STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019

  • CARAVA EYES BUENA VISTA UPSET WITH ZAFFINAH
  • TALAMO, S Y SKY EYE PIECE OF SPRING FEVER PIE
  • SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT CARRYOVER AT $238,534
  • NOTE: FIRST POST TIME THIS FRIDAY WILL BE 1 P.M.

CARAVA HOPES FOR LUCK OF THE IRISH AGAINST VASILIKA

Zaffinah has never failed to earn a check in 12 starts since coming from Europe early in 2017, and it’s likely she’ll earn her keep again in Saturday’s Grade II Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares scheduled at one mile on turf.

To win, however, the Irish-bred mare trained by Jack Carava for Red Baron’s Barn LLC or Rancho Temescal LLC will have to conquer favored Vasilika, who defeated her by a length and a half last out in the Grade III Megahertz at a mile on a good turf course Jan. 21.

“She’s just a hard-trying mare and a mile seems to be her specialized distance,” Carava said of the chestnut mare who will be seeking her first stakes win in this country Saturday. “I had to run her down the hill a few times because races wouldn’t fill for her.

“She’s pretty consistent going a mile on turf. She’s doing all right even though we were a little sidetracked training because of the weather. I haven’t been able to do as much with her as I’d been hoping, although she doesn’t require a whole lot.”

TALAMO, S Y SKY PROVE SUCCESSFUL COMBINATION

Joe Talamo has ridden S Y Sky in each of her nine career races, winning five, with three seconds and one third. He will be back aboard in Sunday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes and understandably is looking forward to the reunion.

“She’s never been out of the money, and even when she loses, she shows up and tries really hard,” Talamo enthused. “She’s fun to ride. She breaks really sharp and puts you in a good spot.

“She doesn’t need the lead, but she breaks so well she puts you right there, which is really good.” Owned and bred by longtime supporter of the California breeding program Nick Alexander, current president of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC), S Y Sky has earnings of just under a half-million dollars at $457,320.

As for the gregarious Talamo, hard to believe he’s 29 now after coming west from his native Louisiana at the behest of the late Bobby Frankel.

Despite an infusion of young apprentice riders and world-class competition from journeymen like Joel Rosario and Flavien Prat, Talamo and his agent, Scotty McClellan, industriously strive to attain a position among the top 10 riders.

“We’re trying to do the best we can with the opportunities we have,” Talamo said, causing a chuckle when he added, “At 29, I’m no spring chicken.”

That, of course, is relative and very debatable.

SANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER IS $238,534

With no single ticket winner on Sunday, there is a 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $238,534 at Santa Anita today, President’s Day.

With $211,555 in “new” money wagered, Sunday’s total Jackpot pool reached $401,657, which helped fuel a consolation payoff of $212.30 on a total of 532 tickets.

Monday’s Rainbow Six starts with race four, the $200,000 California Cup Derby, in which the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Galilean is the prohibitive 2-5 morning line favorite.

Approximate post time for the Cal Cup Derby is 2:04 p.m. PT.

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FINISH LINESThis Friday, first post time will be 1 p.m., and the following day, Saturday, it will be 12:25 p.m. . . . With four wins Sunday, Joel Rosario took a 37-35 lead over Flavien Prat in the jockeys’ race . . . Numbers are virtually similar across the board for favorites at the Winter Meet, with 33.11 percent winning overall (98 of 296), 32.84 percent on dirt (66 of 201) and 33.68 on turf (32 of 95) . . . Kent Desormeaux was scheduled to ride six horses today, four of them drawing the extreme outside post position. One, however, Seaside Dancer in the first race, was scratched from the also-eligible list . . . Tyler Baze rides All Out Blitz for Simon Callaghan in today’s Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park . . .Two-time Grade I winner Paradise Woods is none the worse for wear after finishing last in her first start for John Shirreffs in Saturday’s Santa Monica Stakes run on a good main track. “She came out of the race really well,” the trainer said. “Obviously, the post (one) really compromised her.” Shirreffs rendered no race for her next start . . . Jockey Felipe Martinez has been suspended three days (Feb. 24, 28 and March 1) for careless riding on Annitasheaven in Saturday’s seventh race . . . As chronicled in an epic column by Bill Plaschke in Sunday’s LA Times, Santa Anita Hornblower Jay Cohen’s joyful notes have been muted for the time being.  Please see the full story and video on his road to recovery  here. . . . The California Horse Racing Board holds its monthly meeting 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Santa Anita. The public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only webcast can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast) . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, presenting live action again on Friday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. The track will be open for simulcast wagering Thursday, Feb. 21, with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.

 

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Sunday, Feb. 17)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Joel Rosario

164

37

29

29

23%

58%

$1,913,234

Flavien Prat

143

35

30

20

24%

59%

$2,185,332

Heriberto Figueroa

140

21

12

21

15%

39%

$775,898

Tiago Pereira

108

19

16

11

18%

43%

$722,795

Geovanni Franco

141

18

16

21

13%

39%

$864,185

Rafael Bejarano

119

17

19

22

14%

49%

$948,226

Mike Smith

56

17

10

8

30%

63%

$1,134,096

Drayden Van Dyke

105

16

15

13

15%

42%

$940,225

Tyler Baze

160

14

29

22

9%

41%

$1,055,218

Joe Talamo

105

11

19

15

10%

43%

$869,762

Assael Espinoza

87

11

5

12

13%

32%

$372,568

Kent Desormeaux

72

9

9

11

13%

40%

$707,138

Ruben Fuentes

75

9

8

15

12%

43%

$311,407

Mario Gutierrez

77

7

13

10

9%

39%

$483,288

Edwin Maldonado

51

7

7

1

14%

29%

$248,047

Agapito Delgadillo

47

7

6

5

15%

38%

$194,450

Aaron Gryder

44

6

5

3

14%

32%

$188,636

Eswan Flores

62

5

9

7

8%

34%

$172,841

Martin Pedroza

48

5

4

4

10%

27%

$169,553

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug  O’Neill

131

22

21

19

17%

47%

$1,068,146

Peter Miller

86

19

14

9

22%

49%

$1,014,511

John Sadler

62

16

14

9

26%

63%

$924,702

Richard Baltas

87

13

19

16

15%

55%

$885,030

Jerry Hollendorfer

71

12

11

11

17%

48%

$831,098

Bob Baffert

53

10

9

8

19%

51%

$996,435

J. Keith Desormeaux

43

10

8

5

23%

53%

$454,744

Philip D’Amato

68

8

9

11

12%

41%

$594,722

William E. Morey

45

8

9

9

18%

58%

$403,819

Richard Mandella

33

8

3

2

24%

39%

$271,309

Jeff Mullins

38

7

9

6

18%

58%

$500,364

Mark Glatt

50

7

9

5

14%

42%

$315,496

Vladimir Cerin

37

7

4

6

19%

46%

$266,795

Simon Callaghan

28

7

3

5

25%

54%

$458,047

Steve Knapp

37

7

2

6

19%

41%

$156,840

Hector O. Palma

35

6

5

5

17%

46%

$185,538

Peter Eurton

36

6

5

5

17%

44%

$296,136

William Spawr

17

6

2

2

35%

59%

$171,278