STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019

  • BAFFERT HAS A ONE-TWO PUNCH FOR SAN FELIPE
  • BIG SCOTT DADDY READY TO GO WEATHER OR NOT
  • $100,000 GUARANTEED STRONACH 5 POOL TODAY
  • 317 WORKS HEADED BY BIG CAP-BOUND GIFT BOX

BAFFERT STARTS IN EARNEST ON TRIPLE CROWN TRAIL

Barring a dead-heat, at least one winning streak will end in next Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile San Felipe Stakes, the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 6 and beyond that, the Kentucky Derby on May 4.

Bob Baffert plans to send out the top-rated three-year-olds on the Triple Crown trail, champion two-year-old male of 2018 Game Winner and Improbable, each making his three-year-old debut and the early favorites to give Baffert his sixth victory in the Run for the Roses.

The two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer thus far has dodged the raindrops and been able to keep the pair on an acceptable training regimen, but he realizes he has little or no margin for training glitches from this point forward.

“I’ve been lucky that I’ve been able to pick and choose,” Baffert said, “but from here on out we can’t miss much time, and I don’t like the weather coming this next week. I was training them very light during the month of January . . . hopefully I’d like to get a breeze in before the race but I don’t know. I might not have a chance.

“When it’s raining hard, I just keep them in the barn. During February and March, the three-year-olds change physically. I remember American Pharoah (2015 Triple Crown champion), his body type changed during those months. It started getting longer.

“We’re all in the same boat with the weather, but the main thing is to keep my horses healthy. We already know they can run.”

Instagrand, meanwhile, who had been mentioned as possible for the San Felipe, instead will make his three-year-old debut in the Grade III Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on March 9.

“After discussing races with Larry (owner Larry Best) we decided that would be the best race for him,” said trainer Jerry Hollendorfer of the undefeated son of Into Mischief, winner of his two starts by a combined margin of just over 20 lengths.

The Gotham is a one-turn mile, “so it seems a little bit more appropriate than trying the San Felipe.”

BIG SCOTT DADDY SET FOR PASADENA RAIN OR SHINE

Rain or shine, Mike Puype has Big Scott Daddy in prime pouncing position for Saturday’s $100,000 Pasadena Stakes for three-year-olds scheduled at one mile on turf.

The bay Scat Daddy colt would be making his grass debut after just two races, including a third-place finish on a sloppy track at one mile Jan. 31.

“We’re prepared to go, either way,” Puype said. “I know we’ve got a lot of rain coming tonight, so we’ll see what happens. It will make conditions a bit questionable tomorrow.”

The field for the Pasadena, race six of 10 with a 12:25 p.m. first post time: Stubbins, Tyler Baze, 7-2; $2,000 supplemental nominee Much Better, Joe Talamo, 9-2; Eagle Song, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Colonial Creed, Geovanni Franco, 4-1; Shining Through, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Rijeka, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1; Mayor Cobb, Tiago Pereira, 15-1; Neptune’s Storm, Kent Desormeaux, 5-1; and Big Scott Daddy, Mike Smith, 4-1.

STRONACH 5 TODAY GUARANTEES $100,000 POOL

Today’s Stronach 5, featuring races from Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, and Golden Gate Fields, will have a guaranteed pool of $100,000 as well as an industry-low 12-percent takeout.

Last week’s Stronach 5 pool swelled to more than $1 million and rewarded 83 bettors

with $10,945.40 each.

This week’s Stronach 5 kicks off at 2 p.m. PT at Laurel Park and heads south to Gulfstream for two races before moving to Golden Gate and Santa Anita.
             Stronach 5 past performances here

                Friday’s Stronach 5 sequence: 

  • Leg One – Laurel Park 9th Race – (8 entries, 1 1/16 miles) 5 ET, 2 PT
  • Leg Two – Gulfstream Park 10th Race – (13 entries, one-mile turf) 5:17 ET, 2:17 PT
  • Leg Three – Gulfstream Park 11th Race – (10 entries, 1 1/16 miles turf) 5:47 ET, 2:47 PT
  • Leg Four – Golden Gate Fields 5th Race – (12 entries, 5 ½ furlongs) 6 ET, 3 PT
  • Leg Five – Santa Anita Park 5th Race – (12 entries, 6 ½ furlongs turf) 6:15 ET, 3:15 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.

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Omaha Beach (Inside) works 5 furlongs (Mandella)

Bellafina works 4 furlongs (Callaghan)

Kanthaka works 6 furlongs (Hollendorfer)

Shedrow Stroll:  Lava Man (O’Neill)

Quick Questions With Jockey  Joseph Talamo

Chasing Yesterday works 6 furlongs (Baffert)-2/28/19

La Force works 6 furlongs (Gallagher)-2/28/19

Mucho Gusto (Outside) works 4 furlongs with  Honeyfromthesouth (Baffert)-2/28/19

Flor de La Mar working 4 furlongs (Baffert)-2/26/19

Instagrand preparing for San Felipe Stakes Mar. 9 (Hollendorfer)-2/25/19

Improbable working 6 furlongs (Baffert)-2/25/19

Game Winner (outside) works 6 Furlongs with  Dr. Dorr (Baffert)-2/25/19

FINISH LINES: In addition to Gift Box in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 9, trainer John Sadler has St. Joe Bay ticketed for the Grade II San Carlos Stakes and Catapult for the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf that day. Grade II San Antonio Stakes winner Gift Box worked six furlongs this morning in 1:14, while Catapult went five furlongs in 1:01.20 . . . With Amir Cedeno aboard, Doug O’Neill trainee Pavel worked six furlongs in 1:13 for the $12 million Dubai World Cup on March 30, while Santa Anita Oaks-boundBellafina went four furlongs for Simon Callaghan in 49.60. Enaya Alrabb, fast-closing second to Bellafina in the Las Virgenes, worked six furlongs for O’Neill in 1:14 . . . Trainer John Shirreffs sent Paradise Woods five furlongs in 1:00.80 for the Grade I Beholder Mile March 16. Flavien Prat was aboard . . . Santa Monica Stakes winner Marley’s Freedom went seven furlongs for Bob Baffert in 1:26.40 . . . Soi Phet, 11-year-old stakes-winning millionaire claimed for $16,000 in May of 2013 by Leonard Powell, breezed four furlongs in 49 flat. The trainer is looking for a mid-April return to the races for the bargain claim . . . With rain imminent, there were 317 recorded workouts Friday, 64 on the training track . . . Leading jockey Joel Rosario has stakes engagements at Gulfstream Saturday, most significantly on Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies champion Jaywalk in the Grade II Davona Dale for trainer John Servis and 14-length debut winner Hidden Scroll for Bill Mott in the Grade II Fountain of Youth . . . Fans can enjoy a slice of New Orleans during Mardi Gras at Santa Anita tomorrow. The trackside party features live music and delicious Cajun cuisine. For tickets, visit santaanita.com.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Thursday, Feb. 28)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Joel Rosario

192

45

33

34

23%

58%

$2,314,864

Flavien Prat

165

42

32

23

25%

59%

$2,608,505

Heriberto Figueroa

159

22

17

23

14%

39%

$840,313

Geovanni Franco

161

21

18

23

13%

39%

$956,122

Tiago Pereira

133

21

18

12

16%

38%

$841,746

Mike Smith

63

20

11

11

32%

67%

$1,271,336

Rafael Bejarano

133

19

23

26

14%

51%

$1,103,457

Tyler Baze

174

17

30

24

10%

41%

$1,176,220

Drayden Van Dyke

124

17

17

16

14%

40%

$1,025,878

Joseph Talamo

122

12

22

16

10%

41%

$929,799

Assael Espinoza

104

12

9

13

12%

33%

$437,636

Mario Gutierrez

89

10

16

12

11%

43%

$661,340

Ruben Fuentes

80

10

10

15

13%

44%

$343,458

Kent Desormeaux

84

10

9

12

12%

37%

$776,893

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

150

24

25

25

16%

49%

$1,274,719

Peter Miller

95

19

16

11

20%

48%

$1,060,157

Richard Baltas

101

18

20

19

18%

56%

$1,067,474

John Sadler

65

17

15

9

26%

63%

$954,322

Jerry Hollendorfer

81

14

12

14

17%

49%

$1,091,560

Philip D’Amato

85

10

14

11

12%

41%

$730,288

Bob Baffert

55

10

9

9

18%

51%

$1,003,386

J. Keith Desormeaux

50

10

8

5

20%

46%

$479,457

William E. Morey

53

9

12

9

17%

57%

$440,670

Mark Glatt

58

9

10

6

16%

43%

$423,636

Jeff Mullins

47

9

9

8

19%

55%

$587,067

Richard Mandella

38

9

3

2

24%

37%

$307,251