- 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.
“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)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||128||15||15||18||12%||$812,716|
|A. C. Avila||22||6||1||3||27%||$149,974|