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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2019

  • HORSEMEN WEIGH IN ON SUNDAY’S BIG GAME
  • ENJOY BIG GAME FESTIVITIES AT SANTA ANITA
  • MANDATORY MEGA JACKPOT PAYOUT TODAY

RAMS OR PATRIOTS? AGENTS, TRAINERS TAKE THEIR PICK

In one sense, Sunday’s Super Bowl LIII (53 for those not proficient in Roman numerals) is a match of North versus South, with the New England Patriots, led by their matinee idol quarterback, 41-year-old Tom Brady, a graduate of Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, facing the upstart Los Angeles Rams, headquartered in LaLa Land, Southern California.

It’s all in good fun until kickoff in Atlanta at 3:30 p.m., with the Patriots a 2 ½-point favorite and the total points holding at 56. Santa Anita-based jockey agents and trainers, men and women whose livelihoods depend in large part on their ability to assess both data and performance, weighed in with their thoughts on Sunday’s Big Game, which will be shown in its entirety in Sirona’s Sports Bar on the Grandstand main floor:

(JOCKEY AGENTS)

Brad Pegram (Mike Smith & Drayden Van Dyke): “I’m a big Rams fan. I think their defensive line can put a lot of pressure on Brady without having to blitz him. I’m rooting for LA.”

Brian Beach (Asa & Victor Espinoza): “I like the Rams. I’m an NFC guy, a Seahawks’ fan. I root for my conference. When the Seahawks shifted over from the AFC, I switched to the NFC.”

Carolyn Conley (Brice Blanc & Octavio Vergara, Jr.): “The Patriots. Tom Brady, he’s a superior athlete.”

Craig O’Bryan (Tyler Baze): “The Patriots. I’ve seen this act too many times to go against them. No brainer.”

Derek Lawson (Flavien Prat): “I guess I like the Rams. They’re an LA team, even though they destroyed Hollywood Park. I gotta root for ’em.”

Jim Giannone (Geovanni Franco): “The Rams. I bet Gary Stute. He doesn’t like any of our teams, except the Angels. He’s so cheap, I had to play him straight-up, no points.”

Matt Nakatani (Andrea Atzeni): “Patriots, GOAT.”

Mike Ciani (Kent Desormeaux): “I think I like the Rams. They’re just too fast.”

Nelson Arroyo (Heriberto Figueroa): “The Patriots, baby! That’s my home town team.    There’s no one better than Brady.”

Patty Sterling (Tiago Pereira & Aaron Gryder): “That’s easy, I like the Rams! The Patriots have won enough and I’ve liked the Rams since I was little.”

Richie Silverstein (Martin Pedroza): “I’m taking the under. I wish I could be rooting for the Saints.”

Ron Anderson (Joel Rosario): “I’m gonna take New England. They’re fairly equal, but even in theory, to bet against Brady and Belichick . . . They’ve been there too many times. The experience factor in this game is really, really important.”

Saul Marquez (Ruben Fuentes): “The Rams, I’m rooting for the home team.”

Scotty McClellan (Joe Talamo): “I like the Rams because they’re the underdog, plus they’re in LA now. I spent 43 years of my life working at Hollywood Park. I feel like I’m part of the team.”

Susan McBrayer (Agapito Delgadillo): “I don’t even know who’s playing. I don’t watch.”

TomKnust (Mario Gutierrez): “I’m waiting for Eddie Truman to tell me who he likes, because we bet a hundred every year . . . But I like the Patriots.”

Tommy Ball (Edgar Payeras): “The Rams, why not? They’re back in LA.”

Tony Matos (Jean Diaz, Jr. & Evin Roman): “I live in California and I support everything here, the Lakers, our horses when they run other places . . . When you live in California, I’ve got to root for the Rams.”

Tora Yamaguchi (Rafael Bejarano): “The Patriots are gonna be too tough.”

Vic Lipton (Edwin Maldonado): “My two favorite teams are playing against each other. I’m old fashioned, gotta go with skills, Brady. In any sport, it’s skills.”

Vince DeGregory (Eswan Flores): “I probably should take the Rams, but New England’s got a little more experience.”

(TRAINERS)

Bob Baffert: “I’m a Belichick fan.”

Richard Baltas: “I have a good feeling about the Rams.”

Huey Barnes: “Brady. He’s been there enough times and knows how to win.”

Vann Belvoir: “My heart’s with the Rams but my head says the Patriots.”

David Bernstein: “The Rams. I hope they give them a good game.”

Jeff Bonde: “I’d like to see the Rams do well but Brady is a dangerous man.”

Phil D’Amato: “Rams.”

Jack Carava: “I hope LA, the Rams.”

Keith Desormeaux (a Louisiana native): “The Saints. I don’t even think I can watch it.”

Ron Ellis: “Patriots have the experience.”

Peter Eurton: “LA. I’m not rooting for Brady to win his sixth Super Bowl.”

Victor Garcia: “Rams.”

Mark Glatt: “I want to see the Rams win it.”

Dean Greenman: “Patriots. Brady knows his way around.”

Dan Hendricks: “Gotta go with the Rams.”

Jerry Hollendorfer: “The Rams, but I’m a believer in Belichick and Brady.”

Brian Koriner: “I’m a hometown man, LA.”

Eric Kruljac: “Brady. I’m going with experience.”

Ian Kruljac: “Patriots.”

Andrew Lerner: “Patriots and the over.”

Craig Lewis: “Either the Patriots or the Rams.”

Mike Machowsky: “New England has the experience.”

Alfredo Marquez: “LA.”

Michael McCarthy: “I’m going with the home team, the Rams.”

Sean McCarthy: “I’m going with old Brady.”

Anna Meah: “I’m rooting for LA.”

Bill Morey: “My father (Bill Morey Jr.) attended Junipero Serra High where Brady (Class of ’95) went. Barry Bonds (Class of ’82) and Lynn Swann (Class of ’68) also went there.”

Hector Palma: “Patriots.”

George Papaprodromou: “New England wins for fun, by 10.”

Jorge Periban: “Rams.”

Dean Pederson: “Patriots.”

Marcelo Polanco: “Rams.”

Doug O’Neill (a native of Dearborn, Michigan): “The Lions, but they’re not in it.”

Gary Sherlock: “Go Rams!”

Bill Spawr: “The Rams in a close game.”

Gary Stute: “I’m betting on the Patriots. I love Tom Brady.”

Eddie Truman: “I love ’em both but I really like the Rams. I’ll root for one team and bet on the other.”

Kathy Walsh: “This is probably Brady’s last year but I’m pulling for the Rams.”

Tim Yakteen: “Rams all the way.”

FREE GENERAL ADMISSION AT SANTA ANITA FOR BIG GAME SUNDAY

Santa Anita will offer fans free General Admission on Big Game Sunday tomorrow as the track presents a nine-race program with special early first post time at 11 a.m.

Following the races, fans are encouraged to enjoy the Rams vs. Patriots in Sirona’s Sports Bar, located on the Grandstand main floor overlooking the Paddock Gardens.

Fans will be treated to an impressive list of Game Day Drink Specials, including $3 Bud Light Drafts (12 oz.), $5 Golden Road Drafts (12 oz.), $8 Micheladas, $6 Margaritas and $6 Baldwin Buck Cocktails.

In addition to drink specials, New England clam chowder and bacon-wrapped “LA” hot dogs will be served to all Patriot and Ram fans, regardless of which team they’re pulling for.

MANDATORY SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PAYOUT COULD EXCEED $10 MILLION

With an anticipated total live money pool of more than $10 million up for grabs, there will be a mandatory payout on the line in today’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot at Santa Anita. With a 10-race card on tap, the Rainbow Six will begin with race five, which has an anticipated post time of 2:23 p.m. PT.

The popular Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six, which has remained unsolved through 22 racing days beginning Dec. 26, generated a total live money Jackpot carryover of $1,592,209 into Saturday and track officials project that even with possible late scratches due to expected rain, the total mandatory payout Jackpot pool should exceed the $10 million mark.

With $334,541 in “new” money wagered Friday, the total live money Jackpot pool reached $1,850,158. There were 29 consolation tickets with six winners, each worth $6,266.25.

Derby prospects go postward in race six, the Grade III, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, and older horses are center stage in the ninth race, the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/8 miles.

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SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Friday, Feb. 1)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Flavien Prat

102

26

20

15

25%

60%

$1,587,532

Joel Rosario

110

22

19

19

20%

55%

$1,255,000

Heriberto Figueroa

103

18

9

15

17%

41%

$609,158

Geovanni Franco

97

14

10

12

14%

37%

$674,998

Tiago Pereira

74

14

9

7

19%

41%

$493,956

Mike Smith

39

13

7

7

33%

69%

$842,841

Rafael Bejarano

79

12

11

8

15%

39%

$623,514

Drayden Van Dyke

79

10

13

10

13%

42%

$610,121

Tyler Baze

116

9

22

16

8%

41%

$768,450

Kent Desormeaux

52

8

5

11

15%

46%

$585,939

Joseph Talamo

80

7

14

13

9%

43%

$599,025

Ruben Fuentes

59

7

7

12

12%

44%

$247,370

Assael Espinoza

61

7

3

10

11%

33%

$237,329

Edwin Maldonado

35

5

5

1

14%

31%

$194,250

Martin Pedroza

38

5

4

2

13%

29%

$153,238

Agapito Delgadillo

33

4

5

4

12%

39%

$128,885

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

82

14

15

9

17%

46%

$602,364

Peter Miller

64

13

12

7

20%

50%

$789,788

Richard Baltas

65

12

14

11

18%

57%

$780,957

Jerry Hollendorfer

51

10

7

6

20%

45%

$581,591

J. Keith Desormeaux

31

9

5

4

29%

58%

$338,940

William E. Morey

35

8

7

6

23%

60%

$362,799

Philip D’Amato

51

7

9

7

14%

45%

$517,376

Jeff Mullins

32

7

6

6

22%

59%

$461,424

John Sadler

39

6

9

7

15%

56%

$460,688

Mark Glatt

35

5

7

5

14%

49%

$225,858

Bob Baffert

38

5

5

7

13%

45%

$535,282

Richard Mandella

22

5

2

2

23%

41%

$191,136

Steve Knapp

26

5

1

5

19%

42%

$115,896

William Spawr

12

5

1

2

42%

67%

$117,916

Peter Eurton

25

4

5

2

16%

44%

$202,012

Hector O. Palma

27

4

5

2

15%

41%

$129,465

Brian Koriner

19

4

4

1

21%

47%

$327,882

Simon Callaghan

20

4

3

5

20%

60%

$242,543

Vladimir Cerin

26

4

3

3

15%

38%

$190,753