- EXPERIENCE ON ‘LAW’S’ SIDE IN SAN VICENTE
- STEVENS RESUMES RIDING CAREER IN MARCH
- ANNUAL SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS’ GAME FEB. 23
- CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY AT SANTA ANITA
SAN VICENTE DISTANCE SUITS LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN
With five career starts, Law Abidin Citizen has had more races than any of the other four three-year-olds entered in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs.
Trainer Mark Glatt feels that stands him in good stead.
“There are a couple horses in there that broke their maidens pretty impressively, but he does have an experience edge on most in the race and I think seven eighths is a good distance for him,” said Glatt, whose victory with Sharp Samurai in Friday’s eighth race gave him nine for the meet, placing him in the top five among trainers.
“Maybe because he’s run more races and gone seven furlongs he’s got a little advantage,” Glatt said of Law Abidin Citizen, a gelded son of Twirling Candy. “The rail isn’t the best place to be but we’ll take a shot.”
The San Vicente: Law Abidin Citizen, Jamie Theriot, 6-1; Aquamarine, Stewart Elliott, 3-1; Blabimir, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Battle of Midway, Mike Smith, 7-5; and Iliad, Rafael Bejarano, 9-5.
STEVENS GETS GREEN LIGHT TO RIDE NEXT MONTH
Hiyo Stevens, awaaaay!
Gary Stevens has been cleared to resume his riding career next month after undergoing surgery for replacement of his right hip on Dec. 21.
“The doctor is very happy; I don’t have to see him again for a year,” the 53-year-old Hall of Fame jockey said Saturday morning at Clockers’ Corner. “He released me to start getting on horses the first of March and I’ll start riding races early March.”
Understandably, Stevens was happy Santa Anita renamed the Vanity Mile the Beholder Mile in honor of the four-time champion he rode to a memorable nose victory over Songbird in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff Nov. 4, the final race in the storied career of the great mare.
“She deserves it,” he said.
The Grade I, $400,000 Beholder Mile will be run on June 3.
SANTA ANITA VS. HOLY ANGELS CHARITY GAME FEB. 23
The 50th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game will be played Thursday, Feb. 23 at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), Holy Angels athletic program and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.
Given the historic nature of the game, individual jockey sponsors, representing a wide array of racing industry stakeholders, will lend financial support to this worthy cause. Tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.
Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will all be available at center court for an autograph session at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita.
FINISH LINES: Celebrate Valentine’s Day Sunday at Santa Anita and enjoy a dining experience in the Turf Terrace Restaurant. For tickets visit santaanita.com/events . . . Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis rides 7-5 morning line favorite Tapped for Jerry Hollendorfer in today’s $50,000 California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields . . . On Saturday, March 11, when Santa Anita presents the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, the Late Pick Four will have a guaranteed pool of $1 million, and the Pick Six pool will be guaranteed at $100,000 . . . According to Santa Anita statistician Jason Hom, winning favorites at Santa Anita this meet are right at the national average, 33.49 percent, 72 out of 215. Winning favorites on dirt fare a tad higher at 35.84 percent (62 of 173), but on turf considerably lower at 23.81 (10 of 42). Winning odds-on favorites are scoring at 65.79 percent (25 of 38); in the money favorites at 68.84 (148 of 215) and in the money odds-on favorites at 92.11 (35 of 38).
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Friday, Feb. 10)|
|Norberto Arroyo, Jr.||64||9||5||4||14%||28%||$458,830|
|J. Keith Desormeaux||29||7||2||5||24%||48%||$434,225|