- TEXAS RED IN EVENTFUL DRILL FOR 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT
- SAM’S SISTER FAVORED IN GRADE II SANTA MONICA
- GRAZEN’S HOPE HEADS CAL CUP WORK PARADE
- JOHN SHEAR CELEBRATES 94TH BIRTHDAY TODAY
JUVENILE WINNER TEXAS RED WORKS FOR SAN VICENTE
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red, a finalist for an Eclipse Award tonight at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino as Outstanding Male 2-year-old of 2014, worked six furlongs from the gate Saturday morning as he prepares for his 3-year-old debut in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 1.
“He had a nice, strong, eventful work,” said trainer Keith Desormeaux, who gave his brother, three-time Kentucky Derby winner, Kent, a leg up for the drill, which was clocked in 1:14, handily, considerably quicker than last Saturday’s six furlong gate work of 1:17.80.
“Some horse joined the group at the half-mile pole and made it more exciting,” Keith said of today’s escapade. “My horse finished real strong; this gets us where we want to be.”
Asked about the two works from the gate, Desormeaux said, “It was just a way to pick his head up. The first work was slow, so this was more to re-familiarize him with the gate.
“Today was the real thing.”
SAM’S SISTER FAVORED FOR MONDAY’S SANTA MONICA
Sam’s Sister, winner of the Grade I La Brea Stakes on Dec. 26, was made the 9-5 morning line favorite by Jon White for Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday feature, the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs.
The 4-year-old daughter of 2006 Santa Anita Derby winner Brother Derek trained by Jerry Hollendorfer was scratched from today’s La Canada Stakes.
The Santa Monica, race five of nine: Master the Blues, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Dancinthenightaway, Tyler Baze, 5-2; Lexington Pearl, Victor Espinoza, 20-1; Sam’s Sister, Elvis Trujillo, 9-5; Harlington’s Rose, Joe Talamo, 10-1; My Sweet Addiction, Gary Stevens, 2-1; and Sweet Marini, Martin Garcia, 7-2.
Fans can “buck up” on another popular Dollar Day at Santa Anita Monday, the finale of a three-day holiday weekend at The Great Race Place. On-track attendees can enjoy draft beers, hot dogs and sodas for a dollar each. First post time is 12:30 p.m.
GRAZEN’S HOPE WORKS FOR CAL CUP SPRINT
Grazen’s Hope, prepping for the $150,000 California Cup Sprint next Saturday, worked six furlongs on a refreshingly warm Saturday morning in 1:12 flat for trainer Steve Miyadi.
“He worked great,” said Miyadi, who conditions the 4-year-old gray son of Grazen for owner/breeder Nick Alexander.
Exercise rider Jacinto Munoz was aboard for the drill. “He works all my horses,” Miyadi said. “He does a great job.”
Miyadi also plans to run “Miracle Horse” Tough Sunday in the $250,000 California Cup Derby at a mile and a sixteenth, against unbeaten and unchallenged monster Acceptance.
Tough Sunday, also a son of Grazen owned and bred by Alexander, broke his maiden by 6 ¾ lengths going seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Dec. 28.
Heaven’s Stairway, winner of four of her last five races for trainer Marty Jones, worked four furlongs in a bullet 46.20 for the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint at about 6 ½ furlongs. Corey Nakatani was aboard for the workout.
IN 53RD YEAR AT SANTA ANITA, SHEAR CELEBRATES 94TH BIRTHDAY
On the day of his 94th birthday, Saturday was another day at the office for John Shear.
“I love working here every day,” said the diminutive Shear, in his 53rd year at Santa Anita where he now serves as Paddock Captain. “When I get to see lovely people at the track every day, it makes it all worth it.”
Shear, who gained national recognition for an act of heroism in March of 2011 when he threw his body over a 5-year-old girl to save her from injury when a horse broke free from his handler, went home as usual after his morning routine to enjoy lunch before returning
to his duties at the track. Asked how it feels to be 94, Shear responded matter-of-factly. “Well,” he said. “I certainly don’t mind.”
NTRA FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING AT SANTA ANITA
Join NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop and NTRA lobbyist Greg Means of The Alpine Group at Santa Anita Park on the morning of Cal Cup Day next Saturday, Jan. 24, for a federal legislative briefing.
This one-hour event begins at 10:30 a.m. and features updates on federal legislation that will impact horse racing and breeding and an insider’s view of the new Congress. Waldrop and Means also will take questions. The briefing is open to the public.
The briefing will be held in the Baldwin Conference Room (third level of Grandstand above Clockers’ Corner).
FINISH LINES: Jerry Hollendorfer has three more breezes scheduled at Golden Gate Fields for Shared Belief before the winner of the Grade I Malibu Stakes ships in for the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 7. “He’ll work Wednesday, then the following Tuesday, and the following Tuesday after that,” said the Hall of Fame trainer . . . Two-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder is back with Richard Mandella at Santa Anita after a spell at Julie Adair-Stack‘s facility in Chino. “She’s been here about a week, she’s galloping and doing great,” the Hall of Fame trainer said of the daughter of Henny Hughes, who missed the Breeders’ Cup Distaff last Oct. 31 when she came down with a fever shortly before the race. “She should be ready in a couple months.” . . . Santa Anita today is proud to welcome Billy Kilmer, an All-American quarterback at UCLA and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame who went on to a remarkable All-Pro career that spanned 17 years in the National Football League. He led the 1972 Washington Redskins to Super Bowl VII at the Los Angeles Coliseum. A legendary figure in the annals of pro football, Kilmer is also is a great friend of racing from coast to coast and will present the trophy to the winning connections of today’s La Canada Stakes . . . Santa Anita races through this Monday but will be dark Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week. Santa Anita will be open for simulcast racing Thursday, however, with free admission and free parking.
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|(Current Through Friday, Jan. 16)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||62||6||5||10||10%||$341,636|
|A. C. Avila||10||3||0||0||30%||$65,980|