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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• CALIFORNIA CHROME IN SHARP DRILL FOR SAN FELIPE
• PINCAY TO GREET FANS AT CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME
• SILENTIO ON COURSE FOR GRADE I FRANK E. KILROE
CALIFORNIA CHROME WORKS AT LOS AL FOR SAN FELIPE
California Chrome worked six furlongs at Los Alamitos Saturday morning in 1:11.80 under regular rider Victor Espinoza as the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit moved closer to a start in the Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 8.
“I’m real happy with the work,” trainer Art Sherman said. “I got him galloping out seven furlongs in 1:25. He’ll have one more breeze at Los Al and we’ll ship to Santa Anita five days before the race for schooling and final preparations. Victor said he went really nice.”
Meanwhile, on Friday, Shared Belief shipped from Santa Anita to Golden Gate Fields in the Northern California town of Berkeley.
The undefeated Eclipse Award winner as male 2-year-old champion of 2013, who had been a Future Book favorite for the Kentucky Derby, has been recovering from a quarter crack on his right front foot.
While he had been galloping on Santa Anita’s conventional dirt track, the gelded son of Candy Ride had not had a recorded workout. His last victory came on Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track in the Grade I CashCall Futurity on Dec. 14. Golden Gate’s main track is a synthetic surface known as “Tapeta.”
“I need to try something different,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said when asked about the move.
FrontRunner Stakes winner Bond Holder, who had shipped to Louisiana for today’s Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds, is due back in California Sunday after an eventful trip.
“He Fed Exed to New Orleans and had a rough flight to say the least,” explained Dennis O’Neill, brother of Doug O’Neill, who trains the Virginia-bred son of Mineshaft for J. Paul Reddam.
“The horse got banged up. He cut himself and we just decided not to run him. He wasn’t right. He’ll be home Sunday and we’ll sit down and re-evaluate. Hopefully, we’ll breeze him the following week and run (in the San Felipe) if all goes well.”
FANS CAN MEET HALL OF FAME LEGENDS NEXT THURSDAY
More than a decade after his retirement, Laffit Pincay Jr. remains one of the most popular figures in racing, certainly in Southern California, where the Hall of Fame jockey recorded a Santa Anita record 2,860 of his victories that reached a career total of 9,530 when he retired in April of 2003.
Fans get an opportunity to meet and greet the great jockey up close and personal next Thursday, Feb. 27, when he will be on hand to sign autographs prior to the Santa Anita Jockeys 47th annual charity basketball game with Holy Angels School.
The game will be played at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit the Holy Angels athletic program, the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.
Sponsored by J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Meticulous Talent, game time is 7:15 p.m. and admission doors open at 6:15 p.m.
“It’s a lot of fun, and it’s good for the charities, the fans, everybody,” Pincay said. “It’s a good time and I enjoy doing it.”
In addition to active riders such as Gary Stevens, Mike Smith, Joe Talamo, Rafael Bejarano, Corey Nakatani, Aaron Gryder, Edwin Maldonado, Brice Blanc, Tyler Baze, Mario Gutierrez, Orlando Mojica, Alonso Quinonez, Alberto Delgado, Julien Couton and others, retired Hall of Famers Eddie Delahoussaye and Pincay will be available to sign autographs and other memorabilia beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Delahoussaye and Pincay will also serve as honorary team captains along with game captains Smith, Stevens and Talamo. Tickets are $5 and with the purchase of two, fans will receive one General Admission ticket to Santa Anita, good for any race day through April 27. There will also be a Half Court Shot Contest at halftime, with the winner receiving a two-night stay in a luxury suite at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas.
Holy Angels Middle School, located on Campus Drive, just to the south of Santa Anita Park, has long educated many members of the racetrack community, and its church, Holy Angels, has been a source of strength for many as well.
The Eye on Jacob Foundation is named for Jacob Desormeaux, the 15-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.
HRTV’s Kurt Hoover, former standout hoopster at Arcadia High School, will again coach the jockeys’ squad.
La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita. Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, on-track, or through Holy Angels School.
FINISH LINES: Silentio, working like clockwork every recent Saturday for the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on March 8, went seven furlongs on the main track this morning in 1:25.20 under leading rider Rafael Bejarano. “He went very well,” trainer Gary Mandella said of the Citation Handicap winner . . . Las Virgenes winner Fashion Plate, prepping for the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 5, went three furlongs in 37.20. “She went a gentle three-eighths; she looked good,” trainer Simon Callaghan said . . . Two-time Santa Anita Handicap runner-up Setsuko worked a mile for Richard Mandella in 1:39.60 . . . Happy birthday to agent Scotty McClellan who celebrates No. 59 today.