- BEHOLDER BREEZES TOWARDS BC CLASSIC
- BAFFERT HAPPY WITH PHAROAH’S WORKOUT
- SINGING KITTY IN TUNE FOR AUTUMN MISS
- UNBEATEN NYQUIST TO WORK TOMORROW
STEVENS GUIDES BEHOLDER IN ‘AWESOME’ DRILL
Beholder took her penultimate major step Thursday towards the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 and an anticipated meeting with Triple Crown hero American Pharoah, working five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track in 1:02 under regular rider Gary Stevens.
American Pharoah worked seven furlongs Wednesday in 1:23 under Martin Garcia for Bob Baffert. As is the custom a day after a workout, American Pharoah walked today.
“I got her in 1:01 and two (fifths), with a 35 flat last three-eighths,” Richard Mandella said of Beholder, a two-time Eclipse Award champion owned by B. Wayne Hughes.
“She finished real nice, obviously. I told Gary, ‘I want to go out to the seven (furlong marker), but just carefully, get her eased up a little bit, and gallop out to the six (furlong pole). It was just a maintenance work. We’re in good shape.
“She’ll leave for Kentucky Monday and have one work at Keeneland.”
Added Stevens: “She worked awesome, like she always does. Richard doesn’t want anything fancy; it was just kind of a routine work for her . . . She’s on top of her game . . . That’s as serious as she’ll get before the Breeders’ Cup; that’s all she needed.
“She’ll have one more tune-up and that’ll be it. She leaves Monday and I get there next Sunday, on the 25th. If I’m there and Richard needs me, then I’ll be there, but there’s a chance he won’t if he thinks she’ll do too much with me on her back.
“But if he wants me, I’m available (smiling).”
BAFFERT SAY ALL’S WELL WITH ‘PHAROAH’ DAY AFTER BIG MOVE
Said Baffert of Pharoah’s Wednesday drill: “It was so dark. I got him in 12 and one, 24, 35, 47, 59 and four, one 11 and two, out in (one) 24 flat, then he galloped out a mile in (one) 37 and one, I think.
“He looked nice, though. I was really happy. I needed to see something like that from him. I needed him to do something like that because if I don’t see something like that, then . . .
“We’re moving in the right direction. I’ve been going easy on him and now it’s time to lean on him a little bit and he responded pretty well . . . With what he’s been through we just have to make sure he maintains. He was a little over the top and we’re just bringing him back; we’re getting there.”
SINGING KITTY REACHES GOAL IN AUTUMN MISS
Three-time stakes winner Singing Kitty goes for No. four in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.
The California-bred daughter of Ministers Wild Cat trained by Matt Chew for Chris Aulds and Peter Jeong is coming off a victory at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf in the Unzip Me Stakes Sept. 26, but won two stakes at a mile on grass at Santa Anita last winter.
“She’s coming into the race real well,” Chew said. “She’s proved to be very versatile, winning mile races like she has and then the 6 ½ down the hill. That was a bit of an experiment.
“We weren’t sure where we were going to go with her once the three-year-old campaign was over, but we thought it was a good chance to try her down the hill and see if it would open up some opportunities down the road for us.
“Our goal has been the Autumn Miss all along, so it just happened to be a very positive
The field for the Autumn Miss: Majestic Heat, Gary Stevens, 4-1; Hundi, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Dreamologist, Mike Smith, 7-2; Belle Hill, Leslie Mawing, 8-1; Princess Charm, Santiago Gonzalez, 8-1; All Star Bub, James Graham, 20-1; Paulina’s Love, Tyler Baze, 4-1; supplemental entry Miss Boom Boom, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Singing Kitty, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; and Suva Harbor, Fernando Perez, 15-1.
FINISH LINES: Unbeaten multiple Grade I winner Nyquist is scheduled to work five furlongs under regular rider Mario Gutierrez tomorrow in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Oct. 31. Trainer Doug O’Neill has the son of Uncle Mo owned by Reddam Racing scheduled for one additional breeze at Santa Anita before leaving for Kentucky on Oct. 26 . . . Warren’s Veneda, winner of the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes last March, worked five furlongs Wednesday in 59.80 for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Oct. 30. “Lights out” is how trainer Craig Lewis termed the move. The California-bred daughter of Affirmative owned by Ben Warren is scheduled to leave for Kentucky in 10 days, on Oct. 25 . . . Barretts Juvenile winner Toews On Ice runs at Santa Anita Sunday in the $70,000 Speakeasy Stakes for two-year-olds at six furlongs, rather than the Grade II, $200,000 Belmont Futurity the same day. The Archarcharch colt is trained by Bob Baffert for Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman and is named for Chicago Black Hawks’ star forward Jonathan Toews (pronounced TAYS) . . . There is a Pick Six carryover Thursday of $52,585. The total pool should exceed $250,000 . . . Peter Behr, 2013 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge winner ($324,114) and 2015 NHC tour leader Jonathan Kinchen, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:50 a.m. . . . Del Mar Derby winner Om worked five furlongs in company Wednesday in 59.20 for the Grade II Twilight Derby for three-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf Oct. 24. “He worked super,” trainer Dan Hendricks said. “He broke 10 lengths behind Kionntal (1:00.20) and made it all up the last quarter.”
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Monday, Oct. 12)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||25||4||4||3||16%||$357,810|
|J. Eric Kruljac||15||2||2||3||13%||$66,740|