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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• GAME ON DUDE DRILLS FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAP
• CHARM THE MAKER NEEDS GOOD START IN BUENA VISTA
• EDDIE D: NEXT THURSDAY’S CHARITY GAME BENEFITS ALL
• SHOWVIVOR II STARTS AT SANTA ANITA ON FEB. 23
GAME ON DUDE ‘JUST CRUISES’ IN WORK FOR MARCH 2 BIG ’CAP
Game On Dude, in quest of his second victory in the Santa Anita Handicap, worked four
furlongs towards that goal on Santa Anita’s fast main track on a picture-perfect Sunday morning in 48.40 according to Santa Anita clockers. Rafael Bejarano was aboard.
Bob Baffert got the Awesome Again gelding in 1:00 4/5 for five furlongs.
“He went nice,” said the Hall of Fame trainer of Game On Dude, who won the Big ’Cap in 2011. “He just cruised around there.”
Asked about the status of Sky Kingdom and Strub Stakes winner Guilt Trip for the Big ’Cap, Baffert was somewhat noncommittal, saying he was “thinking about it, but I don’t know if I’m going to run them yet.”
Other Baffert workers Sunday included Castaway and Drill, nominees to next Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Stakes, four furlongs in company in 47.80 each.
Carla Gaines sent Crystal Water winner and Big ’Cap candidate John Scott five furlongs in company with San Carlos prospect Midnight Transfer in 1:01 each.
San Carlos contender Justin Phillip was one of six Steve Asmussen-trained runners on the work tab, going four furlongs under the supervision of Asmussen assistant Scott Blasi in 49.40. Eddie D. winner Unbridled’s Note, prepping for the $75,000 Joe Hernandez Handicap at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf next Saturday, went four furlongs in 49.80.
Probable for the Santa Anita Handicap: Game On Dude, Ron the Greek, Called to Serve, Guilt Trip, Stephanoatsee, Handsome Mike, John Scott, Sky Kingdom, Clubhouse Ride and Tritap.
CHARM THE MAKER GOES BACK TO SCHOOL FOR MONDAY’S BUENA VISTA
Ron McAnally is hopeful that continued schooling will help Charm the Maker overcome her antics at the starting gate, beginning tomorrow when the daughter of Empire Maker owned and bred by the Hall of Fame trainer’s wife, Debbie, runs in Monday’s Presidents’ Day feature, the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf.
Charm the Maker lost all chance last out when she hopped at the start of the Jan. 13 Paseana Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. She finished sixth of seven by nearly 22 lengths.
“She was grabbed by her ear and she didn’t try after that,” McAnally said of the Paseana experience. “I think a mile on grass will be more to her liking. We’ve been sending her to the gate ever since, schooling her.”
The field for the Buena Vista: Byrony, Garrett Gomez, 6-1; Mizdirection, Mike Smith, 1-1; Byrama, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; Long Face, Julien Leparoux, 20-1; Trois Aureole, Martin Garcia, 15-1; A Jealous Woman, Brice Blanc, 7-2; Charm the Maker, Joe Talamo, 15-1; and In the Stars, Gary Stevens, 4-1. First post time Monday is 12:30 p.m.
Fans attending Santa Anita on Presidents’ Day will receive free an attractive Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies last.
EDDIE D. HAPPY WITH GROWTH IN CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME
Eddie Delahoussaye is a blue collar guy with white collar morals. He always seems to be available when it comes to a worthy cause. Such is the case next Thursday night, Feb. 21, when the retired Hall of Fame rider lends his presence to the Santa Anita’s jockeys when they play Holy Angels School in their annual charity basketball game at La Salle High School in Pasadena.
“It’s a great cause,” said Delahoussaye, one of the most popular jockeys ever to ride in California. “And every year, it seems like it’s gotten bigger.
“The people come and they really enjoy themselves. I give thanks to all the jockeys at Santa Anita who show up. It’s fantastic.”
Proceeds will benefit the Holy Angels athletic program and the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Game time is 7:15 p.m.; doors open at 6:15 p.m.
WestsideRentals.com and Meticulous Talent Management will co-sponsor the event which will again enjoy the support of a wide spectrum of people from the horse racing industry, including Delahoussaye and fellow Hall of Fame jockeys Laffit Pincay, Jr., Gary Stevens and Mike Smith. All will be available to autograph photos and other memorabilia at 6:30 p.m.
The Eye on Jacob Foundation is named for Jacob Desormeaux, the 14-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux. Jacob was diagnosed several years ago with Usher’s Syndrome, a rare disorder that causes loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.
In addition to WestsideRentals.com and Meticulous Talent Management, sponsors for this year’s event also include: Hollywood Sports Park, KHS Bicycle, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, and Temple City Bike Shop.
Those attending will be eligible to win prizes which include: A paint ball package to Hollywood Sports Park, an Electra Townie 3-speed Adult Alumni bike (retails for $550), a kids BMX Free Agent Stiletto bike (retails for $350), and a Half Court Prize, to be determined, by Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, as well as basketballs signed by all jockeys and student-players.
This year’s Santa Anita jockey team is likely to include: Captains Flores and Joe Talamo, Rafael Bejarano, Alex Bisono, Brice Blanc, Victor Espinoza, Omar Figueroa, Eswan Flores, Martin Garcia, Garrett Gomez, Aaron Gryder, Mario Gutierrez, Kevin Krigger, Julien Leparoux, Modesto Linares, Edwin Maldonado, Orlando Mojica, Corey Nakatani, Alonso Quinonez, Kayla Stra, Mike Smith and perhaps others.
HRTV’s Kurt Hoover will again coach the jockeys’ squad, while Joe Mora, Kathy Rameriez and Austin Puertas will lead the Holy Angel’s crew.
La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, about four miles northwest of Santa Anita Park. Admission is $5.
SHOWVIVOR II STARTS AT SANTA ANITA ON FEB. 23
With a pair of retirees, one based in Canton, Ohio and the other on the Big Island of Hawaii, dead-heating this past Sunday to win Santa Anita’s initial 2013 offering of ShowVivor, Santa Anita has announced that ShowVivor II will begin Saturday, Feb. 23.
With $5,000 in prize money on the line, the contest came to an end with Lawrence Zufall and Edward Finnegan each collecting $2,250 as they both selected Roar Baby Roar, who finished fourth as the 2-1 favorite in the seventh race. ShowVivor began on Jan. 4, and Zufall and Finnegan emerged from a field of 4,388 players.
All of those participating in ShowVivor II will again be required to select a horse each racing day that finishes no worse than third. If any selection fails to run first, second or third, that player is eliminated for the duration of the contest.
Santa Anita will again offer $5,000 in prize money and on Feb. 23, all selections must be registered at www.santaanita.com no later than 12 noon. Thereafter, selections must be made via the track’s website no later than 10 minutes before first post time each racing day.
Contest rules stipulate that the winner will receive $3,000, the runner-up will get $1,500 and the second runner-up will bank $500. In the event of another dead heat, there is now a tie-breaker mechanism in place, which would result in a single winner.
Those wishing to participate in ShowVivor II are encouraged to register online as soon as possible. Santa Anita’s 71-day winter/spring meeting will run through April 21. For more information on ShowVivor 2, visit www.santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-RACE.
UPSET OF BEHOLDER BY RENEE’S TITAN NO FLUKE, BAZE SAYS
Tyler Baze cautions that his victory aboard 20-1 shot Renee’s Titan over 1-5 favorite Beholder in the Santa Ynez Stakes on Jan. 21 wasn’t a shock, at least in his eyes.
“It didn’t surprise me,” Baze said after working Renee’s Titan six furlongs Saturday in a bullet 1:13.40. “The filly has a lot of talent, and every time I work her, she always works awesome. I was really looking forward to riding her on the dirt in the Santa Ynez.
“That race wasn’t a fluke, not the way she was training, and right now she’s really training well . . . She couldn’t be doing any better.”
Renee’s Titan and Beholder are on course for a rematch in the Grade I Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile on Santa Anita Handicap Day, Saturday, March 2.
FINISH LINES. Three horses that last raced at Golden Gate—Black Tunic ($52.80 for Jeff Bonde in the sixth; Saint Prado, $21.20, also for Bonde in the seventh; and Judy In Disguise, $12 for Simon Callaghan in the eighth—combined for a $1,721.90 Pick 3 at Santa Anita Saturday. Edwin Maldonado rode both winners for Bonde, giving the jockey 29 for the meet and moving him five in front of both Joe Talamo and Garrett Gomez, but 14 behind leader Rafael Bejarano . . . Inspired by his visit to Santa Anita the week before the 2008 Breeders’ Cup, former jockey Punchie Goberdhan is set to begin training on his own next week at Belmont Park. A former exercise rider for Bobby Frankel and Chad Brown, Goberdhan was instrumental in preparing Maram for her victory in the 2008 Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita under Brown’s training.