STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2019

  • THREE WORK FOR GRADE I STAKES ON SATURDAY
  • LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN READY FOR THE SAN SIMEON
  • BONDE HAS TWO FOR THE IRISH O’BRIEN MONEY

BELLAFINA, GIFT BOX, NOLO CONTESTO IN GRADE I BREEZES

Three major players seeking gold and glory on Santa Anita’s sensational stakes spectacular this Saturday, April 6, worked toward their goals this morning– Bellafina for the Santa Anita Oaks, Gift Box for the Santa Anita Handicap and Nolo Contesto for the Santa Anita Derby, prestigious Grade I races all.

As fellow Frenchman Brice Blanc deputized for Bellafina’s regular rider, Flavien Prat, who was in Dubai, the daughter of Quality Road went five furlongs in 1:00.20 for trainer Simon Callaghan, while Gift Box went six furlongs in 1:13.40 and Nolo Contesto the same distance in 1:13.60, both for John Sadler.

“It was an excellent work; I couldn’t be happier,” Callaghan said of Bellafina, winner of five of seven career races with earnings of $828,000 for owner Kaleem Shah. “She started off in 24 and change and Brice just sat into her the last eighth and she flew home.

“It was just what we wanted to see. She went a little easier last week (five furlongs in 1:04.60 on March 24) so we wanted to get something more today seven days out.”

Probable for the Santa Anita Derby: Game Winner, Roadster, Instagrand, Nolo Contesto, Extra Hope, Sparky Ville and Synthesis. Sparky Ville worked four furlongs this morning in 49.80 for Jeff Bonde.

” Gift Box went very well in company with Acker,” Sadler said. “It was his last work before the race, and he has plenty of foundation so he didn’t need much. Nolo Contesto schooled behind another horse. We wanted him to get used to having dirt in his face.”

In all, there were 179 recorded workouts Saturday, 30 on the training track. Among them was a five-furlong move in 1:01.40 by 11-year-old stakes winner Soi Phet, being pointed to a mid-April return by trainer Leonard Powell.

Also on the work tab this morning was Improbable, headed to the Arkansas Derby on April 13 for Bob Baffert, who had the son of City Zip drill six furlongs with blinkers on in a bullet 1:12.80, fastest of 24 moves at the distance. “Very nice; I liked it,” Baffert said.

Omaha Beach, who handed champion Game Winner his first defeat in the second division of the Rebel Stakes on March 16, worked four furlongs Friday in a bullet 47.80 for Richard Mandella, who has the son of War Front returning to Oaklawn Park for the Arkansas Derby on April 13. Omaha Beach went in company under retired Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis.

“I didn’t realize it was a bullet,” Mandella said. “He went great.”

Fans will be treated to a stakes bonanza April 6, with seven added money events worth $2,750,000, topped by the $1 million Santa Anita Derby and the $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino.

In addition to the 1 ¼-mile Big ‘Cap and the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita will showcase the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks for fillies at 1 1/16 miles; the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes for three-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs; the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs; the Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf; and the Grade III, $150,000 Providencia Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on the grass.

First post time for the biggest day in racing so far this year will be 12 noon.

LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN ON GOOD BEHAVIOR FOR SAN SIMEON

Mark Glatt is looking forward to downhill turf course specialist Law Abidin Citizen running in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for three-year-olds and up at about 6 ½ furlongs on the unique going.

“He’s training real well and he’s got a good record going down the hill,” Glatt said of the five-year-old Twirling Candy gelding, who has three wins from six starts over the course. “It’s a tough race, but they usually are around here. We hope we can come out on top.”

The San Simeon, race four of nine races with a 1 p.m. first post time: Conquest Tsunami, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-5; Law Abidin Citizen, Tiago Pereira, 9-2; Arms Runner, Martin Pedroza, 6-1; Cistron, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Mesut, Geovanni Franco, 12-1; Air Vic Marshall, Martin Garcia, 10-1; and La Sardane, Joel Rosario, 8-1.

BONDE PAIR TRAINING WELL FOR IRISH O’BRIEN

Jeff Bonde has two for the money in Sunday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes, Coco Kisses and Ismelucky. Best-case scenario would be a dead-heat for win, but optimism aside, the trainer hopes each at least runs well.

“Coco Kisses got stuck down on the fence, and that’s not favorable by any means,” the trainer said of the daughter of Empire Way, who will be making only her second turf start in 14 career races.

Ismelucky, a four-year-old daughter of Lucky Pulpit, has not raced since last Oct. 13 and makes her second start on the downhill course at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf, having been unplaced in the restricted Sweet Life Stakes in February 2018.

“I freshened her up and gave her time off,” Bonde said, “but she’s training really well.”

The Irish O’Brien is for California-bred or sired fillies and mares and goes as race eight: Coco Kisses, Heriberto Figueroa, 15-1; Queen Bee to You, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Donut Girl, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Fiery Lady, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Gypsy Blu, Joel Rosario, 4-1; Algorhythmic, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Ismelucky, Ruben Fuentes, 30-1; Barbara Beatrice, Tiago Pereira, 15-1; X S Gold, Kent Desormeaux, 5-1; S Y Sky, Geovanni Franco, 5-2; and Scathing, Alonso Quinonez, 30-1.

LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:

Improbable (Outside) in company with  Once On Whiskey work 6 furlongs (Baffert) 3-30-19

Bellafina works 5 furlongs (Callaghan) 3-30-19

Enaya Alrabb works 6 furlongs (O’Neill) 3-30-19

Market Sentiment (Outside) and  Platinum Equity work 4 furlongs (Knapp) 3-30-19

Big ‘Cap Memories:  Bob Baffert Recalls Game on Dude’s 2011 Victory in the Santa Anita Handicap

Big ‘Cap Memories:  Mike Smith talks about his three wins in the Santa Anita Handicap

Big Cap Memories:   Gary Stevens reminisces on his 1990 Santa Anita Handicap victory aboard Ruhlmann

Big Cap Memories:   Tim Yakteen describes Sir Beaufort’s thrilling victory in the 1993 Santa Anita Handicap

Emboldened (Outside) and  Dabster work 5 furlongs (Baffert) 3-29-19 

Omaha Beach (Outside) in company with  Next Gen work 4 furlongs (Mandella) 3-29-19

Ms Bad Behavior in company with  Untouched Elegance work 5 furlongs (Baltas) 3-29-19

Draft Pick works 4 furlongs (Eurton) 3-29-19

FINISH LINES: Respected clocker Andy Harrington (Nationalturf.com) will be TomQuigley‘s guest handicapper from the XBTV studios Sunday at 11:50 a.m.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Friday, March 29)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Joel Rosario

207

51

36

34

25%

58%

$2,545,756

Flavien Prat

176

46

34

26

26%

60%

$2,751,718

Geovanni Franco

181

24

21

31

13%

42%

$1,103,117

Heriberto Figueroa

170

23

18

26

14%

39%

$875,315

Mike Smith

69

23

12

11

33%

67%

$1,390,487

Tiago Pereira

149

22

18

19

15%

40%

$893,703

Tyler Baze

188

21

31

25

11%

41%

$1,439,255

Rafael Bejarano

138

19

24

26

14%

50%

$1,146,490

Drayden Van Dyke

134

18

20

17

13%

41%

$1,097,951

Assael Espinoza

116

14

12

13

12%

34%

$501,890

Joseph Talamo

126

13

23

16

10%

41%

$974,970

Edwin Maldonado

67

12

8

2

18%

33%

$340,223

Ruben Fuentes

86

11

11

16

13%

44%

$372,789

Mario Gutierrez

102

10

20

13

10%

42%

$734,266

Kent Desormeaux

92

10

11

13

11%

37%

$817,644

Aaron Gryder

58

10

8

5

17%

40%

$289,700

Agapito Delgadillo

57

8

7

6

14%

37%

$246,741

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

163

28

26

27

17%

50%

$1,430,892

Peter Miller

103

21

17

12

20%

49%

$1,125,588

John Sadler

75

20

16

10

27%

61%

$1,076,435

Richard Baltas

108

19

20

22

18%

56%

$1,134,746

Jerry Hollendorfer

91

15

13

16

16%

48%

$1,153,057

Bob Baffert

63

13

10

10

21%

52%

$1,125,028

Philip D’Amato

89

12

15

11

13%

43%

$804,228

Mark Glatt

65

11

11

7

17%

45%

$481,478

William E. Morey

56

10

13

10

18%

59%

$482,030

J. Keith Desormeaux

55

10

8

7

18%

45%

$498,577

Jeff Mullins

47

9

9

8

19%

55%

$587,067

Simon Callaghan

31

9

3

5

29%

55%

$493,848

Richard Mandella

38

9

3

2

24%

37%

$307,251

Peter Eurton

45

8

9

6

18%

51%

$399,527

Vladimir Cerin

50

8

4

10

16%

44%

$303,819

Steve Knapp

50

8

4

8

16%

40%

$204,074