Santa Anita News
STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• BLIND LUCK OUT OF BREEDERS’ CUP LADIES’ CLASSIC
• BAFFERT EYES BREEDERS’ CUP, BUT COIL IS ON HOLD
• THE FACTOR DRILLS TOMORROW FOR GRADE I ANCIENT TITLE
CHAMPION BLIND LUCK TO MISS BREEDERS’ CUP RACE
Blind Luck, the 3-year-old filly champion of 2010, will not run in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4, Jerry Hollendorfer said Sunday morning.
“Right now, I would say she definitely will not run in the Breeders’ Cup,” the 65-year-old Hall of Fame trainer said by phone from Hollywood Park. “But she came back fine. I don’t know why she threw in a bad race. She never did that before.”
Blind Luck, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Pollard’s Vision, was a leading contender for the $2 million race for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles. She finished last of seven in Saturday’s Grade I Lady’s Secret Stakes, beaten some 19 lengths as the 13-10 favorite and was eased in the final furlong.
It was the first time in 22 career starts Blind Luck finished worse than third. She has 12 wins, seven seconds, two thirds and earnings of $3,279,520.
Obviously disappointed, Hollendorfer took solace with a philosophical mindset.
“We’re big boys,” Hollendorfer said, “and we have to take the bad with the good.”
BAFFERT PREPARES FOR BREEDERS CUP, MULLS DECISION ON COIL
Bob Baffert planned to move on to the Breeders’ Cup with Goodwood Stakes winner Game on Dude, Norfolk Stakes runner-up Drill, Cotillion winner Plum Pretty and Grade I sprint winner Euroears, but was undecided on Haskell winner Coil, who was third in Saturday’s Goodwood, beaten two lengths after making a menacing move into the stretch.
Baffert plans to supervise The Factor’s final major workout Monday for Saturday’s Grade I Ancient Title Stakes. “He’s been handling the track OK,” Baffert said of Santa Anita’s track record holder for six furlongs of 1:06.98. “He looks good.”
“I don’t know yet about Coil,” Baffert said when asked about his Breeders’ Cup plans. “I’ll see how he trains the next couple weeks. Euroears missed the break a little bit (before finishing last in Saturday’s Vosburgh at Belmont Park) and then they just came over on him immediately.
“If he would have broke and been out there, he would have been gone. Drill will be all right. We just found out a lot of things about him yesterday.
“Sometimes you learn more from defeat than you do in victory. You’re trying to figure out their style. At least he got to handle some dirt in his face and stuff. He’ll move way up off that.”
Probable for the Ancient Title: Amazombie, Mike Smith; Mensa Heat, Joe Talamo; Square Eddie, Patrick Valenzuela; and The Factor, Martin Garcia.
Sunshine Millions Sprint winner and multiple graded stakes winner Amazombie worked six furlongs at Santa Anita Thursday in a bullet 1:11.80 for trainer Bill Spawr.
STEINER AT SANTA ANITA AFTER GETTING ‘SEA LEGS’ AT EMERALD DOWNS
Joe Steiner was sidelined for six years after recovering from a rash of serious racing injuries eight years ago, but the Renton, Washington, native is back in the saddle at Santa Anita with the fervor of an apprentice rider.
“I’ve been back about six months,” said the 47-year-old Steiner, who was Southern California’s leading apprentice in 1981-82. “I feel like a million dollars. I’m kind of riding for everybody right now, one here, one there, trying to build business, and I’m looking for an agent.
“I was out six years after my injuries. I was off the track for four years, and when I came back, I worked for Bob (Baffert) for two years. I’m tacking eighteen (118 pounds) and just won five races up in Seattle (Emerald Downs), where I went for two weeks. I just rode the last end of the meet to kind of get my instincts back. Instead of going to Fairplex, I went up there.”
Steiner began his career in 1981 as contract rider for trainer Johnny Longden, the legendary Hall of Fame jockey who retired with a then-record 6,032 victories in 1966.
BENEFIT AT SANTA ANITA FOR EYE ON JACOB (DESORMEAUX) FOUNDATION
Sight/Sound/Spirit, a benefit for the Eye on Jacob Foundation, will be held tonight, 7 p.m. to 12 midnight, at the FrontRunner Restaurant at Santa Anita. Special guest speaker will be Dr. William Kimberling, Director of the Center for the study and treatment of Usher Syndrome, Carver School of Medicine at University of Iowa and Boys Town National research Hospital.
Dinner, music, dancing, a silent auction, a live auction and raffle drawings will be offered. Cocktail attire is required. Those wishing to attend can RSVP at EyeOnJacob.org.
Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg will be the auctioneer, while master of ceremonies will be actor John D’Aquino. The raffle prize will be a Salvador Dali woven cotton printed tapestry with a retail value of $25,000.
Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux’s son, Jacob, is afflicted with Usher Syndrome, a relatively rare genetic disorder that is a leading cause of deafness and blindness. Jacob’s mother, Sonia Desormeaux, will attend the event. She is Board Chair and Founder of the Eye on Jacob Foundation Board.
FINISH LINES: Santa Anita President George Haines was pleased with Saturday’s racing featuring four Grade I events with Breeders’ Cup importance which attracted 16,013 on track. Wagering totaled $11,678,920.37. “It was great racing, and we expected great racing to come back at Santa Anita,” Haines said` . . .Santa Anita’s on-line handicapping contest, ShowVivor, started yesterday with 4,009 contestants but ended with 2,091 going into Sunday’s races. There were 1,053 eliminated when Blind Luck ran out of the money in the Lady’s Secret . . . Photography Day returns to Santa Anita Park next Friday. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. A question and answer breakfast session will be hosted by HRTV’s Scott Hazelton. Questions will be fielded by staff members of long-time Southern California track photographer Benoit Photo, jockey Joe Talamo, and John Shirreffs, trainer of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta. Free Seabiscuit tram tours to the backside will be scheduled all morning, as well as two one-hour classes taught by Lance Folden, Canon Product Educator on EOS Cameras and Choosing and Using Lenses . . . With the scratches of Killer Graces and Dreamcaster, here is Jon White’s revised morning line for today’s Oak Leaf Stakes: Silent Saga (9-2); Self Preservation (3-1); Candrea (3-1); My Gi Gi (12-1); Wild Truffles (30-1); Regal Betty (15-1); Weemissfrankie (2-1) and Charm the Maker (8-1) . . . Probable for next Saturday’s Grade II Oak Tree Mile: Calimonco, Victor Espinoza; Mr. Commons, Mike Smith; and Victory Pete, Jose Valdivia Jr. . . . Probable for the Grade III Morvich Stakes on Monday, Oct. 10, Columbus Day: Al Instante, Hector Berrios; Camp Victory, Joe Talamo; and Sterling Outlook, Alonso Quinonez . . . Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens of HRTV will partner with Laffit Pincay III at Keeneland next weekend where they will provide expert commentary on Versus. Stevens moves to NBC on Oct. 15 where he’ll cover the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II from Keeneland with Tom Hammond . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular meeting this Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Baldwin Terrace Room at Santa Anita at 9:30 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only Webcast of this and all monthly Board meetings can be heard through the “Webcasts” link on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov).The audio is available through iPhone, Blackberry, and other mobile devices. The agenda, supporting package of materials, and Webcast for this meeting can be accessed through the following links: agenda, package, Webcast . . .Trainer Mike Machowsky will be Steve Andersen’s guest at next Saturday’s Daily Racing Form seminar, 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Jockey Agapito Delgadillo has been suspended three racing days (Oct. 7, 8, 9) for causing interference resulting in a disqualification of his mount, Coal Region Kid, in the seventh race on opening day.