- CHROME’S BROTHER WORKS FOR CAL CUP DERBY
- TRIPLE CROWN STALWARTS DRILL AT SANTA ANITA
- SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT PAYS $175,066.80
CHROME’S FULL BROTHER SET FOR CAL CUP DERBY
Faversham, a full brother to two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, worked five furlongs early Saturday morning in 1:01.20 for the $200,000 California Cup Derby at a mile and one-sixteenth on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 19.
The chestnut ridgling by Lucky Pulpit-Love the Chase was ridden by Stewart Elliott, winner of the 2004 Kentucky Derby on Smarty Jones. Elliott was aboard Faversham in his first and only start, closing from eighth and last to be second by a length and a quarter going six furlongs on Jan. 15.
“I got him in a minute and three-fifths, but I’ve got that fast watch,” said trainer Art Sherman after the drill. “He really finished strong the last part of it this morning. He had the perfect company. Some horse opened up two or three lengths on him, and down the lane, he just smoldered down and got him.
“Stewart really liked the way he worked.”
Said Stewart of Faversham’s first race: “He broke just so-so; it says he broke slow, but he really doesn’t have the speed, and we knew he’d want to go longer. It took him a while to get going, he ate a little bit of dirt, but he finally came running and finished real strong.
“I think he’s just crying to go two turns.”
A large field looms for the California Cup Derby. Other probables include Campaigner, Continental Divide, Dynamic Duo, Fire When Ready, Heck Yeah, Intimidate, Kaleidoscope Kid, Lucky Romano and Night At the Opera.
THREE-YEAR-OLD ACES McKINZIE, SOLOMINI BREEZE FOR BAFFERT
Undefeated Triple Crown contender McKinzie and stablemate Solomini each worked for Bob Baffert Saturday morning, the former going five furlongs in company with Downtowner and the latter also in company, four furlongs with Samdar.
Instilled Regard, winner of the Lecomte at the Fair Grounds on Jan. 13, prepped for a return to the Louisiana track for the Risen Star a week from today, working six furlongs this morning for Jerry Hollendorfer in 1:13.
McKinzie, smashing winner of Santa Anita’s Sham Stakes on Jan. 6, was timed in 1:00.20, while Downtowner was clocked in 1:00.80. Solomini, winner of the Los Alamitos Futurity and runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, was timed in 48.40, as was Samdar.
One next-race option for McKinzie and Solomini is the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 10, a spot owner/trainer Mick Ruis has targeted for Bolt d’Oro, who remains one of the Kentucky Derby Future Book favorites despite a late start on the Triple Crown trail this year.
The $630,000 son of Medaglia d’Oro had been expected to start in today’s San Vicente Stakes until muscle soreness prevented it, forcing Ruis to go to Plan B.
SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT RETURNS $175,066.80
With a modest carryover of $31,694 coming into Friday’s Pick Six at Santa Anita, $210,542 in “new money” was wagered, helping to create a total Pick Six pool of $249,027, that also included a Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $6,791.
Despite the fact Friday’s ninth and final race was taken by 8-5 post time favorite Mizzen Glory, there was just one winning Pick Six ticket and it was worth $175,066.80. The ticket was purchased for an as-yet undisclosed sum through Elite Turf Club, a wagering hub based in Maryland.
Friday’s Pick Six, which began with race four, was won by even-money favorite Miz Tianjin, who paid $4 to win. The fifth race went to Dukes Up, who was off at 5-2 and paid $7.80 to win. Race six went to 8-5 favorite Easter Morn, who paid $5.20.
The seventh race was won by longshot Gray Admiral, off at 10-1 and paying $22.40 to win. Show It N Moe It at 4-1 took the eighth race at $10.60 to win.
The winning numbers were 3-4-1-3-2-6.
FINISH LINES: Trainer Simon Callaghan is optimistic that there will be enough pace in Sunday’s salty $75,000 Sweet Life Stakes to benefit his English-bred three-year-old fillies, Out of the Flames and Treasuring, in the downhill race at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf. The race drew 12 entrants . . . There were 160 recorded workouts at Santa Anita today, including 12 on the training track. Swingtime Stakes winner Insta Erma, prepping for next Saturday’s Grade II Buena Vista Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up at a mile on turf, went four furlongs in 49.20 for Richard Baltas, who won two races Friday and who has engaged Brice Blanc to ride in the Buena Vista, which also could attract Juno, Madam Dancealot, Madame Stripes, Sassy Little Lila and Sweet Charity. Sassy Little Lila worked seven furlongs this morning for Richard Mandella under Flavien Prat, who has the mount in the Buena Vista . . . Next Saturday is Mardi Gras Day at Santa Anita which presents an old fashion celebration outside the bayou featuring live music and grub from the Rajin’ Cajun Café. Save online at santaanita.com/events . . . Next Monday, Feb. 19, Presidents Day, will be Dollar Day at The Great Race Place, with sodas and beers a buck apiece, plus hot dogs available for $2 . . . Link on to the Los Angeles Times horse racing newsletter. Authored by John Cherwa, it offers entries, charts and more at http://www.latimes.com/newsletters/la-newsletter-racing-signup-page-htmlstory.html. . . . Riding great of yesteryear Johnny Longden would have been 111 years old come Valentine’s Day next Wednesday, Feb. 14. He was born on that day in 1907.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|Drayden Van Dyke||86||13||9||8||15%||35%||$933,923|
|William E. Morey||19||9||0||6||47%||79%||$347,623|