STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JANUARY 24, 2015

 

  • 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)          
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won  
Rafael Bejarano 89 24 17 11 27% $1,065,004  
Kent Desormeaux 60 14 7 7 23% $705,288  
Victor Espinoza 62 11 13 6 18% $688,430  
Elvis Trujillo 71 11 8 6 15% $644,216  
Tyler Baze 99 11 7 16 11% $631,548  
Martin Pedroza 62 9 12 5 15% $340,740  
Corey Nakatani 46 8 7 7 17% $447,780  
Drayden Van Dyke 72 8 6 11 11% $414,736  
Fernando Perez 64 7 6 3 11% $245,774  
Gary Stevens 34 7 4 6 21% $326,330  
Mike Smith 42 6 8 7 14% $569,611  
Joseph Talamo 74 5 11 11 7% $491,348  
Flavien Prat 30 5 2 5 17% $196,990  
Brandon Boulanger 44 5 2 3 11% $107,180  
Martin Garcia 40 4 9 5 10% $477,650  
             
Trainer Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won  
Jerry Hollendorfer 53 14 7 6 26% $1,164,814  
Peter Miller 54 12 12 6 22% $681,056  
Doug O’Neill 54 6 6 7 11% $317,760  
Mark Casse 25 5 4 4 20% $367,960  
Mark Glatt 25 5 4 4 20% $187,486  
Peter Eurton 28 5 3 6 18% $276,308  
Bob Baffert 35 4 8 5 11% $494,418  
John Sadler 42 4 6 8 10% $272,716  
Philip D’Amato 22 4 4 4 18% $190,780  
Michael Pender 13 4 3 0 31% $114,190  

 

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