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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• SISTER MOON TAKES CONSERVATIVE ROUTE IN ANOAKIA STAKES
• SPAWR ON COURSE FOR BC SPRINT WITH AMAZOMBIE
• CALIFORNIA PHILHARMONIC TO CALL SANTA ANITA ‘HOME’ NEXT YEAR
• CHANTAL SUTHERLAND TO MEET FANS, HELP RETIRED HORSES SATURDAY
SISTER MOON STAYS IN HER OWN BACK YARD FOR ANOAKIA
Patience is a virtue, the old credo goes, and John Sadler is adhering to it with the precocious 2-year-old filly Sister Moon, who will go favored in her second start, Saturday’s $65,000 Anoakia Stakes at six furlongs. After she won her maiden race by nearly 10 lengths at Del Mar going 5 ½ furlongs, there was talk of trying a route in her next race, but thoughts of that were eventually dismissed.
“She just wasn’t ready to stretch out, so we wanted to run her short again and we got a race here in our own backyard,” Sadler said. “That’s the plan.”
A daughter of Dixie Union owned and bred by Jerry and Ann Moss, Sister Moon was not favored when she won at Del Mar on Aug. 21, going off at 9-5. She looms a much shorter price in the Anoakia, where five horses were entered to face her.
The field for the Anoakia, which goes as race three on a 10-race program: Ismene, Patrick Valenzuela; Nicos Memory, Rafael Bejarano; Lasso from El Paso, Victor Espinoza; Sister Moon, Joel Rosario; Evelyn’s Dancer, Mario Gutierrez; and Lady Pecan, Martin Garcia.
SPAWR SEEKS TO MAKE BC SPRINT AMENDS WITH AMAZOMBIE
Bordonaro and Amazombie have one thing in common: they both won the Grade I Ancient Title Stakes, Bordonaro in 2006, Amazombie this year. Aside from that, the two sprinters are quite dissimilar.
Bordonaro’s forte was speed. Amazombie prefers to run his rivals down in the stretch. Bordonaro never won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, finishing fourth in 2006 and sixth in 2007 in the final race of his career, during which he won 10 of 20 starts and earned $938,128. In each of his victories, none at a distance longer than six furlongs, Bordonaro never came from further than second to win.
Amazombie has nine wins from 22 starts with earnings of $715,708. He has won once going wire-to-wire.
Bill Spawr, who trained Bordonaro and who also conditions Amazombie, hopes the latter can fill the void on his Breeders’ Cup resume when the California-bred son of Northern Afleet runs in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5. Currently, the bay gelding is preparing for his day in the sun with consummate horseman Spawr at Santa Anita’s Barn 37.
“He came out of it perfect,” Spawr said of Amazombie’s three-quarter length win in the Ancient Title, in which he vanquished five foes, including 2-5 favorite The Factor, who weakened to finish fourth in the six furlong race on Oct. 8.
“Amazombie’s going to the track every day and having a good time,” Spawr went on. “We’re right on course. I plan to work him Saturday or Sunday. I talk with Mike Welsch (of Daily Racing Form, who covers the Sprint) and he gets updates every few days.
“We feel the Sprint’s kind of falling apart lately, where the favorites haven’t performed up to expectations, although they’ve had excuses. We don’t feel there are any even-money or 8-5 favorites in the race. The Sprint always has plenty of speed and that’s why we feel good about Amazombie’s style for the race.
“Bordonaro had to have the lead or be close to the lead. Amazombie is the sit-back-and-pounce-on-you type.”
CALIFORNIA PHILHARMONIC ON TRACK WITH SANTA ANITA FOR SUMMER 2012
Santa Anita will serve as the new home for the acclaimed California Philharmonic and its highly-successful Festival on the Green summer concert series beginning next year. The new season at the spectacular venue will kick off on June 30, 2012 and will continue every other Saturday, July 14, July 28 and Aug. 11 and 25.
“Santa Anita Park is thrilled to announce its new association with Cal Phil and all of the exciting things that we have in store for concert-goers beginning next summer,” said George Haines, President of Santa Anita. “We take great pride in providing the Southland with the finest entertainment, and are pleased to not only offer first class horse racing, but now the best of summer concerts. The California Philharmonic is a front runner among orchestras—what better place for them to perform than at one of the world’s greatest outdoor pleasure grounds.”
With table and lawn seating on the green grass of the infield and the area’s best unobstructed view of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains, Santa Anita is the perfect backdrop to the great music performed by the California Philharmonic under the masterful direction of Maestro Victor Vener.
“Cal Phil is honored to call Santa Anita Park its new summer home beginning June 2012. I have always been a huge fan of the venue and everything it has to offer ranging from top tier horseracing to amazing views and atmosphere,” said Vener, who founded Cal Phil more than 15 years ago.
“Cal Phil is an all-star orchestra made up of current and former principals of major orchestras around the world, such as the Boston Symphony, L.A. Philharmonic and the Mexico City Philharmonic . . . The programs we do are what we call 21st Century concerts.
“They’re not just your grandma’s symphony concert with an overture concerto and a Tchaikovsky symphony. We interlace great popular music with great classical music, so it’s not a Pops concert and it’s not a heavy classical concert, but virtually both, Beethoven and the Beatles for example . . . We think the quality of the musicians as well as the interesting programs at Santa Anita will enable us to become one of the great national treasures.”
Tickets are now available for Cal Phil’s 2012 Festival on the Green summer concert series at Santa Anita. Call (626) 300-8200 to purchase tickets for any of their scheduled performances.
SANTA ANITA AMONG 17 TRACKS IN $500K BREEDERS’ CUP PAY DAY PROMOTION
The Breeders’ Cup has announced the launch of its $500K Pay Day promotion that will be conducted in partnership with 17 tracks across the country, including Santa Anita, and culminating on Breeders’ Cup Saturday, Nov. 5.
The new digital initiative provides all registered fans with a mystery “voucher” worth at least $2, with some worth as much as $5 to $500, and one lucky fan randomly assigned a $500,000 voucher. Contestants will receive their digital voucher via email after registering online and must take the voucher to their participating track on Nov. 5 to see what it’s worth.
Registration for the promotion will start today, Wednesday, Oct. 19, and remain open for the next two weeks, closing Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET, allowing all fans near a participating site the opportunity to signup online. Tracks will also advertise the promotion through their website, social media, track programs and other marketing channels in order to increase participation.
“We’re excited to work with our track partners to offer racing fans across the country another reason to head out to their local track on Breeders’ Cup Saturday,” said Peter Rotondo, Breeders’ Cup Vice President of Media & Entertainment. “Additionally, by introducing a digital program we’re able to reach more fans through modern marketing platforms, such as social media, and at the same time help our partner tracks increase their online offerings.”
In addition to Santa Anita, other participating tracks are Aqueduct, Belmont, Canterbury, Charles Town, Emerald Downs, Gulfstream, Hollywood Park, Keeneland, Laurel, Meadowlands, Monmouth, Penn National, Pimlico, Saratoga, Suffolk Downs and Sunland Park.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Breeders’ Cup to offer this exciting promotion at Aqueduct and the Belmont Café,” said NYRA President and CEO Charles Hayward. “In addition to simulcast wagering on the tremendous Breeders’ Cup Saturday card and live wagering on Aqueduct’s races, providing our on-track registered customers a guaranteed $2 voucher and the chance to win $500,000 will make for an incredible day of racing.” Fans can select a participating track and register for the promotion at http://PayDay.BreedersCup.com.
CHANTAL SUTHERLAND GATHERING SATURDAY BENEFITS RETIRED HORSES
Fans can meet jockey Chantal Sutherland at Santa Anita on Saturday across from Champions Gift Shop from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The occasion benefits The Second Race, a national network that transitions race horses after their careers are concluded.
Raffle tickets will be on sale to win a Chantal Sutherland lithograph donated by equine artist Joyce Canaday, or a one of a kind pink pair of signed jockey pants donated by Sutherland. Raffle tickets are $5 each or six for $20. All money raised will go to the care and feeding of foster horses.
FINISH LINES: Puerto Rican native Jesiere Medina, 23-year-old sister of jockey Luis Medina, is listed to make her Santa Anita debut in Friday’s fourth race aboard Mind the Minister for trainer Oscar Garcia. “Jessie” as she is called, receives a seven-pound apprentice allowance and is represented by agent Vic Lipton . . . Gary Nelson, retired head morning clocker at Santa Anita and current official track timer along with his son, Dane, is an avid follower of the CBS-TV show, “Survivor,” and with good reason. His 41-year-old daughter, Dawn Meehan, is a contestant on the show which airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and is presently on location in Samoa. “She’s an English professor at BYU and has been on five episodes,” Nelson said. “She tried out 10 years ago when she was 31, but didn’t make the cut.” This year’s Survivor finale is scheduled to air in December. Check your local listings, as they say . . .Sitting at 998 career victories, trainer Bob Hess Jr. is two shy of 1,000 . . . With 20 players dropping by the wayside Sunday, ShowVivor is down to 37 contestants going into Thursday’s card . . . Daily Racing Form National Correspondent Jay Privman will host the publication’s seminar Saturday, 11:45 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens. Tom Quigley of HorsePlayer Magazine will be his guest handicapper . . . Trainer John Sadler has informed Daily Racing Form that veteran turf sprinter Get Funky has been retired from racing. The 8-year-old had 11 wins from 45 starts, including the Grade II Del Mar Derby and the Grade III Morvich Handicap . . . Saturday is Stadium Blanket Giveaway Day at Santa Anita. All fans at the track will be able to take home a new stadium blanket free, with paid admission, while supplies last . . . Jockey Corey Nakatani, a long-time fixture in California who is now riding regularly on the East Coast, turns 41 on Friday . . . Tom Nachel Sr., known as “Bullfrog” to his friends--among them Santa Anita mutuel clerk Billy Tripp—died last weekend at his home in Templeton, CA. A lifelong horseman and a major racing fan, Nachel recently celebrated his 65th birthday. He is survived by his wife, Candy, son, Tom Jr., two daughters and six grand children. -30-