STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019

  • ACCELERATE NEARS HIS FINAL BREEZE FOR PEGASUS
  • ST. JOE BAY WILL TRY TO UPSET HIS FORMER TRAINER
  • ASTRA DISTANCE SUITS LATE CLOSER LYNNE’S LEGACY
  • MACHOWSKY LOOKS FORWARD TO HIS NEW ENDEAVOR
  • TODAY’S STRONACH 5 HAS A $50,000 GUARANTEED POOL
  • JOHN SHEAR TO LIGHT 98 CANDLES AFTER RACE 6 TODAY

ACCELERATE LIKELY TO BREEZE SATURDAY FOR RICH PEGASUS

Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year finalist Accelerate is scheduled to have his final local workout this weekend before shipping to Florida for the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park a week from Saturday, Jan. 26.

“The track was open today for the first time in three days,” said John Sadler, who trains Accelerate for owners Kosta and Peter Kosta, “so that’s pretty good. Accelerate will probably work Saturday or Sunday, but I won’t make that call until I see the track in the morning.

“The weather’s supposed to be good, we’re going to race today and they’ll have a chance to refine the track, so more than likely he’ll work Saturday, but it could be Sunday.”

EX-MILLER RUNNER FACES FORMER TRAINER IN PALOS VERDES

Peter Miller has three horses entered in Saturday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes for older sprinters at six furlongs, headed by Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Roy H.

It could have been four, had not St. Joe Bay been claimed from Miller last May 28.

That’s when John Sadler haltered the seven-year-old gelding for principal clients Kosta and Peter Hronis, who have the consistent veteran flying their colors in the Palos Verdes, which offers $200,000 in purse money.

“He’s a nice horse,” Sadler said of the Florida-bred son of A.P. Indy stallion Saint Anddan. “He’s been good for us already (second by a head in the Grade II San Carlos, third in the restricted Comma ToThe Top and winner of an allowance race at Los Alamitos).

“He’ll like this track if it still has a little water in it, and he’s a hard trier, but Roy H is the best around in this division. He’s a tough horse.”

In 34 starts, St. Joe Bay has a 6-7-6 record with earnings of $610,515.

The field for the Palos Verdes, race nine of 10 with a 12 noon first post time: Touched by Autism, Geovanni Franco, 20-1; Distinctiv B, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Kanthaka, Flavien Prat, 4-1; St. Joe Bay, Tyler Baze, 6-1; Conquest Tsunami, Joel Rosario, 5-1; Awesome Anywhere, Mike Smith, 8-1; and Roy H, Paco Lopez, 4-5.

MARATHON ASTRA DISTANCE IDEAL FOR LYNNE’S LEGACY

Claimed for $40,000 last Nov. 22, Lynne’s Legacy paid immediate dividends by winning the restricted Miss America Stakes at Golden Gate Fields next out two weeks later on Dec. 8.

Doug O’Neill, the meet’s leading trainer through 13 racing days, hopes to keep the ball rolling when the six-year-old daughter of the late Unusual Heat runs in Sunday’s Grade III Astra Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile and a half on turf.

A stone closer, the marathon distance should be ideal for the winner of five races from 29 starts with earnings of $305,780. O’Neil had Lynne’s Legacy for seven races before she was haltered for $40,000 by Steve Knapp last Oct. 28.

“We’ve been dreaming of her running that distance for a long, long, long time,” said O’Neill assistant of 18 years Leandro Mora. “She does her best running the last quarter of a mile, eighth of a mile as a matter of fact sometimes.

“The beauty of the Astra is she likes Santa Anita better than Del Mar, and there are not many opportunities for fillies at a mile and a half, so we’re going to try and take advantage of it.”

The Astra, race eight of 10 with a 12 noon first post time: Cheekaboo, Joel Rosario, 10-1; Lynne’s Legacy, Alonso Quinonez, 6-1; Arctic Roll, Ruben Fuentes, 20-1; Amboseli, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; defending champion Plein Air, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Trust Fund Kitty, Brice Blanc, 30-1; Copper Fever, Joe Talamo, 30-1; K P Pergoliscious, Mike Smith, 3-1; Indian Mantuana, Tyler Baze, 7-2; and Pantsonfire, Flavien Prat, 6-1.

MACHOWSKY ENDS TRAINING CAREER, JOINS FASIG-TIPTON

After three decades as a trainer, Mike Machowsky starts a new career on Feb. 15.

The 54-year-old Ohio native will be the full time California representative for national auction giant Fasig-Tipton.

“It’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass up and I’m excited to be a part of it,” Machowsky said in a pre-sunrise interview at Clockers’ Corner Friday morning. “Much of my job will still be networking here with fellow trainers and friends of mine. I’ll be here a lot of mornings if I’m not on the road looking at horses or at one of the sales.”

Machowsky, who gained national exposure in 2004 when he saddled Southern Image to back-to-back million dollar victories in the Santa Anita Handicap and the Sunshine Millions Classic, still is in the process of dispersing some two dozen horses from his public stable.

“We have an idea (as to where they will go), but we still have a lot to run, so we’ll figure it out after they race,” he said.

“I love sales and I love looking at horses, so this is a great opportunity.”

Fasig-Tipton will conduct two auctions in Santa Anita’s historic walking ring this year, the June 5 Two-Year-Olds in Training sale and the Sept. 25 Fall Yearling Sale.

In addition to recruiting buyers and sellers for those events, Machowsky will promote overall awareness of the Fasig-Tipton brand and serve as a point of contact for any general inquiries from California connections regarding Fasig-Tipton’s nationwide auction schedule.

STRONACH 5 GUARANTEES $50,000 POOL TODAY

Today’s Stronach 5 will have a $50,000 guaranteed pool and will feature turf races from Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park.

The national pick 5 sequence, with an industry-low 12-percent takeout, will begin with a one mile turf event from Gulfstream Park before heading north to Laurel Park for a claiming event with a dozen runners. The sequence ends with turf races at Gulfstream and Santa Anita.

First race post time for the Stronach 5 is 4:10 p.m.

Past Performances: http://www.laurelpark.com/handicapping/stronach-pick-5

Friday’s Stronach 5 sequence

  • Leg One – Gulfstream Park 8th race – (16 entries, one mile turf) 4:10 ET, 1:10 PT
  • Leg Two -Laurel Park 9th Race -(12 entries, seven furlongs) 4:35 ET, 1:35PT
  • Leg Three -Gulfstream Park 9th race – (9 horses, 1 1/16 miles) 4:41 ET, 1:41 PT
  • Leg Four – Gulfstream Park 10th race – (16 entries, one mile turf) 5:12 ET, 2:12 PT
  • Leg Five – Santa Anita Park 4th race – (8 entries, one mile turf) 5:30 ET, 2:30 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.

In 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.

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

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SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Thursday, Jan. 17)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Flavien Prat

74

17

14

11

23%

57%

$1,143,616

Heriberto Figueroa

61

13

5

9

21%

44%

$409,325

Joel Rosario

69

11

12

11

16%

49%

$844,869

Mike Smith

24

9

4

4

38%

71%

$599,609

Drayden Van Dyke

56

8

9

9

14%

46%

$450,713

Geovanni Franco

51

8

4

6

16%

35%

$416,464

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

45

11

3

4

24%

40%

$382,251

Richard Baltas

41

8

11

5

20%

59%

$547,250

Peter Miller

41

7

7

6

17%

49%

$379,700

Jerry Hollendorfer

32

7

4

5

22%

50%

$354,938

J. Keith Desormeaux

25

6

4

4

24%

56%

$240,829