- FIBONACCI HAS BIGGER FISH TO FRY AFTER RAINBOW
- STEVENS AND ROMAN KEEPING AGENT MATOS BUSY
- TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER TODAY OF $158,758
PROMISING FIBONACCI BREEZES FOR RAINBOW STAKES
Fibonacci, last seen March 30 when he put on a dominating performance winning an overnight race at Santa Anita by five lengths going a mile and an eighth on turf, worked five furlongs Saturday morning in 1:01 flat under Brice Blanc for next Saturday’s $100,000 Rainbow Stakes for three-year-olds at a mile and an eighth on turf.
Trainer Richard Baltas plans to use the Rainbow as a steppingstone to the Grade I, $1,200,000 Belmont Derby Invitational at a mile and a quarter on grass July 7.
“If he runs well in the Rainbow, and we get invited to New York, we’ll go,” Baltas said. “He’s ready for the Rainbow.”
Fibonacci, a gray ridgling by 2005 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller, will be seeking his first stakes win in the Rainbow. He won his last two races by a combined margin of 8 ½ lengths under Blanc, who will be aboard again in the Rainbow.
Also nominated to the Rainbow is My Boy Jack, who worked five furlongs today in 1:01.60 under Kent Desormeaux for his brother, Keith, who trains the multiple graded stakes winner, last seen finishing a troubled fifth behind Justify in the Kentucky Derby on May 5.
But My Boy Jack will pass the Rainbow for the Belmont Derby.
“I appreciate very much Santa Anita giving me stalls, and I’d like to run in the Rainbow for that reason alone,” Keith said, “but the fact of the matter is, My Boy Jack is not ready.
“He’s only had two breezes since the Kentucky Derby and the mile and a quarter of the Belmont Derby suits him better.”
STEVENS STAKES BIZ IS BRISK, ROMAN SET TO RETURN THURSDAY
Agent Tony Matos is keeping Gary Stevens busy. He has the Hall of Fame jockey booked in all three stakes at Santa Anita next weekend.
Stevens is named on Arawak for Doug O’Neill in the Rainbow Stakes and Exuberance for Ian Kruljac in the Grade II Summertime Stakes, both next Saturday, and Double Touch for Dan Blacker in Sunday’s $80,000 Siren Lure Stakes.
Stevens already numbers two stakes victories among his five overall this meet.
While the 55-year-old Stevens is back in the swing of things after a successful Winter campaign at Oaklawn Park, Matos is also happy to have Santa Anita’s Winter Meet leading rider and Eclipse Award champion apprentice of 2017, Evin Roman, 20, back in action this coming Thursday.
Sidelined since sustaining a broken left toe in a training mishap on April 24, Roman has been busy working horses since June 7 in the hopes of regaining the momentum that enabled him to win Santa Anita’s coveted Golden Whip Award.
FINISH LINES: There is an attractive two-day Pick Six carryover of $158,758 on today’s challenging 11-race program at Santa Anita . . . Geovanni Franco can make up ground on Santa Anita leader Flavien Prat today as he is named to ride in 10 of the 11 races, while Prat has engagements at Belmont Park. Prat holds a 27-23 lead with 10 days remaining in the Spring Meet . . . Soi Phet, believed to be the oldest horse to win a Santa Anita stakes when he captured the Crystal Water at age 10 on May 20, worked four furlongs Saturday in 48.20 for trainer Leonard Powell. It was one of 170 recorded workouts, including 13 on the training track, one by multiple graded stakes-winning turf specialist Itsinthepost (four furlongs in 49.60 for Jeff Mullins) and another by claimer-turned-stakes-winner Skye Diamonds (the same distance in 49.20 for Bill Spawr) . . . Favorites are winning above the national norm through 32 racing days at 37.85 percent (109 out of 288) . . . Laz Barrera Stakes winner Kanthaka was scratched from today’s Woody Stephens at Belmont when he “came up with a foot problem,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said at Santa Anita Saturday morning . . . Next Sunday, June 17, will be Fathers’ Day at the Races at Santa Anita. Choose from Fathers’ Day packages including Drams for Dads (21 and over), BBQ Trackside, Brunch in the FrontRunner and Turf Terrace and Fathers’ Day in Club Court. The following Sunday, closing day, June 24, Santa Anita presents a Latin Music festival featuring Banda Machos. General admission is only $15 online. Visit santaanita.com/events for more info on both events . . . Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Sunday, 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Friday, June 8)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||101||17||18||15||17%||50%||$1,050,605|
|J. Keith Desormeaux||23||4||2||5||17%||48%||$187,220|