STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019

  • SPEEDY SELCOURT SET FOR SALTY SANTA MONICA
  • VICTOR ESPINOZA TO RESUME RIDING ON MONDAY
  • TRAINER SEEKS ANOTHER RUN AT THE PREAKNESS
  • STRONACH 5 TODAY GUARANTEES POOL OF $100,000
  • THIS MONDAY IS PRESIDENTS’ DAY AND DOLLAR DAY

SELCOURT SET TO DEFEND TITLE IN SANTA MONICA

John Sadler expects further progress from Selcourt in Saturday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes after the fleet mare finished second as the 3-10 favorite in the restricted Kalookan Queen Stakes on Jan. 13, her first race in more than two months.

“The Santa Monica looks like a strong race but she’s doing really well,” the trainer said of the front-running daughter of Tiz Wonderful, who defeated Marley’s Freedom in winning last year’s Santa Monica wire-to-wire by 4 ½ lengths.

“She had her comeback race (in the Kalookan Queen); she didn’t win, but she ran second, came out of it good, and looks like she’s moving forward, so hopefully she’s returning to her form of 2018.”

Tyler Baze has ridden Selcourt in every one of her eight career races, but rides Escape Clause in the Santa Monica. Her jockey in the Santa Monica will be Joe Talamo.

As for Horse of the Year runner-up Accelerate, retired to stud in Kentucky after finishing third in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26, Sadler said the son of Lookin At Lucky is enjoying life as a stallion at Lane’s End, where he stands for $20,000.

“He’s already got a full book of 170 mares,” Sadler said. “He’s doing great. When he first got there it was really cold, but he’s settled in nicely.”

The field for the Santa Monica, race nine of 10 with a 12 noon first post time: Paradise Woods, Joel Rosario, 7-2; Selcourt, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Marley’s Freedom, Drayden Van Dyke, 2-1; Dream Tree, Mike Smith, 4-1; Mopotism, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Escape Clause, Tyler Baze, 6-1; and Amuse, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1.

VICTOR ESPINOZA BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN MONDAY

Victor Espinoza is scheduled to resume his career after an absence of almost seven months when he rides Gallantly Streaming for trainer John Sadler on Monday.

The 46-year-old Hall of Fame member suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck and a shoulder and arm stinger in a training mishap at Del Mar last July 22.

“It’s been a long time coming and it feels like forever,” said his agent, Brian Beach, who also represents Victor’s nephew, top apprentice Assael Espinoza. “It wasn’t like we were looking for a particular race or a particular horse (for his comeback).

“The right opportunity came along and hopefully we can build from here.”

A three-time Kentucky Derby winner, Espinoza’s popularity went mainstream after winning the Triple Crown on American Pharoah in 2015, prior to a near miss on two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome in 2014.

Those achievements ultimately led to network TV appearances on the David Letterman Show and Dancing With The Stars, but now it’s back to Victor’s primary vocation, riding horses.

SWEET PREAKNESS DEAL FOR EL CAMINO REAL DERBY WINNER

It’s a longshot and light years away in racing time, but Keith Desormeaux hopes he gets another chance to win the Preakness Stakes starting tomorrow when Knight’s Cross runs in the $100,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

For the first time, Golden Gate’s premier race for three-year-olds will provide the winner with an automatic, all expenses paid berth to the middle jewel of the Triple Crown on May 18 at Pimlico Race Course (in order to qualify, the winner must be Triple Crown-nominated).

“Winning a race like the Preakness is what we all work for,” said Desormeaux, who captured the classic in 2016 with Exaggerator. “Right now, my three-year-olds are still developing and hopefully one can make it to a race like the Kentucky Derby or Preakness.”

Golden Gate Fields and Pimlico are both owned by The Stronach Group, North America’s largest owner of race tracks which also include Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park and Laurel Park.

POPULAR STRONACH 5 GUARANTEES $100,000 POOL TODAY

The Stronach 5, which continues to grow in popularity with an industry-low 12-percent takeout, will have a $100,000 guaranteed pool today as the national wager plays hosts to races from Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields.

The Stronach 5 kicks off at 1:10 p.m. PT with the first of two races at Gulfstream. After stops at Santa Anita and Laurel, the final sequence will take place 2:45 p.m. PT at Golden Gate Fields.

There were 43 winning tickets last week on The Stronach 5, each returning $4,075.30.

Past performances for the Stronach 5 here.

Friday’s Stronach 5 sequence:

  • Leg One – Gulfstream, race 8 – (8 entries, six furlongs) 4:10 ET, 1:10 PT
  • Leg Two -Laurel, race 9 – (9 entries, seven furlongs) 4:35 ET, 1:35 PT
  • Leg Three -Santa Anita, race 4 – (7 entries, 5 ½ furlongs) 5 ET, 2 PT
  • Leg Four – Gulfstream, race 11 – (13 entries, 5 ½ furlongs) 5:42 ET, 2:42 PT
  • Leg Five – Golden Gate, race 5 – (10 entries, one mile) 5:45 ET, 2:45 PT

For the Stronach 5, if a change in racing surface is made after the wagering closes, each selection on any ticket will be considered a winning selection. If a betting interest is scratched, that selection will be substituted with the favorite in the win pool when wagering closes.

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FINISH LINESAgapito Delgadillo and his son, Jose, have ridden against each other in a race before, but on Saturday they will compete in an added money event for the first time. Agapito has been named on Lady Suebee for John Sadler and Jose on Painting Corners for Peter Miller in the $70,000 Wishing Well Stakes . . . Jose Leonmakes his Santa Anita riding debut in today’s eighth race aboard 8-1 morning line chance I’ll Wrap It Up. The 20-year-old native of Puerto Rico represented by agent Joe Griffinhas 12 wins, 10 at Turf Paradise and two at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia . . . Jerry Hollendorfer trainee Gold ArrowJon White‘s 8-5 morning line favorite in today’s first race, is a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Battle of Midway . . . Platinum Equity, ridden by Ruben Fuentes for trainer Andrew Lerner, became the first three-time winner at the meet this year when he won yesterday’s third race. The filly Apache Princess also won three races at the meet but started her string last year, winning on Dec. 30 for Keith Desormeaux. It was the third win in a row for Lerner and Fuentes with Platinum Equity . . . Monday, Presidents’ Day, will be Dollar Day, with beer and soda available for a buck apiece and hot dogs for $2 . . . This weekend, Santa Anita celebrates Lunar New Year, hosting a Santa Anita first, a Chinese cultural event featuring food and drink, on-site vendors, live lion dancers and musical acts, plus, one lucky fan will win $500 on Santa Anita’s Money Tree. General admission is just $5 . . . The percentage of winning favorites on both dirt and turf this meet are very similar: on dirt, 31.69 (58 of 183), on turf, 30.23 (26 of 86) and overall, 31.23 (84 of 269) . . . Talk about a blanket finish: in last Saturday’s San Marcos Stakes, the 13 runners were separated by less than 11 lengths at the end of a mile and a quarter on turf . . . Apprentice jockey J.C. Diaz Jr.has been suspended three days (Feb. 22, 23, 24) for causing interference aboard Swirling in Sunday’s fifth race . . . Error of omission: Santa Anita-based Diego Sanchezrides Knight’s Cross in tomorrow’s El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Thursday, Feb. 14)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Flavien Prat

134

30

28

19

22%

57%

$2,057,192

Joel Rosario

147

30

26

27

20%

56%

$1,704,100

Heriberto Figueroa

134

20

12

21

15%

40%

$760,436

Tiago Pereira

100

18

14

10

18%

42%

$664,082

Mike Smith

53

17

10

8

32%

66%

$1,132,294

Rafael Bejarano

107

16

17

18

15%

48%

$879,999

Geovanni Franco

129

16

16

19

12%

40%

$808,028

Tyler Baze

148

14

27

21

9%

42%

$1,014,965

Drayden Van Dyke

94

14

15

11

15%

43%

$786,679

Assael Espinoza

80

11

4

11

14%

33%

$363,615

Joseph Talamo

97

9

17

15

9%

42%

$745,391

Ruben Fuentes

65

9

8

12

14%

45%

$300,132

Kent Desormeaux

64

9

7

11

14%

42%

$689,074

Edwin Maldonado

45

7

6

1

16%

31%

$237,205

Agapito Delgadillo

43

7

5

5

16%

40%

$176,909

Aaron Gryder

37

6

3

2

16%

30%

$166,614

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

114

19

20

16

17%

48%

$944,191

Peter Miller

78

16

13

9

21%

49%

$902,447

Richard Baltas

76

12

17

13

16%

55%

$833,819

John Sadler

55

12

12

9

22%

60%

$783,461

Jerry Hollendorfer

68

12

10

9

18%

46%

$809,538

J. Keith Desormeaux

41

10

7

5

24%

54%

$447,393

Bob Baffert

52

9

9

8

17%

50%

$876,435

Philip D’Amato

64

8

9

11

13%

44%

$592,240

William E. Morey

44

8

9

9

18%

59%

$403,159

Jeff Mullins

36

7

8

6

19%

58%

$495,164

Mark Glatt

44

7

8

5

16%

45%

$301,483

Richard Mandella

30

7

3

2

23%

40%

$257,758

Peter Eurton

33

6

5

4

18%

45%

$288,405

Vladimir Cerin

32

6

4

4

19%

44%

$238,544

Simon Callaghan

25

6

3

5

24%

56%

$423,596

Steve Knapp

32

6

1

5

19%

38%

$134,578