STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MARCH 12, 2016

   

  • HAVANNA BELLE TACKLES MALES IN SAN LUIS REY
  • ESPINOZA TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD ON SUNDAY
  • PENWITH INVADES FOR GRADE I SANTA MARGARITA

 

HAVANNA BELLE SEEKS DISTANCE REPEAT IN SAN LUIS REY

Havanna Belle takes on male rivals in Sunday’s Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes at a mile and a half on turf. Jockey Brice Blanc, who rode the Irish-bred filly to a 10-1 upset win by 2 ¼ lengths in the restricted Astra Stakes at the same distance on a “good” turf course Jan. 17, feels she’s up to the task.

“She ran awesome,” Blanc said of the bay filly trained by Phil D’Amato for owner Michael House. “The distance seemed to be a plus for her.

“I worked her last week, she worked great, so I’m looking for a similar effort. We just need the right trip. She’s doing good and I expect her to run as well as she did in the Astra.”

The lineup: Southern Freedom, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Quick Casablanca, Tyler Baze, 6-1; Power Foot, Gary Stevens, 8-1; Going Somewhere, Mike Smith, 5-1; Life’s Journey, Jose Verenzuela, 50-1; Energia Fribby, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; Havanna Belle, Brice Blanc, 6-1; Highball, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Generosidade, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; Gaga A, Mario Gutierrez, 4-1; Big John B, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; and Patentar, Alonso Quinonez, 20-1.

 

ESPINOZA TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD SUNDAY

As America’s first Triple Crown champion jockey in 37 years, Victor Espinoza helped Thoroughbred racing project a positive image far beyond the confines of the Thoroughbred industry throughout 2015, thus elevating the sport’s exposure and acceptance to a level perhaps not seen since the 1970s.

Accordingly, Espinoza, a 43-year-old native of Mexico City, has been selected by a vote of jockeys nationwide as the winner of Santa Anita’s highly coveted 2016 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award and he will accept the award in a Winner’s Circle ceremony following Sunday’s sixth race.

“It’s quite an honor for any rider to be selected by his peers as the winner of such a prestigious award,” said Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the Jockeys’ Guild. “And I would like to congratulate Victor on this great achievement.”

In addition to numerous national television appearances through the 2015 Triple Crown and last fall’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Espinoza also remained tireless in his efforts on behalf of cancer-stricken youth, donating 10 percent of his winnings to support pediatric cancer research at City of Hope, in nearby Duarte.

Espinoza also has been nominated to racing’s Hall of Fame for the second straight year.

With the Bob Baffert-trained American Pharoah providing the horsepower, Espinoza gleefully proclaimed himself “The luckiest Mexican on earth,” on national television following their win in the Belmont Stakes June 6.

In addition to winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, Espinoza and Santa Anita-based American Pharoah won last year’s Grade II Rebel Stakes, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Grade I Haskell Invitational and, in a performance for the ages, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by 6 ½ lengths on Oct. 31–all the while elevating the profile of jockeys nationwide and generating tremendous ratings on a consistent basis.

Born on a dairy farm near Mexico City, Espinoza is the 11th of 12 children. A three-time ESPY Award winner, Espinoza has three career Kentucky Derby wins, three Preakness victories, three Breeders’ Cup wins and has captured 11 Southern California riding titles.

First presented by Santa Anita in 1950, Espinoza is the 67th winner of the Woolf Award, which seeks to honor riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and Thoroughbred racing.  The remaining four finalists for this year’s award, which can only be won once during a rider’s career, were Joe Bravo, Javier Castellano, Gerard Melancon and Joe Steiner.

 

FINISH LINES: Cupid, scratched from today’s San Felipe Stakes, runs in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park for Bob Baffert March 19. Agent Tony Matos has Martin Garcia booked to ride the Tapit colt, who broke his maiden going a mile and a sixteenth at Santa Anita by 5 ¼ lengths on Feb. 7. Garcia will ride Collected for Baffert in the Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes the next day, Sunday, March 20 . . . Mike Smith rides Godolphin Racing’s Penwith in next Saturday’s Grade I, $500,000 Santa Margarita Stakes at 1 1/8 miles for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. A five-year-old Bernardini mare, Penwith won the Grade II Royal Delta at Gulfstream on Feb. 13 . . . Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and Swipe, runner-up to undefeated champion Nyquist in last year’s Juvenile, each worked on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday morning for Keith Desormeaux, who said he had no race in mind for them now, “but we’re getting close.” Texas Red went four furlongs in 49.20, while Swipe went six furlongs under Kent Desormeaux in 1:12.80 . . . Friday’s San Pedro Stakes, cancelled due to weather conditions, will be redrawn from the original nominations and be run on Sunday, March 20 . . . Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Set your clocks ahead one hour tonight.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS                
               
(Current Through Friday, March 11)          
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won  
Rafael Bejarano 218 50 41 23 23% 52% $2,145,772  
Santiago Gonzalez 233 43 30 28 18% 43% $1,639,261  
Flavien Prat 209 37 36 30 18% 49% $2,159,021  
Edwin Maldonado 143 26 14 15 18% 38% $907,220  
Tyler Baze 216 23 31 32 11% 40% $1,149,751  
David Lopez 135 22 9 18 16% 36% $652,161  
Joseph Talamo 192 21 23 25 11% 36% $1,140,684  
Mario Gutierrez 161 20 29 21 12% 43% $1,211,074  
Martin Garcia 105 16 9 11 15% 34% $924,609  
Fernando Perez 144 14 15 19 10% 33% $737,704  
Kent Desormeaux 92 13 23 17 14% 58% $1,071,245  
Drayden Van Dyke 125 13 15 18 10% 37% $785,184  
Agapito Delgadillo 83 11 10 7 13% 34% $317,652  
Martin Pedroza 79 11 9 6 14% 33% $307,865  
Gary Stevens 53 11 7 8 21% 49% $1,169,603  
Victor Espinoza 70 9 9 6 13% 34% $728,610  
Mike Smith 77 9 7 13 12% 38% $1,053,545  
Abel Lezcano 62 7 2 4 11% 21% $295,309  
Tiago Pereira 88 4 10 6 5% 23% $271,944  
Alonso Quinonez 67 4 8 6 6% 27% $214,245  
Brice Blanc 50 4 5 7 8% 32% $454,545  
               
Trainer Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won  
Philip D’Amato 109 23 19 19 21% 56% $1,206,335  
Doug O’Neill 151 22 21 21 15% 42% $1,175,273  
Bob Baffert 85 18 13 13 21% 52% $1,318,115  
Jerry Hollendorfer 110 17 10 15 15% 38% $1,110,341  
Richard Baltas 91 15 13 13 16% 45% $1,034,714  
Peter Eurton 77 12 20 11 16% 56% $767,057  
Peter Miller 108 12 9 15 11% 33% $515,530  
John Sadler 69 12 8 6 17% 38% $553,999  
Steven Miyadi 55 10 12 9 18% 56% $337,317  
Mark Glatt 75 9 8 6 12% 31% $406,825  
Kristin Mulhall 41 9 6 3 22% 44% $346,265  
Vladimir Cerin 39 9 4 5 23% 46% $318,244  
William Spawr 34 8 5 3 24% 47% $224,977  
George Papaprodromou 43 8 4 6 19% 42% $234,335  
Mike Puype 66 7 11 5 11% 35% $339,665  
Jeff Mullins 27 7 6 0 26% 48% $188,379  
Jeff Bonde 34 7 3 5 21% 44% $177,710  
Carla Gaines 40 7 2 2 18% 28% $469,560  
J. Keith Desormeaux 37 6 6 8 16% 54% $246,014  
Robertino Diodoro 25 6 6 3 24% 60% $176,655  
Michael Machowsky 33 6 5 4 18% 45% $261,561  
Patrick Gallagher 32 6 3 6 19% 47% $479,033  
Ron Ellis 25 6 2 3 24% 44% $177,870  

 

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