- SADLER KEEN ON SWEET SWAP SUNDAY
- TEXAS RED DRILLS FOR 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT
- FIRING LINE WORKS FOR GRADE III LEWIS
CLOCKERS’ CORNER HAS ITS DAY IN THE SUN
Perhaps no track on the globe offers the magnetic lure of Clockers’ Corner, Santa Anita’s popular early morning gathering place for horsemen and hoi polloi alike.
Open from before sunup until training ends at 10 a.m. daily, Clockers’ Corner offers repast for every palate.
John Sadler, who has been plying his trade in Southern California going on 35 years, would like nothing more than to win Sunday’s $75,000 stakes named the Clockers’ Corner with Sweet Swap, who was second in the race last year after stumbling at the start of the sprint that’s decided at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.
“He’s a group winner down the hill (capturing the Grade III San Simeon Stakes last April), and I don’t think he’s ever not been right there in his races on the course,” Sadler said of the 6-year-old Candy Ride horse owned by Peter and Kosta Hronis.
“Hopefully, we can get the ‘W’.”
Sweet Swap was second last out in the Grade III Daytona Stakes after leading into deep stretch. The Kentucky-bred chestnut has a 6-3-2 record from 15 lifetime starts with earnings of $342,133.
And this addendum on Clockers’ Corner: Monday marks the 36th year hostess Rosie Ybarra has provided customers with her unflagging enthusiasm and service behind the counter, come rain or come shine.
The Clockers’ Corner: Lil Bit O’Fun, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Ankeny Hill, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; Bolita Boyz, Gary Stevens, 20-1; Mr. Commons, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Sweet Swap, Joe Talamo, 7-2; Pure Tactics, Mike Smith, 5-1; Clubhouse Ride, Aaron Gryder, 15-1; Hay Dude, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Forever Juanito, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Bahamian Squall, Corey Nakatani, 12-1; and Fly Lexis Fly, Elvis Trujillo, 8-1.
Horse Laugh and Heir of Storm were scratched.
FINISH LINES:With Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux riding for his brother, trainer Keith, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red worked five furlongs in company with Attack in 1:01.40 Saturday in preparation for his 3-year-old debut in next Sunday’s Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs. Texas Red broke three lengths behind Attack and finished three in front. Attack was timed in 1:02.80 . . . Also working for his 3-year-old debut was Firing Line for trainer Simon Callaghan, who is readying the runner-up to unbeaten Dortmund in the Grade I Los Alamitos Derby for theRobert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 7. “It was just a maintenance work,” Callaghan said. “I’m very happy with it. It was just what we were looking for.” . . . Bob Baffertcan barely contain hisenthusiasm for his male 2-year-old champion of 2014 American Pharoah. “He’s the best 2-year-old I ever had,” the Hall of Famer trainer said as he watched the son of Pioneerof the Nile gallop on a picture-perfect Saturday morning, adding, “this is the best 3-year-old crop I’ve had in years.” . . . Through 18 racing days, Rafael Bejarano has opened a 24-14 lead over runner-up Kent Desormeaux in Santa Anita’s jockey standings, while among trainers, Jerry Hollendorfer was in front of Peter Miller, 14-12 . . .Retirement was announced Friday for Eblouissante, a 6-year-old half-sister to Zenyatta. Eblouissante will be shipped to Europe, where she will be bred to either Frankel or Oasis Dream . . .A reminder that a Celebration of Life for the late Dr. Jack Robbins will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday., Jan. 27, at Del Mar’s Turf Club . . . The date for the next meeting of the California Horse Racing Board, originally scheduled for Thursday, Feb.19, has been changed to Wednesday, Feb.18. The meeting location remains Santa Anita Park. An agenda for this meeting, including starting time, will be posted on the CHRB website no later than Feb. 8.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Friday, Jan. 23)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||72||8||6||11||11%||$414,736|