- BAYERN WORKS FOR POSSIBLE CLASSIC REMATCH
- CALIFORNIA CHROME DRILLS FOR SAN ANTONIO
- HOLLENDORFER ADDS TO HIS LOFTY RESUME
- MILLIONAIRE CLUBHOUSE RIDE RETURNS IN DAYTONA
- TALAMO HOPES TO CONTINUE ON LONGSHOT RUN
- TARIS GOES TO SIDELINES WITH ANKLE INJURY
BAYERN, CALIFORNIA CHROME WORK TOWARDS POSSIBLE REMATCH
Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year contender Bayern worked four furlongs Saturday morning in 47.80 under regular rider Martin Garcia in a drill that could lead to a widely anticipated rematch with Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome and male 2-year-old champion of 2013 Shared Belief in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 7.
The three horses finished one-three-four in the controversial Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 1, California Chrome a neck behind front-running Bayern in third and Shared Belief fourth after a rough start that could have cost him victory.
“He went nice,” Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said of Bayern, who worked without blinkers. “I took the blinkers off so he could work slower, so that was good, but I’ll put them back on when he runs.
“I haven’t really decided on his next race. I’m just getting him ready. The Dubai race (World Cup on March 28) is being considered. That’s why I didn’t run him in the Malibu . . . But the Meydan track in Dubai now is totally different.
“I’ve got to see how it plays once they start running there. With the new dirt, you don’t know what’s going to happen. I won’t make the decision (on Bayern’s next race) until I have to.”
At Los Alamitos, meanwhile, California Chrome worked five furlongs in blinkers under regular rider Victor Espinoza in 1:00.60 in preparation for the San Antonio. “He worked great,” said trainer Art Sherman’s son and assistant, Alan Sherman. “The San Antonio should be a great race if everything comes together.”
TWO GRADE I WINS IN ONE DAY NEW MARK FOR HOLLENDORFER
With 6,787 career wins from 29,011 starters, Jerry Hollendorfer ranks third all-time among trainers. But the resolute Hall of Fame conditioner did something Friday he had never done before: win two Grade I races on the same day.
Asked Saturday morning if he had ever won two Grade I’s the same day, Hollendorfer didn’t think twice. “I can tell you, I never have,” he said. “Not two in one day. It was lovely and we’re very grateful to have two good horses that could accomplish that.”
Hollendorfer and assistant Dan Ward sent out Sam’s Sister to a $27 upset under Elvis Trujillo in the Grade I La Brea Stakes. An hour and 13 minutes later, Shared Belief went off in the Grade I Malibu Stakes en route to a neck victory under Mike Smith.
“He came back real good and jogged out good this morning,” Hollendorfer said of Shared Belief. “It looks like he’ll race another day.
“He’ll go back to Golden Gate probably tomorrow to train as usual, but we’ll look at the San Antonio, for sure. We’ll look at it pretty hard.”
DAYTONA SPRINGBOARD TO NEW YEAR FOR CLUBHOUSE RIDE
Clubhouse Ride, who has earned $1,320,632, more than 50 times what he cost, returns to a surface over which he has won only once when he runs in Sunday’s Grade III Daytona Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.
Craig Lewis, who has trained the 6-year-old Candy Ride horse throughout his 40-race career, hopes the versatile chestnut is up to the task.
“He’s worked real well, although we don’t have him very tight, or as tight as he could be,” Lewis said. “This is a race to propel him into 2015. I’d like to see him run well, but there’s a lot more in the tank. We haven’t tightened him down.
“This is like a steppingstone to something bigger, but we hope he runs well. I’d love to have had two more works in him. Then I’d really like him, but it is what it is.”
TALAMO HOPES TO CATCH KALOOKAN QUEEN RIVALS KNAPPING
Steve Knapp is hoping hot-riding Joe Talamo can get Harlington’s Rose to outrun her odds in Sunday’s $75,000 Kalookan Queen Stakes for fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs.
In addition to winning one race on opening day and missing by a neck on 9-2 shot Home Run Kitten in the Grade II Mathis Brothers Stakes, Talamo rode the tail off 72-1 outsider Conquest Two Step, who missed by a game neck against 1-2 favorite Shared Belief in the Grade I Malibu Stakes.
“She’s as sharp as I’ve ever had her right now, and the owners decided they wanted to run here,” Knapp said of Harlington’s Rose, 15-1 on the morning line. “She likes the dirt and she’s on it.”
Talamo has ridden Harlington’s Rose once, finishing fifth in the CTBA Stakes at Del Mar last July. A distant fourth in the Grade I Chandelier Stakes last September, the filly’s best stakes effort was a second in the Evening Jewel in April. “Joe always gives your horse a chance to win,” Knapp said. “There’s plenty of speed in there; he can sit right behind it and have her make one run.”
“One year in a 15-race streak, I think we won eight or nine for Knapp,” said Talamo’s agent, Scott McClellan. “I’ve got a lot of business for other trainers, so I don’t ride for Knapp that often, but I have hit streaks with him where I’ve done very well.”
INJURY SHELVES TARIS FOR 90 DAYS, TRAINER SAYS
Taris, who finished second by a half-length after setting a fast pace as the 7-10 favorite in the Grade I La Brea Stakes Friday, suffered an injury to her right front ankle in the race and will be out for 90 days, trainer Simon Callaghan said Saturday morning.
“We’ll send her to Ashford Stud (in Versailles, Ky.) for 90 days,” said Callaghan, who told Daily Racing Form the injury was a non-displaced condylar fracture that will require screws to repair the break. Taris will undergo surgery Monday.
Taris, a 3-year-old daughter of Flatter, was purchased at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale for $2.35 million after winning the Grade II Raven Run at Keeneland on Oct. 18.
FINISH LINES: Bob Baffert, owner of a record 11 training titles at Santa Anita, was among the 40,810 people on track Friday under ideal conditions as The Great Race Place ushered in its 78th season of world class racing. “The parking lot past the infield is the key,” Baffert said. “That’s how you can tell how big the crowd is. I didn’t see that many people here for the Breeders’ Cup.” . . . Trainer Richard Baltas said Martin Pedroza has apologized to him for the profanity-laced shouting match and physical confrontation the two got into at Los Alamitos last Sunday. “I accepted his apology and I said I was sorry for touching him, and that’s it; it’s over,” Baltas said. Not quite. California Horse Racing Board steward Tom Ward said a hearing has been tentatively scheduled at Santa Anita early next month on the incident, dubbed by yours truly as The Row at Los Al . . . Trainer David Bernstein, on two of Santa Anita’s most noteworthy figures, who have stakes races named for them today in their memory, Bobby Frankel and Eddie Logan: “Frankel was one of the greatest, but he left us too soon, unfortunately. And Eddie, the shoeshine man, was an actual icon. You didn’t see many like him around. Both are sorely missed.” . . . HRTV host/analyst Bob Baedeker will be Tom Quigley‘s guest on Sunday’s handicapping seminar, 11:20 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Retired Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. celebrates his 68th birthday on Monday . . . Retired Hall of Fame jockey Don Pierce and his wife, Penney, spent opening day in Santa Anita’s Turf Terrace . . . Eric Kruljac won the meet’s first race when he sent out Justonemorething for a one-length victory under Drayden Van Dyke in Friday’s opener, but the trainer kept things in perspective. “I was the leading trainer for 30 minutes,” he said.