STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JUNE 5, 2016

   

  • BIG CAP WINNER MELATONIN ON COURSE FOR GOLD CUP
  • KOBE‘S BACK, SECOND SUMMER WORK FOR PETE’S SAKE
  • CLEMENT L. HIRSCH IS NEXT FOR SUPERSTAR BEHOLDER

 

‘TRUE STAYER’ MELATONIN SET FOR GOLD CUP

Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin, who worked five furlongs Tuesday in a bullet 1:11.80, is on course for the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita at 1 ¼ miles June 25.

“He’s coming up to the race great,” said David Hofmans, who trains the son of Kodiak Kowboy for Susan Osborne’s Tarabilla Farms. “He’s doing really well, he’s fresh, he feels real good and strong.

“I wasn’t so much surprised that he won the Santa Anita Handicap (at a mile and a quarter), but that he handled the distance, because I thought the distances he had been running might be somewhat beyond him.

“But he’s shown now that he can run long, and even (jockey Joe) Talamo thinks the mile and a quarter is better for him than a mile and an eighth. He said he’s a true stayer, and that surprises me.”

 

EURTON PUTS ‘SUMMER’ AND ‘KOBE’ THROUGH EASY DRILLS

Peter Eurton supervised workouts for two of his stakes stars Sunday morning, budding handicap ace Second Summer and multiple graded stakes-winning sprinter Kobe’s Back.

“I was looking for something easy for both of them,” Eurton said after Californian Stakes winner Second Summer went four furlongs under exercise rider Jose (Pepe) Aragon in 50.40, and Palos Verdes and San Carlos winner Kobe’s Back went five furlongs with regular pilot Gary Stevens aboard in 1:01.

“Summer’s as good as any handicap horse out here that’s ready to run,” said Eurton, enjoying a solid meet with five wins from 19 starters through 19 days. “I don’t claim to say that he’s a California Chrome, but anyway, Chrome is probably shooting for the San Diego (Handicap at Del Mar on July 23).

“All I can worry about is my horse and one race.”

 

FINISH LINES: Richard Mandella reports Beholder came out of her expected victory in Saturday’s Grade I Vanity Mile “real good” and will be pointed to the Grade I, $300,000, “Win and You’re In” Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar July 30. The Hirsch is for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/16 miles. The Vanity was the eighth straight win for Beholder, her 13th in 14 starts at Santa Anita, and her 10th Grade I win from 22 career starts. “She’s amazing,” said Mandella in an understatement for the ages . . . Should Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator win the Belmont Stakes, it would mark the eighth time in the last nine Triple Crown races a horse headquartered in Southern California has captured one of the three-year-old Spring classics: Los Alamitos-based California Chrome, 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes; Santa Anita-based American Pharoah, 2015 Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years; Santa Anita-based Nyquist, 2016 Kentucky Derby; and Santa Anita-based Exaggerator, 2016 Preakness . . . Kona Gold winner Wild Dude, prepping for the Grade I Triple Bend on June 25, worked five furlongs in 1:01 for Jerry Hollendorfer, who also sent Gold Cup candidate Lieutenant Colonel the same distance in 59.40. Laz Barrera winner I Will Score, who runs in the Woody Stephens at Belmont next Saturday for Hollendorfer, went five furlongs in 1:04, while Bob Baffert trainee Justin Squared, also headed to the Woody Stephens, went four furlongs in 47.40 . . . Two-time Shoemaker Mile winner Obviously worked five furlongs on the training track in 1:00.40 for Phil D’Amato, who won two races Saturday including the Grade I Shoemaker with Midnight Storm to open a commanding 16-8 lead over runners-up John Sadler and Hollendorfer in the race for training honors . . . Masochistic, whose long-range goal is the Grade I Bing Crosby at Del Mar July 31, worked a half mile Sunday in a bullet 45.80 with Mike Smith up for Ron Ellis. It was the fastest of 46 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 48.85 . . . With his easy 3 ¼-length win aboard Plus Perfect for trainer Hector Palma in yesterday’s first race, Brayan Pena lost his apprentice weight allowance and now rides as full-fledged journeyman . . . Santa Anita’s jockey colony will be depleted next weekend with several riders in New York on Belmont Stakes weekend, namely Kent Desormeaux, Martin Garcia, Mario Gutierrez, Martin Pedroza, Flavien Prat and Mike Smith. Pedroza rides four-time Grade I winner Private Zone Friday for the Good Friends Stable and trainer Brian Lynch in the Grade II, $250,000 True North, and unbeaten Chick Lang winner Justin Squared for Zayat Stables and Bob Baffert in the Grade II, $500,000 Woody Stephens on Saturday. Justin Squared worked four furlongs at Santa Anita Sunday under a strong hold by Pedroza in 47.40 . . . Congrats to Toby Turrell of The Yellow Sheet on tabbing six winners on top Saturday: Plus Perfect ($10.20), Angel Lane (2.60), Too Fast To Pass ($7.20), Beholder, everybody’s free square, ($2.40), Reflected Star ($17.20) and Horse Greedy ($11.80) . . . The Golden Pick 6 at Golden Gate Fields stands at a life-changing $1,201,886 going into Sunday. If no one claims the massive prize before next Sunday, June, 12, there will be a mandatory payout that day . . . Live racing at Santa Anita resumes Thursday with a new first post time of 1:30 p.m. . . . First live race post time on Belmont Day, next Saturday, June 11, is 12 noon. Admission gates will open at 8 a.m.

 

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS                
               
(Current Through Saturday, June 4)          
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won  
Flavien Prat 69 22 8 9 32% 57% $1,134,478  
Rafael Bejarano 91 21 15 17 23% 58% $1,294,315  
Tyler Baze 103 19 18 19 18% 54% $971,530  
Edwin Maldonado 93 17 15 12 18% 47% $669,239  
Joseph Talamo 73 13 13 12 18% 52% $734,033  
Santiago Gonzalez 92 12 16 10 13% 41% $621,039  
Martin Pedroza 51 7 5 9 14% 41% $255,335  
Martin Garcia 51 7 4 8 14% 37% $411,620  
Tiago Pereira 62 5 9 12 8% 42% $232,532  
Fernando Perez 47 5 4 3 11% 26% $217,528  
Chad Lindsay 31 5 4 2 16% 35% $104,325  
Mario Gutierrez 36 4 7 1 11% 33% $361,885  
Victor Espinoza 32 4 5 8 13% 53% $355,320  
Brayan Pena 38 4 4 7 11% 39% $99,360  
Mike Smith 21 4 4 0 19% 38% $327,555  
Ignacio Puglisi 17 4 1 2 24% 41% $114,623  
               
Trainer Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won  
Philip D’Amato 60 16 12 5 27% 55% $1,126,869  
John Sadler 44 8 4 7 18% 43% $571,025  
Jerry Hollendorfer 47 8 3 11 17% 47% $574,810  
Richard Mandella 24 7 4 4 29% 63% $604,215  
Mike Puype 33 7 3 3 21% 39% $228,495  
Doug O’Neill 46 5 9 9 11% 50% $419,313  
Mark Glatt 36 5 8 7 14% 56% $221,751  
Richard Baltas 33 5 6 4 15% 45% $224,078  
James Cassidy 25 5 3 2 20% 40% $313,400  
Peter Eurton 19 5 0 2 26% 37% $220,530  
Peter Miller 34 4 9 3 12% 47% $199,935  
Hector O. Palma 13 4 3 0 31% 54% $72,885  
Steven Miyadi 14 4 3 0 29% 50% $123,040  
Simon Callaghan 20 4 2 2 20% 40% $221,445  
Patrick Gallagher 15 4 0 0 27% 27% $113,585