- SATURDAY IS MILLER TIME AT SANTA ANITA
- IS GRASS IS GREENER FOR WARM BREEZE?
- CALIFORNIA CHROME ‘VOX POPULI’ WINNER
- BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES HERE SATURDAY
MILLER EYES STAKES DOUBLE SATURDAY
Peter Miller will be a busy man on Saturday.
The 48-year-old trainer has horses entered in five races, including the Santa Ynez
Stakes and the San Gabriel Stakes, each a Grade II event with $200,000 in guaranteed purse money.
Xoxo and Hennythelovepenny carry Miller’s hopes in the Santa Ynez, for 2-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs, while Finnegans Wake goes for the gold in the San Gabriel for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on the grass.
“Xoxo has won two races, an allowance last out and a maiden,” Miller said of the Kentucky-bred daughter of the A.P. Indy stallion Majestic Warrior. “She’s doing super.”
Hennythelovepenny has not raced since the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 1, when she finished 12th and last after prompting the pace early on. Prior to that, she won a seven furlong maiden allowance race by 6 ½ lengths.
“They’re both doing really well,” Miller said. “I’m looking forward to running both of them. They both should run real well.”
Miller, who posted a mild upset when Serbian Syclone scored a front-running 2 ¼-length victory over favored The Gomper in Wednesday’s sixth race, also has horses entered Saturday in the first, fifth and sixth races.
Serbian Syclone covered six furlongs in 1:09.39. Miller said that he would be pointed to the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente on Feb. 1 and a possible meeting with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red.
The field for the Santa Ynez, which goes as the seventh race: Seduire, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Callback, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Light the City, Elvis Trujillo, 3-1; Xoxo, Kent Desormeaux, 5-1; Hennythelovepenny, Fernando Perez, 20-1; Rattataptap, Edwin Maldonado, 5-1; Morning Coffee, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; Conquest Harlanate, Mike Smith, 6-1; and Lady Lake, Tyler Baze, 5-1.
Finnegans Wake is coming off an impressive victory in the Grade II Hollywood Gold Cup at a mile and a half on grass at Del Mar Nov. 27. Previously trained by Dale Romans, Finnegans Wake has been with Miller for only the past three races, finishing second in the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship Sept. 28 before running 10th, beaten only 5 ¼ lengths, in the Breeders’ Cup Turf on Nov. 1.
“My horse is very sharp, although the race may be a little short for him,” Miller said of the 6-year-old Kentucky-bred bay. “He prefers a mile and quarter-plus, but he’s in really good form and we expect him to run very well.”
The field for the San Gabriel, race eight of nine: Edge of Reality, Flavian Prat, 5-1; Big Bane Theory, Joe Talamo, 7-2; Dynamic Sky, Corey Nakatani, 7-2; Patrioticandproud, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Persuasive Paul, Elvis Trujillo, 20-1; Finnegans Wake, Victor Espinoza, 9-2; Power Ped, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Skyring, Kieren Fallon, 12-1; and Tom’s Tribute, Mike Smith, 5-2.
WARM BREEZE MAKES FIRST GRASS START IN MONROVIA
Warm Breeze will make her turf debut when she runs in Sunday’s Grade II Monrovia Stakes for older fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs.
“The owners kind of always wanted to try her on turf,” said Simon Callaghan, who trains the daughter of Street Sense for David Mowat’s Ten Broeck Farm. “She’s got some turf pedigree and worked back East on the turf and apparently very well. She’s only been with me for one run.”
That came at Del Mar, when the well-traveled 4-year-old bay filly ran an even fourth at seven furlongs on Polytrack Nov. 28.
She has a 3-1-1 record from 14 starts at eight different race tracks: Oaklawn Park, Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Fair Grounds, Del Mar and Santa Anita.
‘PEOPLE’S CHOICE’ WINNER CALIFORNIA CHROME HONORED JAN. 10
Santa Anita will proudly honor California Chrome as the fifth annual recipient of the Secretariat “Vox Populi” Award (the People’s Choice Award) on Saturday, Jan. 10.
The California Chrome team will be available that day for an autograph session at 11 a.m. in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens. The first 2,000 fans who arrive at the autograph tent will receive a free California Chrome poster, which will be available only at the autograph tent, one per fan, while supplies last.
Scheduled to attend the autograph session will be Chrome’s regular rider, Victor Espinoza; his trainer, Art Sherman; and owners/breeders Steve Coburn and Perry Martin.
California Chrome, who basked in the national spotlight throughout the year after winning the Santa Anita Derby, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, was the clear favorite among the record number of voters in the Vox Populi online poll.
He was one of a select group of nominees submitted by the Vox Populi committee and Mrs. Penny Chenery, owner of beloved Triple Crown champion Secretariat, in whose name she established the award in 2010.
TERRY MILLER EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY THIS MONTH
Accomplished local photo/journalist Terry Miller will present an exhibit of his work at the Museum of Arcadia Heritage from January 17 through March 14. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Miller has been in the business of covering newsworthy events for more than 30 years, the last 16 with the Beacon Media News throughout the San Gabriel Valley.
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FINISH LINES: Thanks to a two-day carryover, there is an attractive Super High 5 pool of $412,353 going into Thursday, the first day of racing at Santa Anita in 2015 . . . Through four racing days, Kent Desormeaux is atop Santa Anita’s jockey standings with five wins from 14 mounts, 36 percent, one win more than Elvis Trujillo. Six riders are tied for third with three triumphs each . . . Jerry Hollendorfer, with four wins from 18 starters, leads runner-up Carla Gaines (three for six, including two stakes victories) among trainers. . . The popular Budweiser Clydesdales will perform on Santa Anita’s main track after Saturday’s third race. They will also be in the West Paddock from 12 noon to 2 p.m. for photo ops . . . On Saturday, prominent owner/horse player David Lanzman will be Tom Quigley‘s guest at his handicapping seminar in the East Paddock Gardens, while on Sunday, HRTV host/analyst Aaron Vercruysse will do the honors, each session starting at 11:20 a.m.