- Live Racing
- Racing Information
- Press Box
- The Park
- Host an Event
- New Fans
- Get Tickets
STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• ROLLERCOASTER DAY FOR TRAINER STEVE ASMUSSEN
• EVENING JEWEL BACK IN FORM FOR BUENA VISTA ON PRESIDENTS’ DAY
• CHAMP PEGASUS SEEKS REVENGE IN SAN LUIS OBISPO ON FEB. 19
PLANS ON HOLD FOR TAPIZAR; SILVER MEDALLION UPSETS IN BAY AREA
Future plans were on hold Sunday morning for Triple Crown candidate Tapizar, who finished fifth as the 3-10 favorite in Saturday’s Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes after being extremely rank early.
“We had quite a few workers this morning, and I was going to wait and get him out after we got everything done, and then I was going to call (owner) Ron Winchell and David Fiske (Winchell’s Racing Manager) and talk to them,” trainer Steve Asmussen said. “I didn’t want to be disrespectful to them and make any statements before I talk to them.”
While Tapizar disappointed at Santa Anita, the Asmussen-trained Silver Medallion was an impressive winner of the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
“It was a rollercoaster day,” Asmussen said. “I’m very pleased with Albergatti (smart maiden winner as the 1-2 favorite in Saturday’s third race at Santa Anita), very pleased with Silver Medallion and very disappointed with Tapizar. You’re never as wrong as when you’re sure. This is why they let you bet on it.”
Asmussen added that Silver Medallion “is scheduled to van back (to Santa Anita). If he leaves there at 10 o’clock this morning, he’ll be in here this afternoon. We’ll train him back here. He’s a very exciting horse in the fact that he ran great on the turf (winning the Eddie Logan at Santa Anita Dec. 31), he ran great on synthetic (winning the El Camino Real on Tapeta) and he trains super on dirt, so we have a lot of options there.
“The most exciting thing about him yesterday was, I didn’t think he had the smoothest of trips, and he stayed. He came home well at a mile and an eighth and I thought it was really good.”
CONSISTENT EVENING JEWEL SHARP FOR RETURN TO TURF
Evening Jewel’s performance in the Monrovia Stakes Jan. 2 was so disappointing, trainer Jim Cassidy contemplated retiring the filly. But his better judgment prevailed, and he ran the Grade I stakes winner in the Sunshine Millions Distaff on Jan. 29, with gratifying results.
Evening Jewel won the Distaff on Santa Anita’s dirt main track by a half-length, rallying from seventh in the 1 1/16-mile test. It alleviated any fears Cassidy might have had about the California-bred filly’s form, both mentally and physically, after her fifth-place finish in the Monrovia one race prior to the Distaff.
“I was completely satisfied (with the Distaff),” Cassidy said. “I wasn’t sure about how she would run after the Monrovia, but the closer we got to the Distaff, the better she was doing. Still, I was a little apprehensive. She came out of the race sensational, so I’ve got no complaints.”
Now it’s on to the Grade II Buena Vista Handicap at one mile on turf for Evening Jewel next Monday, when Santa Anita presents a special Presidents’ Day program starting at 12:30 p.m.
Evening Jewel, a versatile daughter of Northern Afleet owned by Marilyn Braly, has a 7-5-2 record from 16 starts, with earnings of $1,182,943. Three of those victories have come on turf.
Probable for the Grade II Buena Vista for older fillies and mares: Briecat, Patrick Valenzuela; Evening Jewel, Victor Espinoza; and Spring Style, Garrett Gomez.
All THOROUGHBREDS members at Santa Anita on Presidents Day will receive free an attractive glass beer mug with paid admission, while supplies last.
‘CHAMP’ TRIES TO TURN TABLES ON BOURBON BAY IN SAN LUIS OBISPO
Champ Pegasus will have to do something no horse has ever done to win Saturday’s San Luis Obispo Stakes: beat Bourbon Bay on Santa Anita’s turf course.
Bourbon Bay is five for five traversing Santa Anita’s marathon events, including a 1 ¾-lenth triumph over Champ Pegasus in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes at a mile and a quarter on Jan. 17.
The two are scheduled to hook up again in Saturday’s Grade II San Luis Obispo Stakes at 1 ½ miles on grass, and Richard Mandella expects Champ Pegasus to give Bourbon Bay a stiffer test in the race for older horses that offers $150,000 in prize money.
Champ Pegasus, second in the Breeders’ Cup Turf last Nov. 6, worked one mile on Santa Anita’s dirt track Friday in 1:40.20, not an uncommon move for Mandella.
“Once in a while I work him on the grass, but usually I just work him on dirt,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “The work was very good. It looked like he might have needed the outing in the San Marcos. He seemed tired afterward, but that race ought to put him in pretty good shape.”
Owned and bred by the Diamond A Racing Corp. and Arturo Vargas, Champ Pegasus, a son of 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, has a 4-4-1 record from 10 starts. He has earned $928,520.
Probable for the San Luis Obispo: Bourbon Bay, Rafael Bejarano; Champ Pegasus, Joel Rosario; Haimish Hy, Garrett Gomez; Riviera Cocktail, Alonso Quinonez; and Unbridle’s Dream, Joe Talamo.
HOT-RIDING TALAMO RIDES CITY COOL IN SAN VICENTE STAKES
Joe Talamo is looking forward to his second ride on City Cool in next Sunday’s Grade II San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.
Trained by Steve Asmussen, City Cool led until the final strides before finishing second in the San Pedro Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 17.
“He was pressed the whole way in that race,” said Talamo, who climbed into third place in Santa Anita’s jockey standings thanks to two wins Saturday, including Bonita Star, who paid $47.20 in the ninth race, setting up a Pick Six carryover of $128,667 into Sunday’s races.
“I think if he could have got a breather at any point in the San Pedro, he probably would have got there,” Talamo continued. “But he’s a real nice horse.” City Cool worked four furlongs Sunday in 50.40, breezing, while Premier Pegasus worked five furlongs in 1:00.40, breezing, for Myung Kwon Cho.
Probable for the San Vicente: City Cool, Talamo; Indian Winter, Martin Pedroza; Oakcrest Drive, Victor Espinoza; Premier Pegasus, Alonso Quinonez; and Sway Away, Garrett Gomez.
SANTA ANITA CELEBRATES CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR SATURDAYThis Saturday, rain or shine, Santa Anita will host an event celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year. The Year of the Rabbit ceremonies will include several cultural exhibits, raffles, prizes, game booths, a live lion dance performance, and much more.
Everyone in attendance and those who participate in the event will be sent an invitation by mail to return later in the 2011 racing season. In addition, Santa Anita will have its standard Family Fun activities, weather permitting.
FINISH LINES: With three wins Saturday, Joel Rosario needs three more to reach 1,000 in his career. . Grade I Oak Leaf Stakes winner Rigoletta worked six furlongs on the main track in 1:13.80 for Dan Hendricks, who plans to run the Florida-bred daughter of Concerto in next Monday’s Grade III La Habra Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf. David Flores rides. “She’ll run turf or dirt,” the trainer said. Other probables for the La Habra: Bloemer Girl, no rider; Cambina, Garrett Gomez; Cathy’s Crunches, Rafael Bejarano; Cloneylass, Corey Nakatani; Hout Bay, no rider; Quiet Oasis, no rider; She’ll Heir, Patrick Valenzuela; and True Way of Grace, Chantal Sutherland . . .Grade I Santa Anita Oaks winner Crisp worked six furlongs at Hollywood Park Sunday in a bullet 1:12.80 for John Sadler, who plans to work at least four horses at Santa Anita Monday for upcoming stakes at The Great Race Place: Twirling Candy (Santa Anita Handicap); Sidney’s Candy (Kilroe Mile); Zazu (Santa Margarita) and Switch (Santa Anita Oaks) . . . Trainer David Hofmans was happy with Quail Hill’s performance in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. The son of Candy Ride finished third at 68-1 under Martin Pedroza. “We’ll look at the Sunland Derby ($800,000, Grade III, 1 1/8 miles at Sunland Park on March 27) or the San Felipe (at Santa Anita March 12),” Hofmans said . . . Unknown Heat, an 0-26 maiden, won Saturday’s fourth race a day after the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers ended a 26-game losing streak by defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime, 126-119 to avoid owning the longest losing streak in major professional sports in the United States. “That was quite a coincidence,” said Barry Abrams, who trains Unknown Heat.