- BOLT D’ORO LOOKING GOOD FOR MONDAY’S BREEZE
- ANCIENT SECRET MAKES SANTA ANITA DEBUT SUNDAY
- REMINDER: FIRST POST TIME TOMORROW IS 11:30 A.M.
BOLT D’ORO MOVING FORWARD FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY
Leading Triple Crown contender Bolt d’Oro, scheduled to work four furlongs Monday for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 7, is faring well since winning the San Felipe Stakes via disqualification of McKinzie in a thrilling and controversial battle separated by only a head at the end of a mile and a sixteenth.
“He’s training like a million bucks,” said owner/trainer Mick Ruis Saturday morning. “I can’t wait to breeze him Monday.”
Added private clocker Tony Turrell, publisher of the popular and well-respected tip sheet Winners Card: “He can’t be looking or doing any better. He’s done nothing but move forward in gigantic fashion since the San Felipe.”
Bolt d’Oro will work in company Monday at 7:45 a.m. under former jockey Agapito Delgadillo. He’ll again be ridden in the Santa Anita Derby by Javier Castellano.
The San Felipe was Bolt d’Oro’s first race in four months. The colt missed his scheduled three-year-old debut on Feb. 10 in the San Vicente Stakes due to a pulled muscle, forcing Ruis to bring him up to the San Felipe on works alone.
The Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles awards 100 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, 40 to the runner-up, 20 for third and 10 for fourth.
ANCIENT SECRET READY TO GO SUNDAY FOR D’AMATO
Trainer Phil D’Amato, tied with Bob Baffert and John Sadler for most stakes wins this meet at five, hopes to add to that total Sunday when he sends out Ancient Secret in the $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.
A New York-bred daughter of Kantharos, Ancient Secret has not started in five months but has been firing bullets in her works at Santa Anita. The five-year-old chestnut mare was a graded stakes winner at Saratoga in 2016 when trained by Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown.
All 11 of her career starts have been on turf, where she won four, with one second, three thirds and earnings of $339,689.
“She’s training like a good filly,” D’Amato said. “The owner (Alpha Delta Stables) wanted to change things up and see if she’d be better suited for firmer surfaces on the West Coast.
“This will be her first time down the hill, so we’ll get a line on her and go from there, but Corey (Nakatani) has been breezing her and says she’s ready to go.”
The field for the Mizdirection, race eight of 10 with an 11:30 a.m. first post time: Just a Little Hope, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Coniah, Geovanni Franco, 3-1; Princess Princess, Tyler Conner, 8-1; Mongolian Shopper, Edwin Maldonado, 4-1; Ancient Secret, Corey Nakatani, 12-1; Blame It On Alphie, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Bendable, Mike Smith, 5-1; Belvoir Bay, Tyler Baze, 6-1; Malibu Stacy, Brice Blanc, 12-1; Classy Tune, Evin Roman, 12-1; and Algorhythmic, Joe Talamo, 12-1.
FINISH LINES: FIRST POST TIME SUNDAY IS 11:30 A.M. . . . There is a massive early Pick Five carryover today of $251,993.57 . . . The out of towners: Locally-based jockeys Stewart Elliott, Martin Garcia, Mario Gutierrez and Drayden Van Dyke have stakes engagements Sunday at Sunland Park . . . Martin Garcia worked champion Abel Tasman five furlongs in a bullet 58.60 for Bob Baffert Saturday morning . . . In addition to presenting the Santa Anita Derby Trophy on April 7, undefeated middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will be presented with a birthday cake in a Winner’s Circle ceremony early in the card. GGG will turn 36 years of age the following day, April 8 . . . Analyst/handicapper Scott Shapiro will be Tom Quigley‘s guest at 10:20 a.m. Sunday in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Fans can enjoy a Turf Terrace Easter brunch at Santa Anita on Sunday, April 1. For the little ones, Santa Anita offers the biggest Easter egg hunt in the San Gabriel Valley in its spacious Infield. Gates open at 10 a.m., with first post time 11:30 a.m. Visit santaanita.com/events for more information . . . Sign on with the Los Angeles Times Horse Racing Newsletter. Authored by John Cherwa, it offers entries, charts and much more at http://www.latimes.com/newsletters/la-newsletter-racing-signup-page-htmlstory.html.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Friday, March 23)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||137||29||16||12||21%||42%||$1,789,772|
|William E. Morey||34||10||2||10||29%||65%||$416,763|
|Robert Hess, Jr.||64||9||9||7||14%||39%||$274,036|
|J. Keith Desormeaux||44||9||5||8||20%||50%||$315,739|