- BRONZO IN FIRST START SINCE BREEDERS’ CUP
- UNBLUNTED GETS ANOTHER CHANCE IN SHAM
- PERDOMO WINNING AGAIN IN NATIVE URUGUAY
- CALIFORNIA CHROME HONORED ON SATURDAY
DRYSDALE SADDLES SON OF DERBY WINNER IN SAN PASQUAL
If Bronzo performs as well as his sire did in the 2000 Kentucky Derby, Neil Drysdale
should be a most happy fella on Saturday.
Bronzo is one of 11 entered in the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes for older horses at a mile and a sixteenth. The Chilean-bred gelding was sired by Fusaichi Pegasus, who won the 2000 Kentucky Derby under Drysdale’s tutelage. Bronzo will be making his first start since finishing fourth by seven lengths at 23-1 to front-running winner Goldencents in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Oct. 31.
“We’ve had him since the Breeders’ Cup,” Drysdale said of the 6-year-old, winner
of 11 of 19 starts in Chile, where he won at distances from six furlongs to 1 3/8 miles.
“He ran very well in the Breeders’ Cup, I thought,” Drysdale said. “The track was quite speed conducive. Goldencents set those crazy fractions and kept on going.
“The distance should help him. I think the further he goes, the better. He probably wants a mile and quarter. He’s doing well, but this might be a bit short for him.”
The field for the San Pasqual, race eight of nine: Quadrivium, Mike Smith, 6-1; Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia, 9-5; Majestic Harbor, Tyler Baze, 9-2; Big Cazanova, Elvis Trujillo, 5-1; Baccelo, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; Bronzo, Gary Stevens, 8-1; Salto Del Indio, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Mr. Commons, Brice Blanc, 10-1; Blue Tone, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; Appealing Tale, Victor Espinoza, 10-1; and Tonito M., Rafael Bejarano, 10-1.
FRESH START FOR UNBLUNTED IN SHAM STAKES
Unblunted broke his maiden impressively at Santa Anita last Oct. 18, winning by nearly
three lengths going seven furlongs against nine rivals.
Next out at Golden Gate, the son of Sharp Humor stalked the pace before finishing fifth by 3 ½ lengths in the Gold Rush Stakes at one mile. Trainer Mike McCarthy is inclined to disregard that race as he sends the bay colt out for Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile.
“He was wide into the first turn, wide up the backside and things never panned out like we hoped,” said the former assistant to Todd Pletcher, who trains Unblunted for former jockey agent Nick Cosato, campaigning as Slam Dunk Racing.
“We’ll draw a line through it and start again here on Saturday.”
The field for the Sham, which goes as race six: St. Joe Bay, Martin Pedroza, 8-1; Pioneerof the West, Corey Nakatani, 12-1; Rockinatten, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Unblunted, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Rock Shandy, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; Papacoolpapacool, Fernando Perez, 8-1; Calculator, Elvis Trujillo, 8-5; and Hero Ten All, Tyler Baze, 4-1.
PICO PERDOMO WINNING RACES IN URUGUAY
Former Southern California-based trainer Pico Perdomo, who returned to his native Uruguay in 2012, is once again winning races.
Perdomo, 72, won Uruguay’s biggest race for the second year in a row Tuesday night, the Group I Gran Premio Jose Pedro Ramirez, with a Brazilian-bred colt named Hielo.
Perdomo’s second entry in the race, All Saints, finished fourth in a field of 15 in the mile and one half dirt race run at Montevideo’s Maronas racetrack.
Perdomo, who trained 2001 Eclipse Award-winning older mare Gourmet Girl, and was also associated with stakes winners Blue Eyed Davey and Stalwart Charger, suffered a heart attack five years ago while training in Saudi Arabia. After coming back to California to recuperate, he decided to return to Uruguay, which he had left in 1969 following a successful career as a jockey.
“I’m happy and I’m home,” said Perdomo following his win Tuesday. “I’m more relaxed. I miss America a lot. I miss my friends. ‘Hello’ to my guys at Santa Anita, especially (trainer) Henry Moreno, the old-timer. I have many friends over there. Henry Moreno is a character I’ve known a long time, and I love that guy.”
Perdomo currently has 50 horses in training. “For and old man, it’s a lot,” he said.
‘PEOPLE’S CHOICE’ WINNER ‘CHROME’ HONORED SATURDAY
Santa Anita will proudly honor California Chrome as the fifth annual recipient of the Secretariat “Vox Populi” Award (the People’s Choice Award) this Saturday.
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.
FINISH LINES: January birthday boys: Roger Stein, 61 on Jan. 4; Sean McCarthy, 52, Jan. 5; David Bernstein, 75, Jan. 6; Mark Glatt, 42 today; and Bob Baffert, 62 on Jan. 13 . . . Mike Machowsky hopes to get Caracortado back to the races by the end of this meet. “I patched a quarter crack,” the trainer said, referring to the right front foot that has plagued Caracortado for years. “I have to let the foot grow out, but you could see him here if we get lucky.” . . . Ken Ially, who cashed a $98,000 winning Early Pick 4 ticket Saturday on a $48 investment, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest at Saturday’s seminar in the East Paddock Gardens. Sunday, HRTV host/analyst Scott Hazelton will do the honors, each day at 11:20 a.m.
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