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

  • RECORD HANDLE FOR FUTURE STARS FRIDAY
  • JOCKEY RACE COULD GO TO THE FINAL DAY
  • BREEDERS’ CUP PICK SIX COULD HIT $5 MILLION
  • SHUBACK SIGNS ‘HOLLYWOOD AT THE RACES’

RECORD $56 MILLION-PLUS BC HANDLE ESTABLISHED

After a glorious Breeders’ Cup Future Stars Friday in which a record all-sources handle of $56,517,228 for the 10-race program was established, thanks mainly to the 41,243 fans on track, elder Thoroughbreds were set to take over today from the juveniles, with seven Breeders’ Cup races worth $21 million in purse money and perhaps championships in their destiny.

“I was wondering if we’d have that many people on a Friday,” reflected trainer Carla Gaines, who sends out 30-1 morning line chance Bolo in today’s TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile.

“It was just fantastic, a great event yesterday. It was a beautiful day and great racing,  except my horse (Almost a Factor) stumbled out of the gate (in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies) and lost all chance.”

Future Stars Friday featured five Breeders’ Cup races for two-year-olds, the second consecutive year of grouping all the juvenile races on the same day since the event expanded to its current two-day format in 2007.

Friday’s all-sources handle was a record for a Breeders’ Cup Friday and represented a 5.4 percent increase over last year’s 10-race Future Stars Friday at Churchill Downs. Handle on Santa Anita’s 10-race program Friday was $6,340,351.

CEDILLO LEADS PRAT BY ONE IN JOCKEYS’ RACE

With two racing days remaining in the 23-day Autumn Meet that concludes tomorrow, Southern California newcomer Abel Cedillo leads Flavien Prat, already a four-time Santa Anita champion, in the race for the riding title, 21-20.

Cedillo is named on four horses today, Prat nine. On Sunday, Prat has four mounts while Cedillo serves the first day of a three-day suspension.

PROSPECT OF MASSIVE SATURDAY PICK SIX POOL OF $5 MILLION IN PLAY

The best is yet to come. A slogan from several years ago, but no more relevant than tomorrow at Santa Anita Park, as players will be greeted not only by a total of nine Breeders’ Cup World Championship races, but they will also go to the races knowing there’s a very real prospect Saturday’s total one dollar Pick Six pool could approach $5 million, as there’s a mandatory payout accompanying a carryover from today of $489,379.

With a festive on-track crowd of 41,243 attending day one of the two-day Breeder’s Cup today, the Pick Six began with race four and ran through race nine, which was the Grade I, $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Just one post time favorite came home on top today and the Pick Six was bookended by big longshots, as trainer Jeff Bonde’s Tap Back opened proceedings with a $30.00 score in race four, the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies and Peter Eurton’s longshot Storm the Court took race nine, the TVG Juvenile, to the tune of a $93.80 mutuel.

The Pick Six and the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will finish with a crescendo as the 12th and final race on the card is the Grade I, $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.  Bob Baffert’s McKinzie is the 3-1 morning line favorite among a field of 11 at 1 ¼ miles. Approximate post time for the Classic is at 5:44 p.m.

SHUBACK’S ‘HOLLYWOOD AT THE RACES’ AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE SUNDAY

Longtime DRF columnist and foreign correspondent Alan Shuback will be on hand to sign his newly released book, “Hollywood at the Races,” Sunday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. near the Gift Shop in the East Paddock Gardens.

Horse racing was so popular and influential between 1930 and 1960 that nearly 150 racing themed films were released, including “A Day at the Races,” “Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry,” and “National Velvet.”

This fast-paced gossipy history explores the relationship between the Hollywood film industry, the horse racing industry, and the extraordinary participation of producers, directors and actors in the Sport of Kings.

Celebrity presence at the racetrack generated a bevy of attention from eager photographers and movie columnists, as well as free publicity for their new films. Moreover, entertainment titans such as Louis B. Mayer, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Betty Grable and Don Ameche were all major Thoroughbred owners, while Mickey Rooney, Chico Marx and John Huston were notorious for their unsuccessful forays to the betting windows.

“Hollywood has gone nuts over horse racing, and by the same token, horse racing has gone nuts over Hollywood,”–Ed Sullivan.

FINISH LINESDaylight Saving Time ends Sunday. Turn your clocks back one hour tonight . . . Sad news from Las Vegas: Norm Kelley, retired longtime Director of Race and Sports at Sam’s Town Hotel Casino, passed away Friday after suffering a massive heart attack at his home in Henderson, NV. A Covina, CA native, Kelley was a lifelong horseplayer and spent a good deal of his youth at The Great Race Place.

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Omaha Beach (Mandella) 10-29-19

United (Mandella) 10-29-19

Ambassadorial (Chapple-Hyam) 10-29-19

Shekky Shebaz (Servis) 10-29-19

Blue Chipper (Young Kwan) 10-29-19

(Current Through Friday, Nov. 1)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Abel Cedillo

118

21

16

16

18%

45%

$1,254,224

Flavien Prat

87

20

18

19

23%

66%

$2,518,079

Jorge Velez

97

15

15

11

15%

42%

$518,702

Rafael Bejarano

66

12

11

12

18%

53%

$593,160

Drayden Van Dyke

50

11

6

5

22%

44%

$768,789

J.C. Diaz, Jr.

59

9

4

9

15%

37%

$316,951

Geovanni Franco

56

8

7

7

14%

39%

$371,639

Tiago Pereira

52

7

11

6

13%

46%

$287,556

Ruben Fuentes

71

7

4

16

10%

38%

$438,150

Evin Roman

44

7

3

4

16%

32%

$241,219

Mike Smith

30

7

3

1

23%

37%

$837,240

Martin Garcia

55

5

10

4

9%

35%

$260,090

Edwin Maldonado

39

5

8

5

13%

46%

$229,671

Tyler Baze

45

5

2

8

11%

33%

$247,063

Victor Espinoza

51

4

12

8

8%

47%

$512,934

Mario Gutierrez

37

4

6

7

11%

46%

$265,481

Trainer

Sts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

76

20

11

8

26%

51%

$854,050

Philip D’Amato

45

11

5

5

24%

47%

$812,456

Bob Baffert

37

11

3

7

30%

57%

$1,012,594

Richard Baltas

54

10

11

11

19%

59%

$577,822

Mark Glatt

43

8

9

2

19%

44%

$335,765

Peter Miller

41

8

6

7

20%

51%

$791,510

John Sadler

53

7

11

8

13%

49%

$469,243

John Shirreffs

16

5

4

1

31%

63%

$337,663

Jeff Mullins

34

5

3

8

15%

47%

$357,912

Andrew Lerner

21

5

1

2

24%

38%

$122,308

Hector O. Palma

26

4

6

1

15%

42%

$122,504

Richard E. Mandella

29

4

5

6

14%

52%

$417,215

Simon Callaghan

23

3

6

5

13%

61%

$629,384

J. Keith Desormeaux

20

3

4

4

15%

55%

$115,397

Carla Gaines

21

3

4

3

14%

48%

$157,573

Jack Carava

24

3

3

7

13%

54%

$94,185

Brian Koriner

23

3

2

6

13%

48%

$133,536

Craig Anthony Lewis

18

3

2

1

17%

33%

$140,175

Vann Belvoir

16

3

0

3

19%

38%

$52,303

Peter Eurton

14

3

0

2

21%

36%

$1,214,065

Eddie Truman

4

3

0

0

75%

75%

$54,051