STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2015

  

  • PHAROAH, BAYERN, BEHOLDER, CHROME DRILL
  • GOLDEN PICK 6 PAYS $363,424 AT GOLDEN GATE
  • POTENTIALLY BIG PAY DAYS ON BIG ‘CAP DAY

 

AMERICAN PHAROAH TO MAKE 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN REBEL

Eclipse Award winner as male 2-year-old champion of 2014 American Pharoah worked

six furlongs under Martin Garcia Saturday in 1:12.40, after which Bob Baffert said the son of Pioneerof the Nile would make his 3-year-old debut in the Grade II, $600,000 Rebel Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth at Oaklawn Park on March 14.

Baffert had also been considering the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes, at 1 1/16 miles also, at Santa Anita a week earlier, on March 7.

“He went an easy three-quarters,” Baffert said of the bay colt owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat. “I got him in like (one) 13.”

Baffert also worked Bayern, the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner going four furlongs with

Garcia up in a leisurely 50 seconds flat.

“Bayern went real slow,” Baffert said.

Also Saturday morning: two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked four furlongs in company with Moulin de Mougin, each being clocked in 48 seconds. “It was a nice, easy half,” trainer Richard Mandella said. “Both of them looked great.”

At Los Alamitos, Horse of the Year California Chrome worked four furlongs under regular rider Victor Espinoza in 48.40 as he prepares for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 28.

Trainer Art Sherman said everything was on course for the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, owned and bred by Steve Colburn and Perry Martin. The colt is scheduled to depart for the Middle East on March 17.

 

PERFECT GOLDEN PICK 6 TICKET PAYS $363,424

The 20-cent Golden Pick 6 was hit for $363,424 Friday at Golden Gate Fields when only one ticket nailed all six winners in races two through seven. The bargain basement ticket was purchased on-track for just $9.60

A jackpot-style wager held on the final six races each day, the Golden Pick 6 is only paid in full when there is just one perfect ticket with all six winners. When there is more than one ticket with all six winners, 70 percent of the net pool is paid to those handicappers going six-for-six. The remaining 30 percent of the pool is carried over to the next racing day.

Since it was hit for $8,391 on Dec. 27, the second day of the winter/spring meet, there had been 31 consecutive racing days without a single winning ticket.

The drought ended Friday when one player correctly selected the following winners: Princess Ofst.jude ($61) in the second race; Awesome Silver ($9.20) in the third; Kat Proof ($7) in the fourth; Prince Charmant ($14) in the fifth; Kimnjet ($9.20) in the sixth; and Global Harbor ($9) in the seventh.

There were no winning favorites in the sequence.

Although fans across the country can play the Golden Pick 6 via simulcast wagering, it’s likely a Bay Area resident got the money, since the winning ticket was purchased at Golden Gate Fields.

 

$1 MILLION LATE PICK 4 GUARTANTEE ON BIG ‘CAP DAY

Shared Belief is expected to rule a prohibitive favorite in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, but that won’t prevent fans from trying to land a game-changing score.

There will be huge guaranteed pools that day, including a $1 million Late Pick 4 and a $150,000 Pick 6, in addition to three other graded stakes besides the Big ‘Cap, with Triple Crown hopefuls spotlighted in the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes.

Also, there will be a Beerfest and live music in the infield. First post time will be 12 noon; gates open at 10 a.m.

FINISH LINES: Distinctiv Passion is a committed front-runner, and Edwin Maldonado does not plan to alter strategy on the Florida-bred son of With Distinction in Sunday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes for older horses at about 6 ½ furlongs on the downhill turf course. Distinctiv Passion is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Grade II Palos Verdes on Jan. 31, but is no stranger to the grass.

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“He’s won twice sprinting on turf before,” pointed out Maldonado, who won yesterday’s first race by five lengths aboard A Colt Following for trainer Jeff Bonde, who also trains Distinctiv Passion. “The distance of six and a half will fit him perfectly and there’s no reason he shouldn’t like going down the hill.” . . . Met Mile winner Sahara Sky worked four furlongs Friday in 52.80 as he prepares for his return to the races. The 7-year-old trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and owned in part by Kim Lloyd has the Grade I, $300,000 Triple Bend at seven furlongs June 27 as a major long-range goal, Lloyd said. “We’ll get him ready, try to find a little prep and point to the Triple Bend,” said Lloyd, a former trainer in his own right and current General Manager of Barretts Sales, which will offer its selected 2-year-olds in training sale starting 2 p.m. Monday at Hinds Pavilion in Pomona . . . Firing Line, two-time tough beat runner-up to unbeaten Dortmund, worked four furlongs in 48.20 for Simon Callaghan, who has the Sunland Derby on March 22 or the Santa Anita Derby on April 4 in mind for the son of Line of David owned by Arnold Zetcher . . . Santa Anita Handicap candidate Imperative worked four furlongs for George Papaprodromou in 49 flat . . . With two wins yesterday before departing for the Fair Grounds where he rides Chandelier winner Angela Renee for Todd Pletcher in the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes, Rafael Bejarano opened a commanding 39-23 lead over runners-up Kent Desormeaux and Tyler Baze . . . Apprentice jockey Brayan Pena has been suspended three racing days (Feb. 26, 27 and 28) for causing interference on his mount, Preordained, in Sunday’s fourth race, while journeyman Saul Arias has been banished for the same period for interference on Triunfo in Sunday’s sixth race.

 

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS              
             
(Current Through Friday, Feb. 20)        
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won  
Rafael Bejarano 161 39 25 21 24% $1,816,124  
Kent Desormeaux 116 23 22 13 20% $1,322,730  
Tyler Baze 169 23 16 17 14% $1,318,314  
Victor Espinoza 108 20 22 14 19% $1,323,610  
Drayden Van Dyke 128 15 15 18 12% $812,716  
Joseph Talamo 141 15 14 24 11% $1,075,894  
Mike Smith 72 15 14 11 21% $1,337,491  
Elvis Trujillo 133 14 17 10 11% $919,652  
Martin Garcia 86 14 13 12 16% $1,153,530  
Corey Nakatani 79 13 8 12 16% $683,368  
Martin Pedroza 105 11 17 11 10% $479,420  
Gary Stevens 60 11 8 9 18% $880,522  
Flavien Prat 74 10 9 6 14% $501,466  
Fernando Perez 108 9 12 10 8% $448,612  
Tiago Pereira 78 9 7 11 12% $299,334  
Edwin Maldonado 71 8 3 10 11% $290,796  
Felipe Valdez 29 6 6 5 21% $146,298  
Brandon Boulanger 84 5 5 8 6% $161,336  
Santiago Gonzalez 56 5 4 10 9% $169,974  
Brice Blanc 29 5 1 3 17% $198,262  
             
Trainer Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won  
Jerry Hollendorfer 102 21 14 14 21% $2,058,940  
Peter Miller 94 18 19 8 19% $1,017,858  
Bob Baffert 63 12 14 9 19% $1,197,298  
Peter Eurton 51 10 8 7 20% $482,758  
Doug O’Neill 95 9 10 12 9% $534,756  
Philip D’Amato 45 9 8 7 20% $438,810  
John Sadler 73 8 13 11 11% $573,206  
Richard Mandella 38 8 6 7 21% $402,536  
Richard Baltas 43 8 6 3 19% $328,038  
Ron Ellis 37 8 2 6 22% $291,580  
Mark Glatt 45 7 8 6 16% $362,324  
James Cassidy 44 7 5 8 16% $263,330  
Mark Casse 41 7 5 5 17% $599,748  
Thomas Proctor 30 6 4 3 20% $461,350  
Michael Pender 29 6 4 2 21% $155,720  
Hector Palma 21 6 3 1 29% $128,650  
A. C. Avila 22 6 1 3 27% $149,974  
Jeff Bonde 22 6 0 3 27% $212,040  

 

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