STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019

  • PARSIMONY SEEKS MAIDEN WIN IN CINEMA
  • JACKPOT IS $895,108 AT END OF ‘RAINBOW’
  • ARCADIA, SANTA ANITA HONOR TIM CONWAY
  • GREGSON GROUP TO FETE VICTOR ESPINOZA  

TRAINING LEADER O’NEILL EYES MAIDEN WIN IN STAKES

Doug O’Neill, holding a comfortable 19-14 lead over Richard Baltas in pursuit of his fifth overall Santa Anita training title, hopes to increase his margin when he sends out maiden Parsimony in Sunday’s $150,000 Cinema Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

A Pennsylvania-bred son of Dominus owned by O’Neill’s principal client J. Paul Reddam, Parsimony last raced April 6, finishing 14th in the Grade II Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland after prompting the pace early on.

In two prior races on turf at Santa Anita, however, the gray gave a good account of himself with a second and a fourth.

“The horse is doing well and with a short field, we felt it was an opportunity to see if he can break his maiden in a stakes,” O’Neill said.

Meanwhile, Jeff Bonde is hopeful the added furlong will benefit King of Speed in the Cinema. The chestnut son of Jimmy Creed closed ground to be fourth in the restricted Singletary at one mile on April 28, his first race in just over two months.

“He kind of had a boxed in trip last time,” the trainer said. “The extra eighth should help him a lot. He can run all day. We’re hoping the extra yardage can make a difference.”

The Cinema, race five of nine with a 1 p.m. first post time: More Ice, Mike Smith, 9-2; Gregorian Chant, Flavien Prat, 2-1; $4,000 supplemental nominee Rijeka, Ruben Fuentes, 8-1; Parsimony, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; King of Speed, Victor Espinoza, 4-1; and Neptune’s Storm, Drayden Van Dyke, 7-5.

SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT AT $895,108

For the 24th consecutive racing day, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved on Friday, resulting in a hefty Jackpot carryover of $895,108 into Saturday’s nine-race program.

With $109,773 in “new” money wagered, Friday’s total Rainbow Six pool reached $979,748 and although there was no Single Ticket winner, there were 81 consolation tickets with six winners, each worth $728.60.

Approximate post time for today’s fourth race which begins the Rainbow Six is 2:31 p.m.

TOMORROW IS ‘TIM CONWAY DAY’ IN ARCADIA

Tomorrow is “Tim Conway Day” in the City of Arcadia and the late comedic giant will be memorialized with a race named in his honor at Santa Anita, following which, Tim Conway, Jr. will be presented with a proclamation from the city in a Winner’s Circle ceremony.

“I can’t think of a better place for all of us to come visit Dad’s money than right here at The Great Race Place,” said Tim Jr., who hosts the popular “Tim Conway Jr. Show” weeknights from 6 to 10 p.m. on KFI, AM 640.

“Although he seldom cashed, he had so many great moments here, and at Hollywood Park and Del Mar. I truly believe he’d be thrilled to know that a bunch of us are going to be getting together and trying to bet on the winner of his race!”

The “Tim Conway-Dorf Half Cup” will be carded as Sunday’s sixth race, with a Winner’s Circle ceremony to follow. Born Dec. 15, 1933 near Cleveland, Ohio, Tim Conway, who at one time aspired to be a jockey, passed away following a lengthy illness at age 85 on May 14.

A tireless advocate for injured riders, Conway and his wife Charlene, along with Chris and Judy McCarron, founded the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockeys Fund in 1987 and raised money to assist more than 2,000 jockeys over a distinguished 25-year-run.

One of the most naturally funny American-born comedians of all time, Conway, through one of his characters, jockey Dirk Dorf and in numerous other appearances on national television, brought continued high-profile exposure to Santa Anita and Thoroughbred racing.

A video honoring Conway, which includes time spent at Santa Anita, will be part of the Sunday’s Winner’s Circle ceremony.

VICTOR ESPINOZA TO BE HONORED BY GREGSON FOUNDATION  

The Edwin J. Gregson Foundation will host a charity fundraising dinner honoring Triple Crown and Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza on Monday, Aug. 12, at The Fairmont Grand Del Mar Resort, a few miles south of Del Mar Race Track.

Having taken a hiatus last year respective of the events surrounding the San Luis Rey Training Center fire, the Foundation is back on track for its annual fundraiser. “We’re delighted to kick things off again, and how better than to celebrate Victor and his illustrious career and accomplishments,” said Jenine Sahadi, president of the Foundation.

Thrilled about the dinner, Espinoza says, “I’m honored to be recognized by the Gregson Foundation and to stand alongside fellow jockeys Julie Krone, Eddie Delahoussaye, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith and Gary Stevens, and all past honorees who are truly a Who’s Who of California racing. I’m a long-time supporter of the Foundation and its work, and anything that is done on behalf of the stable area workers, I am behind 100 percent.”

Proceeds of the event will be used for continued sponsorship of various educational and recreational programs to benefit California’s worthy backstretch workers and family members.

Tickets for the event are $300 per person. This annual event has proven to sell out each year, and the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation encourages early purchase of tickets to assure attendance. Please contact Angie Carmona at (626) 447-2339 for further information or go to www.gregsonfoundation.com.

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 Rijeka worked 3 furlongs. 5-29-19 (Baltas)

Dr. Dorr (outside) and Victory Element worked 4 furlongs. 5-29-19 (Baffert)

Once on Whiskey (outside) and Hot Sean worked 5 furlongs. 5-29-19 (Baffert)

Mika the Mistress 
worked 4 furlongs. 5-29-19 (Metz)

FINISH LINES: Funeral services for trainer Roger Stein who died Friday at the age of 65 will be held 11 a.m. Sunday at Hillside Mortuary, 6001 Centinela Ave., Los Angeles . . . Jockey Abel Cedillo, runaway leader at Golden Gate Fields with 120 victories, 18 more than runner-up Juan Hernandez, will join Santa Anita’s riding colony full time on June 13, with Tom Knust as his agent . . . Michael McCarthy, trainer of Pegasus World Cup Invitational winner City of Light,will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Sunday, 11:50 a.m., in the XBTV studios . . . Vindicate Racing seeks its seventh straight win when it sends out 9-5 morning line choice Tiz Toffee trained by Andrew Lerner in today’s second race . . .  It’s show time: Play Hard to Get, 7-2 on the morning line in today’s third, has finished third in his last five races and six times in his last seven . . . Nugget exacta? Golden Birthdayand Silver Summer in today’s fifth race.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current from April 12 through Friday, May 31)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Flavien Prat

91

23

21

17

25%

67%

$1,717,403

Rafael Bejarano

95

16

19

17

17%

55%

$922,594

Joseph Talamo

85

15

12

11

18%

45%

$802,535

Tiago Pereira

96

15

7

13

16%

36%

$774,779

Ruben Fuentes

87

13

16

12

15%

47%

$573,206

Victor Espinoza

47

13

4

7

28%

51%

$760,829

Kent Desormeaux

47

12

5

7

26%

51%

$552,843

Drayden Van Dyke

72

11

9

13

15%

46%

$892,900

Edwin Maldonado

57

11

7

8

19%

46%

$414,414

Aaron Gryder

63

9

9

5

14%

37%

$439,813

Martin Garcia

46

8

11

8

17%

59%

$488,983

Mario Gutierrez

52

7

12

7

13%

50%

$471,270

Geovanni Franco

71

7

8

10

10%

35%

$460,243

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

73

19

10

16

26%

62%

$916,028

Richard Baltas

56

14

10

6

25%

54%

$901,723

John Sadler

51

12

7

12

24%

61%

$862,601

Philip D’Amato

54

11

9

4

20%

44%

$832,396

Mark Glatt

54

10

10

4

19%

44%

$551,420

Jerry Hollendorfer

41

7

10

4

17%

51%

$705,425

Vladimir Cerin

35

5

8

5

14%

51%

$260,588

Bob Baffert

23

5

6

4

22%

65%

$367,033

Steve Knapp

25

5

5

5

20%

60%

$191,396

J. Keith Desormeaux

24

5

3

4

21%

50%

$198,914

Richard Mandella

22

5

2

4

23%

50%

$248,162

Andrew Lerner

10

5

0

0

50%

50%

$137,522