STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019

  • MITOLE’S BLITZLIKE BREEDERS’ CUP BREEZE NO MIRAGE
  • BALTAS ENTERS TWO FOR SALTY AUTUMN MISS STAKES
  • DELGADILLO TRIPLES, STILL GOING STRONG AT AGE 53

MITOLE: WHOOSH, NOW YOU SEE HIM, NOW YOU DON’T

Perhaps Mitole created the biggest buzz to date among Breeders’ Cup workers at Santa Anita when he blitzed five furlongs last Tuesday in a bullet 58.80 handily from the gate.

On a surface that has been called deep and demanding by some, Mitole made it look muy rapido, finishing eased up under Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith as he prepared to fulfill the favorite’s role for the $2 million Sprint at six furlongs a week from Saturday, Nov. 2.

“We weren’t really shooting for any specified time,” said Scott Blasi, virtually joined at the hip the past 23 years as top aide for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen. “We told Mike to let him break and just sit on him. The horse did it well within himself.”

A four-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Eskendereya, Mitole (pronounced mi-TOLL-ay) has never been out of the money in 13 starts, winning nine, running 10 times at six furlongs, twice at seven furlongs and once, the Grade I Metropolitan Handicap, at a flat mile, defeating likely Breeders’ Cup Classic favorite McKinzie in the process.

Mitole has earned $2,004,910 for Asmussen, whose purse earnings this year stand at about $22 million. “He’s an extremely fast and talented horse,” Blasi said. “He’s capable of doing things others aren’t.”

While some trainers prefer to hit the ground running for an event such as the Breeders’ Cup, bringing in their participants shortly before they race, Team Asmussen opts for lengthier preparation time. It’s paid off.

“We’ve been blessed with a lot of success out here,” Blasi said. “We’ve won the Classic (Gun Runner, 2017 at Del Mar), the Distaff (Untapable, 2014 Santa Anita), the Dirt Mile (Tapazar Santa Anita), been second and third in some other races, so I think getting out here early and getting acclimated, letting the horses settle in is a big advantage.”

IN OTHER BREEDERS’ CUP NEWS:

Dirt Mile contender Omaha Beach jogged early today and will gallop Saturday morning “around six o’clock,” Richard Mandella said.

Encoder (Juvenile Turf Sprint) worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 at 6:45 this morning under assistant trainer Juan Leyva, while stablemate Cali Dude went the same distance in the identical time for this Friday’s $200,000 Golden State Juvenile for two-year-olds at seven furlongs. “Both went well,” trainer John Sadler said.

Additional workouts included: Catalina Cruiser (Sprint, four furlongs in 47.80 for Sadler); Comical (Juvenile Fillies, four furlongs in 48.60 for Doug O’Neill; Lazy Daisy (Juvenile Fillies, four furlongs in 47.80, also for O’Neill); and Dennis’ Moment (Juvenile, four furlongs in a bullet 46.60 for Dale Romans).

Also, Legends of War (Turf Sprint, four furlongs in 48.20 for O’Neill); War of Will (Classic, four furlongs in 47.40 for Mark Casse); Storm the Court (Juvenile, six furlongs in a bullet 1:14.20 for Peter Eurton); and Donna Veloce (Juvenile Fillies, five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.60 for Simon Callaghan).

Said exercise rider Tammy Fox, who was aboard Dennis’ Moment: “He galloped out strong, but was getting aggravated with me because I had to pull him up, although at a comfortable pace. He’s striding out good, worked great. That Ferrari came out in him today.

“Every day when he comes out here, he stops and he looks at the mountains. Then he’ll go a little bit and he stops and he looks again. He’s been enjoying himself here.          Knock on wood, nothing has bothered this horse since we’ve been here. He’s adapted well to all the surroundings, all the horses out here. We just have another week, and hopefully we’re the one in the Winner’s Circle.

“He’s so strong underneath you and has such a long stride. You don’t want to take that away from a horse. So as long as he’s going comfortable, at a quick speed, I don’t mind, and I don’t think Dale minds either . . . He wasn’t blowing a bit. I was blowing more than he was.”

Added Romans: “I just wanted her to go along comfortable and easy. And that’s what he did. I mean, he went fast, but you could just watch and tell he was well within himself doing it. It doesn’t take anything out of him.

“Normally I’d have gone five-eighths with him, but I didn’t want him to go as fast–he went 58 two weeks in a row. So we just went a half and let him gallop out the five-eighths to try to trick him a little bit to slow it down to a minute and change on the gallop out.

“But he did everything right. He’s a hard horse to train because he does things so easy. You don’t know if you’re doing enough because it’s nothing, doesn’t take anything out of him to do it. The stress-level has just gone through the roof, to tell you the truth, because I’ve never come into a Breeders’ Cup race with so much confidence in a horse.

“It’s a little different feeling. Everything has gone so well, and he’s just been push-button. He’s such a pleasure to be around.”

The Arcadia weather forecast on Nov. 1 and 2 calls for sunny skies, a high temperature of 81 degrees and zero percent chance of precipitation, in other words, perfect.

BALTAS HAS TWO ENTERED IN GRADE III AUTUMN MISS

Richard Baltas won three races Thursday and hopes to continue on a roll Saturday in the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes, in which he has two three-year-old fillies entered, each with disparate running styles.

“Raymundos Secret is on the also-eligible list so I need a scratch for her to get in,” Baltas said. “Strike At Dawn is doing really well.”

Raymundos Secret is a front runner, having won three of four starts, losing only in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks in which she led before weakening late to finish eighth. Strike At Dawn is a closer making her stakes debut.

The Autumn Miss, race seven of nine with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Apache Princess, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; Alittlelesstalk, Tyler Baze, 30-1; Hidden Message, Flavien Prat, 5-2; K P Slickem, Jorge Velez, 20-1; Keeper Ofthestars, Abel Cedillo, 5-1; Solent, Mike Smith, 8-1; Great Sister Diane, Jeffrey Sanchez, 6-1; Holly Hundy, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 15-1; Mucho Unusual, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Giza Goddess, Brice Blanc, 8-1; Strike At Dawn, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Free My Soul, Martin Garcia, 30-1; and alsoeligible Raymundos Secret, Geovanni Franco, 4-1.

AGAPITO DELGADILLO HITS A TRIPLE AT AGE 53

At 53, Agapito Delgadillo, whose name rolls off the tongue with alacrity, is one of the senior members of the Southern California jockey colony. But he’s still young at heart.

The native of Mexico City, represented by agent Patty Sterling, won his first three races of the meet (from five mounts) yesterday, on Fast Cotton ($19.80) for leading trainer Doug O’Neill, Sybil’s Kitty ($11) for Richard Baltas and Dawood ($6) also for Baltas.

Delgadillo’s feat was no surprise to fellow senior Gary Stevens, 56, the Hall of Fame member who recently retired from the saddle to the broadcast booth.

“I rode with him for a long time,” Stevens said. “He’s a class act and one of the most under-rated jockeys I’ve ridden with. I loved riding with him. He’s a true horseman and some of the less-well-known trainers like to ride him because he can provide valuable information on how to improve their horse.

“He’s just a super guy.”

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FINISH LINESBob Baffert has two expensive first-time starters entered in Saturday’s fourth race for two-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs. They are Ra’ad, a $500,000 son of Twirling Candy who is 5-1 on Jon White’s morning line, and 2-1 favorite Thousand Words, a $1 million son of Pioneeerof the Nile who was trained by Baffert . . . Jockey Aaron Gryder has been suspended five days (Nov. 8, 9, 10, 14 and 15) for causing interference on Go Daddy Go in Sunday’s fourth race, his third offense in the last 60 days . . . Apprentice Jorge Diaz won his 40th race Sunday aboard Fly The Sky, thus losing two pounds of his apprentice allowance from seven to five . . . Fans can support a worthwhile cause during Bash at the Breeders’ Cup, a fundraiser for Thoroughbred aftercare on Friday, Nov. 1. Join Breeders’ Cup at The Langham in Pasadena for one of a kind memorabilia. All proceeds benefit Thoroughbred Charities of America. For tickets, please visit breederscup.com.

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BREEDERS’ CUP WORK OUTS:

Mongolian Groom (Ganbat) 10-25-19

Blue Chipper (Young) 10-25-19

Dennis’ Moment (Romans) 10-25-19

War of Will (Casse) 10-25-19

Donna Veloce (Callaghan) 10-25-19

Croughavouke (Yellow Cap) (Mullins) 10-24-19

La Force (Gallagher) 10-24-19

Omaha Beach (Mandella) 10-23-19

Wrecking Crew (Miller) 10-23-19

Wicked Whisper (Black Cap) and Shoplifted (Blue Cap) (Asmussen) 10-23-19

Seeking the Soul (Stewart) 10-22-19

Yoshida (Mott) 10-22-19

Bast (Inside) and Hot Sean (Baffert) 10-22-19

Mitole (Asmussen) 10-22-19

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current through Oct. 24)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Abel Cedillo

93

16

13

13

17%

45%

$1,008,743

Flavien Prat

62

15

12

16

24%

69%

$848,676

Jorge Velez

74

13

13

8

18%

46%

$440,023

Rafael Bejarano

50

9

9

11

18%

58%

$452,342

Drayden Van Dyke

41

8

5

5

20%

44%

$564,116

J.C. Diaz, Jr.

44

7

4

3

16%

32%

$252,263

Evin Roman

39

7

3

3

18%

33%

$232,377

Geovanni Franco

43

5

6

6

12%

40%

$272,016

Martin Garcia

44

5

6

3

11%

32%

$220,810

Ruben Fuentes

61

5

3

13

8%

34%

$333,768

Mike Smith

24

5

2

1

21%

33%

$584,738

Tiago Pereira

43

4

10

6

9%

47%

$229,153

Edwin Maldonado

30

4

7

3

13%

47%

$181,352

Mario Gutierrez

27

4

4

5

15%

48%

$216,379

Trainer

Sts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

66

19

11

7

29%

56%

$773,963

Philip D’Amato

41

10

4

5

24%

46%

$792,204

Richard Baltas

42

7

9

10

17%

62%

$437,299

Bob Baffert

26

7

3

3

27%

50%

$649,313

Peter Miller

30

6

4

4

20%

47%

$321,172

John Sadler

41

5

8

7

12%

49%

$336,488

Mark Glatt

33

4

8

2

12%

42%

$232,012

Richard Mandella

23

4

3

6

17%

57%

$390,424

Jeff Mullins

26

4

2

7

15%

50%

$187,086

Hector O. Palma

18

3

4

1

17%

44%

$93,343

Jack Carava

19

3

3

6

16%

63%

$84,543

J. Keith Desormeaux

15

3

3

3

20%

60%

$102,375

Simon Callaghan

14

3

2

3

21%

57%

$240,633

John Shirreffs

10

3

2

1

30%

60%

$227,262

Craig Anthony Lewis

13

3

2

0

23%

38%

$110,555

Vann Belvoir

12

3

0

3

25%

50%

$47,882

Andrew Lerner

16

3

0

2

19%

31%

$71,957