- BEHOLDER IS SCHEDULED TO BREEZE SOON
- AMERICAN PHAROAH A-OK AFTER WORKOUT
- WINNING PICK 5 TICKET A WHOPPER: $402,424
- MANDELLA FILLIES SET FOR WEEKEND STAKES
BEHOLDER ON COURSE FOR BC CLASSIC
With weather coast-to-coast wreaking havoc on firm shipping plans and workout
schedules, Richard Mandella, known for running an ultra-tight ship, has matters pretty much under control for Beholder and her expected engagement in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Oct. 31.
Face it: Mandella’s middle name is “Organized.”
Beholder, a winner of two Eclipse Awards and in prime pouncing position to earn her
third, should work this week for a likely start in the $5 million Classic in what could be a showdown for Horse of the Year honors with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
“She came out of her race great,” Mandella said of the 3 ¼-length romp by Beholder in the Sept. 26 Zenyatta Stakes, which gave the 5-year-old mare a record three straight scores in the Grade I race.
“She’s back galloping, doing great. She’ll get a little work sometime this week. It could be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; I just don’t know. She’ll have two breezes at Santa Anita, a shorter one and a longer one, and one at Keeneland before the Classic.
“Right now, we are surely thinking of the Classic, but by the time we ship (Oct. 19), and all of that, if we had a feeling that she had regressed at all, we would go the more conservative route and run her in the filly race ($2 million Distaff on Oct. 30).
“But right now we have no intention of that. We plan to run in the big one.”
AMERICAN PHAROAH WALKS THE WALK FOR BC CLASSIC
As is the norm, Triple Crown king American Pharoah walked the shed row as
intermittent rain fell at Santa Anita Sunday morning after he worked five furlongs under Martin Garcia on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday in 59.80.
The son of Pioneerof the Nile was comfortable in his stall at Bob Baffert’s barn after the walk, at the ready in advance of the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Oct. 31.
ONE WINNING TICKET IN SANTA ANITA 50-CENT PICK 5 PAYS $402,424.55
With four of the first five races at Santa Anita won by longshots, there was just one winning ticket Saturday in the track’s popular 50-cent wager and it paid a whopping $402,424.55.
Purchased for $144 at Golden Gate Fields, the winning ticketincluded Hail Mary Play in the first race at $13; Wild Street Party in the second (the lone post-time favorite) at $5.20; Corps de Ballet in race three at $33.20; MesaSky in the fourth at $78.80; and Mishegas (Yiddish for craziness) in the fifth at $68.40.
The Pick 5 is comprised of the first five races each day.
MANDELLA HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY NEXT WEEKEND
Richard Mandella has Lucky Folie nominated to both the $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes for two-year-old fillies at one mile on turf next Saturday, and the $70,000 Anoakia Stakes at six furlongs next Sunday.
Bred and owned by Wertheimer & Frere, the daughter of Distorted Humor won her only start, a 5 ½ furlong dash at Del Mar by 2 ¼ lengths on Sept. 6.
“I may run her in the Surfer Girl, or I could run her the next day in the sprint,” Mandella said.
Mandella also plans to enter Forest Chatter in next Monday’s Columbus Day feature, the $100,000 California Flag Handicap at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf. Part of the Golden State Series, the race is restricted to California-bred or sired horses age three and up.
By the Dixie Chatter sire Dixie Union, Forest Chatter’s grandmother is Phone Chatter, the champion two-year-old filly of 1993 who was trained by Mandella for the late Herman Sarkowsky, the breeder of Forest Chatter.
Sarkowsky, who also owned Grade I winners Dixie Chatter and Dixie Union, died in November of 2014.
SHERLOCK HAS FILLY IN TUNE FOR SURFER GIRL
Do the Dance, impressive front-running winner of a maiden allowance race at one mile on grass at Del Mar Sept. 7, will have to step up her game next Saturday when she runs in the $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes for two-year-old fillies at one mile on the turf.
“She’s a nice filly,” said Gary Sherlock, part owner and full-time trainer of the bay daughter of Discreet Cat.
“I was very surprised she won like she did at Del Mar (at odds of 13-1) because she was dead short . . . Hopefully, she’ll move forward next Saturday. She’ll have to; it’s a tough race.”
FINISH LINES: There is a two-day Pick Six carryover into Sunday of $170,368. The total pool should exceed $500,000 . . . Big Macher, bound for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Oct. 31, wasscheduled to work today but rain put a damper on those plans. “Maybe he’ll work Tuesday,” trainer Richard Baltas said of the California-bred son of Beau Genius . . . Miss Big Stuff, impressive first-out winner asthe even-money favorite Aug. 23 under Victor Espinoza for trainer Peter Miller, retains the services of the Triple Crown-winning jockey for next Sunday’s Anoakia Stakes, agent Brian Beach reports . . . Drayden Van Dyke, Victor Espinoza and Mike Smith ride atKeeneland today . . . Hundi, trained by Charles Hills for Hon. Mrs. P. Stanley and Sir Peter Vela, arrives Oct. 8 for the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes at one mile on turf Oct. 17. After the race, she will remain in the United States under the care of trainer Simon Callaghan . . . Arriving Oct. 16 for the Grade II Twilight Derby at 1 1/8 miles on turf Oct. 24 will be Mister Brightside, trained by Jeremy Noseda and owned in part by retired champion jockey Walter Swinburn . . . Santa Anita will have special holiday racing next Monday, Oct. 12, Columbus Day. It will also be Dollar Day on track with beers, hot dogs and sodas available throughout the day at the bargain price of a buck apiece. The feature race will be the $100,000 California Flag Handicap for California-bred or sired horses, age three and up, at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf . . . Live racing resumes Thursday at 1 p.m. Santa Anita offers free Grandstand admission and free general parking every Thursday and Friday during the Autumn Meet.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Saturday, Oct. 3)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||13||2||1||2||15%||$243,160|
|Doug F. O’Neill||13||3||1||1||23%||$285,040|
|Hector O. Palma||6||2||0||0||33%||$43,380|