STABLE NOTES BY MIKE WILLMAN – SATURDAY MARCH 4, 2017

  • JERKENS THINKING FAST WITH SHAMAN GHOST
  • SHERMAN SAYS DORTMUND TO TRY TURF IN KILROE MILE
  • STAR CROSSED MASOCHISTIC RESURFACES IN TRIPLE BEND

 

 

SHAMAN GHOST RATES HUGE CHANCE IN SATURDAY’S BIG ‘CAP            

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens’ Shaman Ghost, who got a career best 112 Beyer Speed figure while running second to Arrogate in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Jan. 28, will arrive at Santa Anita on Tuesday as he prepares for next Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, to be run at a mile and a quarter.

“Most of the time, it’s pretty fast and speed favoring out there, but I like the way my horse ran in the Pegasus,” said Jerkens this morning from south Florida.  “He usually breaks very well.  In the Pegasus, he was up with the top flight, in front of California Chrome, into the first turn and then they ran away from him a little down the backside.

“I think they’ll have to go fast early and if they come back, a mile and quarter is a great distance for my horse.  If any horse fits the distance, it should be him.”

Owned by Stronach Stables and bred in Ontario, Canada by their Adena Springs, the 5-year-old bay son of Ghostzapper will be Jerkens second starter in Santa Anita’s signature event for older horses as his Effinex ran third in last year’s edition.

No stranger to the “Big Stage,” Shaman Ghost won Canada’s biggest race for 3-year-olds, the mile and a quarter Queen’s Plate in July, 2015 at Woodbine.  A 4 ¼ length winner of Belmont Park’s Grade II, mile and one half Brooklyn Invitational on June 11, 2016, he took the Grade I, mile and one eighth Woodward Stakes at Saratoga three starts back on Sept. 3.

Forced to miss the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5 due to illness, Shaman Ghost’s next start was a third place finish in the Grade I, mile and one eighth Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 25.

In what will be his first-ever Big ‘Cap mount, four-time Eclipse Award winning Javier Castellano, who was aboard for the Woodward, will fly in from Florida to ride Shaman Ghost next Saturday.

“Javier is thrilled to be riding this horse,” said Castellano’s agent, Mike Lakow.  “He won the (2004) Breeders’ Cup Classic with his sire, Ghostzapper, who was also owned by Mr. Stronach, so it would be nice to win the Big ‘Cap with Shaman Ghost.”

(Lakow also noted that Castellano would be riding trainer Peter Eurton’s Kobe’s Back in Saturday’s Grade I Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs as well as Bal a Bali for Richard Mandella in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, turf).

With Big ‘Cap weights due out later today, the following horses are probable for the 80th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 11: Follow Me Crev, Gangster, Hard Aces, Hi Happy, Imperative, Isotherm, Midnight Storm, Shaman Ghost and Twentytwentyvision.

 

SHERMAN TO TRY DORTMUND ON TURF IN KILROE MILE

 A winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Derby in 2015, Kaleem Shah’s Dortmund, in his first start for trainer Art Sherman, will try grass for the first time in next Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile.

“I think this will be an easier race for him than running seven eighths in the Triple Bend (Grade I, the same day),” said Sherman from his Los Alamitos base this morning.  “Seven eighths of a mile is a very demanding type of race and he hasn’t run in almost six months.  Breeding-wise, I always wondered why they never tried the grass with him.

“This looks like an opportune time to try it…Martin Garcia is coming over tomorrow to work him.  We’ll go seven eighths and gallop out a mile.”

Trained by Bob Baffert in all 14 of his career starts, Dortmund, a striking 5-year-old chestnut horse by Big Brown, out of the Tale of the Cat mare Our Josephina, has been idle since running fourth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile here on Nov. 4.  He has earnings of $1,982,480 from an overall record of 14-8-2-2.

The following horses are considered probable for the Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on March 11: Bal a Bali, Bolo, Conquest Enforcer, Dortmund, Ring Weekend, War Correspondent, War Envoy and What a View.

MASOCHISTIC TO MAKE 7-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN TRIPLE BEND

Star crossed Masochistic, who has by any measure, a most unusual lifetime resume, will make his 7-year-old debut going seven furlongs in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes–his first start since being disqualified from second place purse money in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint here on Nov. 5.

Fifth in his debut for trainer A.C. Avila going six furlongs in a Cal-bred maiden special weight here on March 15, 2014, Masochistic was subsequently dispatched as the 2-1 favorite on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs in an open maiden special going six furlongs on May 3, 2014–the result, a 14 length triumph.

Transferred to Ellis following his sixth start on Feb. 28, 2015, he promptly annexed the Grade II Kona Gold Stakes on April 11, 2015, the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes on June 27, 2015 and was then second in the Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes on July 26, 2015.

Second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by eventual Eclipse Champion Sprinter, Drefong, in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, which was his 14th career start, Masochistic tested positive for a prohibited medication and was subsequently stripped of the $255,000 he had been awarded for running second.

So, it’s back to the drawing board for the California-bred gelding by Sought After, who’s owned by Los Pollos Hermanos Racing and Jay Em Ess Stable.  He brings a sparkling work tab to Saturday’s Triple Bend that includes a six furlong gate work in 1:10.60 here on Feb. 13–fastest of 21 at the distance.

Probable for the Grade I, $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes: Conquest Cobra, Denman’s Call, Kobe’s Back, Masochistic, Moe Candy, Point Piper and Silent Bird.

 

FINISH LINES: Notable Santa Anita workers this morning: American Cleopatra, Bob Baffert, (bullet) 35.80, Pacific Heat, Pete Eurton, 36.60, American Freedom, Bob Baffert, 48.80, Law Abidin Citizen, Mark Glatt, 49.20, Moe Candy, John Sadler, 48.00, Bolo, Carla Gaines, 1:01.40, Conquest Enforcer, Phil D’Amato, 1:01.60, Finest City, Ian Kruljac, 1:02.00, Goodyearforroses, Richard Baltas, 1:01.00, Isotherm, George Weaver, 1:00.60, Ring Weekend, Graham Motion, 1:01.80, American Anthem, Bob Baffert, 1:12.20 (G), Faypien, Bob Baffert, 1:13.20 (G), Follow Me Crev, Vladimir Cerin, 1:14.60, Royal Mo, John Shirreffs, 1:14.80, Silent Bird, Mark Glatt, 1:13.40. Dirt Training Track: Imperative, Bob Hess, Jr., 52.20…Santa Anita Publicity sends HURRY BACK!! wishes to our own Ed Golden, who is on the mend following a bout with vertigo yesterday. “Eddie G.” was transported to Arcadia Methodist Hospital from the Santa Anita Racing Office yesterday morning, but was at home and in fine spirits last evening. Jon White has installed the indefatigable Golden as a 2-5 morning line choice to be back on his Stable Notes beat next Thursday…Speaking of hospitals, veteran jockey agent Joe Griffin, who is currently representing Edwin Maldonado, will undergo heart bypass surgery on Monday at Arcadia Methodist. Vince DeGregory will be handling Maldonado’s business during Griffins’ recovery…All Thoroughbreds members at Santa Anita on Big ‘Cap Day, March 11, will receive a free Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies last.  There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 6.  First post time will be at 12 noon, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m…On Saturday, March 18, Santa Anita offers the St. Paddy’s Day Pitch, with the person who tosses a ringer winning $1 million!  It’s free to enter.  Just get on track, fill out a contest entry card and you could be one of four entries selected to participate, or sign up online at santaanita.com/events before March 18, as one online entry could be chosen.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS
Jockey Standings
(Current Through Friday, March 3, 2017 Inclusive)
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won
Flavien Prat 176 39 27 33 22% 56% $2,604,589
Tyler Baze 189 33 39 21 17% 49% $1,558,011
Kent Desormeaux 108 22 13 12 20% 44% $1,336,469
Rafael Bejarano 101 18 16 17 18% 50% $995,773
Joseph Talamo 118 18 9 18 15% 38% $563,873
Norberto Arroyo, Jr. 85 16 8 8 19% 38% $700,820
Stewart Elliott 121 14 14 16 12% 36% $669,637
Mike Smith 40 13 3 11 33% 68% $1,267,687
Santiago Gonzalez 102 12 15 13 12% 39% $541,047
Martin Pedroza 93 11 17 16 12% 47% $508,983
Tiago Pereira 87 11 11 11 13% 38% $362,485
Luis Contreras 89 10 10 23 11% 48% $487,537
Edwin Maldonado 56 10 7 9 18% 46% $317,005
Corey Nakatani 57 10 7 5 18% 39% $555,571
Trainer Standings
(Current Through Friday, March 3, 2017 Inclusive)
Trainer Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won
Peter Miller 84 25 20 8 30% 63% $1,230,275
Jerry Hollendorfer 98 18 12 20 18% 51% $1,344,608
Richard Baltas 98 17 18 15 17% 51% $918,937
Philip D’Amato 69 15 8 12 22% 51% $876,965
Doug F. O’Neill 111 13 23 19 12% 50% $1,109,096
William Spawr 24 10 2 3 42% 63% $285,271
Mark Glatt 56 9 11 8 16% 50% $407,635
Bob Baffert 45 9 6 8 20% 51% $892,631
Peter Eurton 46 9 5 6 20% 43% $499,062
John W. Sadler 45 8 10 10 18% 62% $500,164
Vladimir Cerin 39 8 9 6 21% 59% $305,929
Steven Miyadi 54 7 14 6 13% 50% $340,733
J. Keith Desormeaux 35 7 3 5 20% 43% $447,105