TRAINER FINALLY HAS FILLY FIGURED OUT
McCARTHY MULLS SANTA MARIA FOR CE CE
OLLIE’S CANDY IS SWEET ON SANTA MARIA
CEDILLO RIDES A NATURAL TRIPLE ON SUNDAY
HOROLOGIST ‘COMING TO HAND’ FOR SANTA MARIA
Richard Baltas hopes the fifth time’s the charm when he runs Horologist in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/16 miles.
A rarity in that she is a New Jersey-bred racing in California, the four-year-old daughter by the Tiznow sire Gemologist lost all chance last out in the Grade I Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park April 18 when she was blocked through most of the stretch run.
At 28-1 she still was beaten only five lengths, finishing sixth behind Ce Ce, who won by a dramatic head over Ollie’s Candy.
“She had a really nightmarish trip,” Baltas said. “She got completely shut off, but ran well. She’s a nice filly and seems to be coming to hand.”
Horologist was a distant ninth in the Grade II Raven Run at Keeneland last Oct. 19 in her first start for Baltas, improved to fifth when wide as the 3-2 favorite in the Grade II La Canada at Santa Anita Jan. 11 and missed by a nose going three wide in the restricted Nellie Morse at Laurel on March 14 before her Apple Blossom debacle.
“The first time I ran her, I didn’t have her figured out,” Baltas said. “I think we’ve got her figured out now, and she’s going to be a very nice filly.”
SANTA MARIA AN OPTION FOR GRADE I WINNER CE CE
Ce Ce, determined winner of the Grade I Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park by a head over Ollie’s Candy on April 18, is nominated to next Sunday’s Grade II Santa Maria but trainer Michael McCarthy and owner/breeder Bo Hirsch were mulling their options Monday morning.
A four-year-old daughter of Quality Road, Ce Ce (pronounced see see) captured the Grade I Beholder Mile before the Apple Blossom and has won four of six career starts with one second, earning a hefty $726,600.
“The filly worked over the weekend but I haven’t spoken with the owner yet so we haven’t made up our minds,” McCarthy said. “I was pleased with the way she worked.
“I’ve got a couple options including the Santa Maria and the Ogden Phipps in New York. I’ll talk with Mr. Hirsch a bit later and go from there.”
The Grade I Ogden Phipps will be decided at 1 1/16 miles June 13 at Belmont Park.
Ce Ce breezed five furlongs Sunday in 1:01, while another Santa Maria probable, Hard Not to Love, went the same distance in a bullet 58.80 for John Shirreffs. It was the fastest of 48 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:01.52.
Meanwhile City of Light, earner of $5,662,600, is relishing life as a stallion at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky., where he stands for $40,000.
Thanks to McCarthy’s dexterous display of horsemanship, the son of Quality Road captured the 2019 Pegasus World Cup Invitational by 5 ¾ dominating lengths on Gulfstream Park’s sloppy track before going to stud.
“He’s doing a helluva lot of servicing,” McCarthy said, “and it sounds like he’s enjoying himself.”
FINISH LINES: John Sadler scratched Ollie’s Candy from today’s Gamely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf and plans to enter the versatile Candy Ride mare in Sunday’s Santa Maria Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Towards that goal, Ollie’s Candy worked five furlongs this morning in a minute flat . . . Sadler will run heralded Stela Star in Saturday’s Grade III Honeymoon Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf. The Irish-bred filly, who likely would have won her U.S. debut in the restricted China Doll at a mile on turf March 7 but for a slow start and a six-wide trip through the lane, will be ridden by runaway Santa Anita jockey leader Flavien Prat. The 27-year-old Frenchman leads runner-up Abel Cedillo 62-47 and is first in purse earnings with $3,209,546…Congrats to Cedillo and his agent Tom Knust, on a natural triple yesterday, with wins aboard Zest ($5.60) in race four, Camby ($8.80) in the fifth and Red King ($11.00) in the sixth…Belated happy birthday wishes to Dearborn, MI native Doug O’Neill who turned FIVE-TWO yesterday…Two-time Eclipse Award winning jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., was interviewed by XBTV’s Millie Ball following his victory aboard Unbridled Ethos in yesterday’s first race. The interview is listed below….Santa Anita will be dark for live racing until an eight-race card on Friday, May 29, when action resumes at 12:30 p.m.
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