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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2009
MUTADDA INVADES FOR SATURDAY’S SAN CARLOS HANDICAP
Citing limited opportunities elsewhere and a penchant for seven furlongs, Tom Amoss is bringing Mutadda to Santa Anita for Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Handicap.
“This looked like a good spot,” Amoss said by phone Monday morning from the Ocala Breeders’ Sales in Florida. “There wasn’t too much around and seven-eighths is his best distance.” Mutadda has two wins and a third in four starts at seven furlongs. He registered his first stakes victory in the restricted Gaudin Memorial at the Fair Grounds on Jan. 10. He has a 4-3-1 record from 15 career starts, with earnings of $171,959.
Mutadda, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Mutakddim owned and bred by Andrena Van Doren of Lexington, Ky., will be ridden by hot-riding Joe Talamo, ensconced in fourth in the Santa Anita jockey standings with 27 victories through Sunday.
“I knew Joe before he was Joe, and he was chasing me (for mounts),” Amoss said. “Now I’m chasing him.”
Talamo is excited about reuniting with Amoss. “I won races for him in Louisiana when I was 16 and had the ‘bug,’” Talamo said.
Probable for the 71st San Carlos: Devoted Magic, Joel Rosario; Georgie Boy, Garrett Gomez; Halo Najib, Rafael Bejarano; and Yankee Bravo, Alex Solis. VIENNA HOPES ‘CODE’ HAS KEY TO VICTORY IN SAN LUIS OBISPO
Medici Code will attempt to negotiate a mile and a half for the first time in his career when the 5-year-old son of Medicean runs in next Sunday’s Grade II San Luis Obispo Handicap on turf. Darrell Vienna is optimistic that the English-bred gelding is up to the assignment.
“I think as these horses get older and they relax more, I don’t think distance is a problem for them,” the trainer said. “I think it will actually be a benefit to him.” Medici Code missed by a nose Jan. 19 in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes at 1 ¼ miles on turf. The chestnut owned by William Herrick of Carlsbad hasn’t won in the United States since 2007, when he captured the Grade II La Jolla Handicap and the Grade II Del Mar Derby back to back. Medici Code has a 4-2-3 record from 18 starts, with earnings of $449,427.
Probable for the 53rd San Luis Obispo: Attempted Humor, no rider; Champs Elysees, Garrett Gomez; Church Service, Rafael Bejarano; Kris Silver, Tyler Baze; Medici Code, Joel Rosario; Safety Zone, Patrick Husbands; and Spring House, Alex Solis. RAIL TRIP ENTERED FRIDAY; BIG ’CAP REMAINS A POSSIBILITY
Rail Trip, nominated to Saturday’s San Carlos Handicap at seven furlongs and also a possibility for the Santa Anita Handicap at 1 ¼ miles on March 7, was entered in an allowance race at 1 1/16 miles this Friday against four rivals, just 21 days after winning his first start going two turns on Jan. 30.
Running on Friday would eliminate running in the San Carlos for the undefeated and untested Rail Trip, but not necessarily the $1 million, Grade I Big ’Cap three weeks down the road.
“The thinking is to run Friday,” trainer Ron Ellis said. “We’re going to run and see what happens and go from there.”
When asked if the Santa Anita Handicap was on the agenda for Rail Trip, a 4-year-old gelded son of the A.P. Indy stallion Jump Start, Ellis said, “We’ll see how it goes. It would be uncharacteristic (of his training modus operandi) to run in the Big ’Cap (three weeks after Friday’s race), but this race is a good spot. He just needs more experience, I think.” FINISH LINES: Track superintendent Richard Tedesco said an inch of rain hit Santa Anita as of 10 a.m. Monday morning, with the forecast calling for two inches or more all day. “The track seems OK,” Tedesco said. “There were horses on it this morning and everyone seemed happy.” There were 42 recorded works on Pro-Ride Monday . . . Richie Silverstein struck gold Saturday when he booked his new client of just one day, Alonso Quinonez, on Peace Chant, who won the $100,000 Phoenix Gold Cup at Turf Paradise in a 14-1 upset for trainer Doug O’Neill. The veteran agent also scored three victories with Joel Rosario at Santa Anita. Silverstein, the long-time agent for Martin Pedroza, who is currently recovering from a fractured pelvis, is representing Rosario while the jockey’s regular agent, Vic Stauffer, is recuperating from elective surgery. “I took Joel for a week while Vic is out,” Silverstein explained. “Vic had pretty much filled up the whole (condition) book, but he had four spots open the first week I had him, and I filled three on Saturday, and all of them won. That was blind luck. Vic’s not back yet, so I guess I’m on for another week, but we haven’t discussed the split in money or anything. And with Alonso, I’m one for one. I should retire now. With any luck, Peace Chant will be invited to Dubai, and we’ll make Alonso an international rider.” As for Pedroza, Silverstein is optimistic on his comeback. “I’m still praying for Martin’s return on March 15,” he said. “But May 1 is a lot more realistic. He’s healing naturally. It’s all up to nature.” . . . I Want Revenge, third in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, worked four furlongs Monday on Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track in a bullet 50 seconds, breezing, under Joe Talamo for trainer Jeff Mullins . . . Next month, Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. will visit his native Panama where the jockey school in his name will expand its curriculum to include academics. “I’ll be there March 16,” Pincay said. “The new program will allow students not only to learn how to ride, but to have an education in case their careers as jockeys don’t work out,” he continued. “It’s a very worthwhile endeavor, and it will be a lot of fun to visit my home country again.” -30-