STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN-FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019

  • CLOCKER FANCIES MIDNIGHT BISOU AND VINO ROSSI
  • BALTAS SENDS OUT PAIR IN GRADE II TWILIGHT DERBY
  • VALDIVIA RETURNS HOME AFTER SUCCESSFUL JUNKET
  • SHUBACK SIGNS ‘HOLLYWOOD AT THE RACES’ SUNDAY

GOOD BETTING RACES FOR BREEDERS’ CUP

Not surprising that Gary Young fancies Distaff favorite Midnight Bisou on Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup program, but the private clocker and bloodstock agent also cited longshot betting possibilities after having observed candidates that have been preparing at Santa Anita the past weeks for their big moment.

“I think MIdnight Bisou is probably the most likely winner, but she’s also the shortest price (8-5 on Jon White’s morning line),” Young said. “The other races are very good betting races. If Covfefe hadn’t drawn the rail (for the Filly & Mare Sprint), I’d almost put her up there with Midnight Bisou, as far as likely winners. But she did draw the rail, that’s just it.

“I think if Improbable breaks, he’ll run a very good race (in the Dirt Mile), and it all depends on whether Omaha Beach bounces or not. If Omaha Beach doesn’t bounce and runs his race, I don’t think it’s going out on a limb to say that he’s the best horse in the race.

“A horse that’s really caught my eye since he got here is Vino Rosso for the Classic. He’s looked very, very good on the track.”

     Post time for Saturday’s first live race is 10 a.m., with admission gates opening at 8 a.m. Reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday. Turn your clocks back one hour Saturday night.

BALTAS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT TWILIGHT DERBY DUO

     Richard Baltas has two horses with contrasting styles entered in Saturday’s Grade II Qatar Twilight Derby, pace-prompting Neptune’s Storm and stone closer Succeedandsurpass.

“Neptune’s Storm came out of his win in New York (Grade II Hill Prince at Belmont Park on Oct. 5) in good shape and has worked well for this, as has Succeedandsurpass,” said Baltas, tied for third in Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet standings with 10 victories.

“Hopefully, we’re not coming back too quick (with Neptune’s Storm). The other horse is training unbelievable, really good. He was a little far back last time (when rallying for second in a one-mile allowance test Sept 27 at Santa Anita). I like both horses.”

The Twilight Derby, race three of 12 live races: Originaire, Mike Smith, 8-1; Hackberry, Flavien Prat, 15-1; Nolde, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Temple, Manuel Franco, 20-1; Succeedandsurpass, John Velazquez, 10-1; Jais’s Solitude, Irad Ortiz Jr., 15-1; Ocean Fury, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; Neptune’s Storm, Ricardo Santana Jr., 4-1; Kingly, Mario Gutierrez, 5-1; Gray Magician, Javier Castellano, 8-1; Henley’s Joy, Jose Ortiz, 10-1; Real Master, Brice Blanc, 50-1; and Mo Forza, Joel Rosario, 20-1.

JOSE VALDIVIA HAPPY TO BE BACK HOME

     After a successful Midwestern invasion of nearly six years, Jose Valdivia Jr. is home.

Born in Lima, Peru, Valdivia resided a few furlongs from Santa Anita in Sierra Madre before seeking and finding greener pastures at Arlington Park where he was leading rider and won at a 23 percent rate the last two years.

“A change in scenery helped,” said Valdivia, the nephew of Fernando Toro, one of Southern California’s most successful jockeys in the 1970s and 1980s. Jose is now represented by agent Mike Ciani, who also handles Aaron Gryder.

“I had a good agent (Steve Leving) and a good trainer to ride for, Larry Rivelli, but once you leave Southern California, you’re camping out,” Valdivia said.

“My family’s here, I’m here and I’m just happy to be back home. It’s a beautiful place, no place like it, so we’ll see what shakes.”

SHUBACK’S ‘HOLLYWOOD AT THE RACES’ AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE SUNDAY

Longtime DRF columnist and foreign correspondent Alan Shuback will be on hand to sign his newly released book, “Hollywood at the Races,” on Sunday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. near the Gift Shop in the East Paddock Gardens.

Horse racing was so popular and influential between 1930 and 1960 that nearly 150 racing themed films were released, including “A Day at the Races,” “Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry,” and “National Velvet.”

This fast-paced gossipy history explores the relationship between the Hollywood film industry, the horse racing industry, and the extraordinary participation of producers, directors and actors in the Sport of Kings.

Celebrity presence at the racetrack generated a bevy of attention from eager photographers and movie columnists, as well as free publicity for their new films. Moreover, entertainment titans such as Louis B. Mayer, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Betty Grable and Don Ameche were all major Thoroughbred owners, while Mickey Rooney, Chico Marx and John Huston were notorious for their unsuccessful forays to the betting windows.

“Hollywood has gone nuts over horse racing, and by the same token, horse racing has gone nuts over Hollywood,”–Ed Sullivan.

     FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup brings big earners: Breeders’ Cup horses entered on today’s card have combined earnings of $9,066,315, while on Saturday, the figure is $113,420,055 for a total of $122,436,370. Turf contender Bricks and Mortar leads the pack with $4,885,650 . . . Xpressbet’s John DeSantis will be Tom Quigley‘s guest handicapper Sunday at 10:20 a.m. in the XBTV studio.

LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:

FEATURES:

Breeders’ Cup Memories: Midnight Lute Powers Home in the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita Park

Breeders’ Cup Memories: Zenyatta Delivers a Powering Turn of Foot to Win the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic

A Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith: Arrogate and Justify

A Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith: Zenyatta

A Candid Conversation With Trainer Peter Eurton

 

BREEDERS’ CUP WORK OUTS:

Shadn (Balding) 10-30-19

A’Ali (Crisford) 10-30-19

Covfefe (Cox) 10-30-19

Matera Sky (Mori) 10-30-19

Heavenhasmynikki (Hess Jr.) 10-30-19

Omaha Beach (Mandella) 10-29-19

United (Mandella) 10-29-19

Ambassadorial (Chapple-Hyam) 10-29-19

Shekky Shebaz (Servis) 10-29-19

Blue Chipper (Young Kwan) 10-29-19

 

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Thursday, Oct. 31)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Abel Cedillo

112

20

16

15

18%

46%

$1,164,513

Flavien Prat

80

19

17

19

24%

69%

$1,053,728

Jorge Velez

94

15

15

10

16%

43%

$491,102

Rafael Bejarano

61

12

11

12

20%

57%

$554,458

Drayden Van Dyke

47

10

6

5

21%

45%

$648,789

J.C. Diaz, Jr.

58

9

4

9

16%

38%

$316,600

Geovanni Franco

53

8

7

7

15%

42%

$363,288

Tiago Pereira

51

7

11

6

14%

47%

$287,205

Ruben Fuentes

69

7

3

16

10%

38%

$380,150

Evin Roman

43

7

3

4

16%

33%

$240,868

Mike Smith

28

6

3

1

21%

36%

$627,240

Martin Garcia

55

5

10

4

9%

35%

$260,090

Edwin Maldonado

39

5

8

5

13%

46%

$229,671

Tyler Baze

42

5

2

7

12%

33%

$220,712

Mario Gutierrez

32

4

6

6

13%

50%

$234,970

Trainer

Sts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug  O’Neill

69

20

11

7

29%

55%

$795,539

Philip D’Amato

44

11

5

5

25%

48%

$812,105

Richard Baltas

53

10

10

11

19%

58%

$557,022

Bob Baffert

33

10

3

6

30%

58%

$764,243

Mark Glatt

39

8

8

2

21%

46%

$283,063

John Sadler

49

7

10

8

14%

51%

$420,541

Peter Miller

35

7

5

5

20%

49%

$374,150

John Shirreffs

15

5

4

1

33%

67%

$337,312

Andrew Lerner

19

5

1

2

26%

42%

$115,957

Hector O. Palma

25

4

6

1

16%

44%

$122,153

Richard Mandella

29

4

5

6

14%

52%

$417,215

Jeff Mullins

31

4

3

8

13%

48%

$207,912