STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019

  • COLISEUM IS STILL ‘UNDER CONSTRUCTION’
  • MARIO GUTIERREZ, AGENT KNUST GO ‘PFFFT’
  • SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT IS STILL UNSOLVED

BAFFERT HOPES COLISEUM LEARNS AS HE GOES IN SAN VICENTE

Bob Baffert expects the real Coliseum to show up tomorrow in the Grade II San

Vicente Stakes for three-year-olds at seven furlongs after disappointing as the  3-10 choice in the Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile on Jan. 5, finishing sixth by 4 ¼ lengths.

Such is life on the Triple Crown trail in February.

“He got off slow and got behind horses,” Baffert said of the Sham. “We tried rating

him, and we’re still trying to learn about the horse. Going long first time, you sort of have to be in the race. He got behind and wasn’t enjoying it.

“His psyche was off and he didn’t know what was going on. He didn’t get beat that far but it wasn’t a real strong race, either. He’s come back and I’m trying some different things. Mike (Smith) has worked him a couple times but he’s still not breaking that well.

“He needs to get away a little bit better, but going seven eighths at least there’s more speed and it gives him a better chance. We’ve got to teach him to settle and this is the only time you can do that, because they don’t have to shoot into a turn right away.”

Baffert also entered daylight debut winner Dessman in the race, which offers no Kentucky Derby qualifying points since it is a sprint.

The field for the San Vicente, which goes as race eight of nine: Synthesis, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Coliseum, Mike Smith, 6-5; Dessman, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Sparky Ville, Joel Rosario, 4-1;and Savagery, Heriberto Figueroa, 4-1.

GUTIERREZ HIRES MATT NAKATANI AS NEW AGENT

Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Mario Gutierrez has parted company with Tom Knust and hired Matt Nakatani as his new agent.

Through 27 racing days at the Winter Meet, the 32-year-old Gutierrez had a six percent winning average with four firsts, 11 seconds and nine thirds from 64 mounts.

“Mario just wanted to make a change and he hired Matt Nakatani, who’s a good kid,” Knust, anything but petulant, said Saturday morning. “I love Mario’s family and all I can do is wish him the best of luck. Most recently, we were together over two years. We were together before that for about a year but parted and got back together again.

“It’s been a great ride. We won the Kentucky Derby (on Nyquist in 2016) and a Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies with Champagne Room, also in 2016). We’ve had some really good success. It was a good run, and like I said, I wish him the best of luck.”

Gutierrez also won the 2012 Kentucky Derby on I’ll Have Another, like Nyquist, owned by Mario’s principal patron J. Paul Reddam.

SANTA ANITA’S 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT REMAINS UNSOLVED

For the second day in a row Friday, there were three “live” horses going into the eighth and final race in Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, and once again the elusive wager remained unsolved, as #1 Posterize (9-1), #7 Red Clem (27-1) and #3 Jack’s Reign (59-1), all failed to win and finished fourth, seventh and 10th respectively.

With $82,532 in “new” money wagered yesterday, the total Rainbow Six Jackpot pool was $128,156. Although there was no single ticket winner, there were 12 consolation winners, each worth $3,752.

With an 11-race card on tap today, the 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot will begin with race six, which has an approximate post time of 2:07 p.m. PT.

LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:

Today’s workers include two horses possible for the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 16:

Sonneteer (outside) in company with Knight’s Cross (3yo) – Desormeaux

American Camp (3yo – outside) in company with Surfside Sunset – Hess, Jr. 

Shedrow Stroll with Michael McCarthy and Ohio

Shedrow Stroll with Michael McCarthy and Vibrance

Shedrow Stroll with Michael McCarthy and Axelrod

Quick Questions With Trainer Mathew Chew

Caribou Club (Proctor) works 5 furlongs (2/8/2019)

Elysea’s World (Baltas) works 5 furlongs  (2/8/2019)

Game Winner (outside) works 5 furlongs in company with Speed Freak (Baffert duo)  (2/8/2019)

Kanthaka (Hollendorfer) works 5 furlongs  (2/8/2019)

Improbable (Baffert) works 6 furlongs (2/8/2019)

Flor de La Mar (outside) works 5 furlongs in company with Qahira (Baffert duo)(2/8/2019)

FINISH LINES: Santa Anita morning line maker Jon White reports that Bob Baffert’s Ax Man, who won Friday’s seventh race, a seven furlong allowance by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:21.92, earned a lofty 97 Beyer Speed figure . . . Agent Joe Griffin is back in action at Santa Anita with Jose Leon, an apprentice who has been riding at Turf Paradise in Arizona. He is expected to start working horses here Thursday and begin riding competitively shortly thereafter . . . Trainer Mike Pender will be Tom Quigley‘s guest handicapper at 11:20 a.m. Sunday.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Friday, Feb. 8)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Flavien Prat

121

28

23

17

23%

56%

$1,808,899

Joel Rosario

131

26

25

25

20%

58%

$1,486,076

Heriberto Figueroa

120

20

11

18

17%

41%

$717,543

Geovanni Franco

116

16

14

16

14%

40%

$785,204

Tiago Pereira

88

16

11

9

18%

41%

$601,340

Mike Smith

48

15

9

7

31%

65%

$989,283

Rafael Bejarano

93

14

14

14

15%

45%

$753,316

Tyler Baze

131

13

23

18

10%

41%

$889,770

Drayden Van Dyke

88

12

14

11

14%

42%

$704,499

Assael Espinoza

73

10

3

10

14%

32%

$329,853

Joseph Talamo

88

8

15

14

9%

42%

$710,458

Ruben Fuentes

61

8

7

12

13%

44%

$266,921

Kent Desormeaux

59

8

7

11

14%

44%

$615,272

Edwin Maldonado

43

6

6

1

14%

30%

$226,954

Aaron Gryder

34

6

3

1

18%

29%

$151,623

Agapito Delgadillo

37

5

5

4

14%

38%

$140,147

Martin Pedroza

44

5

4

3

11%

27%

$163,991

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

96

17

17

12

18%

48%

$773,655

Peter Miller

71

14

12

9

20%

49%

$828,956

Richard Baltas

74

12

17

13

16%

57%

$830,319

Jerry Hollendorfer

60

11

9

7

18%

45%

$759,716

John Sadler

49

10

11

9

20%

61%

$640,599

J. Keith Desormeaux

36

9

7

5

25%

58%

$371,271

Philip D’Amato

58

8

9

8

14%

43%

$561,469

William E. Morey

41

8

9

7

20%

59%

$396,759

Bob Baffert

46

8

8

7

17%

50%

$765,533

Jeff Mullins

33

7

7

6

21%

61%

$468,024

Mark Glatt

41

7

7

5

17%

46%

$288,532

Vladimir Cerin

31

6

4

4

19%

45%

$236,944

Richard Mandella

28

6

2

2

21%

36%

$234,858

Peter Eurton

31

5

5

3

16%

42%

$262,365

William Spawr

15

5

2

2

33%

60%

$135,527

Steve Knapp

30

5

1

5

17%

37%

$121,027

J. Eric Kruljac

13

5

0

1

38%

46%

$151,924