STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 29, 2015

 

  • ONE LUCKY DANE DRILLS FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY
  • ‘BELIEF’ SEEKS GOLD OUTSIDE THE GOLDEN STATE
  • BALDWIN AVE. TRAFFIC RE-ROUTED ON DERBY DAY

 

‘DANE’ AND ‘PHAROAH’ IN ‘NICE’ WORKS FOR BAFFERT

            American Pharoah, the cleanup hitter in Bob Baffert’s Murderers’ Row lineup of Triple Crown contenders, worked five furlongs Sunday morning in 58.60 for the Arkansas Derby on April 11, while One Lucky Dane, flying below the radar until his mile romp by nearly 10 lengths last Thursday, went six furlongs in 1:13.40 under Rafael Bejarano, who rides the son of Lookin At Lucky in next Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby.

One Lucky Dane worked in company with Whiskey Ticket, who was also clocked in 1:13.40.

Santa Anita clockers caught American Pharoah in fractions of 23 2/5, 47 1/5 and 58 3/5, with a gallop out time of 1:10 4/5.

“Pharoah went really nice,” Baffert said. “He just cruised around there. One Lucky Dane went really nice, he looked really good. He was finishing up nice, so it looks like the race (on April 19) didn’t take anything out of him.”

Bad Read Sanchez, who figures to be an outsider, also worked Sunday, going five furlongs from the gate in 59.20 in company with One More for Doug O’Neill, who has won the Santa Anita Derby twice in the last three years, with Goldencents in 2013 and I’ll Have Another in 2012. Mario Gutierrez was aboard Bad Read Sanchez.

“We got him in 59 and three,” O’Neill said. “He looked great, good energy, so we’re excited. It’s exactly what we were looking for.”

Probable for the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby, one of six stakes on a blockbuster card next Saturday that includes the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks: Dortmund, Martin Garcia; Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux; Bolo, Mike Smith; One Lucky Dane, Rafael Bejarano; Cross the Line, Juan Hernandez; and Bad Read Sanchez, Mario Gutierrez.

In other Santa Anita Derby news:

Jerry Hollendorfer said California Derby winner and El Camino Real Derby runner-up Cross the Line is scheduled to work a half mile Tuesday morning at Santa Anita where the son of Line of David already is bedded down.

“We’re planning on running,” Hollendorfer said. “We’re going to blow him out Tuesday.”

Juan Hernandez, the third-leading rider at Golden Gate with 53 wins through Saturday, has ridden Cross the Line in his last three races, two of them victories, and retains the mount in the Santa Anita Derby.

The first 10,000 THOROUGHBREDS members in attendance at Santa Anita on Derby Day will be offered free an exclusive 2015 Santa Anita Derby Day T-shirt while supplies last. First post time for the 11-race program is 12 noon. Gates open at 10 a.m.

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

 

SHARED BELIEF SET FOR FIRST RACE OUTSIDE CALIFORNIA

            Santa Anita Handicap winner Shared Belief will make his first start outside of California and have his first flight when he runs in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic on April 18.

His previous 11 starts were in the Golden State, 10 of them victories. Only a horrid start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, where he ran fourth, besmirches his record. His longest journeys have been by van from Golden Gate Fields in Albany to Del Mar just north of San Diego.

“There’s always that element of doing something new,” Hollendorfer said of “the best race horse in the country” and the champion 2-year-old male of 2013, “but so far, we’ve shipped him up and down the coast and he hasn’t seemed to mind.

“Flying is different, but we think he’ll do that just fine also.”

 

VEHICULAR TRAFFIC RE-ROUTED ON DERBY DAY

Those wishing to spend the morning at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner on Santa Anita Derby Day next Saturday, April 4, are advised that Baldwin Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic between the 210 Freeway and Huntington Drive from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. in order to accommodate foot traffic related to Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5K Run and Walk.

Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate 8, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., and Gate 7, at the track’s northwest end, will also be closed to vehicles during the same time frame.

Those wishing to visit Clockers’ Corner Derby Day morning will be able to enter the track on Santa Anita’s northeast perimeter, through Gate 5, or on the track’s southern perimeter, through Gate 3. Gates 3 & 5 will be open for easy access to Clockers’ Corner beginning at 5 a.m. and will remain open throughout the day. Santa Anita’s main track will be closed for training at 7:30 a.m.

Gate 3 is located at the intersection of Holly Ave. and Huntington Drive. Gate 5 is located at the confluence of Colorado Place and Huntington Drive.

For additional information on the Santa Anita Derby and on the Derby Day 5K Run and Walk, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com/events, or call (626) 574-RACE.

 

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS
(Current Through Saturday, March 28)
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won
Rafael Bejarano 251 63 35 33 25% $2,903,706
Tyler Baze 285 37 36 33 13% $2,225,944
Kent Desormeaux 182 32 32 22 18% $1,852,500
Victor Espinoza 167 31 32 24 19% $2,024,226
Martin Garcia 127 25 16 15 20% $1,814,830
Elvis Trujillo 208 24 27 21 12% $1,396,250
Joseph Talamo 234 24 26 40 10% $1,671,598
Drayden Van Dyke 193 22 24 23 11% $1,396,187
Mike Smith 101 21 20 15 21% $2,301,211
Corey Nakatani 114 19 11 16 17% $933,348
Santiago Gonzalez 123 17 14 20 14% $742,174
Martin Pedroza 159 16 24 19 10% $697,234
Gary Stevens 94 16 14 18 17% $1,495,818
Fernando Perez 179 15 24 18 8% $763,098
Edwin Maldonado 117 15 11 14 13% $528,154
Tiago Pereira 117 14 9 15 12% $456,532
Flavien Prat 132 13 16 15 10% $733,754
Felipe Valdez 78 11 11 13 14% $357,311
Mario Gutierrez 103 9 15 9 9% $469,894
Brice Blanc 52 7 2 4 13% $298,810
Trainer Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won
Jerry Hollendorfer 154 29 20 23 19% $3,207,292
Peter Miller 142 26 27 16 18% $1,337,516
Bob Baffert 97 23 16 13 24% $1,894,852
Doug O’Neill 159 20 15 23 13% $958,402
John Sadler 122 17 18 17 14% $1,052,764
Richard Baltas 74 15 13 7 20% $655,135
Philip D’Amato 67 15 11 10 22% $695,090
Mark Glatt 75 14 14 11 19% $589,942
Peter Eurton 82 14 13 14 17% $842,206
Richard Mandella 55 11 9 10 20% $684,616
Ron Ellis 57 11 4 9 19% $433,690
Mark Casse 57 10 6 8 18% $797,378
Mike Puype 99 9 14 13 9% $459,086
James Cassidy 67 9 8 12 13% $382,290
Jeff Bonde 34 9 1 4 26% $336,640
Steven Miyadi 40 8 5 4 20% $249,180
Thomas Proctor 48 7 6 3 15% $529,778
Hector Palma 29 7 4 2 24% $181,010
A. C. Avila 25 7 2 3 28% $208,298
Steve Knapp 37 7 2 3 19% $281,140
Jack Carava 49 6 10 8 12% $197,850
Michael Pender 46 6 8 5 13% $187,080
J. Eric Kruljac 51 6 6 7 12% $313,560
William Spawr 48 6 6 6 13% $188,890
Eddie Truman 19 6 1 2 32% $258,790

 

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