Stable Notes By Ed Golden & Mike Willman – Saturday, February 22, 2020

  • GLATT MAKES HIS MARK WITH RICK PITINO
  • VENETIAN HARBOR DRILLS FOR SA OAKS
  • OHIO IN FRANK E. KILROE STATE OF MIND
  • AMERICAN THEOREM’S NEXT WORK IS KEY
  • ‘FASHIONABLE FILLIES’ HERE ON MARCH 8

GLATT, PITINO A WINNING COMBINATION

Mark Glatt enjoyed a fantastic Friday when he saddled Tamaraandtheboys to win the seventh race with Assael Espinoza in the irons after sending out first-time starter Striking a Pose to register a $54.20 upset under Umberto Rispoli in the fifth race.

Tamaraandtheboys, a four-year-old daughter of Clubhouse Ride, is owned by Glatt and 67-year-old basketball Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino, who campaigns as RAP Racing.

“We each own 50 percent of the horse,” said the 46-year-old Glatt, a successful fixture on the Southern California circuit after departing from the Great Northwest. “We got together through a mutual friend, Bob Bone. He owns part of a three-year-old Cal-bred filly I train as well. But this is the first horse I’ve had for Rick.”

Pitino’s career includes college tours with the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, and, on the professional level, the NBA’s Boston Celtics and New York Knicks.

Striking a Pose, a four-year-old Washington-bred gelding by Majesticperfection out of the Smart Strike dam Striking Scholar, was making his debut in a maiden allowance test and won the mile event by three-quarters of a length.

“He’s got a half-brother that won the (Grade III) Longacres Mile in back-to-back years,” Glatt pointed out, alluding to Stryker Phd, winner in 2014 and 2015 under Leslie Mawing for trainer Larry Ross. “It’s a Smart Strike mare and she’s had one other horse that had some ability, so she’s been a good-producing mare so far.”

As for Rispoli, a two-time champion in his native Italy, Glatt is one of a growing number of horsemen and handicappers the rider has won over through 28 days of the Winter Meet, where he has 21 wins, good for fourth in the standings.

“He’s doing great,” Glatt said. “He’s excellent on the turf, but really rides everything pretty good. He seems very intelligent and he knows what to tell you after a race. His input has been very useful so far. It makes sense and I think they’re all reasons he’s doing well.”

STREAKING VENETIAN HARBOR WORKS FAST HALF FOR OAKS

In her first recorded work since daylighting her competition by 9 ¼ lengths in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes Feb. 8, the Richard Baltas-trained Venetian Harbor drilled a half mile in a bullet 46.20 Friday at Santa Anita under Flavien Prat.

“I was very happy to see she was so relaxed,” said Baltas, the meet’s leading trainer through 28 racing days with 19 wins. “I told Flavien my only concern was to keep her relaxed, within herself. I looked at the watch and it said 46 and one. I’ve never had a horse do that.”

Although the Grade III Santa Ysabel, at a mile and one sixteenth, had been considered, Baltas said the three-year-old daughter of Munnings would likely pass the race.

“I was glad to see she’s in good shape this morning. We’re gonna wait until the Santa Anita Oaks (Grade II, $400,000, at 1 1/16 miles April 4). I’ve had some good ones, but yes, she’s the best filly I’ve ever had. I’ve never had a horse do what she’s done and if we can keep her healthy and sound, there’s no telling what we’ve got.”

Bred in Kentucky, Venetian Harbor, who is out of the Street Cry mare Sounds of the City, debuted at five furlongs on turf Nov. 15 at Del Mar, finishing a close second as the even money favorite. A 10 ¾ length maiden winner at 6 ½ furlongs on dirt here Dec. 29, she stretched out for the first time in the Las Virgenes and although she was a bit keen in the early stages, demolished her competition as the 1-5 favorite.

Purchased for $110,000 out of the Keeneland September 2018 Yearling Sale, Venetian Harbor, with two wins from three starts, has earnings of $163,400.

OHIO COULD MAKE HISTORY IN FRANK E. KILROE MILE

Ohio will attempt to become only the second back-to-back winner of the prestigious Frank E. Kilroe Mile when he runs in the Grade I race on turf March 7.

The Brazilian-bred gelding posted a 9-1 upset in 2019 when he nosed out favored Catapult in a thrilling renewal of the race, which will be contested for the 62nd time this year.

“He’s coming off a nice win in the same race he won in 2019, the Cotton Fitzsimmons at

Turf Paradise,” said Michael McCarthy, who trains the venerable bay for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Bruce Treitman. “He’s doing very well and it’s not like he needs to run every 30 days, so we’ll pick and choose our spots since he’s nine years old.

“But he still has plenty of gas left in the tank and still wants to run. The timing is right and fortunately it’s a Grade I, so it’s expected to be tough.

“Our horse is doing well; you can’t fault him.”

Ohio was claimed for $50,000 on June 10, 2018 at Del Mar. Overall, he has a 10-5-3 record from 33 starts with earnings of $585,293.

Ga Hai is the only horse to win the Kilroe in consecutive years, in 1975 under Jacinto Vasquez and in 1976 with Fernando Toro up. The trainer was Gene Cleveland.

‘FASHIONABLE FILLIES’ LUNCHEON TO BE HELD MARCH 8

“Go West Young Lady!” A successful event for nearly two decades in Saratoga Springs, New York, Santa Anita will host its first “Fashionable Fillies” Luncheon in the track’s Chandelier Room on Sunday, March 8.

The event is sponsored by The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, a charitable trust which provides, on a confidential basis, financial relief and assistance to needy members of the Thoroughbred industry and their families.

“The Fashionable Fillies Luncheon has been a successful event on the east coast, and we’re excited to bring it to Santa Anita,” said Shannon Kelly, Executive Director of The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation. “We wanted to bring it west to engage the California racing community and show the important work that the Safety Net does for those in need in the racing industry across the country.”

The Fashionable Fillies Luncheon, which takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will include cocktails, lunch and the opportunity to shop with local vendors. Tickets are $150 each and all proceeds will be earmarked by the foundation to benefit the backstretch community of Southern California.

Those interested in this very worthwhile cause are encouraged to respond by this Monday, Feb. 24 to Shannon Kelley at (212) 521-5327, or via email at skelly@jockeyclub.com.

FINISH LINESGeorge Papaprodromou was pleased with Triple Crown hopeful American Theorem‘s five furlong workout Friday in 1:01.40 but will not announce the colt’s three-year-old debut race until after his breeze next week.  “He worked great, galloped out well but we have no plans yet,” the trainer said Saturday morning. “We should know after his breeze next week.” . . . Rafael Bejarano rides Legends of War for Doug O’Neill in the Ste 1351 Cup at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf Saturday in Saudi Arabia.

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SANTA ANITA STATISTICS                                                                                                          
(Current Through Friday, Feb. 21)
Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Joel Rosario

115

32

27

18

28%

67%

$1,777,754

Abel Cedillo

179

26

29

24

15%

44%

$1,576,464

Flavien Prat

120

25

26

22

21%

61%

$1,552,784

Umberto Rispoli

94

21

15

12

22%

51%

$981,476

Drayden Van Dyke

95

20

18

8

21%

48%

$1,181,321

Tiago Pereira

88

14

12

14

16%

45%

$751,312

Jorge Velez

123

11

12

22

9%

37%

$627,367

Mario Gutierrez

65

9

9

7

14%

38%

$551,881

Mike Smith

40

9

3

4

23%

40%

$875,302

Ruben Fuentes

61

8

10

2

13%

33%

$424,971

Geovanni Franco

63

7

9

6

11%

35%

$487,630

Victor Espinoza

41

7

6

5

17%

44%

$593,957

J.C. Diaz, Jr.

62

7

4

11

11%

35%

$304,481

Trainer

Sts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Richard Baltas

78

19

12

8

24%

50%

$1,272,262

Bob Baffert

57

17

10

13

30%

70%

$1,325,052

Peter Miller

55

16

5

5

29%

47%

$883,476

Doug O’Neill

74

9

13

9

12%

42%

$600,117

John Sadler

54

9

8

10

17%

50%

$613,787

Philip D’Amato

67

7

12

9

10%

42%

$625,068

Steve Knapp

35

7

7

3

20%

49%

$295,662

Brian Koriner

32

7

2

8

22%

53%

$284,222

Michael McCarthy

30

7

2

3

23%

40%

$275,545