Despite incurring his first loss when caught in what some perceived to be an unnecessary pace duel in the San Felipe Stakes on March 9, Flashback no doubt will be favored when he runs in next Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, a major steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby on May 4.

One such expert who readily gives the gray son of Tapit another chance is private clocker Gary Young, never short on forthright opinions. Young took time from his busy morning schedule timing horses to give a Reader’s Digest version of runners projected to start in the Santa Anita Derby, winners of which have gone on to capture the Run for the Roses nine times, the last being upstart I’ll Have Another on an improbable wild ride in 2012.

“Hear the Ghost benefited from a really good trip (winning the San Felipe),” said Young, just back from a scouting mission at the Fasig-Tipton Sales in Florida, “although I don’t get to see him work (at his Betfair Hollywood Park home base).

“I think Goldencents might be on the other side of midnight. Super Ninety Nine, too. Tiz a Minister is a good claim, but I think he benefited from the way Flashback and Goldencents ran like it was a match race in the San Felipe.

“Storm Fighter is a nice horse but he got a little washed out in his works when I last saw him. I think he might be biting off a little bit more than he can chew.

“Power Broker is a talented horse but they might be rushing him. He doesn’t like any dirt in his face. His post position and how the race is run will be big determining factors with him. He’s as talented as most of the horses in the race, but I think he might be hurrying.

“Flashback is the most talented 3-year-old we have out here. He would be the pick.”

Probable for the Santa Anita Derby: Flashback, Garrett Gomez; Hear the Ghost,

Corey Nakatani; Goldencents, Kevin Krigger; Super Ninety Nine, Martin Garcia; Power Broker, Rafael Bejarano; Tiz a Minister, Joe Talamo; Storm Fighter, Gary Stevens; and Dirty Swagg, Tyler Baze.

In other Santa Anita Derby news:

Bob Baffert said Flashback will have his final major work “probably Monday,” while Karen Headley, assistant to trainer Bruce Headley, said Storm Fighter is scheduled to work five furlongs Monday.

Owner/breeder/trainer Myung Kwon Cho on entering Dirty Swagg, who figures to be the longest shot in the race at 30-1 or higher: “There’s nothing sure in this business.”

Daily Racing Form presents a $750,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 on Santa Anita Derby Day; fans at Santa Anita will be offered a free Santa Anita Derby T-shirt with paid admission, while supplies last; KROQ presents Iration in concert; and there will be more than 50 microbrew/craft beer vendors, in addition to Premium Food Trucks.

Online and mail-in registration for Santa Anita’s popular Derby Day 5K Run and Walk on April 6 is available at 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


Compelling rivalries have always produced great drama in horseracing, and the unforgettable rivalry that evolved between legendary Hall of Fame stars Sunday Silence and Easy Goer will be the subject of a two-part special unveiled by HRTV's award-winning documentary show, ‘Inside Information.’

Part one premieres tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Part two will air on Sunday, April 28, also at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time

In 1989, the clashing of Sunday Silence and Easy Goer on the track was the culmination of what many believed a "perfect" rivalry.

The two were owned by prominent owners in the sport's history--Arthur Hancock, in partnership with Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham, and Dr. Edward Gailliard (Sunday Silence), and Ogden Phipps (Easy Goer). Each was trained by legendary Hall of Famers, Whittingham guiding Sunday Silence, and Shug McGaughey prepping Easy Goer.

A coast-to-coast rivalry quickly ensued with Easy Goer perceived as an "East Coast" horse, while Sunday Silence commandeered attention of those on the West Coast.

Part one focuses on the early portions of both horse's careers, and sets up the collision course for the first Saturday in May, which resulted in Sunday Silence's resounding Kentucky Derby win over Easy Goer.

Part two will include the succeeding three epic battles between the two, including Easy Goer's derailing of Sunday Silence's Triple Crown bid in the Belmont, through Sunday Silence's gritty neck victory in the Breeders' Cup showdown, en route to "Horse of the Year" honors. It will also dissect each's legacy, and chronicle their post-racetrack careers, which included an outstanding stud career in Japan for Sunday Silence, and Easy Goer's premature death.

The shows offer interviews with many key figures of the rivalry, including: McGaughey, Pat Day (Easy Goer's jockey), Patrick Valenzuela (Sunday Silence's jockey), Peggy Whittingham, Chris McCarron (who rode Sunday Silence in the Breeders' Cup), track announcer Trevor Denman, prominent turf writer Bill Finley, Hancock, and many more.


Online voting for Santa Anita’s second annual HRTV Film Festival began today at 9 a.m., PDT, and will conclude Sunday, April 10, at 5:59 PDT.

A joint project between Santa Anita Park and HRTV, the non-fiction film festival competition entitled “A Day at the Races” is for Santa Anita-based projects with a maximum running time of five minutes.

All “A Day at the Races” entries have been submitted and will again be judged by a panel of racing and entertainment professionals. This year’s competition will feature expanded prize money to include the top five entries.

First prize will be $10,000; second prize, $5,000; with third through fifth prizes worth $3,000, $1,500, and $500, respectively. An additional top prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the winner of Santa Anita/HRTV’s online voting.

New this year, those entries judged to be sixth through 10th-best will receive free entry to the 2014 edition of the competition.

For more information on the 2013 HRTV Film Festival at Santa Anita, please visit or email

FINISH LINES: Richard Mandella has two of the nine fillies nominated in the Santa Anita Oaks scheduled to run in next Saturday’s Grade I test at 1 1/16 miles, champion Beholder, and Spellbound, who will be making her stakes debut. Garrett Gomez rides Beholder, Victor Espinoza Spellbound . . . San Luis Rey winner Bright Thought will pass the Woodford Reserve on May 4 and be pointed to the Arlington Million on Aug.17. “We’ll freshen him up for a month and find a race before the Arlington Million,” trainer Jorge Gutierrez said of the former claiming horse who set a world record of 2:22.72 in winning the San Luis Rey at 1 ½ miles on turf March 16 . . . Agent Brad Pegram reports that Mike Smith rides Tapicat for Bill Mott next Saturday in the Grade I Ashland Stakes at Keeneland . . . Jockey Jorge Carreno is scheduled to make his Santa Anita riding debut next week. The 29-year-old native of Mexico began his career in 2002 at Hawthorne Race Course and rode at Fairplex Park last September. He has 983 wins from 6,836 mounts and tacks 117 pounds. Agent Vince DeGregory, who also represents Brice Blanc, handles Carreno’s book . . . With 14 racing days remaining, Rafael Bejarano holds a 70-49 lead over Edwin Maldonado in the jockeys’ race, while Bob Baffert has a 33-27 edge over Jerry Hollendorfer, although Baffert has had 45 more starters. Bejarano is well ahead in purse money earned with $3,471,396, nearly $1 million ahead of Gomez, with $2,501,238. Baffert also has a comfortable lead in the money category, $2,988,920 to Hollendorfer’s $1,604,226. Of the trainers with at least 40 starters, Mandella has the best percentage at 27 (12 for 44), while Bejarano leads Gomez in win percentage, 25 to 24 (70 from 278 to 44 from 180, respectively) . . . Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally sent Frank E. Kilroe Mile winner Suggestive Boy six furlongs on Santa Anita’s firm turf course on a warm, sunny Saturday morning in 1:14.80, while San Marcos Stakes winner Slim Shadey went four furlongs on the main track in 49.40 for trainer Simon Callaghan . . . Today’s Pick Six carryover of $49,844 is the 18th of the meet through 57 days. On two occasions there have been two-day carryovers. The 71-day session ends on April 21.