- BILL PARCELLS COMES UP ‘SHY’ IN SURFER GIRL
- POST 3 BETTER FOR PERFECT PIC ON SUNDAY
- SANTA ANITA OFFERS DOLLAR DAY ON MONDAY
- DREFONG WORKS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT
NFL LEGEND PARCELLS BUYS SURFER GIRL FILLY
When the two-year-old filly with the succinct name of Shy runs in Monday’s $100,000
Surfer Girl Stakes at a mile on grass, the owners won’t be trainer Vann Belvoir and his wife, Sauci, as previously listed, but Duane Charles Parcells.
Known worldwide as “Bill” Parcells and nicknamed “The Big Tuna,” the 75-year-old Parcells twice coached the New York Giants to Super Bowl triumphs, in 1986 and 1990. He retired as an NFL coach in 2006 after 19 seasons, his final with the Dallas Cowboys, compiling an overall mark of 172-130-1 and an 11-8 playoff record.
He was named NFL Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1994 and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“We sold her yesterday morning,” Belvoir said Saturday at Clockers’ Corner.
Shy, a bay daughter of prolific turf sire Kitten’s Joy, was a troubled second in her debut, closing well to be beaten less than a length going a mile on grass at Del Mar Sept. 5.
“She was a little ‘shy’ coming between horses, no pun intended,” Belvoir said. “Seriously, they squeezed her down the lane. She’s a legit horse and has a big chance on Monday. My wife came up with her name, but I don’t know how. She likes one syllable names.”
The Surfer Girl, race six of nine: Happy Mesa, Florent Geroux; Deer Valley, Drayden Van Dyke; Con Te Partiro, Flavien Prat; Simmy’s Temple, Santiago Gonzalez; La Force, Rafael Bejarano; Doowop Shedoo, Mike Smith; Miss Southern Miss, Kent Desormeaux; Miss Sugars, Tyler Baze; Shy, Gary Stevens; Lady Beware, Martin Garcia; and Auntjenn, Norberto Arroyo Jr.
PERFECT PIC GETS OFF RAIL FOR LA WOMAN STAKES
Jim Cassidy is hoping Perfect Pic gets a better start from the three hole when she runs in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 LA Woman Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.
The Ontario-bred daughter of Candy Ride was second as the 2-5 favorite last out on Sept. 17 when breaking from the No. One post position for the second time in her two starts.
“Absolutely it should be better,” said Cassidy, trainer of the three-year-old filly for principal client Deron Pearson, who campaigns as D P Racing. “She had trouble in her last start, but this is a tough race. Luminance is the one to beat; I think it’s a pretty solid race.”
The LA Woman field: Wild At Heart, Mike Smith, 9-2; Indriya, Rito Almanza, 15-1; Perfect Pic, Santiago Gonzalez, 3-1; Luminance, Rafael Bejarano, 9-5; Gloryzapper, Stewart Elliott, 3-1; Juno, Victor Espinoza, 10-1; Doodetta, Martin Pedroza, 20-1; and Harlington’s Rose, Joe Talamo, 15-1.
FOOD GALORE FOR JUST A BUCK ON COLUMBUS DAY
In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, the old ditty goes, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
More than 500 years later, this Monday at Santa Anita, fans can sail to the concession stands and buy beer, soda and hot dogs for just a buck apiece on Dollar Day in celebration of Columbus Day.
First post time will be 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 11, 12 and 13. Santa Anita will be open Thursday for simulcast wagering.
There will be two stakes races Monday, each offering $100,000 in purse money, the Zuma Beach for two-year-olds at a mile on turf, and the Surfer Girl for two-year-old fillies at a mile on turf.
FINISH LINES: Streaking Breeders’ Cup Sprint contender Drefong worked four furlongs in company Saturday under Rafael Bejarano in 46.80. “He looked good,” said Bob Baffert, who employed Lemhill Basr (47.40) as a running mate . . . Also working for the Breeders’ Cup was Juvenile Fillies favorite Union Strike for trainer Shelbe Ruis, going five furlongs in 1:00.80 . . . Trainer Doug O’Neill has nine horses entered at Santa Anita today and one, 6-5 morning line choice Jimmy Bouncer, in the $100,000 Harris Farms Stakes at Fresno. “It’s not a record for us,” said O’Neill assistant Leandro Mora. “I believe we had 12 in on a Cal Cup card a while back.” . . . Mike Smith and Mario Gutierrez have stakes engagements at Belmont Park today, while Kent Desormeaux rides What a View at Keeneland in the Grade I, $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile . . . Congrats to apprentice Austin Solis on registering his first Santa Anita victory yesterday, by three-and-a-half lengths aboard Altaira ($11) for leading trainer Peter Miller in the fourth race. Solis now has 12 career victories, just 5,019 shy of his Hall of Fame father and current CHRB Commissioner, Alex . . . Surf’s up at Fresno: Ocean lovers might consider playing an exacta today in the first race at Fresno, a 350-yard dash for mules. Two of the seven entrants are trained by Joanie BEACH-Orr and two by Bruce TOWELL.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Friday, Oct. 7)|
|Norberto Arroyo, Jr.||24||6||2||4||25%||50%||$261,905|