STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2019

  • CALF MOON BAY SEEKS AN UPSET IN LAS VIRGENES
  • FLAMBOYANT GOES FOR SAN MARCOS GRAND SLAM
  • OHIO STATES HIS CASE FOR THUNDER ROAD STAKES
  • SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST SATURDAY IS 11:30 A.M.
  • FIRST ‘SATURDAY AT THE RACES’ AIRS TOMORROW
  • GOLD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW PICK SIX TODAY
  • TODAY’S STRONACH 5 GUARANTEES A $100,000 POOL

HOLLENDORFER EYES FOURTH WIN IN LAS VIRGENES

Jerry Hollendorfer has won 7,570 races in his illustrious career, including the Las Virgenes Stakes three times, but if he captures Saturday’s edition with Calf Moon Bay, it will mark a gargantuan upset compared to his previous three triumphs.

All were recorded by champions: Blind Luck (2010), Songbird (2016) and Unique Bella (2017). Calf Moon Bay not only has never won a stakes race, she has never run in one.

But the bay daughter of Bodemeister owned in part by Hollendorfer is doing well enough to merit a chance against 2-5 morning line favorite Bellafina and a trio of other three-year-old fillies in the one mile race, a major steppingstone to the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 6.

Calf Moon Bay broke her maiden going one mile at Los Alamitos, winning stylishly by five lengths, then returned to the same distance at Santa Anita on Jan. 11 and won by a nose.

The Las Virgenes, race five of 11 with an 11:30 a.m. first post time: Calf Moon Bay, Joel Rosario, 12-1; Enaya Alrabb, Mike Smith, 4-1; Bellafina, Flavien Prat, 2-5; Mother Mother, Drayden Van Dyke, 7-2; and Tomlin, Tyler Baze, 15-1.

FLAMBOYANT RUNS FOR FOURTH TIME IN SAN MARCOS

Not many Thoroughbreds are durable enough to run in the same race four times over a four-year span, let alone four stakes races, but Flamboyant is about to achieve that when the French-bred trained by Paddy Gallagher goes in Saturday’s Grade II San Marcos Stakes.

Flamboyant won the mile and a quarter turf race in his first attempt, on Feb. 6, 2016. The bay gelding, now eight, was third in the race on Feb. 4, 2017, and sixth on Feb. 3, 2018.

“He’s been good to us,” Gallagher said of the son of Peer Gynt, owned by David Bienstock and Chuck Winner, Chairman of the California Horse Racing Board.

In 36 career starts, six in his native France, Flamboyant has six wins, five seconds and 11 thirds, good for earnings of $1,103,612.

Still, Flamboyant’s San Marcos record doesn’t hold a candle to that of California Flag, who ran in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint five consecutive years, from 2008 through 2012, winning in 2009 at Santa Anita.

The gelded gray son of Avenue of Flags, now 15, was trained by Brian Koriner back in the day and won 11 of 27 starts, earning $1,288,825. “He was an aggressive, good-feeling horse all the time,” Koriner recalled. “Always happy.”

The San Marcos, which goes as race nine: Unapologetic, Geovanni Franco, 10-1; Roman Rosso, Evin Roman, 12-1; Chicago Style, Drayden Van Dyke, 3-1; Epical, Tyler Baze, 7-2; Platinum Warrior, Shane Foley, 12-1; Sejo, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Dabster, Joe Talamo, 5-1; Beach View, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Lucky Soul, Heriberto Figueroa, 30-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 12-1; India Mantuana, Joel Rosario, 20-1Ya Gotta Wanna, Aaron Gryder, 12-1; and Prince of Arabia, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1.

OHIO TAKES ON FAVORED RIVER BOYNE IN THUNDER ROAD

Michael McCarthy hopes to continue reaping dividends with $50,000 claim Ohio in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Thunder Road Stakes for older horses at a mile on turf.

The Brazilian-bred son of Elusive Quality is making a relatively quick return, having won the Cotton Fitzsimmons Stakes on Jan. 12 at Turf Paradise by 6 ½ lengths as the 4-5 choice.

“Unfortunately, with the weather what it was the past week, we couldn’t get a work into him but he’s certainly an old pro,” said McCarthy, who made his bones on Jan. 26 by saddling City of Light to a spectacular victory by some six lengths in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup.

“It’s a big ask tomorrow trying to get the better of River Boyne who’s been so good here the last year. It seems he likes this surface, too, so we’ll try not to let him get too far out of our sights and go from there.”

The Irish-bred River Boyne, trained by Jeff Mullins, is unbeaten in six starts on Santa Anita’s turf course, with three wins and a second at one mile on grass, thus most deserving of being the 8-5 morning line favorite.

McCarthy had sound reasons for claiming Ohio, an eight-year-old gelding now with eight wins and earnings of $228,065.

“Obviously the horse had a bunch of back class,” McCarthy said. “He had quite a reputation when he came here. His first few races in the United States were out of sight . . . but it took us a little while to get him into the program.

“He had some nagging minor things that required some time to resolve, but overall he was in very good shape when we got him.”

The Thunder Road, which goes as race seven: River Boyne, Flavien Prat, 8-5; Ohio, Ruben Fuentes, 5-2; Le Ken, Tyler Baze, 10-1; Desert Stone, Joel Rosario, 3-1; True Valor, Andrea Azteni, 8-1; and Blackjackcat, Mike Smith, 5-1.

FOX2 AIRS LAS VIRGENES STAKES SATURDAY

Fox2 begins its “Saturday at the Races” program tomorrow featuring the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile airing from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Nine other ‘Saturday at the Races” shows from Santa Anita are scheduled, with Michelle Yu reporting. In addition to the Las Virgenes, they are:

Monday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the California Cup Derby; Saturday, Feb. 23, the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes, 12 noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, the Pasadena Stakes, 12 noon to 3 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 16, the Grade I Beholder Mile and the Grade III San Simeon Stakes, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, April 6, the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Races to be determined will also air on Friday, April 12, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, April 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT PAYS $20,461.50

With three “live” horses in Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot heading into Thursday’s eighth and final race, there was decent chance one would come home on top and provide one lucky ticket holder with a Jackpot payout of $86,547.

It wasn’t to be however, as #4 Big City Bane (30-1), #9 Silent Musketier (19-1) and #11 Cryin’ Chuck (9-2), finished seventh, ninth and 10th, respectively.

Instead, the winner was #3 Blame It On Kitty. Trained by Craig Dollase, he provided Tyler Baze with his third win on the day and paid $14.80 to win.

Although there was no Single Ticket Jackpot winner, there were two winning consolation tickets, each worth a healthy $20,461.50.

With an eight-race card on tap today, there is a Jackpot carryover of $45,624. Approximate post time for the third race, leg one in the Rainbow Six, is 1:30 p.m. PT.

For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.

TODAY’S STRONACH 5 FEATURES $100,000 GUARANTEED POOL

The Stronach 5, featuring an industry-low 12-percent takeout, will have a $100,000 guaranteed pool today while showcasing races from Santa Anita Park, Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park, and Golden Gate Fields.

The national pick 5 sequence kicks off at 1:35 p.m. Pacific Time with a 10-horse field going seven furlongs at Laurel Park. After stops at Gulfstream and Santa Anita, the sequence will conclude with the fifth race from Golden Gate. There will be two turf races, one from Gulfstream and one from Santa Anita.

Past performances for the Stronach 5:  https://www.xpressbet.com/bet-the-stronach-5

  • Leg One – Laurel -Race 9 (10 entries, seven furlongs) 1:35 PT
  • Leg Two -Gulfstream -Race 10 (11 entries, one mile) 1:40 PT
  • Leg Three -Santa Anita -Race 4 (eight entries, 6 ½ furlongs turf) 2 PT
  • Leg Four – Gulfstream -Race 11 (15 entries, one-mile turf) 2:13 PT
  • Leg Five – Golden Gate -Race 5 (10 entries, 5 ½ furlongs) 2:45 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.
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.

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

LITTLE GIRL WITH BIG DREAM AT SANTA ANITA

Anna McLain is a little girl with a big dream.

At five feet tall and 90 pounds, the 22-year-old native of Texas who has been in Los Angeles for five years aspires to be a jockey.

Towards that goal, she has been working at trainer Hector Palma’s BG Thoroughbred Farm in Hemet and has been a fixture at Clockers’ Corner on recent mornings, absorbing the ambiance and atmosphere that is Santa Anita’s alone.

“We’re committed,” said Anna’s mother and mentor, Leah Lanier, always seated within arm’s length of her daughter as they fully absorb their surroundings.

“We’re on a mission and we’re here rain or shine.”

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FINISH LINES: With rain forecast over the next few days and wet weather having caused either a sloppy or a closed main track for nine of the last 11 days since Jan. 31, clockers’ pens were running dry as 350 workouts were recorded Friday, 57 on the training track. Heading the list was a five furlong main track breeze in 1:00.20 by undefeated Triple Crown contender and Eclipse Award champion two-year-old male of 2018 Game Winnerfor Bob Baffert, and another Baffert Triple Crown contender, Improbable, who went six furlongs in 1:15 flat. All top works are available free anytime on XBTV.com . . .Yesterday, Tyler Baze followed Doug O’Neill‘s three victories Sunday by posting a triple of his own, with one difference: O’Neill’s wins came in consecutive races. “First time I’ve ever done that,” said the meet’s leading trainer . . . An additional reminder, special early first post time for Saturday’s 11-race card is 11:30 a.m.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Thursday, Feb. 7)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Flavien Prat

116

28

23

16

24%

58%

$1,795,659

Joel Rosario

126

25

23

23

20%

56%

$1,416,736

Heriberto Figueroa

115

19

10

18

17%

41%

$683,801

Tiago Pereira

85

16

10

9

19%

41%

$595,838

Geovanni Franco

110

15

14

14

14%

39%

$753,322

Rafael Bejarano

91

14

14

13

15%

45%

$749,605

Mike Smith

46

14

9

7

30%

65%

$952,263

Tyler Baze

127

13

22

18

10%

42%

$876,850

Drayden Van Dyke

87

11

14

11

13%

41%

$664,299

Joseph Talamo

88

8

15

14

9%

42%

$710,458

Ruben Fuentes

61

8

7

12

13%

44%

$266,921

Kent Desormeaux

55

8

5

11

15%

44%

$594,312

Assael Espinoza

70

8

3

10

11%

30%

$282,102

Edwin Maldonado

43

6

6

1

14%

30%

$226,954

Agapito Delgadillo

35

5

5

4

14%

40%

$139,136

Martin Pedroza

44

5

4

3

11%

27%

$163,991

Aaron Gryder

32

5

3

1

16%

28%

$131,472

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug  O’Neill

92

17

17

10

18%

48%

$756,055

Peter Miller

68

13

12

9

19%

50%

$807,405

Richard Baltas

72

12

17

12

17%

57%

$826,008

Jerry Hollendorfer

58

11

9

7

19%

47%

$754,356

John Sadler

46

9

9

9

20%

59%

$579,179

J. Keith Desormeaux

34

9

6

5

26%

59%

$363,691

Philip D’Amato

58

8

9

8

14%

43%

$561,469

William E. Morey

40

8

8

7

20%

58%

$385,359

Bob Baffert

45

7

8

7

16%

49%

$725,333

Mark Glatt

41

7

7

5

17%

46%

$288,532

Jeff Mullins

32

7

6

6

22%

59%

$461,424

Richard Mandella

27

6

2

2

22%

37%

$231,558

Peter Eurton

31

5

5

3

16%

42%

$262,365

William Spawr

14

5

2

2

36%

64%

$135,176

Steve Knapp

30

5

1

5

17%

37%

$121,027