Santa Anita News
STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• FED BIZ, GUILT TRIP WORK FOR NEXT SATURDAY’S STRUB
• BC JUVENILE RUNNER-UP HE’S HAD ENOUGH SET FOR LEWIS
• STRONG SUIT MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN GRADE II ARCADIA STAKES
BAFFERT WORKERS PREPARE FOR NEXT WEEKEND’S STAKES
Fed Biz and Guilt Trip, the one-three finishers in a three-horse photo in the San Fernando Stakes on Jan. 12, worked six furlongs in company on Santa Anita’s wet/fast main track Sunday morning for next Saturday’s Grade II Strub Stakes for 4-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles.
Fed Biz was clocked in 1:12.40 under jockey Martin Garcia, while Guilt Trip went in 1:12 flat with jockey Erick Lopez aboard.
“They went nice,” trainer Bob Baffert said as a light drizzle fell yet again, limiting the official work tab to 29 horses, including four on the training track. “The track was floated, and I like it when it’s floated, because it’s even.”
Baffert added that Game On Dude, pointing to next Sunday’s San Antonio Stakes, and Flashback, whose lone race was a seven furlong maiden win at even-money last Dec. 8 at Betfair Hollywood Park, are scheduled to work Monday.
Flashback, a highly regarded Triple Crown hopeful by Tapit owned by Gary and Mary West, makes his 3-year-old debut in Saturday’s Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.
“Guilt Trip was on the rail and might have stolen the show,” said private clocker Toby Turrell of Winners Card, “but they both went really strong.”
Probable for the Strub: Fed Biz, Guilt Trip, Handsome Mike, Stephanoatsee and Tritap.
LEWIS CONTENDER HE’S HAD ENOUGH STILL LEARNING FOR O’NEILL
Doug O’Neill hopes He’s Had Enough advances on the learning curve when he makes his 3-year-old debut in the first step of what could lead to the Triple Crown trail in Saturday’s Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes.
He’s Had Enough worked six furlongs in company with Pennsylvania Derby winner Handsome Mike Friday under Mario Gutierrez in 1:11, but the time was deceptive because the gray son of Tapit had to persevere to keep up with the 4-year-old Handsome Mike.
“Mario’s gotten to know the horse,” O’Neill said, alluding to two races in which the jockey rode He's Had Enough, a second by a head to Eclipse Award winner Shanghai Bobby in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and an eventful fifth in the Grade I CashCall Futurity last Dec. 15.
“He’s a horse that doesn’t apply himself,” O’Neill said of the colt owned by J. Paul Reddam. “You have to stay after him to keep him to his task. About mid-work Friday, Mario said he could feel him coming off the bridle and stop trying.
“So he got after him, he finished up good and came out of it great. I think the more Mario gets to know him, the better we’re going to see him.”
STRONG SUIT READY TO TAKE ONE STEP FORWARD, SIMON SAYS
Simon Callaghan is looking forward to Strong Suit making his U.S. debut in next Saturday’s Arcadia Stakes scheduled for one mile on turf.
The 5-year-old Rahy horse owned by Robert Levitt of Suffolk, England, who races as Qatar Racing Ltd., hasn’t run since last September in England, but has been working well and 32-year-old jockey Jamie Spencer, a champion in Britain and Ireland, is coming from across the pond to ride.
“We’ve had the horse about five months and given him time,” Callaghan said. “He’s been working very well and he’s a very good European import. He’s going to be pretty tough in this race.”
Two of Strong Suit’s wins overseas came under 131 and 132 pounds, high weights not uncommon in Europe.
“It’s pretty standard for back there,” Callaghan said. “The horse has won several Group 2’s already. He’s a good horse.”
Strong Suit has a 5-2-2 record from 15 starts, with earnings of $524,472.
Probable for the Arcadia: Akkadian, Klisz, Silentio, Strong Suit, Vagabond Shoes and Willyconker.
FINISH LINES: Santa Anita offers a $400,000 guaranteed Pick 4 presented by Daily Racing Form next Saturday, Strub Stakes Day, which features three Grade II races . . . Next Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday, is Dollar Day for Thoroughbreds members. General admission is only a buck for all Thoroughbreds members. First post time is 11 a.m. Gates open at 9 a.m. . . . Enzo Corallo, a 21-year-old rider from France, is scheduled to make his U.S. debut at Santa Anita on Psalm Sixteen for trainer Patrick Biancone in Friday’s fourth race. A winner of 50 races, Corallo tacks 112 pounds . . . No one was eliminated in ShowVivor yesterday, meaning 24 advanced into Sunday’s races . . . Of all the remarkable stats compiled by baseball legend and horse racing aficionado Stan (The Man) Musial who died last Saturday at the age of 92, perhaps the most amazing was this: In 1943, he had more than 700 at bats and struck out only 18 times . . . Sunday’s first race honored “Dynamic Dave” Solan, who celebrates his 73rd birthday today and his 50th year of playing the horses at The Great Race Place. No Pick Six is safe with “Dynamic Dave” in the House!!