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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• MUCHO MACHO MAN WORKS TOWARDS BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC
• DIRT SHOULD BE TO BAJAN’S LIKING IN ANOAKIA STAKES
• MILLIONAIRE STAKES WINNER MCCANN’S MOJAVE DEAD AT 13
MUCHO MACHO MAN BREEZES FOR BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC
Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Mucho Macho Man had his first official breeze Saturday since winning the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes on Sept. 28, going four furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track in 47.40. He worked in company with stablemate Skinny Peter, who was clocked in 48 flat.
“He went very well,” trainer Kathy Ritvo said of Mucho Macho Man. “When he works in company, Skinny Peter is always his workmate.”
Mucho Macho Man’s drill was one of 177 on Santa Anita’s work tab Saturday, which included several Breeders’ Cup candidates.
Authenticity (Distaff) worked four furlongs in a bullet 46.20 for Todd Pletcher assistant Mike McCarthy; Caracortado (Turf Sprint) went four furlongs in 48, breezing, for Mike Machowsky; and Moreno (Classic) went the same distance in 48 flat for Eric Guillot.
“Perfect” is how Machowsky termed Caracortado’s move. “We’ll probably work six furlongs next week.”
On a firm turf course, defending Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection went six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.80. “All’s good,” trainer Mike Puype said. “We’re moving forward.”
Eddie D. winner Chips All In (Turf Sprint) went five furlongs 1:01.60 for Jeff Mullins.
EXPECTATIONS HIGH AS BAJAN TRIES DIRT IN ANOAKIA
Bajan runs in her first race on traditional dirt in Sunday’s $70,000 Anoakia Stakes. Both her rider and her trainer think she’ll like it.
The 2-year-old Speightstown filly is trained by Simon Callaghan and will be ridden by Victor Espinoza, who has been aboard in each of her three career starts, all on synthetic surfaces, once at Betfair Hollywood Park and twice at Del Mar. She was bumped at the 3/16 mark in her last start, the Grade I Del Mar Debutante on Aug. 31, but both rider and trainer tend to dismiss that incident.
“She ran pretty hard the time before,” Espinoza said, referring to her nose maiden win on Aug. 10. “In my opinion, I think she’s better on dirt than synthetic and she’ll show it Sunday.”
Callaghan concurs. “I agree,” he said. “The bump didn’t affect her at all. I think she’ll definitely be a lot better over this track. She’s worked a lot better over this surface.”
The field for the Anoakia, race three of nine: Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Spring Moon, Martin Garcia, 6-5; E Equalsmcsquared, Martin Pedroza, 6-1; Bajan, Espinoza, 2-1; and Cadron, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2.
MULTIPLE GRADED STAKES WINNER MCCANN’S MOJAVE EUTHANIZED
McCann’s Mojave, a multiple graded stakes winner of more than $1.5 million, was euthanized due to colic at 11:45 a.m in Apple Valley, Calif., Friday morning, said Santa Anita Publicity Director Mike Willman, owner of the California-bred son of Memo, who stood at Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel, CA. Willman also bred McCann’s Mojave, along with Nikki Hunt.
An eight-time stakes winner, McCann’s Mojave’s signature victory came in the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park in 2007. Steve Specht was the trainer.
A bay horse by the Chilean-bred stakes winner Memo-out of the multiple stakes winning Nordic Prince mare Joni U. Bar, McCann’s Mojave earned $1,513,565 with 12 wins from 35 lifetime races, an average of $43,245 per start. He won from six furlongs to a mile and an eighth.
Coincidentally, McCann Mojave’s most recent winner came 5 ½ hours after his death, in yesterday’s ninth race at Santa Anita when Charlie Time, a 2-year-old filly owned and bred by Howard and Janet Siegel, trained by Eddie Truman and ridden by Martin Pedroza, won a $30,000 maiden claiming event by 3 ½ lengths at 5-1, leading throughout the 5 ½ furlong dash.
“He’s produced sound horses with good bone,” Truman said of McCann’s Mojave. “The Siegels bred to him perhaps more than any other breeders. They’ve been in this business for more than 30 years and are big supporters of California racing.”
Another progeny of McCann’s Mojave, Eddie’s Turn, also owned in part by the Siegels and trained by Truman, is entered in today’s 10th race at Santa Anita.
“It would be nice if the horse could win for Mike,” Truman said.
DISCOUNTED BREEDERS’ CUP TICKETS AVAILABLE AT SANTA ANITA
Fans can purchase discounted tickets for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Nov. 1 and 2 every racing day at a booth set up just south of Champions Gift Shop, adjacent to the walking ring.
The Breeders’ Cup ticket booth in the paddock also will be open for advance Breeders’ Cup General Admission sales.
FINISH LINES: David Flores, Martin Garcia and Julien Leparoux ride at Keeneland today . . . In today’s ninth race, four of the 14 horses entered were sired by Unusual Heat, three by Vronsky . . . Guessing game: Of the 13 horses entered in today’s 10th race for allowance caliber maidens, 11 were first-time starters . . . Due to a migraine headache, Patrick Valenzuela took off his scheduled six mounts at Santa Anita today . . . Bright Thought, who set a world record of 2:22.72 for a mile and a half on turf in winning last year’s San Luis Rey Stakes, worked six furlongs on Santa’s Anita’s firm course Saturday in 1:13.80 for trainer Jorge Gutierrez . . . This Monday, Columbus Day, Santa Anita offers special holiday racing on “Dollar Day.” Beer, hot dogs and soda will be just a buck. First post time is 1 p.m.