- MELATONIN CONTINUES PREPPING FOR RICH CLASSIC
- CHROME GOES ‘NICE AND EASY’ AT LOS ALAMITOS
- DOLLASE WORKS UNION STRIKE FOR JUVENILE FILLIES
- NYQUIST TO BREEZE ON MONDAY FOR THE BC CLASSIC
MELATONIN ‘LOOKS REAL GOOD’ IN CLASSIC DRILL
Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin moved another step closer to his first race since winning the Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25 when he worked seven furlongs in 1:27 flat under regular rider Joe Talamo for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 5.
“He looked real good,” said David Hofmans, who trains the gelded son of Kodiak Kowboy for owner Susan Osborne, who races as Tarabilla Farms, Inc. “Joe was happy. We’re on course. He’ll probably work again next Saturday and go from there.”
Added Talamo after the work: “He’s good to go.”
CALIFORNIA CHROME WORKS FOUR FURLONGS FOR CLASSIC
California Chrome, who looms the heaviest favorite on the Breeders’ Cup card that will be run at Santa Anita for an unprecedented ninth time come Nov. 4 and 5, worked four furlongs at his Los Alamitos headquarters Saturday in 48 flat for the Classic.
“Nice and easy” is how trainer Art Sherman’s son and assistant Alan described the move for the five-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, who will be seeking his seventh straight victory when he runs in the mile and a quarter Classic for three-year-olds and up.
DOLLASE WELCOMES OPPORTUNITY WITH RUIS HORSES
Craig Dollase, who recently received 19 horses from Mick Ruis after the owner ended his business relationship with his daughter, trainer Shelbe, worked one of them Saturday morning, Grade I Del Mar Debutante winner Union Strike, the favorite for the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Nov. 5.
“Mick and (his wife) Wendy have put a lot of money into the game in a short period of time,” said Dollase, who turns 46 on Dec. 8, and at the age of 27 in 1998 became the youngest trainer to saddle a Breeders’ Cup winner when Reraise dominated the field in the Sprint at Churchill Downs.
“With my years of experience and horsemanship, I hope that keeps the ship rolling. I’m looking forward to the opportunity. Union Strike worked in 1:14 out of the gate with Martin Garcia up. He was pleased with the work and we’re right on schedule.”
FINISH LINES: Kentucky Derby king Nyquist is scheduled to work Monday as the male two-year-old champion of 2015 trained by Doug O’Neill for Reddam Racing prepares for the Breeders’ Cup Classic . . . Probable for next Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Handicap for three-year-olds and up at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf in the Golden State Series: Acceptance, Boozer, Never Say Try, Richard’s Boy and Somethings Unusual . . . Congrats to the Red Baron Barn of long-time owner Jed Cohen on back-to-back winners Friday, Itsinthepost under Tyler Baze for trainer Jeff Mullins in the fifth race and Generous Pour under Flavien Prat for Jack Carava in the sixth. Cohen had Darrell Vienna as his trainer for eons until his retirement earlier this year . . . Family affair: Tiago Pereira, who won Friday’s seventh race aboard Atomic Rule ($14) for trainer Richard Baltas, was joined in the Winner’s Circle by his wife, Fernanda, and their baby girl, Valentina, just two months old tomorrow . . . Agent Susan McBrayer has taken the book of jockey Gonzalo Ulloa, who rode Chilean invader Kitkat to a second-place finish in the Swingtime Stakes last Saturday in his first-ever ride in the United States. Kitcat, a candidate for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile against males, worked three furlongs Saturday in 36 seconds flat, breezing . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular meeting Thursday, Oct. 20, 9:30 a.m., at Santa Anita. The public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only webcast can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The Board agenda and supporting package of materials are available on the website . . . Tomorrow, Santa Anita hosts the popular Road Kings of Burbank Car Show, free in its spacious Infield.
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