STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2019

  • HALL OF FAME JOCKEYS AT FUNDRAISER TOMORROW 
  • BALTAS: THREE FOR THE MONEY IN GRADE III WILSHIRE
  • TRAINING LEADER O’NEILL HAS TRIO FOR SNOW CHIEF
  • CAUSEFORCOMMOTION TAKES ON MALES IN SAN JUAN
  • BOMBARD RETURNS IN SUNDAY’S AMERICAN STAKES

HALL OF FAME RIDERS HONOR PEERS AT TOMORROW’S FUNDRAISER

Fifteen Hall of Fame riders are expected to attend the sixth annual Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser benefitting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund at Santa Anita tomorrow. They will be here to honor the seven permanently disabled riders who attend, mix and mingle with attendees, and sign autographs.

Braulio Baeza, Steve Cauthen, Kent Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Pat Day, Earlie Fires, Sandy Hawley, Julie Krone, Chris McCarron, Donald Pierce, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Alex Solis, Mike Smith, Bobby Ussery and Jorge Velasquez are scheduled to be on hand.

There will be a free autograph signing from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Paddock Gardens area and a free Silent Auction for all on-track fans from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. adjacent to the autograph signing area.

Tickets starting at $65 are on sale at https://www.santaanita.com. Walk-up tickets will be available. It includes a Chandelier Room party during the races featuring a buffet and a specialty drink.

Fans can also participate in an on line auction for valuable memorabilia at this website link: https://www.32auctions.com

For more information contact Jockeys and Jeans VP Marketing Eddie Donnally at (818) 653-3711 edjockeysandjeansy@gmail.com or Alexis Garske, Santa Anita Media Relations at Alexis.Garske@santaanita.com (626) 574-6413

BUSINESS BOOMING FOR STAKES LEADER BALTAS

Richard Baltas, the runaway leader in stakes victories at the spring portion of Santa Anita’s meet that concludes Sunday, hopes to add to his six wins in that category Saturday when he sends out three in the Grade III Wilshire Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at one mile on turf.

They are A Little Bit Me, Gliding By and Tapped. Baltas leads runner-up Phil D’Amato in stakes wins, 6-3; is second to Doug O’Neill in overall victories, 23-18; and leads all trainers in purse money won with $1,249,809.

A Little Bit Me captured a turf stakes sprinting at Churchill Downs on May 2 at 24-1; Gliding By also won a turf sprint, albeit an overnight event at Santa Anita April 26; while Tapped returns to turf after prompting the pace in the Grade II Santa Maria June 1 before finishing fifth.

“A Little Bit Me is coming off a five furlong stakes win and she’s ready to go, although I don’t know if a mile is the right distance, but I think it’s in her wheelhouse,” Baltas said.  “Gliding By has been training very well, and Tapped is OK, too.

“Things have gone pretty well for us this meet, being second in wins and leading in money. We have a lot of business right now. I just have to continue to work hard, do the right thing, and hopefully we’ll continue to keep things going and we’ll have a bright future.”

The Wilshire, race eight with a 1 p.m. first post time: Ollie’s Candy, Kent Desormeaux, 5-1; Storm the Hill, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Simply Breathless, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Poster Girl, Evin Roman, 12-1; Meal Ticket, Mike Smith, 8-1; Achira, Martin Garcia, 20-1; Gliding By, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Don’t Blame Judy, Victor Espinoza, 20-1; Ippodamia’s Girl, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 8-1; A Little Bit Me, Geovanni Franco, 6-1; and Tapped, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1.

O’NEILL HAS THREE IN QUEST OF SNOW CHIEF UPSET

Doug O’Neill could add to his training lead Saturday with a victory in the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes in which he has three morning-line longshots entered in the nine furlong turf race for California-bred or sired three-year-olds: Carnivorous, Oliver and  Prodigal Son.

Currently five in front of runner-up Richard Baltas in victories, 23-18, O’Neill is in good standing for back-to-back training titles at Santa Anita, having won the winter meet.

“I like Prodigal Son going two turns,” said O’Neill assistant Leandro Mora. “He acts and trains like that’s what he really wants. I don’t have as much confidence in Carnivorous, but I think he’ll do all right. Oliver is doing really well, so all of them have a chance.

“We’re very pleased with how the meet has gone for us.”

The Snow Chief: Our Silver Oak, Mike Smith, 5-2; Oliver, Martin Garcia, 20-1; Prodigal Son, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Irish Heatwave, Kent Desormeaux 3-1; Carnivorous, Abel Cedillo, 12-1; Appreciated, Aaron Gryder, 15-1; Desmond Doss, Joe Talamo, 4-1; Mobou, Victor Espinoza, 15-1; and Lieutenant Dan, Geovanni Franco, 3-1.

CAUSEFORCOMMOTION FACES MALES IN QUICK TURNAROUND

Eric Kruljac is trying something new with Causeforcommotion in Sunday’s Grade III San Juan Capistrano Stakes for three-year-olds and up at about 1 ¾ miles on turf: the five-year-old mare will be making her third stakes start in six weeks and be running against males for the first time in her 18-race career.

“It’s a marathon and it’s her specialty,” said the trainer, who saddled her to win the Grade III Santa Barbara Stakes by nine lengths at a mile and a half on grass May 11. As for facing males, Kruljac allowed as to how it may not be the most macho members of the species.

“If she runs the way she did in the Santa Barbara, she’ll be tough to beat,” he said.

Causeforcommotion came back two weeks after the Santa Barbara to run in the Grade I Gamely May 27, prompting the pace before finishing eighth behind monster mare Vasilika.

Kruljac was inclined to shrug that off with, “She just didn’t like Vasilika blowing by her.”

The San Juan, race eight: Mongolian Groom, Mario Gutierrez, 7-2; Ground Attack, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; Ya Gotta Wanna, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 3-1; Acclimate, Martin Garcia, 8-1; Original Intent, Ruben Fuentez, 30-1; Causeforcommotion, Geovanni Franco, 2-1; Red King, Aaron Gryder, 8-1; and Oscar Dominguez, Flavien Prat, 7-2.

BOMBARD IS BACK SUNDAY IN COMPETITIVE AMERICAN STAKES

Bombard returns to the races after an absence of 11 months Sunday in the Grade III American Stakes for three-year-olds and up at a mile on turf. With seven entrees, three of them supplemental at a cost of $2,000 each, it’s a relatively salty lineup.

“I wish I had an easier spot, but I don’t,” said Richard Mandella, who trains the six-year-old War Front gelding who was out for an extended period after having a chip removed from a knee following his second by a head in the Wickerr Stakes last July 22 at Del Mar.

The American, race five: supplemental nominee Tartini, Iggy Puglisi, 30-1; Sharp Samurai, Victor Espinoza, 2-1; Snazzy Dresser, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; supplementalnominee Law Abidin Citizen, Tiago Pereira, 5-1; Bombard, Flavien Prat, 4-1; supplementalnominee River Boyne, Kent Desormeaux, 8-5; and Majestic Eagle, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1.

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Shedrow Stroll: Phil D’Amato’s accomplished Turfer Tiny Tina.

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Quick Questions: With Trainer Dan Blacker. 6-13-19 

River Boyne works 4 furlongs. 6-15-19 (Mullins)

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Sneaking Out (Outside) and Sea’s Journey works 5 furlongs. 6-16-19 (Hollendorfer)

FINISH LINES: Pre-race Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach continues to prepare for his first workout since being declared from the May 4 classic due to an entrapped epiglottis, jogging two miles this morning for Richard Mandella . . . Coco Kisses stretches out to a mile Saturday in the $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes for California-bred or sired fillies and mares, three and up. “She was on the lead going a route in the Melair (last June) and only got beat about four lengths,” said trainer Jeff Bonde. “She hates being inside and she’s training good.” Coco Kisses clipped heels and lost the rider breaking from the rail in the Irish O’Brien on March 31, but drew the outside post Saturday. The Dream of Summer, race three: Bella LunaDrayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Star of QualityTiago Pereira, 4-5; Sapphire KidKent Desormeaux; and Coco Kisses, Mike Smith, 2-1 . . .  Flavien Prat holds an apparently insurmountable 29-22 lead over runners-up Rafael Bejarano and Joe Talamo in the jockeys’ race with three days remaining in the spring portion of the current meet. Prat is the runaway leader in purse money won this meet with $2,090,804, well in front of Drayden Van Dyke who has gleaned $1,365,462 . . . Favorites are winning at a 34.07 rate this meet (93 of 273), but higher on dirt (39.47, 60 of 152) than on turf (27.27, 33 of 121) . . . Despite a light misty rain, there were 104 recorded workouts Friday, 22 on the training track . . . Apprentice Jorge Velez has been suspended four days (June 23, 29, 30 and July 4) for causing interference on Master Ryan in last Saturday’s fourth race, his second offense in 60 days . . . Professional horse player Duke Mattiesand 17-time National Handicapping Championship qualifier Paul Shurman will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, 11:50 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the XBTV studios.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current from April 12 through Sunday, June 16)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Flavien Prat

125

29

28

24

23%

65%

$2,090,804

Rafael Bejarano

131

22

20

26

17%

52%

$1,263,179

Joseph Talamo

116

22

16

16

19%

47%

$1,246,776

Tiago Pereira

129

19

11

19

15%

38%

$1,005,530

Ruben Fuentes

108

17

19

17

16%

49%

$775,570

Drayden Van Dyke

103

15

20

13

15%

47%

$1,365,462

Martin Garcia

65

14

13

11

22%

58%

$768,187

Aaron Gryder

82

13

12

8

16%

40%

$613,803

Edwin Maldonado

73

13

9

10

18%

44%

$525,931

Kent Desormeaux

67

13

8

8

19%

43%

$635,973

Victor Espinoza

55

13

6

8

24%

49%

$815,951

Mario Gutierrez

73

11

15

8

15%

47%

$732,929

Norberto Arroyo, Jr.

61

10

8

11

16%

48%

$624,847

Geovanni Franco

89

8

14

11

9%

37%

$584,580

Jorge Velez

60

8

7

10

13%

42%

$395,384

Martin Pedroza

42

7

6

7

17%

48%

$303,859

Heriberto Figueroa

45

5

3

2

11%

22%

$207,701

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

102

23

13

22

23%

57%

$1,172,619

Richard Baltas

75

18

14

9

24%

55%

$1,249,809

Mark Glatt

77

17

13

7

22%

48%

$813,986

Philip D’Amato

82

14

13

8

17%

43%

$1,082,516

John Sadler

65

14

9

14

22%

57%

$998,624

Jerry Hollendorfer

51

8

11

5

16%

47%

$772,827

Bob Baffert

36

8

10

7

22%

69%

$601,904

Steve Knapp

33

6

7

6

18%

58%

$247,558

Steven Miyadi

27

6

4

4

22%

52%

$285,155

Andrew Lerner

14

6

0

1

43%

50%

$166,653

Vladimir Cerin

45

5

12

5

11%

49%

$310,843

J. Keith Desormeaux

30

5

4

6

17%

50%

$225,807

John Shirreffs

22

5

4

2

23%

50%

$387,424

Richard Mandella

28

5

3

6

18%

50%

$282,244

Leonard Powell

24

5

3

4

21%

50%

$258,075

William Spawr

23

5

2

6

22%

57%

$207,807

George Papaprodromou

26

5

1

3

19%

35%

$159,266

Tim Yakteen

17

5

1

2

29%

47%

$216,677