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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• QUIET OASIS RETURNS IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II SANTA ANA STAKES
• GAME ON DUDE, MIZDIRECTION TOP PLETHORA OF WORKERS
• GRATEFUL MALDONADO PROVES HE’S NO ONE-HIT WONDER
CLASSY QUIET OASIS ENDS LAYOFF IN SUNDAY’S SANTA ANA
Ben Cecil exercised the last of his remaining options with Quiet Oasis when she runs in Sunday’s Grade II, $150,000 Santa Ana Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
“This isn’t where I wanted to run her, but I entered in three different allowance races and nothing went,” the trainer said. “It’s a tough spot to come back in, but here we are.”
Quiet Oasis, a 5-year-old Irish-bred mare owned by Reddam Racing LLC, makes her first start since last July at Betfair Hollywood Park, where she won the Royal Heroine Mile on turf, getting up by a head under Mario Gutierrez, who has the mount in the Santa Ana.
Prior to the Royal Heroine, Quiet Oasis missed by a half-length at 6-1 in the Grade I Gamely last May after capturing the Grade III Wilshire Handicap in April. Overall, Quiet Oasis has a 4-2-1 record from 10 starts, her last six in the United States. She has earned $262,379.
The field for the Santa Ana: Lady of Shamrock, Mike Smith, 8-5; Long Face, Gary Stevens, 20-1; Quiet Oasis, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2; Smarty B, Tyler Baze, 12-1; A Jealous Woman, Brice Blanc, 9-2; and Tiz Flirtatious, Julien Leparoux, 9-5.
GAME ON DUDE SHARP IN FOUR FURLONG DRILL AT SANTA ANITA
Two-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude, prepping for a likely run in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic on April 20, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track on a picture-perfect Saturday morning in 48.40, breezing, under jockey Martin Garcia.
It was one of 148 recorded works Saturday, including 24 on turf and one on the training track. “Game On Dude is as professional as a race horse can be,” said Tom Mitchell, a member of Santa Anita’s crack clocking crew.
Next up? “It’s either the Charles Town race or the Oaklawn Handicap,” Baffert said, the latter reference to the race in Arkansas on April 13.
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection, ticketed for the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes on April 13, worked five furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:00.60 for trainer Mike Puype.
Suggestive Boy, winner of the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, went the same distance on grass in 1:02.40 for Ron McAnally.
Strub Stakes winner Guilt Trip went five furlongs in company with 2012 Southwest Stakes (division) winner Castaway for Baffert. Each was timed in 59.80. Garcia rode Guilt Trip, while Erick Lopez was aboard Castaway.
DETERMINATION, HARD WORK REAP SUCCESS FOR MALDONADO
Perhaps Edwin Maldonado’s victory aboard the 6-year-old mare Promiscuoussuances in last Saturday’s sixth race best illustrates his determination in the saddle.
Second-leading rider this meet behind Rafael Bejarano with 46 victories through Friday, the 30-year-old Maldonado virtually willed Promiscuoussuances across the wire first, winning by a neck at 2-1 for trainer Doug O’Neill.
The Equibase chart comment reads in part that Promiscuoussuances “lasted under vigorous late handling and despite drifting out a bit in the final yards.” Casual observers may have noticed the California-bred daughter of Suances was twirling her tail in late stretch, often taken as a sign of weariness.
“She doesn’t like the stick,” explained Maldonado, who is represented by veteran agent Vic Lipton. “I hit her one time left-handed and got her to switch leads, and that was it. The rest of it was just hand-riding and not being too aggressive with her.”
Maldonado maintains a low profile on the publicity front, continuing to work hard, proving his dethroning of perennial Southern California riding king Bejarano at the recent Betfair Hollywood Park meet was not a fluke.
Further evidence came yesterday when Maldonado posted victories on longshots Warren’s Gussie (27.40), Rintoo ($33) and Medusalina ($10.20) to single-handedly account for a two-day Pick Six carryover of $191,838 into Saturday’s card. “I’m excited about the whole deal,” Maldonado said about his wild ride. “I’m grateful I have a good man (Lipton) on my side.”
2010 CAL-BRED HORSE OF THE YEAR EVENING JEWEL HAS FIRST FOAL
Evening Jewel, the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s Horse of the Year in 2010, gave birth last week to her first foal, a filly by Medaglia d’Oro, at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky, trainer Jim Cassidy reported Saturday morning.
Cassidy trained Evening Jewel, for which next Saturday’s $200,000 stakes race is named. The 6 ½ furlong test is restricted to 3-year-old fillies that are California bred or sired.
JOCKEY STRA, TRAINER GUS HEADLEY IN SANTA ANITA DERBY 5K RUN
Kayla Stra, who gave birth to a son fathered by trainer Gus Headley four months ago, is back winning races at Santa Anita. On April 6, the 28-year-old jockey turns her athletic prowess to foot power when she and Gus go in the Santa Anita Derby 5K run.
“I ran last year but never got my time,” the affable Aussie said. “I think I ran a seven-minute mile. David Flores is always good, but he paced himself last year. Gus runs with me and he motivates me.”
The 5K event is not a competitive one for Gus. “I know how fast I’m running,” he said, smiling, “and how slow.”
Online and mail-in registration for Santa Anita’s popular Derby Day 5K Run and Walk is available at www.kinaneevents.com or by mail addressed to: Santa Anita Derby Day 5K, c/o Time Management, P.O. Box 131314, Carlsbad, Ca. 92013-1314.
For more information on how to register for the Santa Anita Derby 5K Run and Walk, visit www.kinaneevents.com.
‘SANTA ANITA UNCORKED’ BENEFIT AT SANTA ANITA TOMORROW
Santa Anita presents its sixth annual “Santa Anita Uncorked” wine and culinary festival on Sunday. The event will be staged in the track’s Club Court area, on the east end of the Grandstand beginning at 12 noon and will feature a wide array of boutique and hand-picked wine selections, cuisine sampling from 25 popular local restaurants, an art exhibit and a full day of exciting Thoroughbred racing.
“Santa Anita Uncorked” is available to everyone, “food only” ticket is available for those under 21. All attendees will receive the following: Parking & Admission; Daily Race Program; Wine Tasting; Cuisine Sampling; Art Exhibit; A Souvenir Wine Glass; and Grandstand Seating at The Great Race Place for the Entire Day
Tickets are $60 each and can be purchased on line at www.santaanita.com, or at the track, either in the Grandstand ticket office or at Champions! gift shop, in the East Paddock Gardens.
Sponsored by the Wine of the Month Club, “Santa Anita Uncorked” will offer attendees a great cross section of outstanding cuisine from 25 high-end restaurants and will be supported by 25 wineries. Proceeds from “Santa Anita Uncorked” will go to benefit the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), Arcadia High School and the Pasadena Humane Society.
HRTV OFFERS FREE BREEDING TO BIG CAP WINNER MISREMEMBERED
HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, and trainer Bob Baffert, will offer a lucky viewer a chance for a free breeding for their mare to 2010 Santa Anita Handicap winner Misremember. The Hall of Fame trainer made the announcement on HRTV’s Race Day America.
Baffert will draw the winning name on HRTV’s Race Day America on Sunday, April 14. Misremembered, a 2006 son of Candy Ride, earned over $1.3-million. His stakes wins included the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the Swaps Stakes and the Santana Mile. He set a track record winning the Grade II Indiana Derby.
Misremembered entered stud in 2013 at Hill ‘N’ Dale Farms in Lexington, KY. His first foals are arriving this year. He stands for $5,000.
FINISH LINES: Rafael Bejarano, Martin Garcia, Edwin Maldonado and Alonso Quinonez ride at Sunland Park in New Mexico tomorrow. Bejarano pilots Midnight Lucky for Bob Baffert in the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks and Saint Prado for Jeff Bonde in the $800,000 Sunland Derby; Garcia rides Govenor Charlie for Baffert in the Derby; Maldonado is on Unusual Way for Bonde in the Oaks and Mudflats for Doug O’Neill in the Derby; and Quinonez rides Just Win Baby for Oscar Garcia in the Derby . . . Gary Stevens leaves Tuesday for Dubai where he rides a week from Sunday, March 30 . . . Maiden winner Demonic, who worked five furlongs on Betfair Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track Friday in 1:01.20, still has an outside chance of getting on the Triple Crown trail. “He’ll work next week and then we’ll know,” trainer John Sadler said Saturday . . . Peter Miller, who won his first training title at last summer’s Del Mar meet and has been on a roll since, will be Kurt Hoover’s guest Sunday on HRTV’s handicapping seminar, 11:30 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens . . . With the majority picking 7-10 favorite Saint Loup to finish at least third (he ran second) in Friday’s seventh race, 36 remain alive in ShowVivor II entering Saturday’s program.