STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019

  • CLOCKER WEIGHS KY. DERBY CHANCES OF LOCALS
  • YOUNG-AT-HEART SOI PHET BACK RACING AT AGE 11
  • IRISH-BRED READY FOR U.S. DEBUT IN SINGLETARY
  • GIFT BOX BREEZES FOR GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA
  • FAVORED BELLAFINA ‘LOOKS GOOD’ FOR KY. OAKS

CLOCKER GIVES IMPROBABLE DERBY EDGE

Andy Harrington has been assiduously clocking horses at his Club House locale since

Santa Anita’s two-tiered meet began last Dec. 26, so who better to solicit an opinion from on locally based three-year-olds that will try to win the 145th Kentucky Derby a week from today?

He has been meticulous in his observation of not only Richard Mandella’s pre-race Derby favorite, Omaha Beach, but Bob Baffert’s daunting threesome of Game Winner, Improbable and Roadster, each with impeccable records and legitimate chances to capture the first jewel of the Triple Crown, to be decided over 1 ¼ miles at Churchill Downs.

” Game Winner’s last couple drills have been terrific since he’s come out of the Santa Anita Derby,” said the 55-year-old Harrington, who grew up in San Diego and has been at his trade since 1990. “He runs well every time; he’ll run through glass to beat you. Whether he’s good enough or not is the question, but I do think he’ll show up.

“Improbable has always been my personal favorite, particularly because he’s a flashy work horse, a pretty chestnut. He’s always done everything rather easily. I think there’s still a mental upside. Baffert tried blinkers in the Arkansas Derby, but he’ll take them off Saturday.

“I think Bob’s probably got him where he wants him. He’s got more upside than some of the others.

“Omaha Beach has been the flashiest workhorse you’ve ever seen, and that’s since last summer at Del Mar. He caught all our stopwatches every time. The switch to dirt obviously woke him up, or maybe he’s matured, too.

” Roadster surprised me a bit; he just keeps coming at you. I liked his last gate drill (1:13.60 on April 20). He seems like he’s held his weight well since the Santa Anita Derby when he ran down Game Winner.

“I could see Roadster winning, but he needs the right trip, although he’s exceeded my expectations along the way, and maybe that will continue.

“If I had to pick one horse now before the draw for post positions Tuesday, it would be

Improbable. He’s always been my favorite.

“But I hope a horse from California wins. We sure could use it.”

SOI PHET DEFENDS TITLE IN CRYSTAL WATER STAKES

Soi Phet returns in the Crystal Water Stakes today, almost a year after posting a 47-1 upset in the race when he won by a nose under Alonso Quinonez, who is back aboard.

Now 11, the California-bred Tizbud gelding trained by Leonard Powell has not raced since last Sept. 8, when sixth in the E.B. Johnston Stakes at Los Alamitos. Soi Phet was believed to be the oldest horse ever to win a stakes at Santa Anita when he captured the Crystal Water at age 10 last year.

The 42-year-old Powell felt Soi Phet had considerable upside when he claimed him for $16,000 at Hollywood Park on May 23, 2013.

“At the time, he had all his conditions,” Powell explained. “He had only won a maiden 20 ($20,000), he was a non-winner of two (races), he was a Cal-bred, it was the spring of 2013 and the Del Mar meet was coming up with very generous purses.

“When I took him, it was because he had conditions left and I felt I could move him up.” Eight stakes wins and a million dollars in earnings later, Powell was assuredly right.

The Crystal Water, race five of nine: The Street Fighter, Aaron Gryder, 5-1; Hardboot, Victor Espinoza, 4-1; Tule Fog, Brice Blanc, 12-1; Brandothebartender, Joe Talamo, 5-2; Soi Phet, Alonso Quinonez, 4-1; Accountability, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; and The Hunted, Tiago Pereira, 7-2.

IRISH-BRED DEBUTS FOR SADLER IN SINGLETARY

Jasikan makes his U.S. debut in Sunday’s $100,000 Singletary Stakes for three-year-olds at a mile on turf and John Sadler is expecting a solid performance from the Irish-bred colt recently purchased by principal clients Kosta and Peter Hronis.

“We bought him last fall in Ireland,” the trainer said of the son of Bated Breath, who has had only two career starts, both in his native country, winning under 131 pounds as the favorite against 12 rivals last Nov. 9.

“He’s a really good-looking horse and we’re ready to get him started.”

The race is named for Singletary, winner of the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Mile under David Flores at 16-1 for trainer Don Chatlos at Lone Star Park. The horse was named for legendary Chicago Bears’ linebacker Mike Singletary.

The Singletary, race five of nine with a 1 p.m. first post time: Rijeka, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; Jasikan, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Shining Through, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Big Scott Daddy, Aaron Gryder, 4-1; King of Speed, Victor Espinoza, 3-1; Urban Light, Tiago Periera, 12-1; and Neptune’s Storm, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1.

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FINISH LINES: Santa Anita Handicap winner Gift Box, prepping for the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Memorial Day, May 27, worked five furlongs this morning in 1:01 for John Sadler . . . Santa Anita Oaks winner Bellafina leaves Monday for Churchill Downs where she is favored to capture the $1.5 million Kentucky Oaks next Friday. Trained by Simon Callaghan for Kaleem Shah, Bellafina worked five furlongs yesterday at Santa Anita in 1:01. “It was just what we were looking for,” Callaghan said. “It was a standard work, she went well and looks good this morning.” Callaghan indicated there was no undue pressure being the favorite. “I’d rather be favored than not,” he said . . . There were 166 recorded workouts at Santa Anita this morning, 28 on the training track . . . Santa Anita-based Rafael BejaranoGeovanni FrancoMario GutierrezFlavien PratDiego Sanchez and Jorge Velez all ride on the 13-race San Francisco Mile card at Golden Gate Fields today.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current from April 12 Through Friday, April 26)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Flavien Prat

20

9

4

1

45%

70%

$339,440

Rafael Bejarano

31

7

7

7

23%

68%

$302,211

Ruben Fuentes

28

4

6

4

14%

50%

$137,987

Drayden Van Dyke

19

4

3

2

21%

47%

$176,766

Edwin Maldonado

16

4

2

5

25%

69%

$105,642

Tiago Pereira

23

4

1

6

17%

48%

$132,486

Victor Espinoza

8

4

1

1

50%

75%

$239,331

Joseph Talamo

20

3

4

3

15%

50%

$180,555

Kent Desormeaux

8

3

1

0

38%

50%

$82,182

Mario Gutierrez

18

2

4

2

11%

44%

$110,395

Aaron Gryder

17

2

2

1

12%

29%

$51,117

Geovanni Franco

13

2

1

1

15%

31%

$64,269

Brice Blanc

6

2

0

0

33%

33%

$68,553

Heriberto Figueroa

16

2

0

0

13%

13%

$48,139

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug  O’Neill

18

5

1

5

28%

61%

$168,064

John Sadler

16

4

2

4

25%

63%

$310,842

Richard Baltas

11

3

5

0

27%

73%

$148,511

George Papaprodromou

8

3

0

2

38%

63%

$63,540

Vladimir Cerin

10

2

3

1

20%

60%

$77,173

Mark Glatt

14

2

3

1

14%

43%

$101,517

Jerry Hollendorfer

9

2

2

1

22%

56%

$77,442

Carla Gaines

5

2

1

1

40%

80%

$70,751

Peter Eurton

8

2

1

1

25%

50%

$73,742

Robert Hess, Jr.

9

2

1

1

22%

44%

$56,640

Alfredo Marquez

5

2

1

0

40%

60%

$45,840

Michael Pender

6

2

1

0

33%

50%

$40,582

William Spawr

5

2

0

2

40%

80%

$58,560

Andrew Lerner

3

2

0

0

67%

67%

$26,000

Michael McCarthy

4

2

0

0

50%

50%

$67,011

Philip D’Amato

6

2

0

0

33%

33%

$71,862

Peter Miller

8

2

0

0

25%

25%

$64,504