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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
· ON-TRACK FAN BAGS PICK SIX BONUS, MAKES $26,222.40 SCORE
· PASEANA VICTORY WOULD BE FITTING FOR McANALLY
· HANDSOME MIKE SET TO REBOUND IN SAN FERNANDO
· VERSATILE SLIM SHADEY SHARP FOR SAN GABRIEL
ON-TRACK FAN RUNS $32 TICKET INTO PICK SIX SCORE OF $26,222.40
There were two winning tickets in Thursday’s Pick Six, with one winner being purchased on-track for just $32.00. With the winning Pick Six mutuel payoff of $21,852.00, plus Santa Anita’s 20 percent on-track Pick Six bonus, which amounted to $4,370.40, the total payoff was $26,222.40.
The 20 percent on-track bonus is in effect today as well, as there is no carryover. In order to become eligible for the 20 percent bonus, fans must join the Thoroughbreds Club and scan their membership card before making all Pick Six wagers.
Thoroughbreds membership is free of charge and can be completed in minutes at the track’s Thoroughbreds Center on the main floor of the Grandstand.
PASEANA WIN WOULD BE BEST GET WELL GIFT FOR McANALLY
A victory by Charm the Maker in Sunday’s Paseana Handicap would be beneficial on several fronts for Ron McAnally, in addition to providing a good story line.
Not only did McAnally condition the champion race mare for which the race is named, he trains Paseana contender Charm the Maker for his wife, Debbie, and a win in the $75,000 race would start the New Year off on the right foot on the domestic front.
Perhaps even more important, it would provide a dose of good medicine for the 80-year-old Hall of Fame trainer, who has been AWOL from his customary gathering spot at Clockers’ Corner for the past three weeks since undergoing partial replacement surgery on the inside portion of his left knee at Glendale Hospital on Dec. 17.
“The procedure was something of a new method,” McAnally said by phone Friday morning. “I’m coming along and hope to be back at the track soon.”
Charm the Maker, a 4-year-old daughter of 2003 Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker owned and bred by Ron and his wife, has earned her keep to date, finishing worse than fourth only once in 11 career starts, her last 10 in stakes since winning a maiden allowance race in her debut on Aug. 31, 2011, at Del Mar.
Dan Landers, who has been with McAnally since 1995, was with Paseana for “a cup of coffee.”
“Her last race came the first week I worked for him,” said Landers, whose father, Dale, had a brief career as a jockey, winning the second race ever run at Santa Anita when it opened on Christmas Day, 1934. “My dad was 16 at the time,” Landers recalled. “I watched Paseana run a whole bunch before I joined up with McAnally. She was a champion many times over.”
Paseana, one of five national champions trained by McAnally, was champion older filly or mare in 1992-93. Charm the Maker also is nominated to the Grade II La Cańada Stakes on Jan. 20.
The field for the Paseana, which goes as race three: Distracting, Rafael Bejarano; Curvy Cat, Corey Nakatani; Charm the Maker, Garrett Gomez; Snow Fall, Tyler Baze; Sweetly Peppered, Juan Hernandez; Great Hot, Alonso Quinonez; and Candrea, Martin Garcia.
O’NEILL SEEKS RETURN TO FORM FOR HANDSOME MIKE IN SAN FERNANDO
Handsome Mike’s last two races were disappointing, but Doug O’Neill is hoping for a return to form when the Kentucky-bred son of Scat Daddy runs in Saturday’s Grade II San Fernando Stakes exclusively for 4-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.
Handsome Mike was ninth by more than 20 lengths in the Breeders’ Cup Classic behind victorious Fort Larned on Nov. 3, then 10th by more than nine lengths in the Hollywood Derby at 1 ¼ miles on turf Nov. 25. v“We might have been a little overconfident leading up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic,” said O’Neill, who trains the Kentucky-bred for owner J. Paul Reddam.
“The horse wasn’t completely ready and that race zapped him a little bit. Then he kind of bounced in the Hollywood Derby.” If all systems are go for the San Fernando, Handsome Mike could be primed for a minor upset, albeit not as big as the one he scored at 19-1 in the Pennsylvania Derby last Sept. 22, one race prior to the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Handsome Mike is 9-2 on Jon White’s morning line.
Blinkers will be back on Handsome Mike for the San Fernando after they were removed for the Hollywood Derby. He wore them in his Pennsylvania Derby victory.
In other San Fernando news: With a better post and a better start, Mike Smith expects a better performance than the sixth-place showing by Fed Biz in the Grace I Malibu at seven furlongs on Dec. 26.
“It was a better race than it looks on paper,” said the Hall of Fame rider, who was aboard Fed Biz competitively for the first time in the Malibu. “He was actually making up ground at the end and he had a little problem at the gate. He should be ready tomorrow.” The San Fernando, which goes as the seventh of nine races: Battle Force, Garrett Gomez, 9-2; Fly Lexus Fly, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Regulus, Aaron Gryder, 8-1; Mile High Magic, Martin Garcia, 8-1; Guilt Trip, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Handsome Mike, Mario Gutierrez, 9-2; Sky Kingdom, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; Fed Biz, Mike Smith, 7-2; Tribal Jewel, Julien Leparoux, 6-1; and Tritap, Corey Nakatani, 10-1.
SLIM SHADEY WELL-SUITED FOR SUNDAY’S SAN GABRIEL STAKES
Slim Shadey has raced at distances from one mile to a mile and a half in his 11 U.S. starts, but trainer Simon Callaghan feels the mile and an eighth of Sunday’s grassy San Gabriel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles is ideal for the English-bred son of 2001 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Val Royal.
“I think a mile and an eighth or a mile and a quarter are fine,” Callaghan said. “They’re definitely better than a mile and a half. This distance is good for him, he’s training well, and he’s coming into it in pretty good form, so it’s a pretty nice spot for him, I think.
“He likes this turf course (three for six). He always seems to run a good race here. He’s won on the lead but he can track. If one (horse) wants to go quick, we’ll just stalk, and if we find ourself on the lead, it’s no problem either.”
“I’m excited to ride Slim Shadey going a mile and an eighth,” said Garrett Gomez, who won with his only mount at Santa Anita Thursday, piloting Akkadian to a three-quarter length victory at odds of 5-1 for trainer Julio Canani.
“Slim Shadey is a little fresher for this race,” Gomez added.
The field for the San Gabriel: Temple’s Door, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Tale of a Champion, Gary Stevens, 8-1; Juniper Pass, Julien Leparoux, 8-1; Slim Shadey, Garrett Gomez, 2-1; Fast Track, Martin Garcia, 20-1; Chosen Miracle, Joe Talamo, 3-1; and Jeranimo, Rafael Bejarano, 9-5.
FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Beholder worked six furlongs under regular rider Garrett Gomez in 1:13 flat on Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday morning for her 3-year-old debut in the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs a week from Monday, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “Her last work was the big one,” trainer Richard Mandella said, referring to her bullet 58.80 move for five furlongs last Friday. “Today was just a maintenance work, but it was terrific.” There will be holiday racing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All Thoroughbreds members will receive a free premium Santa Anita hooded sweatshirt at Santa Anita with paid admission while supplies last . . . Two-time stakes winner Ismene, getting closer to her return to the races, worked six furlongs on the main track Friday in 1:12.40 for trainer Bill Spawr . . . With 1,044 players selecting eventual second-place finisher Tiz Minister at 1-2 odds in yesterday’s first race, 1,395 advanced to Friday’s round of ShowVivor.