- LAST CHANCE TO SEE PHAROAH AT SANTA ANITA
- SONGBIRD, WILD DUDE HEAD MANY BC WORKERS
- PHAROAH, BEHOLDER DOMINATE CLASSIC POLL
PHAROAH TO HAVE FINAL SANTA ANITA DRILL MONDAY
Fans will have their last opportunity to see American Pharoah at Santa Anita Monday
morning when the Triple Crown winner is scheduled to work a half-mile under jockey Martin Garcia at 7:45 a.m. before leaving Tuesday for Keeneland and the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31, his final race before going to stud.
American Pharoah had his usual gallop on the main track Saturday morning. He worked six furlongs Tuesday in a bullet 1:10.80.
American Pharoah Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8B5cIyyjcY
In other Breeders’ Cup news:
Undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile contender Nyquist worked five furlongs at 12:15 p.m. Friday, 45 minutes before the first race, in 1:02.09 for Doug O’Neill under regular rider Mario Gutierrez, who had pacesetting Semper Fortis as a target with Jonny Garcia up.
Owned by Reddam Racing, the two-year-old son of Uncle Mo, winner of the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes on Sept. 26, was given fractional times of 24:94 and 49.68, with a gallop out time of 1:15.70 for six furlongs.
Santa Anita Sprint Championship winner Wild Dude (Sprint) and unbeaten Chandelier Stakes winner Songbird (Juvenile Fillies) worked four furlongs and five furlongs, respectively, Saturday before leaving early Sunday for Kentucky.
Wild Dude went five furlongs under Rafael Bejarano in 1:03.20, while Songbird was clocked in 47.40 under Mike Smith. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer termed the drills “very good.”
Grade I winner Big Macher (Sprint) went five furlongs in company with Majestic City, getting a time of 1:01.60 to Majestic City’s 1:02.20.
“It was a little slower than I wanted,” said Richard Baltas, who saddled two winners Friday to move into a second-place tie in Santa Anita’s trainers’ standings with eight wins.
“I got him galloping out in 1:27 and he finished good.”
Eddie D. Stakes winner No Silent (Turf Sprint) worked five furlongs under Gary Stevens in 1:01.20. Trainer Gary Mandella called the move “perfect.”
Stevens also was aboard Raven Run winner Taris (Filly & Mare Sprint) for a five furlong drill in a bullet 59 flat for Simon Callaghan. It was the fastest of 84 works at the distance, the average time of which was 1:02.20.
Kobe’s Back, who won the Grade III Commonwealth at Keeneland last April, worked four furlongs for the Sprint in 47 flat for Peter Eurton.
Agent Mike Ciani reports that Kent Desormeaux will ride Landaluce winner Right There in the Juvenile Fillies and Saratoga Special winner Exaggerator in the Juvenile for brother and trainer Keith, who also has FrontRunner runner-up Swipe entered in the Juvenile.
Kent had ridden Swipe in each of his six career starts, but Exaggerator only twice in his four races, winning once and finishing second on Oct. 3 in the Grade I Breeders’ Futurity on a muddy track at Keeneland.
Swipe worked five furlongs at Santa Anita Saturday in 1:01.20.
Agent Scotty McClellan has Joe Talamo on Appealing Tale (Dirt Mile), Obviously (Mile) and Hard Aces (Classic) for the Breeders’ Cup.
LOCALS FAVOR PHAROAH, BEHOLDER IN BC CLASSIC
There will be no joy in Funville should a horse other than one based at Santa Anita win the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland next Saturday.
In an informal poll of local horsemen, American Pharoah and Beholder dominated the balloting, with Smooth Roller, upstart winner of the Awesome Again Stakes on Sept. 26, dawdling in a distant third, to wit:
Barry Abrams: American Pharoah. To me, he’s the best horse.
A.C. Avila: American Pharoah looks better than ever. He’s run and won at several different tracks and proved himself.
Richard Baltas: American Pharoah.
Rafael Becerra: American Pharoah. I liked his last work.
Ray Bell: All things being equal, Beholder. She’s definitely the one to beat.
Vann Belvoir: American Pharoah looked pretty damn good, but Beholder and Tonalist will make the race fun to watch.
Simon Callaghan: American Pharoah will be very hard to beat. I think Beholder will give him a race but Pharoah will win.
Jack Carava: Honor Code. I think he’s coming up to the race very well and I like his chances.
Jim Cassidy: American Pharoah. I think he’s the best horse.
Ben Cecil: American Pharoah, Beholder or Smooth Roller: A California trifecta.
Caesar Dominguez: Beholder. I like the way she won the Pacific Classic. American Pharoah’s tough, but he’s been facing three-year-olds.
Neil Drysdale: It should be one helluva race.
Michael Ewing: I like the filly (Beholder). I think she’s better than the colt (American Pharoah).
Mark Glatt: I like both the California horses (American Pharoah and Beholder). One of the two will win. For an outsider, I like Wicked Strong.
Jorge Gutierrez: I’d like to see Victor (Garcia) win with Smooth Roller. I hope the Californians (American Pharoah, Beholder and Smooth Roller) run one-two-three.
Bruce Headley: American Pharoah will win it easy.
Karen Headley: I like the European (Gleneagle) but I’d like to see (Christophe) Clement win (with Tonalist).
David Hofmans: Beholder.
Steve Knapp: Beholder. I like the way she won her last two races.
Craig Lewis: I don’t think it will be a two-horse race. The track, the pace, the intangibles will be factors. It won’t be a walk in the park.
Mike Machowsky: Beholder. I worked for (Beholder’s trainer, Richard) Mandella five years. But American Pharoah is a freak of nature. Beholder is a freak herself, but I don’t think we’ll ever see one like American Pharoah. He moves so effortlessly. He’s like a machine.
Alfredo Marquez: I’m rooting for Smooth Roller. Juan (former trainer Juan Garcia) is my first cousin and Victor (Garcia, who trains Smooth Roller) is my nephew. The horse will win.
Ron McAnally: Keen Ice beat American Pharoah in the Travers, but Pharoah and Beholder are the ones to beat.
Doug O’Neill: American Pharoah or Beholder. Either one could produce a Breeders’ Cup Classic moment.
Hector Palma: They have to beat American Pharoah. Beholder was a little bit sick (temperature after shipping). I hope she wins but American Pharoah worked fantastic and looks incredible.
Marcelo Polanco: Pharoah has the speed and Keeneland is a speed-favoring track.
Gary Sherlock: Smooth Roller. I’ll be the contrarian.
Cliff Sise Jr.: American Pharoah.
Gary Stute: Beholder. She won the Pacific Classic as easy as I’ve seen a horse win.
Eddie Truman: Pharoah and Beholder. It’s such a dream match. I think Beholder is on top of her game. It should be a great race. I hope both horses have a clean trip.
Dan Ward: American Pharoah will be tough to beat. The horse that will give him a battle is Frosted,
Tim Yakteen: American Pharoah all the way.
Howard Zucker: I’ve been on A.P.’s bandwagon since he was named two-year-old champion. It’s definitely one of most anticipated matchups in my 40 years in training and it’s a great supporting cast.
FINISH LINES: Perennial Southern California riding king Rafael Bejarano has clinchedyet another title, leading runners-up Santiago Gonzalez and Mario Gutierrez, 22-12, with tworacing days remaining.The trainers’ race is another story, however, although Jerry Hollendorfer held a 10-8 lead over three tied for second, Doug O’Neill, Peter Eurton and Richard Baltas . . . Favorites were winning at 28.86 percent (43 of 149), with dirt favorites well above turf favorites, 30.39 percent (31 of 102) to 25.53 percent (12 of 47). Sunday is closing day. Live racing resumes at Santa Anita on Saturday, Dec. 26 and runs through April 10. Live racing begins with the Bing Crosby season at Del Mar next Thursday, Oct. 29, and runs 20 days through Nov. 29.
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