STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019

  • BAFFERT SAYS ‘EVERYTHING WORKED’ FOR JUSTIFY
  • LEAVE IT TO EDDIE HASKELL IN CLOCKERS’ CORNER
  • $2 MILLION RAINBOW PICK 6 JACKPOT UP FOR GRABS
  • SOME 100 BETTORS BENEFIT FROM THE STRONACH 5

JUSTIFY AMONG THE ‘VERY ELITE’ IN RACING HISTORY

Bob Baffert was back on the beat at Clockers’ Corner Saturday morning, less than 48 hours after his undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify was named Horse of the Year for 2018.

“He’ll go down among a very elite group of horses,” Baffert said of the son of Scat Daddy, who numbered the Santa Anita Derby among his six career victories that included the Triple Crown sweep before his untimely retirement.

“I’m happy for the connections and happy for the horse. I’ve been around a lot of talented horses and he’s one of the best that I’ve trained. What he did was pretty incredible, in that short period of time (his career began with a 9 ½-length maiden win at Santa Anita on Feb. 18 and concluded with his front-running Belmont Stakes triumph by 1 ¾ lengths on June 9).”

In retrospect, however, Justify’s accomplishment did not shock Baffert.

“We knew before he ran he was something special, but they have to prove it in the afternoon,” he said. “After he won his second out (a 6 ½-length score March 11 on a muddy track at Santa Anita), I knew right then.

“I kept telling myself, ‘Don’t mess it up, Bob,’ and I was fortunate everything worked.”

Meanwhile, McKinzie, heralded as the Kentucky Derby favorite before he was injured and Justify came along to inherit that role, is scheduled to head a talented field in this Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes, a steppingstone to the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap March 9.

The son of Street Sense trained by Baffert is likely to breeze tomorrow morning. Mike Smith would have the mount in the San Pasqual, for older horses at 1 1/8 miles. Other candidates include Battle of Midway (Flavien Prat) and Giant Expectations (Joel Rosario).

Giant Expectations worked five furlongs Saturday for Peter Eurton in 1:00.80.

TRAINER HOPES EDDIE HASKELL STAYS ON MARK SUNDAY

With three wins from five starts since being claimed for $50,000 last April 12, Eddie Haskell has proved to be a profitable purchase.

Mark Glatt hopes the six-year-old gelded son of Square Eddie continues to pay dividends in Sunday’s $70,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes for older horses at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.

“He’s done well for us,” the trainer said. “We’ll see if he can continue on his streak (he’s won two in a row for new owners Phil Wood and Jim Hailey). In the past, he hasn’t been as effective down the hill as he is at five-eighths (sprinting on Del Mar’s turf course), although he’s finished very close down the hill as well.

“We’re hoping to get the money.”

The field for the contentious Clocker’s Corner, race eight of 10 with a 12 noon first post time: Regal Born, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1; Cistron, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Eddie Haskell, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Secretary At War, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Hunt, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Pubilius Syrus, Geovanni Franco, 20-1; Conquest Tsunami, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-2; Blended Citizen, Joel Rosario, 12-1; and Calculator, Joe Talamo, 6-1.

$2 MILLION GUARANTEED RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT UP FOR GRABS

With a mandatory payout looming on Saturday, Feb. 2, Santa Anita Park will again guarantee $2 million in today’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot.

The Grade I, $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational highlights a tremendous card from Gulfstream Park, while Santa Anita’s live racing is headlined by a total of four stakes restricted to California-bred or sired horses, with the 11th and final race, the $200,000 Unusual Heat Classic, for older horses at 1 1/8 miles on turf, the marque attraction.

With $218,436 in “new” money wagered into Friday’s Rainbow Six, the live money pool reached $1,453,831 and produced six consolation winning tickets, each worth $19,448.60.

Leg one in Saturday’s Rainbow Six is race six, which has an approximate post time of 2:06 p.m. PT. For additional information, please visit  santaanita.com  or call (626) 574-RACE.

FRIDAY’S STRONACH 5 RETURNS $1,314.90

Friday’s Stronach 5, the national pick 5 with an industry-low 12-percent takeout, rewarded 97 bettors across the country $1,314.90 each.

The shortest price winner came at Gulfstream Park in Uno Mas Modelo ($3.40) and the longest price occurred in the final leg at Golden Gate Fields in Classy Chasie ($22.60).

Friday’s Stronach 5 sequence

  • Leg One – Laurel Park 9th race – The Mason Factor $4.60
  • Leg Two -Gulfstream Park 10th race – Uno Mas Modelo $3.40
  • Leg Three -Santa Anita Park 4th race – Ostini $8
  • Leg Four – Gulfstream Park 11th race – Yako $12.40
  • Leg Five – Golden Gate Fields 5th race – Classy Chasie $22.60

The minimum wager on the multi-race, multi-track Stronach 5 is $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool will be carried over to the next Friday.

For the Stronach 5, if a change in racing surface is made after the wagering closes, each selection on any ticket will be considered a winning selection. If a betting interest is scratched, that selection will be substituted with the win pool favorite when wagering closes.

The Maryland Jockey Club serves as host of the Stronach 5.

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FINISH LINESBeach View, fourth in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes on dirt Dec. 26, returns to turf Saturday in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes at 1 ¼ miles for trainer Leonard Powell, who will give Rafael Bejarano a leg up for the fourth consecutive time on the six-year-old Giant’s Causeway horse owned by Levy Racing.

Photo of Justify and Bob Baffert from Belmont Stakes, June 2018 – Zoe Metz Photography

 

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Friday, Jan. 25)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Flavien Prat

88

24

16

12

27%

59%

$1,467,119

Joel Rosario

94

16

17

16

17%

52%

$1,061,803

Heriberto Figueroa

84

16

6

13

19%

42%

$491,761

Mike Smith

35

12

7

6

34%

71%

$799,110

Geovanni Franco

76

11

7

8

14%

34%

$522,614

Drayden Van Dyke

62

9

11

9

15%

47%

$516,653

Rafael Bejarano

62

9

9

8

15%

42%

$466,177

Tiago Pereira

55

9

6

4

16%

35%

$285,241

Assael Espinoza

52

7

2

8

13%

33%

$213,056

Tyler Baze

93

6

18

13

6%

40%

$584,513

Joseph Talamo

68

5

12

11

7%

41%

$425,661

Ruben Fuentes

47

5

6

8

11%

40%

$185,437

Kent Desormeaux

43

5

5

8

12%

42%

$362,524

Agapito Delgadillo

25

4

4

3

16%

44%

$102,611

Edwin Maldonado

32

4

4

1

13%

28%

$174,849

Martin Pedroza

31

4

2

1

13%

23%

$87,407

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

66

13

11

7

20%

47%

$507,106

Richard Baltas

55

10

14

8

18%

58%

$690,372

Peter Miller

50

10

8

7

20%

50%

$609,013

Jerry Hollendorfer

43

10

6

5

23%

49%

$550,349

J. Keith Desormeaux

29

9

4

4

31%

59%

$328,540

Jeff Mullins

28

5

6

6

18%

61%

$427,253

Mark Glatt

28

5

6

4

18%

54%

$200,050

William E. Morey

26

5

5

5

19%

58%

$165,199

John Sadler

33

4

7

6

12%

52%

$379,448

Bob Baffert

31

4

4

5

13%

42%

$472,720

Vladimir Cerin

24

4

3

2

17%

38%

$187,762

Hector O. Palma

24

4

3

2

17%

38%

$109,465

Steve Knapp

22

4

1

4

18%

41%

$91,194

Richard Mandella

16

4

1

2

25%

44%

$143,843

William Spawr

10

4

1

1

40%

60%

$105,376