STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MARCH 21, 2015

 

  • DORTMUND, PROSPECT PARK DRILL FOR DERBY
  • STELLAR WIND IN ‘BEAUTIFUL’ WORK FOR OAKS

 

PHAROAH, DORTMUND: INCOMPARABLE TALENTS

Bob Baffert had the right answer when someone asked him which horse was better, American Pharoah or Dortmund: None.

“That’s like asking me which kid I love more,” he said, tactfully and without hesitation.

Fair enough. When you train the two leading Kentucky Derby favorites, whether you even think one is better than the other, for obvious reasons, you take the path of least alienation and let the theater of the Triple Crown play out on the race track.

That’s the game plan. Dortmund, unbeaten in five starts, runs in the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, April 4, while once-beaten Eclipse Award champion 2-year-old male of 2014 American Pharoah is ticketed for the Arkansas Derby on April 11.

Dortmund is an over-sized chestnut son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, owned by Kaleem Shah. American Pharoah is a bay colt by the Empire Maker stallion Pioneerof the Nile, owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat.

Aside from that, the two immensely talented 3-year-olds are at once comparable and disparate in a manner of speaking that Baffert would address.

“Dortmund is tall,” Baffert said. “He’s got a good mind on him; he’s a smart horse. He gets a little rambunctious in the paddock, but other than that, he’s pretty good.

“They’re really two different types of horses, although they’re both quick, they’re light on their feet. I’ve seen Dortmund stumble and break a little awkward but he can get up in the next jump and be right there. He’s really quick and very athletic, for a big horse. Big horses aren’t that way, usually. I’ve worked him in the mornings; you can stop and go with him.

“Pharoah has a very efficient, kind of effortless stride. He does things really, really easy. I think he can handle any surface, whether it’s deep, fast, whatever. He’s fast, but he’s not a speed-crazy type.

“The reason they find themselves on the lead is because they do it effortlessly. You’d have to really slow them down, get them down to a gallop, to have them stalking a horse. I don’t know what would happen if there was some ridiculous speed out there.

“It’s something I don’t really worry about until the gates open, as long as their riders put them where they’re comfortable. I’ve never seen them rank or run off. I’ve never seen that.”

So the countdown is on.

If all goes well, the twain will meet in the Kentucky Derby the first Saturday in May.

In other Santa Anita Derby news:

Dortmund worked six furlongs in company Saturday morning at Santa Anita in 1:12 with regular rider Martin Garcia aboard. Baffert said the colt “went nice.” Stablemate Miss Midnight Brew was given a five furlong time of 1:02.60.

San Felipe runner-up Prospect Park worked six furlongs at his San Luis Rey Downs headquarters in 1:10.40 under jockey Joe Steiner.

Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. called the drill “unbelievable,” adding that the son of Tapit would ship to Santa Anita “Monday or Tuesday” and have a five furlong breeze before the race.

Jerry Hollendorfer said that El Camino Real Derby runner-up Cross the Line was “possible” for the Santa Anita Derby.

Baffert didn’t rule out One Lucky Dane for the Santa Anita Derby after his win by nearly 10 lengths in a one-mile overnight race Thursday.

Santa Anita offers a $750,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool and a $300,000 guaranteed Pick 6 pool on Santa Anita Derby Day.

 

FINISH LINES: Santa Ysabel Stakes winner Stellar Wind, working for the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 4, went five furlongs Saturday in 1:00.80. “Beautiful; first class,” said trainer John Sadler, giving the ‘OK’ sign to boot . . . Also working for the Oaks were China Doll runner-up Curlin’s Fox for Carla Gaines (four furlongs in 47.80) and Santa Ysabel third-place finisher Glory for Jerry Hollendorfer (five furlongs in 1:04) . . . There were two winning Pick 6 tickets yesterday worth $87,892.20, one purchased at Santa Anita on a $2,400 ticket, the other in Las Vegas for an as-yet unknown amount . . . Decisive Edge makes his stakes debut in next Saturday’s 1 ½-mile Tokyo City Cup for Hollendorfer. Alex Solis rides . . . Imperative, set to defend his title in the April 18 Charles Town Classic, worked four furlongs for George Papaprodromou in 49.20 . . . Edwin Maldonado leaves Monday morning for Dubai, where he rides front-running Distinctiv Passion for trainer Jeff Bonde in the $1 million Al Quoz at 1,000 meters on turf, approximately five furlongs . . .Bruno Panicucci, a 19-year-old apprentice rider from France with four wins, is scheduled to make his Santa Anita debut next Saturday for trainer Leonard Powell. Panicucci tacks 109 pounds . . . Former USC place kicker “Sad Sam” Tsagalakis, father of trainer Mark, who sent out Oliver’s Tale to win Friday’s seventh and feature race: “It’s so nice to be out here for Mark. It’s not the Kentucky Derby, it’s not the Preakness, but it is Santa Anita. One of these days he’ll get lucky and we’ll have a big horse running. I’ve been coming here since I worked as an usher when I was going to USC in 1952, 53, 54. I did the kicking for the football team and went to two Rose Bowls . . . All my friends say, ‘One kick and you think you’re the greatest.’ I said, ‘I am the greatest.’ That was before soccer kickers.” . . . This past October, the third annual John Morris Golf Classic was held in Lexington, Ky., benefiting worthy charities that support those with disabilities. After today’s first race, Morris presented a $5,000 donation from the event to Aaron Gryder, Tyler Baze and Joe Talamo, who accepted on behalf of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund . . . Next 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.

 

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS              
             
(Current Through Friday, March 20)          
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won  
Rafael Bejarano 234 57 34 30 24% $2,657,652  
Tyler Baze 253 32 31 31 13% $2,036,484  
Kent Desormeaux 172 31 32 20 18% $1,787,120  
Victor Espinoza 160 29 30 23 18% $1,923,926  
Joseph Talamo 212 23 23 34 11% $1,580,208  
Martin Garcia 119 23 16 14 19% $1,709,080  
Elvis Trujillo 189 22 22 17 12% $1,241,280  
Drayden Van Dyke 179 21 21 23 12% $1,347,810  
Mike Smith 97 20 19 15 21% $2,243,551  
Corey Nakatani 114 19 11 16 17% $933,348  
Martin Pedroza 146 16 20 18 11% $649,594  
Fernando Perez 163 15 21 16 9% $717,420  
Gary Stevens 90 15 14 16 17% $1,354,028  
Edwin Maldonado 114 13 11 14 11% $498,454  
Santiago Gonzalez 99 13 10 16 13% $609,814  
Tiago Pereira 108 12 9 14 11% $418,772  
Flavien Prat 116 10 14 13 9% $594,386  
Felipe Valdez 65 10 11 10 15% $320,808  
Mario Gutierrez 94 8 13 9 9% $429,760  
Brice Blanc 48 7 2 4 15% $296,500  
Brandon Boulanger 115 6 5 10 5% $213,346  
             
Trainer Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won  
Jerry Hollendorfer 144 28 20 23 19% $3,169,038  
Peter Miller 128 24 26 14 19% $1,237,666  
Bob Baffert 90 20 16 12 22% $1,756,872  
John Sadler 113 17 17 15 15% $1,024,694  
Doug O’Neill 145 16 13 22 11% $826,108  
Richard Baltas 65 13 10 5 20% $536,172  
Peter Eurton 78 12 12 14 15% $679,506  
Philip D’Amato 61 12 11 9 20% $584,170  
Richard Mandella 52 10 9 9 19% $641,766  
Mark Casse 56 10 5 8 18% $784,378  
Ron Ellis 52 10 4 8 19% $391,420  
Mark Glatt 63 9 11 10 14% $455,872  
James Cassidy 61 9 7 11 15% $358,730  
Jeff Bonde 31 9 0 3 29% $324,240  
Mike Puype 91 8 12 13 9% $412,656  
Thomas Proctor 45 7 6 3 16% $525,378  
Steven Miyadi 34 7 5 3 21% $217,750  
A. C. Avila 25 7 2 3 28% $208,298  
Jack Carava 45 6 9 6 13% $188,320  
Michael Pender 42 6 6 4 14% $175,740  
Hector Palma 27 6 4 1 22% $142,370  
Steve Knapp 33 6 2 3 18% $260,510  
Eddie Truman 17 6 1 2 35% $255,180  

 

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