STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019

  • FAHAN MURA ONE TO CATCH AGAIN IN BUENA VISTA
  • SHOW IT N MOE IT ON TIME FOR THE SPRING FEVER
  • STRONACH 5 CARRYOVER TODAY NEARS $170,000
  • SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT CARRYOVER AT $280,342
  • EXCLUSIVE TRIPLE CROWN WORK VIDEOS ON XBTV
  • NOTE: FIRST POST TIME ON SATURDAY IS 12:25 P.M.
  • POPULAR CHILI COOKOFF IS SET FOR TOMORROW

FLEET FAHAN MURA SEEKS UPSET OF VASILIKA IN BUENA VISTA

Two things are certain in Saturday’s one mile Buena Vista Stakes on turf: Vasilika will be favored and Fahan Mura will be the one to catch.

A chestnut daughter of the Smart Strike sire English Channel, Fahan Mura has been in front from the opening of the gates for her last 10 races in a row, or ever since jockey Edwin Maldonado got the mount almost a year ago, on March 25, 2018.

Together, they have won five races including the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes on Dec. 29. Last out, they led for about a half-mile in the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational against males at 1 3/16 miles on a yielding course at Gulfstream Park Jan. 26 before fading to 10th and last at odds of 42-1.

“It wasn’t really the distance that compromised her chances,” said Vladimir Cerin, who trains the five-year-old Pennsylvania-bred for Bran Jam Stables and David W. Clark.

“She won the Frankel at a mile and an eighth, and the Pegasus was only a sixteenth of a mile longer, but she was done after three jumps, the ground was so soft.

“She doesn’t handle it well. This turf course dries up very quickly so it should be good for her, but if it’s got a lot of cut in the ground, she won’t run.”

Addressing style and strategy, Cerin asked rhetorically, “Who’s going to keep her from being in front? She’s done 44 and four here and kept going and she loves this turf course.”

Fahan Mura led Vasilika on a merry chase before yielding twice, finishing third by less than two lengths in the Grade II John C. Mabee at a mile and an eighth, and second in Grade II Goldikova at a mile on grass.

Cerin willingly offers kudos to Maldonado.

“I give Edwin all the credit,” Cerin said, “because he never restrained her. He just let her be herself and have a nice, free pace from the beginning to the end.”

The Grade II Buena Vista, race eight of 10 offering $200,000 in purse money with a 12:25 p.m. first post timeTake These Chains, Tiago Pereira, 12-1; Ms Bad Behavior, Mike Smith, 5-1; Zaffinah, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Fahan Mura, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1; Compelled, Joe Talamo, 12-1; Amandine, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; English Dancer, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Elysea’s World, Joel Rosario, 4-1; Vasilika, Flavien Prat, 8-5; and Streak of Luck, Tyler Baze, 20-1.

SHOW IT N MOE IT HAS A CASE OF SPRING FEVER

Show It N Moe It is a consistent if unsung filly that has paid her way through two-plus seasons of racing for trainer Gary Sherlock, owner/breeder Terry Lovingier, and part owner Eugene Zondlo.

They hope the four-year-old daughter of Grace Upon Grace runs her winning streak to a modest two in Sunday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes for older California-bred fillies and mares at six furlongs.

“She’s a nice filly and good filly,” Sherlock said. “I hope we can win, because it will put her over $400,000 (she has earned $375,604).”

Sherlock has enjoyed a long and successful run with Lovingier, one of the Golden State’s most dedicated contributors to the Cal-bred program.

The Spring Fever, race eight of nine: Show It N Moe It, Rafael Bejarano; Coco Kisses, Joel Rosario; S Y Sky, Joe Talamo; Barbara Beatrice, Tiago Pereira; and Into Rissa, Geovanni Franco.

STRONACH 5 CARRYOVER TODAY IS $169,305.51

The Stronach 5 will have a record pool Friday when the national wager with an industry-low 12-percent takeout begins with a carryover of $169,305.51.

The Stronach 5 will kick off at 1:35 p.m. PT with the ninth race at Laurel Park. It will be followed by a pair of turf races from Gulfstream Park and a five-furlong dash from Golden Gate Fields before finishing at Santa Anita with an allowance optional claimer at 6 ½ furlongs on the downhill course.

There were no winning tickets in last week’s Stronach 5 after a $140 winner at Golden Gate and an $89.20 winner at Gulfstream.

Friday’s Stronach 5 Sequence:

Leg One – Laurel – race 9 – (10 entries, 6 furlongs) 4:35 ET, 1:35 PT

Leg Two – Gulfstream – race 10 – (16 entries, 1 1/16 miles turf) 5:12 ET, 2:12 PT

Leg Three – Gulfstream – race 11 – (16 entries, one-mile turf) 5:42 ET, 2:42 PT

Leg Four – Golden Gate – race 5 – (12 entries, 5 furlongs) 5:54 ET, 2:54 PT

Leg Five – Santa Anita – race 5 – (12 entries, 6 ½ furlongs turf) 6:-07 ET, 3:07 PT

The minimum wager on the multi-race, multi-track Stronach 5 is $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool will be carried over to the next Friday.

For the Stronach 5, if a change in racing surface is made after 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.

The Maryland Jockey Club serves as host of the Stronach 5. 

TODAY’S 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX CARRYOVER AT $280,342

Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot proved elusive to punters again Monday, resulting in a Jackpot carryover into Friday of $280,342.

With $182,616 in “new” money wagered contributing to a total Rainbow Six pool Monday of $421,150, there were 13 consolation tickets, each worth $7,480.80.

Post time for today’s fourth race which begins the Rainbow Six is 2:30 p.m. PT.

XBTV’S TRIPLE CROWN TRAIL PORTAL HAS EXCLUSIVE WORKOUT VIDEOS

For the first time ever, videos of the top Triple Crown race contenders are now available in one place and on-demand as XBTV unveils Triple Crown Trail, a portal on theXBTV.com website specifically for Classic-bound three-year-olds. The portal is full of exclusive workout videos, interviews and handicapping insights and analysis not available elsewhere, including:

•  Workout videos from top horses stabled in California, Florida, New York and more.

• Trainer and jockey interviews and features.

• Interactive Kentucky Derby points list, updated weekly.

• Replays of prep races.

With fewer than 75 days until the Kentucky Derby, experienced handicappers and racing fans around the world are starting to build their own Triple Crown Watch Lists and XBTV’s Triple Crown Trail portal is the perfect tool for the task.

The Triple Crown Trail also will feature Jeff Siegel’s Triple Crown Daily and his weekly Top 10 Rankings. Siegel is not only a well-respected handicapper and bettor, but he has the unique distinction of being a successful, veteran owner in addition to being a lifelong racing fan.

“As an owner, I’ve had the good fortune to win the Santa Anita Derby, Florida Derby and Wood Memorial, so I can vouch that the journey on the road to the Triple Crown, with its highs and lows, is just as exhilarating as the three-race American Classic series itself,” Siegel said.

“As a journalist, I can’t wait to chronicle and analyze all of the key prep races and then the Derby, Preakness and Belmont for XBTV.com. During the next 15 weeks, we’ll cover every race, every workout, and every angle.  And we’ll do it every day.”

The horses listed on both Siegel’s ranking and the list of Kentucky Derby points

leaders are linkable to the available XBTV video files of each horse. Horses will move on and off of the Triple Crown Trail as their connections determine.

In just over three years, XBTV has accumulated a library of over 18,000 workouts from coast-to-coast. These vast resources are searchable and available anytime, free, on XBTV. To access XBTV’s Triple Crown Trail section, click here.

SANTA ANITA’S FOURTH ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF SET FOR TOMORROW

Santa Anita’s popular Chili Cook-Off is set for its fourth annual renewal tomorrow on the Grandstand Apron. It’s a battle of the tastiest, spiciest and most mouth-watering chili recipes in Southern California!

Teams from all over the Southland will be vying for fan votes and the right to proclaim themselves “Chili Champs” in one of the season’s most fun-filled events. Packages, which include chili tastings, craft beers, wines and world class racing are available now at santaanita.com.

Attendees can save $8 by joining Santa Anita’s Text Loyalty program. Just text chili to 48421 to receive your promo code for $8 off. (Text message rates apply. Opt out anytime).

LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:

Dream Tree 
works 4 furlongs (Baffert)

Legends of War works 3 furlongs (O’Neill) 

Enaya Alrabb works 4 Furlongs (O’Neill)  

Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket:  Massive Carryover  

Jimmy Jerkens Shedrow Stroll: Getting to Know  Midnight Party

Eskenforadrink works 4 Furlongs (Gutierrez)-2/21/2019

Melissa Jane works 4 furlongs (Powell)-2/21/2019

Swirling works 4 furlongs (Sadler)-2/21/2019 

Chasing Yesterday works 7 furlongs (Baffert)-2/20/2019

Flor de la Mar works 6 furlongs in company with  Shoe Me Da Lute (Baffert)-2/20/2019

Mucho Gusto works 4 furlongs (Baffert)- 2/20/19

Improbable works 6 furlongs (Baffert)-2/20/19

FINISH LINES: First post time will be 12:25 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday . . .Enaya Alrabb, a fast-closing second by three-parts of a length to odds-on favorite Bellafina in the Las Virgenes Stakes Feb. 9, worked four furlongs Friday under Mike Smith in 49 seconds flat, with the Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 10 a likely steppingstone to the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 6. “We took the blinkers off for the work and might take them off for the Santa Ysabel, too,” leading trainer Doug O’Neill said. “That could prove the missing link to winning.” . . . Ray Paulick, publisher of the popular and highly respected Paulick Report, and handicapping author James Quinn, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, 11:15 a.m. Saturday and 11:50 a.m. Sunday, respectively.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Monday, Feb. 18)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Joel Rosario

170

39

29

31

23%

58%

$2,073,949

Flavien Prat

147

36

30

20

24%

59%

$2,300,863

Heriberto Figueroa

144

21

12

21

15%

38%

$783,069

Tiago Pereira

113

19

17

11

17%

42%

$762,199

Rafael Bejarano

124

18

20

23

15%

49%

$996,446

Geovanni Franco

145

18

16

21

12%

38%

$866,138

Mike Smith

57

18

10

8

32%

63%

$1,168,296

Drayden Van Dyke

109

16

15

13

15%

40%

$956,467

Tyler Baze

160

14

29

22

9%

41%

$1,055,218

Joseph Talamo

109

12

19

15

11%

42%

$885,842

Assael Espinoza

90

11

6

12

12%

32%

$385,759

Ruben Fuentes

78

10

9

15

13%

44%

$334,558

Kent Desormeaux

77

9

9

12

12%

39%

$732,680

Mario Gutierrez

82

8

15

11

10%

41%

$590,039

Edwin Maldonado

52

8

7

1

15%

31%

$257,947

Agapito Delgadillo

48

7

6

5

15%

38%

$195,890

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

138

22

23

21

16%

48%

$1,164,568

Peter Miller

91

19

14

10

21%

47%

$1,031,957

John Sadler

63

16

15

9

25%

63%

$931,102

Richard Baltas

90

15

19

16

17%

56%

$930,681

Jerry Hollendorfer

74

13

11

12

18%

49%

$953,938

Bob Baffert

53

10

9

8

19%

51%

$996,435

J. Keith Desormeaux

46

10

8

5

22%

50%

$473,095

Philip D’Amato

69

8

9

11

12%

41%

$595,073

William E. Morey

47

8

9

9

17%

55%

$408,719

Jeff Mullins

39

8

9

6

21%

59%

$534,564

Richard Mandella

35

8

3

2

23%

37%

$272,011

Mark Glatt

52

7

10

5

13%

42%

$338,896

Vladimir Cerin

40

7

4

6

18%

43%

$268,937

Steve Knapp

39

7

3

6

18%

41%

$160,791

Simon Callaghan

28

7

3

5

25%

54%

$458,047