STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2019

  • ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR STILL SWEET ON RACING
  • TRUMAN HOPES TO ‘POST’ TURF SPRINT WIN
  • D’AMATO HAS THREE FOR F&M TURF SPRINT
  • LIVE MONEY RAINBOW POOL OVER $1.5 MILLION

ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR SEEKS SECOND TURF CLASSIC WIN

In his last 21 races, Ashleyluvssugar has run in stakes 20 times, 16 against open company, winning six, including four Grade II events. Not too shabby for an eight-year-old  California-bred gelding that might be long in the tooth but not short on class.

Saturday, the son of Game Plan goes for his second victory in the $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic presented by City National Bank, having won it in 2017.

“He’s full of vim and vigor and still acts like he wants to run,” trainer Peter Eurton said of the durable bay, earner of $1,393,039 in a 30-race career, of which he has won 10. “As long as he’s healthy, which he is, he’ll continue to run and compete at this level.”

The Turf Classic is one of four stakes Saturday showcasing California-breds, the others being the $$150,000 Sprint, the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint and the $100,000 Turf Sprint Stakes.

TWO EDDIES ON COURSE FOR CAL CUP TURF SPRINT

Eddie Truman hopes the buck stops with a good post position for Teacher’s Treasure in Saturday’s $100,000 California Cup Turf Sprint Stakes for three-year-olds at about 6 ½ furlongs on the downhill grass course.

The chestnut gelding by Square Eddie-Corissa’s Birthday makes his stakes debut and his second start on turf after running third on Santa Anita’s unique venue on New Year’s Day when breaking from the No. 2 post position.

“I think he’s going to move a couple lengths forward off that race, especially if he draws an outside post,” Truman said. “The two hole is such a disadvantage coming down the hill.”

Edgar Payeras has ridden Teacher’s Treasure in each of his four races, winning one, with one second and two thirds. “He just lost his ‘bug’ and he’s been riding at Los Al, but he’s always worked this horse for me and my owners love him,” Truman said of the 24-year-old native of Guatemala.

“The horse is a homebred so he’s kind of a Cinderella story. The owners are Larry Samovar and his wife, Carolyn, who campaign as Academic Farms. They’re from Ramona and I’ve been with them 35, 40 years.

“We’re big supporters of the Cal-bred program, and to finally get this mare to Square Eddie has really showed she can produce a good horse.”

D’AMATO COULD RUN THREE IN F&M TURF SPRINT

Phil D’Amato plans to enter Barbara Beatrice, S Y Sky and possibly Lovely Linda in Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint for older fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course.

S Y Sky returns on a seemingly short turnaround, having run second as the 7-10 favorite on Jan. 10.

“That was kind of the game plan for S Y Sky as long as she came out of the race good,” the trainer said of the five-year-old Grazen mare owned and bred by Nick Alexander. S Y Sky has never been out of the money in eight starts and favored in seven them, four at odds-on.

“With all the weather we’ve been dealing with, and not being able to train them too hard, her last race was kind of a blessing. She’s doing well. She breezed this morning (four furlongs in 48.60) as did Barbara (four furlongs on the training track in a bullet 48 flat), and they should be ready to go.”

Joe Talamo rides S Y Sky, while Tiago Pereira pilots Barbara Beatrice for the 20th time in what will be her 21st career race. Pereira rode her in her first race way back on Jan. 11, 2015, then three more before Talamo ended the skein, but has been on the seven-year-old gray daughter of Grazen bred by D’Amato for her last 15 races in a row.

SANTA ANITA GUARANTEES $2 MILLION SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK 6 JACKPOT

Along with one dollar beers and sodas, fans have a guaranteed $2 million Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Santa Anita.

With Santa Anita guaranteeing a $2 million Rainbow Six Jackpot up until a designated mandatory payout (pending CHRB approval) on Feb. 2, a cascade of “new” money continues to pour into the popular 20 cent minimum wager, evidenced by Sunday’s “new” money handle of $520,286, which helped to create a total live money Rainbow Six pool of $1,540,495.

For the third consecutive day, there will be a 10-race card today. Accordingly, the 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six will begin with race five, which has an approximate post time of 2:03 p.m. PT. For additional racing information and specifics on Santa Anita’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six, please visit  santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.

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“QUICK QUESTIONS” WITH RICHARD MANDELLA

“SHEDROW STROLL” WITH BAFFERT’S FLOR DE LA MAR

 FINISH LINESFlor de La Mar ran to her notices Sunday, winning her debut race by five lengths under Joel Rosario for Bob Baffert. A $500,000 daughter of Tiznow owned by Godolphin LLC, she paid $2.40 to win. “It was perfect,” Baffert said. “Rosario just sat on her and taught her how to rate off a horse, then finished up. It was a good schooling race for her.” Baffert would not commit to her next race, saying, “I’m taking my time with her. I just want to set her up for the Kentucky Oaks (May 3). That’s the plan.” As to undefeatedGame Winner’s four furlong workout Sunday in 48.60, Baffert said, “He’s right on schedule (for the San Felipe Stakes on March 9).” Monday morning, Baffert sent Santa Anita Handicap candidate McKinzie seven furlongs in 1:25.40. It was one of 258 recorded workouts, 56 on the training track . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and resume live action Friday, Jan. 25 at 12:30 p.m. There will be simulcast racing on Thursday with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.

 

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Sunday, Jan. 20)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Flavien Prat

81

22

15

11

27%

59%

$1,361,946

Joel Rosario

85

15

15

14

18%

52%

$1,013,602

Heriberto Figueroa

75

15

6

12

20%

44%

$457,869

Mike Smith

29

10

5

4

34%

66%

$669,250

Geovanni Franco

66

9

7

6

14%

33%

$460,210

Drayden Van Dyke

57

8

9

9

14%

46%

$456,713

Rafael Bejarano

52

8

7

6

15%

40%

$391,415

Assael Espinoza

46

7

2

6

15%

33%

$204,314

Tyler Baze

85

6

17

12

7%

41%

$567,860

Tiago Pereira

48

6

6

3

13%

31%

$209,838

Joseph Talamo

59

5

9

11

8%

42%

$395,555

Ruben Fuentes

43

4

6

8

9%

42%

$172,257

Kent Desormeaux

39

4

5

8

10%

44%

$317,011

Agapito Delgadillo

25

4

4

3

16%

44%

$102,611

Edwin Maldonado

28

4

4

1

14%

32%

$170,718

Martin Pedroza

28

4

1

1

14%

21%

$80,456

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

55

13

6

6

24%

45%

$455,722

Peter Miller

47

10

7

7

21%

51%

$594,791

Richard Baltas

49

9

13

5

18%

55%

$626,872

Jerry Hollendorfer

39

9

5

5

23%

49%

$477,349

J. Keith Desormeaux

27

7

4

4

26%

56%

$251,080

William Morey

24

5

4

5

21%

58%

$153,539

John Sadler

33

4

7

6

12%

52%

$379,448

Jeff Mullins

24

4

5

6

17%

63%

$393,873

Mark Glatt

23

4

5

1

17%

43%

$140,650

Bob Baffert

31

4

4

5

13%

42%

$472,720

Steve Knapp

22

4

1

4

18%

41%

$91,194

Richard Mandella

14

4

1

1

29%

43%

$136,892