STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MARCH 19, 2016

     

  • STREAKING CADET RONI IN GRADE III LAS FLORES
  • APPRENTICE LINDSAY MAKES SANTA ANITA DEBUT
  • DAVID FLORES IS LOOKING AT NEW HORIZONS

 

GLATT HOPES PACE AIDS CADET RONI IN LAS FLORES

            Cadet Roni seeks her third straight win and her first graded victory when she runs in Sunday’s Grade III Las Flores Stakes for older fillies and mares at six furlongs.

Mark Glatt expects another solid effort from the four-year-old daughter of 2008 Santa Anita Derby winner Colonel John he trains for Al and Sandee Kirkwood.

“It’s a small field and she drew a good post,” said Glatt, who ranks among the leaders this meet with nine victories through 49 days. “It’s a tough race but she’s gotten very sharp. We’ll see if she can step up to this caliber.

“It should set up good for her. There’s plenty of speed in the race to her inside, and maybe if they knock heads hard enough we can be sitting in the garden spot and get ’em.”

The field for the Las Flores, race three of nine: Finest City, Joe Talamo, 5-1; Sensitively, Tyler Baze, 5-2; Fantastic Style, Rafael Bejarano, 8-5; Ben’s Duchess, Abel Lezcano, 3-1; Amaranth, William Antongeorgi III, 12-1; and Cadet Roni, Gary Stevens, 6-1.

 

NEWCOMER CHAD LINDSAY DEBUTS AT SANTA ANITA

Chad Lindsay, a 22-year-old jockey from Fort Worth, Texas, makes his Santa Anita debut today. The seven-pound apprentice rider who tacks 108 pounds is named on 6-1 morning line chance Edgy Girl in the third race and 10-1 Mrs. O P Café in the sixth.

Both horses are trained by Doug O’Neill.

Lindsay, who is represented by 83-year-old agent Vince DeGregory, has 11 wins this year from 82 mounts. He broke his maiden on the first horse ever rode, for trainer Dennis Ward, father of trainer Wesley Ward, at Tampa Bay Downs.

“I rode bronco bulls when I was 16 until I was 18,” said Lindsay, who attended Chris McCarron’s North American Riding Academy in Lexington, Ky., for one year.

Asked his impression of Santa Anita after arriving in California two days ago, Lindsay said, “I love it.”

 

DAVID FLORES JOINS THRONG AT CLOCKERS’ CORNER

Looking fresh and relaxed in shorts and sandals, standard wardrobe fare for La La Land, David Flores was a visitor Saturday morning at Clockers’ Corner, where the popular morning meandering magnet was denser than usual, perhaps due to Spring Break.

“I’ve been working at Becky Thomas’ Sequel Bloodstock facility in Ocala since September of last year,” said the veteran jockey, 48. “I’m learning the process of training, breaking babies, sales, and many other aspects of racing.”

Asked if this meant he was hanging up his tack to pursue greener pastures, Flores, who has not ridden in 2016 said, “I’m not retiring, but it is an option.”

 

FINISH LINES: Texas Red, the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, and Swipe, runner-up in his last four races to unbeaten champion Nyquist, each worked on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday for Keith Desormeaux, who had his brother Kent up on each horse. Texas Red worked a mile in company with Go Long and was clocked in 1:39.80, while Go Long was timed in 1:40.60. Swipe worked six furlongs from the gate in 1:12.80 . . . Thanks to favored Bellamentary‘s 3 ¼-length win in Friday’s sixth race under Rafael Bejarano, Phil D’Amato opened a 26-24 lead over Doug O’Neill in the race for training honors. Santiago Gonzalez posted two wins Friday, including a $23 upset on Miss Double d’Oro for Neil Drysdale, but still trails perennial leader Bejarano, 56-46, through 49 racing days of the Winter Meet that ends on Sunday, April 10 . . . Through 49 days, favorites were winning above the national norm of about 33 percent at 37.71 (158 of 419), with the percentage even greater on dirt, 39.87 (124 of 311), but lower on turf, 31.48 (34 of 108). Favorites have finished in the money 69.93 percent of time (293 of 419), and for all the Bridge Jumpers out there, odds-on favorites have won 43 of 85 races, 50.50 percent, and been in the money 83.53 percent of the time (71 of 85).

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS
(Current Through Friday, March 18)
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won
Rafael Bejarano 239 56 44 25 23% 52% $2,361,432
Santiago Gonzalez 258 46 34 32 18% 43% $1,870,696
Flavien Prat 231 38 42 36 16% 50% $2,389,296
Edwin Maldonado 154 29 15 15 19% 38% $969,440
Joseph Talamo 211 27 23 25 13% 36% $1,867,604
Tyler Baze 233 23 35 34 10% 39% $1,281,481
David Lopez 146 22 12 18 15% 36% $670,396
Mario Gutierrez 174 20 31 23 11% 43% $1,246,549
Martin Garcia 114 18 11 11 16% 35% $1,008,949
Kent Desormeaux 105 16 23 20 15% 56% $1,435,400
Fernando Perez 154 14 17 22 9% 34% $799,459
Drayden Van Dyke 140 13 15 21 9% 35% $847,667
Gary Stevens 58 12 9 8 21% 50% $1,449,548
Agapito Delgadillo 89 11 11 8 12% 34% $327,367
Martin Pedroza 88 11 9 7 13% 31% $314,620
Victor Espinoza 80 11 9 6 14% 33% $819,170
Mike Smith 86 11 8 15 13% 40% $1,553,375
Abel Lezcano 66 7 3 4 11% 21% $496,344
Tiago Pereira 95 6 10 7 6% 24% $412,554
Alonso Quinonez 73 6 9 6 8% 29% $300,680
Brice Blanc 55 5 6 7 9% 33% $504,805
Brayan Pena 63 3 4 10 5% 27% $136,260
Jose Verenzuela 33 3 2 3 9% 24% $110,690
Alex Solis 21 3 0 4 14% 33% $222,783
Trainer Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won
Philip D’Amato 124 26 21 22 21% 56% $1,421,225
Doug O’Neill 161 24 22 22 15% 42% $1,242,913
Bob Baffert 91 19 14 13 21% 51% $1,426,885
Jerry Hollendorfer 124 19 12 15 15% 37% $1,227,116
Richard Baltas 99 17 15 13 17% 45% $1,157,349
Peter Eurton 86 14 22 12 16% 56% $1,014,337
John Sadler 77 13 9 6 17% 36% $792,724
Peter Miller 117 12 12 18 10% 36% $584,845
Steven Miyadi 58 10 12 10 17% 55% $340,882
Kristin Mulhall 46 10 7 3 22% 43% $384,155
Mark Glatt 81 9 9 8 11% 32% $421,655
Vladimir Cerin 44 9 6 5 20% 45% $336,879
William Spawr 35 8 5 4 23% 49% $226,897
George Papaprodromou 46 8 4 6 17% 39% $236,700
Carla Gaines 44 8 3 3 18% 32% $598,120
Mike Puype 71 7 12 5 10% 34% $354,095
J. Keith Desormeaux 44 7 6 10 16% 52% $315,424
Michael Machowsky 35 7 6 4 20% 49% $282,761
Jeff Mullins 28 7 6 1 25% 50% $195,099
Jeff Bonde 37 7 4 5 19% 43% $186,180
Ron Ellis 27 7 2 3 26% 44% $190,815
Robertino Diodoro 28 6 7 3 21% 57% $181,500
Patrick Gallagher 34 6 4 6 18% 47% $497,993
Clifford Sise, Jr. 20 6 4 1 30% 55% $436,885
Hector Palma 39 6 3 6 15% 38% $156,067