STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MARCH 14, 2015

  

  • JUVENILE WINNER TEXAS RED BACK ON TRACK
  • GREAT TEAMWORK MAKES A GREAT HORSE
  • CLASSIC WINNER BAYERN BREEZES HALF MILE

 

TEXAS RED WORKS HALF MILE IN RETURN TO SANTA ANITA

            Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red, walking a tightrope without a net in his quest to make the Kentucky Derby on May 2, had his first breeze Saturday morning since recovering from an abscessed right foot, working a half mile in 51.40 under exercise rider Humberto Tellez.

“I got him in 51 flat,” said part owner and trainer Keith Desormeaux. “It’s about what we wanted. Today doesn’t mean anything; it’s next week when you’re gonna let him roll. Next Saturday, you’ll see some real work.”

The workout marked the first recorded drill for Texas Red since Jan. 24, prior to his impressive runner-up finish by a neck to Lord Nelson in the San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 1. Following that race, Texas Red’s first as a 3-year-old, he was shipped to the Premier Equine Center in Oakdale, about five hours north of Santa Anita in California’s Central Valley, to recover from the abscess. He returned to Santa Anita last Sunday.

Desormeaux hopes use either the April 4 Santa Anita Derby or the April 11 Arkansas Derby as a steppingstone to the Run for the Roses.

Desormeaux said Friday morning that Texas Red’s “next race will depend on the liveliness of his works; is he finishing well, is he galloping out well, is he coming back after the works in good shape?”

Keith added that his brother, Kent, a three-time Kentucky Derby winner, would work Texas Red next out. “We’ll put him on next week,” Keith said. “He wants to go too fast.”

SHIRREFFS KNOWS A CHAMPION WHEN HE SEES ONE

John Shirreffs knows a great horse when he sees one. He trained Zenyatta.

He’s seen Shared Belief run, too, and while the gelded son of Candy Ride hasn’t reeled

off 19 straight victories before suffering his first loss, such as Zenyatta did, he sure is on a roll, with 10 wins from 11 starts and a valid excuse for his only defeat, in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Heart, talent, determination all come in to play in formulating a champion’s DNA. But there’s more than that, in the eyes of Shirreffs, a former Marine and surfer, who reached racing’s mountain top with Zenyatta, the magnificent mare whose last-to-first running style bordered on pure fantasy.

“I saw Shared Belief run in the Santa Anita Handicap, and he looked pretty good, didn’t he?” Shirreffs said, chuckling at his understatement.

“I guess you’d have to say there’s the Mike Smith factor, since he rides Shared Belief and rode Zenyatta. But also, I think there are a lot of people at the barn who really care about the horse and give him great support.

“It’s a team effort, from the groom to Jerry (Hollendorfer) with all his experience as a trainer. The whole support system just works, and when you get a special horse, it all works together very well.”

 

FINISH LINES: Santa Anita Handicap winner Shared Belief, No. 1 in the World’s Best Racehorse rankings released Thursday by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, is not definite to make his next start in the Oaklawn Handicap on April 11. “We’re going to look at the race,” Jerry Hollendorfer said on a hot and getting hotter Saturday morning, “but it’s not written in stone yet.” . . . Shared Belief’s lone conqueror, Bayern, who defeated the Candy Ride gelding in the controversial Breeders’ Cup Classic, worked four furlongs in company under regular rider Martin Garcia in 47.60 with Bob Baffert watching with interest. “I’m really happy with the way he went,” Baffert said. Stablemate Enchanted Fortune was clocked in 47.80 . . . Secret Circle, headed to Dubai for the $2 million Golden Shaheen on March 28, worked seven furlongs for Baffert in 1:25.80 from the gate . . . Grazenette, nominated to next Sunday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes, worked five furlongs for Phil D’Amato in 1:02.20 . . . Mike Smith rides El Camino Real third-place finisher Conquest Typhoon for Mark Casse in next Saturday’s Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park, agent Brad Pegram reports . . .The Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, to be run in three weeks on Saturday, April 4, was won 50 years ago on March 6, 1965, by supplemental entrant Lucky Debonair. Trained by Frank Catrone and ridden by Bill Shoemaker, Lucky Debonair would go on to win the Kentucky Derby, and in 1966, the Santa Anita Handicap . . . Santa Anita presents the world-famous Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship next Saturday, March 21, in its spacious infield.

Taste delicious samplings from the masters of BBQ and watch a full card of Thoroughbred racing. Special packages are available at santaanita.com/events . . . Saturday, March 28, features the Grade III Tokyo City Cup on Japan Family Day, with the Ramen Yokocho Festival in the infield. For more details, visit www.tokyocitycup.com . . . The Sam Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament will be held March 23 at the California Country Club, 1509 South Workman Mill Rd. in Whittier, with proceeds benefiting disabled jockeys. Lunch, auction, raffle and golf will be available at $125 per golfer or $40 per person and includes steak luncheon, live auction and raffle. Sign in starts at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. in a four-man scramble. To register or for more information, visit thestfoundation.org.

 

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS              
             
(Current Through Friday, March 13)          
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won  
Rafael Bejarano 210 51 31 27 24% $2,344,288  
Kent Desormeaux 156 29 30 19 19% $1,676,700  
Tyler Baze 231 29 24 28 13% $1,639,414  
Victor Espinoza 149 28 29 21 19% $1,857,856  
Joseph Talamo 197 23 20 32 12% $1,522,440  
Martin Garcia 111 23 15 12 21% $1,690,580  
Elvis Trujillo 172 21 19 15 12% $1,182,420  
Corey Nakatani 112 19 11 16 17% $932,848  
Drayden Van Dyke 167 18 20 21 11% $1,149,616  
Mike Smith 88 17 19 12 19% $2,071,681  
Fernando Perez 151 15 18 15 10% $688,300  
Martin Pedroza 141 14 20 18 10% $603,024  
Gary Stevens 85 13 14 14 15% $1,246,498  
Tiago Pereira 100 12 9 14 12% $412,108  
Edwin Maldonado 102 11 9 12 11% $445,804  
Flavien Prat 110 10 13 12 9% $583,006  
Santiago Gonzalez 85 10 10 13 12% $536,064  
Felipe Valdez 57 8 11 9 14% $260,578  
Brice Blanc 44 7 2 4 16% $289,460  
Mario Gutierrez 86 6 10 9 7% $373,190  
Brandon Boulanger 111 6 5 10 5% $212,346  
             
Trainer Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won  
Jerry Hollendorfer 136 26 19 21 19% $3,038,128  
Peter Miller 120 21 25 13 18% $1,162,406  
Bob Baffert 83 18 15 11 22% $1,673,492  
Doug O’Neill 136 16 13 21 12% $811,944  
John Sadler 101 14 15 15 14% $903,584  
Peter Eurton 71 12 11 11 17% $659,166  
Philip D’Amato 57 12 10 9 21% $568,340  
Richard Baltas 58 12 9 4 21% $479,028  
Mark Casse 54 10 5 7 19% $777,168  
James Cassidy 57 9 7 10 16% $348,800  
Ron Ellis 47 9 3 7 19% $355,880  
Jeff Bonde 29 9 0 3 31% $322,480  
Mark Glatt 56 8 10 9 14% $430,222  
Richard Mandella 49 8 9 9 16% $573,116  
Mike Puype 85 7 12 11 8% $362,436  
Steven Miyadi 32 7 5 2 22% $214,740  
A. C. Avila 25 7 2 3 28% $208,298  
Michael Pender 38 6 6 3 16% $172,240  
Thomas Proctor 42 6 6 3 14% $491,278  
Hector Palma 26 6 4 1 23% $142,120  

 

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