first and sixth races. On Sunday, Hollendorfer has two entered and Miller three, including the last two races, meaning the title could go down to the wire . . . While the riding title is not mathematically clinched, Flavien Prat holds a comfortable 57-50 lead over Tyler Baze. Prat is named on nine horses Saturday and Baze on eight. Prat is named on six Sunday, Baze on seven . . . There will be a four-day break before the Spring portion of the Santa Anita meet that started Dec. 26 has a fresh start next Friday, April 14. First post time is 1 p.m.

 

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS
(Current Through Friday, April 7)
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won
Flavien Prat 258 57 45 48 22% 58% $3,530,210
Tyler Baze 303 50 52 38 17% 46% $2,756,292
Rafael Bejarano 179 35 27 32 20% 53% $2,124,927
Kent Desormeaux 168 35 20 19 21% 44% $1,917,226
Joseph Talamo 206 28 21 30 14% 38% $1,015,475
Norberto Arroyo, Jr. 125 26 13 12 21% 41% $1,058,741
Stewart Elliott 191 21 23 28 11% 38% $1,004,695
Tiago Pereira 147 20 17 22 14% 40% $723,422
Martin Pedroza 149 19 29 31 13% 53% $910,972
Corey Nakatani 95 18 10 13 19% 43% $1,037,309
Mike Smith 62 18 6 16 29% 65% $1,893,262
Trainer Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won
Jerry Hollendorfer 149 35 20 26 23% 54% $1,935,940
Peter Miller 126 34 24 14 27% 57% $1,595,056
Richard Baltas 148 25 24 24 17% 49% $1,390,730
Philip D’Amato 120 24 21 14 20% 49% $1,495,431
Doug O’Neill 172 23 33 24 13% 47% $1,832,505
Bob Baffert 72 19 9 11 26% 54% $1,754,446
William Spawr 38 15 5 5 39% 66% $472,545