- ‘NO EXCUSES’ GOING IN FOR SHARED BELIEF
- OCHO OCHO OCHO SET SET SET FOR SAN FELIPE
- ‘MAGNIFICENT’ VINTAGE SEABISCUIT FOOTAGE AIRS SATURDAY
- CLUBHOUSE RIDE TO STAND AT HARRIS FARMS
SHARED BELIEF ‘DOING GREAT’ FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAP
Jerry Hollendorfer has Shared Belief ready to run. The post position, the weight, the
Intangibles are out of his control, not that he doesn’t give a whit about those things.
You don’t approach 7,000 career victories without sweating the small stuff.
Shared Belief is the 3-5 favorite on Jon White’s morning line for Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.
The gelded son of Candy Ride will carry his highest impost ever, 125 pounds, and break from the No. 5 post position in the 78th running of the Grade I race for 4-year-olds and up at a mile and a quarter, which is the 11th and final event on what promises to be a sun-kissed day with temperatures in the low 80s. First post time is 12 noon.
“Weight is always a big deal no matter what race you’re in,” Hollendorfer said as he put several of his charges through Thursday morning works at Santa Anita. “It’s a big deal in this race, too.
“He’s got to spot them some weight, but some of the riders won’t be able to make the weight that they’re assigned. For example, some guys are in with 114, but they can’t do 14.
“We’re walking over with no excuses. Our horse is doing great, he’s trained great. He has no excuses. We have to carry 125, that’s what our assignment is, and the five is a decent post; it’s not the best, but it’s a decent post.”
Asked if he was surprised 12 others entered the race that offers $600,000 to the winner, $200,000 to the runner-up and $100,000 to the third-place finisher, Hollendorfer said, “I guess everybody thinks they have a shot or they wouldn’t be going in.”
The Santa Anita Handicap: Cool Samurai, Aaron Gryder, 30-1; Diamond Bachelor, Martin Pedroza, 50-1; Sr. Quisqueyano, Joe Talamo, 10-1; Dynamic Sky, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Shared Belief, Mike Smith, 3-5; Moreno, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; Patrioticandproud, Elvis Trujillo, 20-1; You Know I Know, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1; Crimson Giant, Brandon Boulanger, 50-1; Imperative, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1; Bronzo, Tyler Baze, 10-1; Catch a Flight, Gary Stevens, 12-1; and Hard Aces, Victor Espinoza, 12-1.
In other Big ‘Cap news:
Santa Anita offers two huge guaranteed pools on Big ‘Cap Day, $1 million on the Late Pick 4 and $250,000 on the Pick 6. There will be a Beerfest and live music in the Infield.
OCHO OCHO OCHO READY FOR SAN FELIPE
Ocho Ocho Ocho, perfect so far and earner of $693,600 in just three starts, takes a giant step on the Triple Crown trail when he runs in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.
“He’s been really good since September of last year,” trainer Jim Cassidy said of the son of Street Sense who was named for his hip number at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale (888 is ocho ocho ocho in Spanish).
Ocho Ocho Ocho won the Juvenile Turf Sprint when it was moved to Santa Anita’s main track due to inclement weather last Nov. 1, and the Grade III Delta Jackpot on Nov. 22.
“I have no issues with him,” Cassidy said. “He’s pretty straightforward and obviously he can run, so hopefully we’ve got him tight enough for this race.
“I think he’ll run pretty good and he’ll go from there to the Santa Anita Derby (April 4). He doesn’t have to be on the lead. He can sit off of it. He’s got a decent style.”
As for pre-race instructions to Mike Smith, forget it: “I’m not going to tell him anything,” Cassidy said. “We stay out of each other’s way.”
The field for the San Felipe: Lord Nelson, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Mike Smith, 4-1; Dortmund, Martin Garcia, 8-5; The Gomper, Tyler Baze, 15-1; Kenjisstorm, Agapito Delgadillo, 50-1; Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Bolo, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Pulmarack, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1; Sir Samson, Joe Talamo, 12-1; and Pain and Misery, Flavien Prat, 15-1.
The San Felipe offers 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, and 20, 10 and five to the second, third and fourth place finishers. Of those entered in the San Felipe, Dortmund (20) and Ocho Ocho Ocho (10) are the only one with points thus far.
NEWLY DISCOVERED SEABISCUIT FOOTAGE TO AIR BETWEEN RACES ON SATURDAY
Santa Anita Park has announced that some recently acquired color footage of Seabiscuit’s legendary win in the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap will be shown between races six and seven this Saturday, Santa Anita Handicap Day.
“The footage is for the most part, absolutely pristine,” said Santa Anita Vice President, Marketing, Nate Newby. “I think very few people alive today have seen the 1940 ‘Big Cap in color, and when they do, they are going to be amazed.
“We’ve edited this down to four minutes and I think people are going to be blown away by what they see. This is a perfect time to show it, on the 75th anniversary of one of the greatest moments in Santa Anita history.”
FINISH LINES: Clubhouse Ride, who cost $22,000 and earned more than $1.3 million, has been retired and will enter stud at Harris Farms near Coalinga this spring. Campaigned by Six-S Racing Stable and Bonnie and Nikolas Petralia and trained throughout his career by Craig Lewis, the chestnut son of Candy Ride earned $1,341,132 from 43 starts including victories in the Grade II Californian in 2013 and 2014. “I loved the horse,” Lewis said. “He was a great horse to be around, a great horse to train. He made my job easy because he just loved what he was doing. He was all race horse.” A 7-year-old, Clubhouse Ride is Candy Ride’s leading money earner at stud . . . This ruling from the California Horse Racing Board today: “Pursuant to an Order by the California Horse Racing Board, trainer Antonio “A.C.” Avila, trainer of the horse Masochistic, the fifth-place finisher in the ninth race at Santa Anita Park on March 15, 2014 is fined ten thousand dollars ($10,000) and suspended for sixty (60) days (March 15, 2015 through May 13, 2015) for violation of California Horse Racing Board rules #1887(a) (Trainer to Insure Condition of Horse), #E1843(a) and (d) (Medication, Drugs and Other Substances), #1844(e)(1) and (g) (Authorized Medication-Acepromazine in excess of the permitted level of 25 nanograms per milliliter, 973 ng/ml (Class III), and #1890 (Possession of Contraband). During the term of suspension, all licenses and license privileges of Antonio “A.C.” Avila are suspended, Mr. Avila is prohibited from entering horses during the term of suspension, and pursuant to California Horse Racing Board rule #1528 (Jurisdiction of Stewards to Suspend or Fine), Mr. Avila is denied access to all premises in this jurisdiction.” . . . El Camino Real Derby winner Metaboss worked five furlongs Thursday on Santa Anita’s main track for Jeff Bonde in 1:00.80 for the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on March 21 . . . Big Macher, working for the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai March 28, went six furlongs under Elvis Trujillo for Richard Baltas in 1:12.60 . . . When Jenna’s Faith won in her first start in Sunday’s fourth race at 9-1 under Corey Nakatani for trainer Herbert Bacorn, it marked the third debut winner for the dam, Jenna’s Joy . . . Agent Tony Matos has Nakatani booked on Falls City Handicap (run at Churchill Downs) winner Frivolous for trainer Victoria Oliver in the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes on March 14, and on Oliver-trained Del Mar Oaks winner Personal Diary in the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes the following day, March 15 . . . Joel Rosario returns to Santa Anita March 15 to ride Rosalind for trainer Chad Brown in the Santa Ana, agent Ron Anderson reports . . . Those wishing to visit Eugene “Snake” McDaniel where he is recuperating at 1832 Buena Vista in Duarte should call 626 359-5143 to make arrangements. McDaniel, the groom for 1971 Horse of the Year Ack Ack, is recovering at that locale from amputation of his right leg due to a blood clot . . . Thoroughbred owner and former jockey agent Nick Cosato and Steve Byk, host of At the Races radio show, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens. Saturday’s session will start at 10:50 a.m.; Sunday’s, 11:20 a.m. . . . Jockey Mario Gutierrez has been suspended three racing days (March 7, 8 and 12) for causing interference on Smoove It in Saturday’s fourth race . . . Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Sunday, March 1)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||145||15||16||20||10%||$839,436|
|A. C. Avila||24||7||2||3||29%||$203,774|
|J. Eric Kruljac||36||5||4||5||14%||$247,150|
|J. Keith Desormeaux||19||5||4||2||26%||$162,610|