STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JUNE 13, 2015

       

  • KNAPP TWOSOME EYE DESERT STORMER UPSET
  • QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY SUITS TRAINER TRUMAN
  • ‘PHAROAH’ DUE BACK AT SANTA ANITA THURSDAY
  • BALTAS LIKES RICH BELMONT RACE FOR ‘QUEEN’
  • TEXAS RED LOOKS ‘TREMENDOUS’ IN DWYER DRILL

 

KNAPP HAS SLEEPERS IN DESERT STORMER

Steve Knapp has two for the money in Sunday’s $75,000 Desert Stormer Stakes, a six furlong sprint for fillies and mares, 3 and up, that drew 11 entrants, including 9-5 morning line favorite Sam’s Sister, winner of the Grade I La Brea Stakes last December.

Almost fully recovered from recent gall bladder surgery, Knapp has Harlington’s Rose and Big Break entered and hopes a less eventful trip will enable Harlington’s Rose to show a return to form following her fifth-place finish in the Spring Fever Stakes on May 23.

Harlington’s Rose won the Grade III Las Flores Stakes on March 8.

“She was hit by a clod in her right eye in the Spring Fever and it was closed for about five days,” Knapp said. “I don’t know if that had anything to do with it, but I suspect it probably did, when you get hit as hard as she did.

“She was coming off a three-month layoff, she probably needed a race and she’s come back with a real nice work, so we’ll see what happens Sunday.

“We had a non-winners of two in mind for Big Break but the race didn’t fill. The filly is really sharp right now. Hopefully, we’ll run big.”

The Desert Stormer, race eight of nine: Tesalina, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Amaranth, William Antongeorgi III, 15-1; Cast in Silver, Fernando Perez, 12-1; Living the Life, Mike Smith, 8-1; Wasted at Midnight, Martin Garcia, 8-1; Winning Vision, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Harlington’s Rose, Joe Talamo, 8-1; Sam’s Sister, Rafael Bejarano, 9-5; Big Break, Felipe Valdez, 20-1; Ramona’s Wildcat, Alex Solis, 12-1; and Mechaya, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1.

 

BEST MEET EVER FOR EDDIE TRUMAN

Eddie Truman doesn’t have the numbers to compete with Santa Anita’s alpha trainers this meet when it comes to most wins, but the veteran conditioner is right on top when it comes to quality.

The 68-year-old, an avid bicyclist along with his brother, former jockey Jerry, has won with seven of 17 starters, a gaudy 41 percent. He also has two seconds and two thirds, giving him 11 in-the-money finishes.

“I’ve never, ever had a meet like this,” said Truman, who has been training for 45 years. “An odd thing is, I’ve won the seven races with seven different riders. Five of the horses got perfect rides, perfect trips and a perfect pace. The other two were simply much the best.”

FINISH LINES: American Pharoah, who is scheduled to return to his Santa Anita base Thursday morning, had his first gallop since winning last Saturday’s Belmont Stakes this morning at Churchill Downs. With both Bob Baffert and Victor Espinoza looking on, the Triple Crown winner galloped a mile and a quarter on the main track . . . Richard Baltas, tied with Doug O’Neill for the training lead at 17 wins each, is leaning towards the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational at 1 ¼ miles on turf July 4 for American Oaks winner Spanish Queen, a California-bred daughter of the late Tribal Rule. “Right now we’re looking at the New York race,” Baltas said. “She’s doing well so that’s the race we’re thinking about. We’re not committing, but we’ll let the horse tell us what to do.” . . . Trainer Keith Desormeaux sent Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red six furlongs from the gate in company Saturday morning under brother Kent Desormeaux in 1:14.60 in preparation for the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes at one mile July 4 at Belmont Park. Stablemate Go Long was clocked in 1:15.40. “He looks tremendous in flesh and in color,” said clocker Toby Turrell of Winner’s Card, speaking of Texas Red. “He’s carrying his weight beautifully and went by his mate easily. He’s right on course. He has more flesh on him than he’s ever had before.” . . . Favorites at Santa Anita for the Spring Meet continue to win above the national norm of about 33 percent. Through Friday, the average was 38.34 percent (97 of 253). On dirt, the number stood at 39.05 (66 of 169), and on turf, 36.90 percent (31 of 84) . . . Rafael Bejarano held a 33-25 lead over runner-up Tyler Baze and would appear en

route to yet another Santa Anita title . . . Thanks in large part to Lucky Mo‘s head victory at odds of 12-1 under Martin Pedroza for trainer Martine Bellocq in Friday’s eighth race, there is a Pick 6 carryover today of $57,859.

 

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS
(Current Through Friday, June 12)
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won
Rafael Bejarano 140 33 28 21 24% $1,424,298
Tyler Baze 170 25 24 27 15% $1,457,770
Joseph Talamo 121 22 9 24 18% $872,358
Flavien Prat 119 21 24 12 18% $1,288,740
Fernando Perez 109 20 17 11 18% $780,030
Drayden Van Dyke 98 13 12 11 13% $587,940
Tiago Pereira 62 11 10 7 18% $454,210
Felipe Valdez 94 8 15 8 9% $360,340
Edwin Maldonado 77 8 14 14 10% $376,926
Mike Smith 36 8 8 4 22% $651,096
Santiago Gonzalez 79 7 15 6 9% $333,654
Martin Pedroza 89 7 14 14 8% $352,424
Mario Gutierrez 42 7 3 8 17% $334,748
Martin Garcia 28 7 3 4 25% $221,410
Alex Solis 35 7 3 4 20% $272,334
Gonzalo Nicolas 89 6 6 13 7% $227,058
Victor Espinoza 31 6 6 6 19% $489,320
Kent Desormeaux 59 5 12 7 8% $315,964
Ignacio Puglisi 47 5 6 2 11% $188,440
Elvis Trujillo 58 5 4 7 9% $269,290
Gary Stevens 21 5 3 4 24% $512,370
Brayan Pena 54 5 2 2 9% $114,000
Trainer Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won
Doug O’Neill 88 17 16 10 19% $738,488
Richard Baltas 51 17 6 4 33% $842,520
Peter Miller 69 15 17 6 22% $610,910
Philip D’Amato 51 15 7 6 29% $802,110
Richard Mandella 37 10 9 4 27% $739,140
Jerry Hollendorfer 56 7 14 7 13% $519,204
Mike Puype 53 7 12 7 13% $462,590
Eddie Truman 17 7 2 2 41% $275,380
John Sadler 54 6 9 10 11% $304,374
Robertino Diodoro 26 6 3 3 23% $220,930
Bob Baffert 24 6 2 5 25% $287,970
Mark Glatt 48 5 7 8 10% $266,664
Michael Machowsky 23 5 5 2 22% $137,870
Vann Belvoir 44 4 6 6 9% $159,700
Kristin Mulhall 20 4 5 0 20% $117,300
William Spawr 23 4 4 2 17% $136,190
John Brocklebank 15 4 4 1 27% $181,540
Carla Gaines 21 4 4 1 19% $202,830
Ricky Agarie 20 4 1 3 20% $124,600
Bruce Headley 13 4 1 2 31% $117,490
Jeff Bonde 15 4 1 2 27% $181,070