STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019

  • TEAM SADLER SET FOR HOME FIELD BREEDERS’ CUP
  • MANDELLA: OMAHA BEACH DESERVED THE CLASSIC
  • TRAINER SEEKS ‘HEAP’ O’ LUCK IN CALIFORNIA FLAG
  • AMERICAN THEOREM BREEZES FOR THE BC JUVENILE
  • DELAHOUSSAYE, McCARRON RECALL 1993 BC DISTAFF

SADLER QUARTET ‘EXCELLENT’ AS BREEDERS’ CUP NEARS

All systems are go for John Sadler as he prepares for Breeders’ Cup XXXVI Nov. 1 and 2 at Santa Anita, which will host the event for a record 10th time.

“Excellent,” was the adjective Sadler succinctly rendered to describe the condition of Higher Power ($6 million Classic), Catalina Cruiser ($1 million Dirt Mile or $2 million Sprint), Selcourt ($1 million Filly & Mare Sprint) and Ollie’s Candy ($2 million Distaff).

Asked if it was to his advantage for the Breeders’ Cup to be at his “home track,” the 63-year-old Long Beach native, one of the most thorough and efficient horsemen on the circuit, chuckled and said, “Well, it’s an advantage for the trainer. We don’t have to travel and all that.

“I’m hoping there’s a home-court advantage, because these horses have been here and trained here.”

To that end, Sadler has his Breeders’ Cup foursome all scheduled to work tomorrow, with riders firm on three for the races: Joel Rosario on Ollie’s Candy and Catalina Cruiser, and Flavien Prat on Higher Power. Selcourt was open at press time.

MANDELLA DISAPPOINTED OMAHA BEACH WILL MISS CLASSIC

In a perfect world, Omaha Beach would be running in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.

As it is, and after negotiating through mazes just to get to this point, Richard Mandella will have to settle for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile the same day.

The back story is this: Omaha Beach made a dramatic and successful return to the races on Oct. 5 after an absence of six months, capturing the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship at six furlongs over odds-on favorite Shancelot by powering through on the rail to win by a head.

A star in the making whose popularity potential seemed unlimited, Omaha Beach was the pre-race favorite for the Kentucky Derby on May 4 before an entrapped epiglottis resulted in surgery, forcing him to miss the race.

That was followed by a virus and an unforeseen training incident that ultimately prevented him from resuming his racing career until Oct. 5.

After pondering three Breeders’ Cup races for the past several days, Team Mandella announced Thursday the son of War Front would return in the Dirt Mile, rather than the $2 million Sprint at six furlongs or the Classic at a mile and a quarter the same day.

Now, Mandella can only wonder “what if?”

“The only disappointment in all this,” the Hall of Fame trainer said on another picture-perfect morning at Santa Anita Friday, “is that I missed the opportunity to prepare him properly for the Classic, and I think that’s where he deserves to be.

“But I thought it would be unfair, having just a short (six furlong) sprint into him, to try and make up that much ground within a month. So I think a mile is a perfect fit.”

If all goes well after the Breeders’ Cup, plans call for Omaha Beach to run in the Grade I Malibu Stakes at seven furlongs Dec. 26, traditional opening day of Santa Anita’s “Big Meet,” followed by his farewell in the $9 million, Grade I, 1 1/8-mile Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25, 2020.

But if Mandella and the colt’s fans had their druthers, Omaha Beach’s racing career would continue beyond that.

“Spendthrift Farm has purchased rights to his career as a stallion, so at this moment, plans call for him to be retired to stud after the Pegasus,” Mandella said. “Saying that, I’m hoping the two sides can get together and come up with a new plan.

“My vote would be to race, because racing needs a star.”

 ‘OLD WARRIOR’ TRIBALIST FAVORED IN CALIFORNIA FLAG

With a race under his venerable belt and hopefully a better trip in the offing, Tribalist should improve for Blake Heap in Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf. He is Jon White’s 9-5 morning line favorite.

Tribalist, an eight-year-old Tribal Rule gelding, was a close fifth in the Grade II Eddie D. Stakes against open company Sept. 27, beaten only 2 ½ lengths, his first race in two months.

“He just didn’t have a very good trip last time, so we’ll try again,” said the trainer, alluding to a four-wide journey into the stretch, after which he was outkicked down the lane.

“He’s doing well,” Heap said of Tribalist, who due to soft tissue issues has had only 13 starts in his career, none beyond 6 ½ furlongs. “He’s an old warrior.”

The California Flag, one in the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses, goes as race six on an eight-race program with a 12:30 p.m. first post time.

The field: What a View, Tyler Baze, 3-1; Tribalist, Flavien Prat, 9-5; King Abner, Martin Garcia, 7-2; Castle, Abel Cedillo, 6-1; My Friend Emma, Silvio Amado, 8-1; Portrando, Ruben Fuentes, 10-1; and Grinning Tiger, Heriberto Figueroa, 8-1.

General Interest was scratched.

DELAHOUSSAYE, MCCARRON RELIVE DRAMATIC 1993 BREEDERS’ CUP

With the Breeders’ Cup World Championships coming to Santa Anita for a record 10th time on Nov. 1 and 2, memories of great performances from years gone by are bound to be rekindled. Decided by a scant nose, the 1993 Distaff, which involved a pair of Hall of Fame distaffers and four Hall of Fame horsemen, occupies prime real estate on anyone’s stroll down Memory Lane.

It was Nov. 6, 1993 and two of the greatest jockeys of all time, Eddie Delahoussaye, aboard the Neil Drysdale-trained Hollywood Wildcat, and Chris McCarron, aboard the Ron McAnally-conditioned Paseana, did battle the length of the stretch, with Hollywood Wildcat prevailing by a nose in one of the most dramatic finishes in Breeders’ Cup history. What made the result even more compelling was the fact Delahoussaye lost his stick inside the 16th pole.

“They were both very accomplished fillies going into the race,” said Delahoussaye (who had won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint earlier in the day with Cardmania) by phone from his home in Lafayette, La. “We both broke good and my filly was real comfortable. I made the lead entering the stretch and I had horse left, but I could hear McCarron just outside of me and I knew it was her (Paseana) and she was the one I was afraid of. At the eighth pole, we both really took off. I wasn’t sure if I was gonna hold on. We were head-and-head going down the last sixteenth of a mile and naturally, I uncocked my stick probably about 70 yards before the finish line and I blew it . . . As I said back then, I even lost my composure.

“I knew I had horse and I said, ‘Uh oh, are we gonna get there?’  Actually, I probably didn’t even need the whip . . . It was a helluva horse race from the top of the stretch . . . Normally, I’m cool as a cucumber, but that day, it just freaked me out, letting go of that whip.  As you know, all the races I rode in my last 20 years, I very seldom used the whip . . . I guess it’s like a crutch; you just have it and even though you don’t use it, it gives you confidence having it. It was very close, but I thought I had won.”

Favored at 6-5 in a field of eight, Hollywood Wildcat, who was foaled on Feb. 4, 1990, was by Kris S., out of the Mr. Prospector mare Miss Wildcatter, and paid $4.60 to win. Trained by Neil Drysdale, she carried 120 pounds and was owned and bred in Florida by Irving and Marjorie Cowan.

Paseana, an imposing six-year-old mare bred in Argentina who had won the 1992 Distaff at Gulfstream Park, carried 123 pounds and was the second wagering choice at 5-2.

“She always ran her best races when she was in front turning for home, but she was a mare that didn’t have to be in front,” said McCarron from his home in Midway, KY.  “She had good tactical speed and always stalked very comfortably. Eddie dropped his stick and I remember I caught hell back in the Jocks’ Room, because Eddie told everybody, ‘I knew it was Chris, so I just threw my stick away!'”

In the heat of battle, was McCarron aware of Delahoussaye’s miscue?

“Yeah, I saw it go,” he said. “I thought, ‘Well, I got him now’ . . . But it was just a ding-dong battle and both of those mares gave everything they had . . . When we hit the wire, I was pretty confident I had finished second. It was close, but it wasn’t so close we couldn’t determine it. I just remember it was a very tough pill to swallow.”

And, yet another great moment in Breeders’ Cup history at Santa Anita.

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 FINISH LINESAmerican Theorem, runner-up to Eight Rings in the American Pharoah Stakes on Oct. 27, worked six furlongs for George Papaprodromou in a bullet 1:14.60 this morning for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 1; Donna Veloce, prepping for the Juvenile Fillies the same day, went five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 for Simon Callaghan; andClassic outsider Seeking the Soul covered five furlongs for Dallas Stewart in 1:00.60. “This was his main work today,” Papaprodromou said of American Theorem, a son of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. “He’ll have one more and we’re ready.”  . . . John Shirreffs plans two more breezes for Zenyatta Stakes winner Paradise Woods prior to the $2 million Distaff on Nov. 2. “I’m happy with where we’re at,” the trainer said . . . In somewhat of a rarity, with 15 wins from 53 starters, leading trainer Doug O’Neill has more victories than leading jockey Abel Cedillo (12 from 76 mounts) . . . Veteran California horseman Ed Moger Jr. has horses entered in five of the eight races at Golden Gate Fields today . . . Trainer Bob Hess Jr. and Santa Anita morning line oddsmaker Jon White will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, 11:20 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the XBTV studio.

LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:

Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for October 18th, 2019

XBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 18th, 2019

FEATURES:

Breeders’ Cup Memories: Skywalker and Laffit Pincay Jr. Upset the 1986 Classic

Breeders’ Cup Memories: Goldencents Sizzles His Way to His First of Two Dirt Mile Wins

Breeders’ Cup Memories: Arcangues Causes the Biggest Upset in Breeders’ Cup History With His Win in the 1993 Classic

Breeders’ Cup Memories: Lady’s Secret Wins the 1986 Breeders’ Cup Distaff

WORK OUTS:

American Theorem (Papaprodromou) 10-18-19

Neptune’s Storm (Baltas) 10-17-19

Omaha Beach (Mandella) 10-16-19

War of Will (Outside) (Breeders’ Cup Classic) (Casse) 10-16-19

Roadster (Inside) and Leading Score (Baffert) 10-16-19

Midnight Bisou (Outside) and Comedian (Breeders’ Cup Classic) 10-14-19

Mirth (Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf) (D’Amato) 10-14-19

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Monday, Oct. 14)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Abel Cedillo

73

12

9

9

16%

41%

$808,390

Jorge Velez

56

11

8

5

20%

43%

$336,880

Drayden Van Dyke

41

8

5

5

20%

44%

$564,116

Rafael Bejarano

41

7

9

8

17%

59%

$385,730

Evin Roman

30

7

2

1

23%

33%

$212,013

Flavien Prat

43

6

9

14

14%

67%

$613,135

Mike Smith

24

5

2

1

21%

33%

$584,738

Tiago Pereira

32

4

7

6

13%

53%

$199,749

Geovanni Franco

36

4

6

5

11%

42%

$235,272

J.C. Diaz, Jr.

35

4

4

3

11%

31%

$175,332

Martin Garcia

31

4

4

0

13%

26%

$138,136

Ruben Fuentes

42

4

3

6

10%

31%

$253,983

Mario Gutierrez

22

3

4

3

14%

45%

$162,157

Edwin Maldonado

23

3

4

2

13%

39%

$123,341

Aaron Gryder

17

3

0

4

18%

41%

$101,323

Tyler Baze

18

3

0

4

17%

39%

$121,655

Trainer

Sts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

53

15

9

4

28%

53%

$622,389

Philip D’Amato

32

8

3

4

25%

47%

$701,502

Bob Baffert

24

7

3

3

29%

54%

$643,993

Peter Miller

25

6

3

4

24%

52%

$304,290

John Sadler

32

4

5

5

13%

44%

$273,547

Jeff Mullins

23

4

2

5

17%

48%

$181,666

Richard Baltas

34

3

7

8

9%

53%

$340,499

Richard Mandella

21

3

3

6

14%

57%

$360,073

Simon Callaghan

14

3

2

3

21%

57%

$240,633

John A. Shirreffs

10

3

2

1

30%

60%

$227,262

Craig Anthony Lewis

11

3

2

0

27%

45%

$107,204