- O’NEILL, MILLER TIED IN BATTLE FOR TRAINING HONORS
- GREGSON FOUNDATION HONORS SMITH AND STEVENS
- TEXAS RED DRILLS FOUR FURLONGS FOR DWYER STAKES
- TVG’S SIMON BRAY DIAGNOSED WITH MULTIPLE MYELOMA
TRAINERS’ RACE GOING DOWN TO THE WIRE
Doug O’Neill and Peter Miller were in a flat-footed tie for the training lead with two racing days remaining in Santa Anita’s 39-day Spring Meet. Each had 21 wins, O’Neill from 105 starters, Miller from 91.
O’Neill already has three Santa Anita crowns, winning consecutively from 2004-05 through 2006-07. Miller, training out of San Luis Rey Downs, has never won a title at The Great Race Place.
O’Neill and Miller each had horses entered in three races today.
On Sunday, O’Neill and Miller each had one horse in the second race; Miller had one in the third; O’Neill had one in the fifth; each had one in the eighth; O’Neill had one in the ninth; and Miller had Katy Drama in from the also eligible list in the 10th and final, with Aylara on the also eligible list.
With a 44-33 lead over runner-up Tyler Baze, perennial Southern California riding king Rafael Bejarano was well on his way to another championship. Through Friday, Bejarano had ridden 183 horses to Baze’s 220 (more than any rider this meet),
Bejarano also led Baze in purse earnings, $2,058,126 to $1,886,100.
GREGSON FOUNDATION HOSTS CHARITY FUNDRAISER
The Edwin J. Gregson Foundation will host a charity fundraising dinner Aug. 3 honoring Hall of Fame jockeys Mike Smith and Gary Stevens for their extraordinary racing accomplishments and contributions to the prominence of the Thoroughbred industry.
This dinner marks year 15 of fundraising activities spearheaded by Jenine Sahadi, president of the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation. “We look forward to a fabulous evening celebrating two great, phenomenally talented jockeys, esteemed not only by our industry members, but literally loved by fans throughout the world,” says Sahadi.
Proceeds of the event will be used for continued development of various educational programs to benefit California’s worthy backstretch workers and their families. These programs, such as college scholarship grants, computer literacy classes, on-going English as a second language course, were part of trainer Eddie Gregson’s vision in helping individuals improve their standard of living and achieve excellence in their lives.
The Foundation will fete Smith and Stevens at The Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego on Monday, Aug. 3. Tickets for the event are $300 per person. This annual event has sold out each year, and the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation encourages early purchase of tickets to assure attendance.
Please contact Angie Carmona at (626) 447-2339 for further information or go to www.gregsonfoundation.com.
TVG’S SIMON BRAY DIAGNOSED WITH MULTIPLE MYELOMA
Former trainer and current TVG analyst Simon Bray, who has been off-air for the last month with a back injury, has been diagnosed with a rare blood cancer, according to a press release issued this morning by TVG. The popular Bray, whose disease is considered treatable, but not curable, issued the following statement:
“My primary focus will now be fighting this disease. With the help of the doctors at the City of Hope hospital, I will be getting some of the best care in the country. I appreciate the overwhelming support from TVG and I look forward to getting back to the job I love so very much.”
TVG is encouraging viewers to help by making a donation to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. TVG Betfair has also announced that it will match all contributions up to $10,000.
For more information, please visit BIT.LY/SUPPORTSIMON
FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red had his final major drill for the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park July 4, going four furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Saturday in 48 seconds flat. Trainer and part owner Keith Desormeaux plans to ship Texas Red to New York on Wednesday . . . Spring Fever Stakes winner Sunday Rules worked six furlongs for Phil D’Amato in a bullet 1:11.20, fastest of 22 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:14.06. On the dirt training track, D’Amato worked multiple turf stakes winner Obviously four furlongs in 50.40 . . . With favorites winning at 40.50 percent this meet (130 out of 321), some seven points above the national average, chalk players were in their glory. Favorites on dirt were winning at 40.76 percent (96 of 211) and on turf, 40 percent (44 of 110). In the money favorites were winning at 73.83 percent (237 of 321), while in the money odds-on favorites were scoring at 89.53 percent (77 of 86) . . . There will be mandatory payoffs on the Super High 5 and the Pick Six tomorrow. First post time on the 10-race program is 1 p.m.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Friday, June 26)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||125||17||16||12||14%||$739,422|
|Hector O. Palma||17||5||2||2||29%||$153,110|