STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY, MAY 27, 2019

  • THUMBS UP FOR ‘PARADISE’ IN SANTA MARIA
  • FLORES ON HAND FOR FASIG-TIPTON SALE
  • GRYDER IS ENJOYING LIFE AT SANTA ANITA
  • JACKPOT OF $784,695 AT END OF ‘RAINBOW’

PARADISE WOODS SET FOR SANTA MARIA STAKES

On track astride a pony with one hand holding onto the reins, John Shirreffs gave a thumbs up with the other when asked about Paradise Woods for this Saturday’s Grade II Santa Maria Stakes for fillies and mares three and older at 1 1/16 miles.

A recent winner of the Grade II Santa Margarita Stakes by 10 ½ lengths under Mike Smith, the two-time Grade I winner worked five furlongs two days ago in a bullet 59.40 for the Santa Maria with Smith in the saddle.

It was the fastest of 57 drills at the distance, the average time of which 1:02.04.

Paradise Woods, a five-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Union Rags, is unbeaten in two starts going 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita, having won the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks by nearly 12 lengths on April 8, 2017, and the Grade I Zenyatta by 5 ¼ lengths on Sept. 30, 2017.

With a bankroll of $945,890 already accumulated and $120,000 awaiting the winner of the Santa Maria, Paradise Woods would achieve millionaire status with a victory.

FLORES AT SANTA ANITA FOR FASIG-TIPTON SALE JUNE 5

David Flores, a former top rider in California, is on hand at Santa Anita for its first ever Fasig-Tipton Two-Year-Old in training sale that takes place Wednesday, June 5.

It will start at 1 p.m. in Santa Anita’s Seabiscuit Walking Ring. Vehicular access to the sales barns is best served by entering Santa Anita’s Gate 5 on its northeastern perimeter. For additional information, visit fasigtipton.com or call 626 574-RACE.

Looking riding fit, the 51-year-old Flores now operates out of the Classic Mile Park in Ocala, training horses and breaking babies at the Florida facility.

“I feel great and it’s good to be here with old friends,” said Flores, a native of Tijuana.

His major stakes wins in a career that began in 1984 were highlighted by Breeders’ Cup victories aboard Tempera (2001 Juvenile Fillies), Action This Day (2003 Juvenile) and Singletary (2004 Mile).

NO PLACE LIKE HOME FOR AARON GRYDER

Aaron Gryder has ridden all over the globe, but like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, he ultimately found there’s no place like home.

That’s why Gryder, who turns 49 on June 5, is plying his trade full time now at Santa Anita in Arcadia, less than 10 miles as the crow flies from West Covina, where he was born.

“This is home for me,” said Gryder, whose two wins Saturday and one yesterday enhanced his place among the top 10 in Santa Anita’s standings.

“Last year I rode for Glen Todd at Hastings (formerly Exhibition Park in Vancouver, B.C.) and he’s been great to me, but that meet ended in October.

“I did some TV work for the Breeders’ Cup after that and thought it was time to come back. I’m older now and wanted to focus on being in one place. It’s fine to jump around when you’re younger but I felt it was time to settle down.

“My son, Christian, 19, went off to the Marines, and I wanted to be here for his boot camp and graduation at Camp Pendleton, but now he’s at Quantico in Virginia. He’s waiting for deployment to guard embassies around the world or for duties at the White House.

“I came here to focus on people who win and people who were my clients in the past. Brian Koriner put me on a nice filly named Gypsy Blu at Del Mar (Nov. 11) the first time I rode back here, and she won and paid $61.

“I changed my approach when I came back. I didn’t push and I didn’t press. Instead of working as many horses as I could in the mornings and riding as many races as I can, I slowed down and focused on being productive. I ride fewer horses but win at a high rate.”

Gryder rode his first winner on Jan. 18, 1987, at Caliente in Tijuana, and made his Southern California debut March 18, 1987 at Santa Anita, three days after winning nine races over a weekend at Caliente.

His most lucrative victory came in the 2009 Dubai World Cup when he piloted Well Armed to a record 14-length score at 9-1 for trainer Eoin Harty in the race then worth $6 million.

“I feel great, I feel as healthy as ever, I’m happy, enjoying what I do, and love coming out every morning and working five or six horses,” Gryder said. “I’m having fun.”

Gryder acknowledges his agent, Patty Sterling, who also represents Tiago Pereira, is contributing mightily towards his success. “She’s doing a real good job,” he said.

SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT AT $784,695

In addition to a tremendous 10-race card highlighted by three Grade I stakes, fans will be treated to 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $784,695 today at Santa Anita.

With $210,293 in “new” money wagered Sunday, the pool reached $946,840, which accounted for a consolation payout on 52 tickets of $2,183 each. Approximate post time is 3:03 p.m. for today’s fifth race which begins the Rainbow Six.

LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:

Don’t Sell worked 4 furlongs. 5-27-19 (O’Neill)

Governance worked 4 furlongs. 5-27-19 (Baltas)

Claudelle worked 4 furlongs. 5-27-19 (Sadler)

Cee Sam’s Girl worked 4 furlongs. 5-27-19 (Papaprodromou)

Der Lu 
worked 5 furlongs. 5-27-19 (Baffert)

John Sadler Discusses: Gift Box in the Gold Cup, Ollie’s Candy in the Gamely and Catapult in the Shoemaker Mile.

Jimmy Jerkens Discusses: Delta Prince’s Sharp form into the Shoemaker Mile.

Mark Glatt Discusses: Sharp Samurai’s comeback into the Shoemaker Mile off a layoff.

Jerry Hollendorfer DiscussesGolden Star Lady, Sneaking Out in the Summertime Oaks and Vasilika in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes.

Phil D’Amato Discusses: S Y Sky in the Monrovia Stakes and Bowies Hero in the Shoemaker Mile.

Weekend Watch: Highlighting weekend action at Santa Anita Park Starting May 25th, 2019.

Gift Box works 6 furlongs. (Sadler) 5-18-19

Paradise Woods works 5 furlongs. (Shierriffs) 5-18-19

Desert Oasis (Outside) and Bitter Ring Home worked 5 furlongs. 5-26-19 (Drysdale)

Zucchera worked 5 furlongs. 5-26-19 (Baltas)

Cono worked 4 furlongs. 5-26-19 (McCarthy)

Rightful (Outside) and Boru worked 5 furlongs. 5-26-19 (Cerin)

FINISH LINES: The John Sadler-trained Gift Box will try to become the 10th horse to win the Santa Anita Handicap and Gold Cup in the same year by taking today’s Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita.  The feat has been accomplished 10 times, dating back to Kayak II in 1939.  Lava Man did it twice, in 2006 and 2007 . . . Gregorian Chantworked five furlongs on the training track this morning in 1:02.20 under Flavien Prat for Sunday’s $150,000 Cinema Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Unbeaten in his two starts, one in Ireland the other at Santa Anita, the English-bred gray is trained by Phil D’Amato, who will give Prat a leg up in the Cinema . . . Graded stakes winners Caribou Club and McKinzie each recorded bullet works, the former going five furlongs in 58.60 for Tom Proctor and the latter six furlongs in 1:11.80 for Bob Baffert . . . With four wins yesterday, Prat opened a 20-15 lead over runner-up Rafael Bejarano in the race for leading jockey. Doug O’Neill also leads by five among trainers, 19-14 over Richard Baltas . . . Santa Anita is dark for live racing this Tuesday through Thursday. Live action resumes 1 p.m. Friday, May 31. Simulcast racing is offered Thursday with free General Admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current from April 12 through Sunday, May 26)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Flavien Prat

78

20

19

14

26%

68%

$1,158,639

Rafael Bejarano

88

15

19

15

17%

56%

$860,332

Joseph Talamo

82

14

12

11

17%

45%

$762,833

Ruben Fuentes

82

13

15

11

16%

48%

$551,644

Tiago Pereira

90

13

7

13

14%

37%

$700,095

Kent Desormeaux

43

12

3

7

28%

51%

$522,923

Drayden Van Dyke

66

10

9

13

15%

48%

$811,138

Edwin Maldonado

53

10

7

8

19%

47%

$388,372

Victor Espinoza

41

10

4

5

24%

46%

$655,889

Aaron Gryder

60

9

8

5

15%

37%

$428,282

Martin Garcia

44

8

10

8

18%

59%

$445,983

Mario Gutierrez

49

7

12

6

14%

51%

$462,528

Geovanni Franco

62

6

7

9

10%

35%

$408,170

Jorge Velez

36

5

5

5

14%

42%

$203,981

Norberto Arroyo, Jr.

20

5

2

3

25%

50%

$292,586

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

69

19

10

15

28%

64%

$905,946

Richard Baltas

50

14

9

5

28%

56%

$851,452

John Sadler

42

10

5

11

24%

62%

$640,219

Mark Glatt

52

9

10

4

17%

44%

$481,220

Philip D’Amato

50

9

8

3

18%

40%

$686,236

Jerry Hollendorfer

36

6

9

3

17%

50%

$383,214

Vladimir Cerin

31

5

7

5

16%

55%

$246,728

Steve Knapp

24

5

5

5

21%

63%

$187,376

Richard Mandella

21

5

2

4

24%

52%

$244,022

J. Keith Desormeaux

22

5

2

4

23%

50%

$186,414

Andrew Lerner

10

5

0

0

50%

50%

$137,522