Stable Notes By Ed Golden & Mike Willman -Saturday, February 8, 2020

  • BAFFERT DOUBLE TEAMS THE CHAMP IN SAN VICENTE
  • SHIRREFFS DUO DRILL FOR UPCOMING STAKES RACES
  • RISPOLI TAKES FIRST SANTA ANITA STAKES IN BAFFLE
  • LEADING RIDER ROSARIO AT FAIR GROUNDS SATURDAY

NADAL, RA’AD FACE STORM THE COURT IN SAN VICENTE

Two-time Triple Crown winner Bob Baffert has two horses set to take on Eclipse Award champion Storm the Court in his three-year-old debut Sunday in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs.

They are debut winner Nadal, who won a 6 ½ furlong maiden allowance race at Santa Anita by 3 ¾ lengths as the 6-5 favorite on Jan. 19, and Ra’ad, a winner by 2 ½ lengths as the 7-10 favorite going six furlongs at Los Alamitos last Dec. 7.

“Ra’ad’s next major goal is the UAE Dubai Derby ($2.5 million at 1 3/16 miles March 28) but this is a good spot for him,” Baffert said of the son of Twirling Candy owned by RRR Racing.

“Nadal was a last-minute call this week. I liked the way he worked, although I would have preferred to go in an allowance race, but this race came up and the second start is so important for these young horses, so I’d rather just run him here. After this I’ll feel more confident running him two turns.”

As to leading Triple Crown contender Thousand Words, undefeated gutsy winner of the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Baffert will monitor his works, “but the next step would be the San Felipe (Stakes on March 7).

“He’s a Pioneerof the Nile and a long-striding horse. He deals with everything really well and I love the way he handled all that kick back and dirt (coming from fourth between rivals to win the Lewis by three-quarters of a length).

“When he was asked to go, he took off. He’s a very workmanlike horse.”

The San Vicente, race 7 of 8, with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Fast Enough, Tiago Pereira, 12-1; Ra’ad, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Party Town, Jorge Velez, 20-1, Nadal, Joel Rosario, 4-5, Storm the Court, Flavien Prat, 9-5, and Ginobili, Abel Cedillo, 5-1.

HARD NOT TO LOVE DRILLS FOR SANTA MONICA, HONOR A.P. FOR SAN FELIPE

     Hard Not to Love, the one-eyed wonder filly, worked five furlongs Friday under regular rider Mike Smith for Saturday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs.

“We’ve nominated and we’ll see,” trainer John Shirreffs said with caution. “We’re going step by step but she’s training very well. Mike was extremely happy with the way she worked.”

Also likely for the Santa Monica are LA Woman Stakes winner Lady Ninja, no rider; Kalookan Queen winner Mother Mother, Flavien Prat; and streaking stakes winner Queen Bee to You, Ruben Fuentes. Mother Mother worked five furlongs Friday in a bullet 59.80.

Meanwhile, Triple Crown hopeful Honor A.P. worked five furlongs this morning for Shirreffs in 1:00.80 with Smith aboard.

“He was scheduled to work Sunday, but we moved it up a day because there was rain in the forecast,” Shirreffs explained. ‘We’ll try and make the San Felipe (Stakes, Grade II, $400,000 at 1 1/16 miles on March 7).”

ITALIAN-BORN RISPOLI WINS FIRST SANTA ANITA STAKES IN FRIDAY’S BAFFLE

    Trainer Peter Miller staged a mild upset in yesterday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes and in the process, helped provide surging Italian import Umberto Rispoli with his first Santa Anita Stakes winner.

With Miller’s talented filly Bulletproof One taking on the boys as the 9-5 favorite, Rispoli deftly guided the “Other Miller,” Billy Batts at 2-1, to an impressive come from behind victory, winning by 1 ½ lengths while covering 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:03.37.

“It was a great opportunity to ride a horse like him,” said Rispoli, 31, who was joined in the Winner’s Circle by his wife Kimberley and their 2 ½ year old son, Hayden. “I love this place.  I love the people, I love the weather, I love everything.  Every time my boy comes out, I win!”

Represented by agent Ron Anderson, Rispoli through 21 racing days is fifth in the Santa Anita standings with 12 wins, while Anderson’s “top gun,” Joel Rosario, leads all riders with 24.

Yesterday’s Baffle Stakes was named in honor of the longtime hillside turf course record holder, who flew 6 ½ furlongs down the hill in 1:11 4/5 on Feb. 7, 1970, under Wayne Harris.

Owned by Canadian timber magnate Frank McMahon and trained by Johnny Longden, Baffle was a multiple stakes winner on turf and dirt, sprinting and at middle distances.

McMahon and Longden also teamed for victory with Majestic Prince in both the 1969 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies and missed the Triple Crown when “The Prince” finished second in that year’s Belmont Stakes.

     FINISH LINES: Santa Anita’s leading rider Joel Rosario will be at the Fair Grounds next Saturday to ride Los Alamitos Futurity and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Anneau d’Or for Blaine Wright in the Risen Star Stakes. A bay son of Medaglio d’Oro owned by Peter Redekop, Anneau d’Or was beaten a head at 28-1 in the Juvenile and a neck as the 6-5 favorite in the Futurity . . . J.C. Diaz Jr. loses his apprentice allowance Sunday and rides as a full-fledged journeyman thereafter . . . Peter Lurie, filling in for Tom Quigley, will have trainer Andrew Lerner as his guest handicapper 11:20 a.m. Sunday . . . Through 21 days of the Winter Meet, favorites are winning above the national average, at 37.64 percent (67 of 178) and at 40.40 percent on dirt (40 of 99) and 34.18 percent on turf (27 of 79) . . . Santa Anita offers another of its popular Dollar Days on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 17. Beer and soda will be on sale for a buck and hot dogs for $2First post time for the holiday program is 12:30 p.m.

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WORKOUTS:

Zellda and Pelican Way (Shirreffs) 2-8-20

Hard Not to Love (Shirreffs) 2-7-20

Cheap Cheap Cheap (Outside) and Sold It (O’Neill) 2-7-20

Stela Star (Sadler) 2-7-20

Legends of War (O’Neill) 2-7-20

Majestic Eagle (Outside) and Last Opportunity (Drysdale) 2-2-20

Kingly (Baffert) 2-2-20

Frontier Market (Outside) and Sea of Liberty (Sadler) 2-1-20

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS
(Current Through Friday, Feb. 7)
Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Joel Rosario

97

24

22

15

25%

63%

$1,388,354

Abel Cedillo

136

20

19

16

15%

40%

$1,158,824

Flavien Prat

82

16

18

18

20%

63%

$1,053,014

Drayden Van Dyke

75

15

14

7

20%

48%

$928,461

Umberto Rispoli

69

12

12

8

17%

46%

$687,752

Tiago Pereira

61

10

8

9

16%

44%

$542,518

Mario Gutierrez

57

9

8

6

16%

40%

$531,581

Jorge Velez

85

9

7

14

11%

35%

$481,507

Ruben Fuentes

45

7

8

1

16%

36%

$383,491

Geovanni Franco

47

7

7

3

15%

36%

$441,460

J.C. Diaz, Jr.

48

7

4

10

15%

44%

$284,621

Mike Smith

31

6

2

3

19%

35%

$675,202

Victor Espinoza

33

5

5

4

15%

42%

$527,377

Edwin Maldonado

40

5

4

5

13%

35%

$158,735

Agapito Delgadillo

40

5

2

7

13%

35%

$266,301

Trainer

Sts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Richard Baltas

64

17

10

5

27%

50%

$1,046,470

Bob Baffert

44

13

7

11

30%

70%

$981,412

Peter Miller

42

13

4

3

31%

48%

$770,036

Brian Koriner

24

7

2

5

29%

58%

$263,182

Doug O’Neill

60

6

9

6

10%

35%

$433,927

Richard Mandella

24

6

1

5

25%

50%

$527,405

Philip D’Amato

52

5

10

6

10%

40%

$508,128

Steve Knapp

24

5

5

1

21%

46%

$216,460

Michael McCarthy

24

5

2

2

21%

38%

$201,765

Jeff Bonde

15

5

2

1

33%

53%

$128,141

John Sadler

41

4

7

8

10%

46%

$459,047

Robert Hess, Jr.

24

4

6

2

17%

50%

$199,381

Mark Glatt

38

4

4

10

11%

47%

$211,941

Mike Puype

24

4

4

4

17%

50%

$254,180

Andrew Lerner

17

4

3

1

24%

47%

$214,742

Hector O. Palma

21

4

2

3

19%

43%

$129,941

Craig Anthony Lewis

26

4

1

8

15%

50%

$262,881