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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• DUBAWI HEIGHTS, AMAZOMBIE AMONG BC WORKERS AT SANTA ANITA
• ANNOUNCER JOHN LIES TO PINCH HIT FOR BC-BOUND DENMAN
GRADE I WINNERS DUBAWI HEIGHTS, AMAZOMBIE DRILL FOR BREEDERS’ CUP
Dubawi Heights, a consistent English-bred daughter of Dubawi who won the Grade I Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita last out on Oct. 1, was one of several horses that worked at Santa Anita Saturday morning for their Breeders’ Cup engagements at Churchill Downs next Friday and Saturday.
Dubawi Heights worked four furlongs on the main track in :50.60 for the $2 million Emirates Airline Filly and Mare Turf at 1 3/8 miles next Friday.
“It was an easy move,” trainer Simon Callaghan said. “She runs in six days and she’s got to ship (Sunday), so we were conscious to do it on the easy side. It was just what she needed. It’s just a matter of keeping her going. We didn’t need to get anything out of her today fitness-wise so I was very happy with her. It was just what she needed.”
At Churchill Downs, Callaghan said Dubawi Heights will jog and gallop into the race. Amazombie, prepping for the Sprint, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track in the dark at 5:30 a.m. as is trainer Bill Spawr’s wont. Santa Anita’s clockers timed him 1:00.40.
“He went in a minute and two fifths, the last quarter in :23 and 3/5 and the last eighth in :11 1/5,” Spawr said of the winner of the Grade I Ancient Title Stakes. “He galloped out (six furlongs) in (one) 13 and three. He’ll ship Tuesday.”
Asked about concerns for a possible off track, Spawr said, “We’re hoping for a good, safe fast track, is what we’re hoping for.”
Also on Santa Anita’s main track, Oak Tree Mile winner Jeranimo (Mile) worked four furlongs in :50 flat for Mike Pender; My Gi Gi (Juvenile Fillies Turf), fourth in the Grade I Oak Leaf Stakes, went four furlongs in :47.80 for Brian Koriner; and Medaglia d’Amour (F&M Turf) went five furlongs in 1:00.40, breezing, for Ben Cecil.
On Santa Anita’s grass course, Majestic City (Juvenile Turf), winner of the Grade I Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, worked five furlongs in 1:03.40, breezing, for Peter Miller. Garrett Gomez, who rides the son of City Zip in the Juvenile Turf, was aboard for the drill.
At Hollywood, Mr. Commons (Mile) worked five furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:00.40 for John Shirreffs and Tres Borrachos (Dirt Mile) went the same distance in 1:02 for Marty Jones.
LIES RETURNS TO SANTA ANITA FOR BC-BOUND DENMAN
For the second time in the past four years, up and coming race caller John Lies (pronounced Lees) will deputize for legendary Santa Anita announcer Trevor Denman on Nov. 3, 4 and 5, as Denman will be at Churchill Downs to once again serve as the voice of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on ESPN and ABC.
Lies, 34, filled in for Denman at Santa Anita during the 2007 Breeders’ Cup at Monmouth Park in 2007 and has been the regular track announcer at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, for the past seven years. He has also served as Del Mar’s inter-track television host for the past five summers.
“It was the thrill of a lifetime when I filled in for Trevor four years ago and it’ll be a dead-heat thrill this time,” said Lies, a Southern California native and the son of a former trainer. “Trevor is without question the gold standard for track announcers in this country and to be able to fill-in for him is truly an honor.”
Denman, who has been employed at Santa Anita since 1983, will be calling the World Championships for the sixth time and be making his 21st annual Breeders’ Cup TV appearance.
“In Trevor, we feel as though we have the best announcer in the world and the fact that he has become the voice of the Breeders’ Cup speaks for itself,” said Santa Anita President George Haines. “It’s an honor for Santa Anita to have Trevor in this role and we’re very pleased to have John Lies back here to pinch hit for him this year. John did a great job for us in 2007 and we expect to have a great week with him here again.”
FINISH LINES: Gates open on the first Breeders’ Cup day next Friday at 10 a.m. Post time for the first live race at Santa Anita is 12:50 p.m. with the final live race set for 4:44 p.m. Next Saturday, gates open at 8 a.m. with the first live race at 10:40 a.m. The last race is scheduled for 4:55 p.m. On closing day next Sunday, Nov. 6, gates open at 10 a.m. First race post time is 12 noon . . . Seven players remain alive in ShowVivor going into Saturday’s races . . . Congratulations to jockey Christian Santiago Reyes and his wife, Julissa Rosario, on the birth of a son Friday in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, five-pound, eight-ounce Christian.