STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019

  • BAFFERT EYES PREAKNESS WITH IMPROBABLE
  • BARGAIN CLAIM GYPSY BLU TRIES MILE SUNDAY
  • MOTHERS HAVE A DESERVING DAY TOMORROW
  • LUCRATIVE $429,880 IS AT END OF THE ‘RAINBOW’
  • GIFT BOX BREEZES FOR GRADE I GOLD CUP MAY 27

BAFFERT’S DERBY TRIO CHECKS OUT FINE

Bob Baffert is back on the beat at Santa Anita after missing out on his sixth Kentucky Derby victory last Saturday, finishing fourth, fifth and 15th with Improbable, Game Winner and Roadster via disqualification of Maximum Security from first to 17th.

“Game Winner got a little bit roughed up, so we had him checked out, but he was fine,” Baffert said of last year’s champion two-year-old male. “That’s nothing new, though, because it’s standard procedure for me. All three horses are still in Kentucky.”

Baffert wasn’t about to enter the fray on the controversy surrounding the DQ of Maximum Security, however, opting to paraphrase the homespun yarn of American cowboy and humorist of eight decades ago Will Rogers with, “All I know is what I read.

“That’s all I know.”

STREAKING GYPSY BLU STRETCHES OUT IN FRAN’S VALENTINE

Bargain claim Gypsy Blu goes for her fourth straight win and her second stakes victory in a row Sunday in the $100,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes for fillies three and older.

The mile grass test is one in the lucrative Golden State Series for California-bred or sired runners.

“All indications are more ground is not going to bother her,” trainer Mark Glatt said of Gypsy Blu, who will be running beyond seven furlongs for the first time in her nine-race career.

Haltered for $20,000 on Jan. 19 this year for Jim Hailey and Philip Wood, Gypsy Blu reeled off three consecutive triumphs, including the restricted Irish O’Brien Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf March 31.

“She could be a late-closing sprinter so I tend not to believe they can get the distance until they do it,” Glatt said, “but she sure trains like she’ll go farther. She’s a long-striding mare and we’ll hope for the best.”

A five-year-old bay daughter of Papa Clem, Gypsy Blue has five wins from eight starts and is unbeaten in three starts on Santa Anita’s turf course.

The Fran’s Valentine, race seven of nine with a 1 p.m. first post time: Cordiality, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Sapphire Kid, Evin Roman, 15-1; Pulpit Rider, Aaron Gryder, 12-1; Queen Bee to You, Ruben Fuentes, 4-1; Halo Darlin, Geovanni Franco, 15-1; Fiery Lady, Mike Smith, 4-1; Bella Luna, Drayden Van Dyke, 10-1; Algorhythmic, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 12-1; and Gypsy Blu, Flavien Prat, 5-2.

TO LOVING MOMS, HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY

My Mom won’t make Mothers’ Day this year.

She died on April 29 at the age of 101.

Mom possessed qualities all mothers should have. She was kind, caring, loving, devoted and didn’t have a mean bone in her body.

She never held a real job and never drove a car. She was just an old-fashioned housewife who cleaned, washed, ironed and took care of her two sons. And she was the greatest cook, chicken soup to die for.

Mom would travel occasionally with my father who was a stand-up comic, performing almost until the end of his life at 87, but she wasn’t really crazy about the hustle-bustle of being an entertainer’s wife.

Meeting Milton Berle, Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frankie Laine were no big deal to her.

She was a fastidious homemaker, couldn’t stand a crumb on the floor, was vain about her looks, got her hair coiffed every week, had manis and pedis, wore fine clothes. Marilyn Monroe had nothing on her.

Hair bleached blonde, Mom looked like a movie star, too, but had Plain Jane values. She took care of her mother when she was dying of cancer and looked after her three sisters in their waning years, each dying in inverse order of their age.

My Dad loved playing the horses and got me hooked, enabling me to have a successful career writing about them. Mom never bet on the ponies, although she did love the slots, and once hit a jackpot for $10,000 in an Atlantic City casino.

I never gave Mom bad news. When her second husband died five years ago, I didn’t tell her, fearing it would kill her, too. Her memory was declining by then and eventually she almost never brought up his name.

She couldn’t walk the last four years of her life, was confined to a wheelchair in an assisted living facility, hated the food–it wasn’t that bad–but loved the cold water and chocolate ice cream.

She’d play bingo every week, participants thrilled when they got 15 cents for winning a single line game. Getting paid 50 cents for a full card “blackout” was like hitting the lottery.

Her quality of life bordering on zero, Mom often told me that she just “wanted to go,” but whether I was 16 or 60, whenever we parted, her last words to me were always, “Be careful.”

Only days before she died, as I said goodbye, with her last conscious breath she barely whispered from her wheel chair, “Be careful.”

I left in silence with no response, reflecting in the knowledge of a mother’s wisdom from an anonymous source: “A mother understands what a child does not say.”

To loving Moms everywhere, happy Mother’s Day.

SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $429,880.

Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six went unsolved again on Friday, resulting in a sizeable Jackpot carryover into Saturday of $429,880.

With $108,543 in “new” money wagered yesterday, the Rainbow Six Jackpot pool reached $513,572. A total of 33 consolation tickets had all six winners, each worth $1,785.30.

With a nine-race card on tap today, the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Barbara Stakes, for fillies and mares three and up at a mile and one half on turf, headlines proceedings as the fifth race of the day.

Approximate post time for the fourth race, leg one in the Rainbow Six, is 2:30 p.m. PT

LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:

Pleasant d’ Oro works 4 furlongs (Callaghan) 5-11-19

Gift Box (Outside) and  Foxtail worked 6 furlongs (Sadler) 5-11-19

Soi Phet worked 4 furlongs (Powell) 5-11-19

Vantastic worked 4 Furlongs (Eurton) 5-11-19

Preakness Memories:  Gary Stevens talks about Silver Charm in 1997.

Bob Baffert talks with Zoe Cadman about his three Kentucky Derby runners following the first Saturday in May.

Weekend Watch: Highlighting  weekend action at Santa Anita Park starting May 11th, 2019

XBTV Saturday: 
 What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on May 11th, 2019


A Day in the Life with Santa Anita Park’s:  Bugler Jay Cohen

Shadow Sphinx worked 4 furlongs (Baltas) 5-10-19

Pricing worked 5 furlongs (Proctor) 5-10-19

Catapult (Inside) worked 6 furlongs (Sadler) 5-10-19

Shes All Woman worked 4 furlongs (O’Neill) 5-10-19

Bombard (Outside) &  Next Gen work 5 furlongs (Mandella) 5-08-19

Morse Code works 4 furlongs (Baltas) 5-08-19

Resident Liberal
 works 4 furlongs (Proctor) 5-08-19

Le Ken works 4 furlongs (McAnally) 5-08-19

Just a Smidge (Outside) &  Mucho Gusto work 5 furlongs (Baffert) 5-08-19

FINISH LINES: Santa Anita Handicap winner  Gift Box worked six furlongs in company this morning for the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Under John Sadler assistant trainer Juan Leyva, Gift Box was clocked in 1:13.60 while stablemate  Foxtail was given a time of 1:14.40. In all there were 142 recorded workouts Saturday, 32 on the training track . . . Trainer Gary Sherlock on winning the meet’s first two-year-old race Friday with Roses for Laura under Edgar Payeras: “I wasn’t surprised. She had an edge training at San Luis Rey.” A California-bred daughter of Time to Get Even, Roses for Laura rallied from fourth in the 4 ½ furlong dash, closed resolutely on the rail entering the stretch and won by three lengths at a $9.80 mutuel . . . With three wins yesterday, Doug O’Neill opened a 12-8 lead over Richard Baltas in the trainers’ race. Winning at a 35 percent clip, O’Neill is in quest of his fifth overall title at The Great Race Place. The Spring portion of the current meet currently has six riders scrapping for the lead, Rafael Bejarano in front of Flavien Prat and Tiago Pereira, 12-10, followed by Ruben FuentesJoe Talamo and Victor Espinoza–yes, that Victor Espinoza–with nine wins each. Statistician Jason Hom reports favorites are winning 35.71 percent of the time (40 out of 112 races), while on dirt it increases to 37.50 (24 of 64) but on turf it diminishes to 33.33 (16 of 48). Bridge jumpers are enjoying a safe haven, as odds-on favorites have finished in the money 92.59 percent of the time, in 25 of 27 races. Winning odds-on favorites are more than half that at 51.85 percent (14 of 27) . . . Six jockeys who have won the Kentucky Derby in the last eight years call Santa Anita home: Mario Gutierrez (I’ll Have Another, 2012, and Nyquist, 2016); Victor Espinoza (California Chrome, 2014 and American Pharoah, 2015); Mike Smith (Justify, 2018); and Flavien Prat (Country Home, 2019) . . . Staunch Golden State fan Dean Pederson on how the Warriors ousted Houston from the NBA playoffs last night without injured mega-star Kevin Durant in the lineup: “We had the best  team,” the trainer said, with the emphasis on team . . . Treat Mom to an unforgettable Mothers’ Day Sunday with Santa Anita’s Turf Terrace and FrontRunner brunch. Please visit santaanita.com/events for details.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current from April 12 through Friday, May 10)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Rafael Bejarano

62

12

10

12

19%

55%

$619,046

Flavien Prat

34

10

11

2

29%

68%

$481,413

Tiago Pereira

55

10

4

8

18%

40%

$407,180

Ruben Fuentes

58

9

9

9

16%

47%

$352,035

Joseph Talamo

47

9

8

8

19%

53%

$455,010

Victor Espinoza

24

9

1

1

38%

46%

$468,905

Drayden Van Dyke

35

7

7

5

20%

54%

$435,381

Kent Desormeaux

23

7

1

4

30%

52%

$270,818

Aaron Gryder

42

6

7

3

14%

38%

$282,003

Edwin Maldonado

25

6

4

6

24%

64%

$197,593

Martin Garcia

26

4

7

8

15%

73%

$257,546

Mario Gutierrez

25

4

5

4

16%

52%

$218,669

Heriberto Figueroa

24

3

0

0

13%

13%

$93,980

Assael Espinoza

22

2

4

3

9%

41%

$117,545

Geovanni Franco

28

2

3

5

7%

36%

$123,616

Eswan Flores

17

2

1

2

12%

29%

$72,975

Brice Blanc

12

2

1

1

17%

33%

$107,150

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

34

12

2

9

35%

68%

$474,287

Richard Baltas

31

8

6

3

26%

55%

$472,048

John Sadler

24

6

4

5

25%

63%

$424,264

Philip D’Amato

27

6

4

0

22%

37%

$300,341

Mark Glatt

30

5

8

2

17%

50%

$252,292

Andrew Lerner

7

4

0

0

57%

57%

$111,020

Jerry Hollendorfer

22

3

7

2

14%

55%

$202,979

Steve Knapp

16

3

3

3

19%

56%

$120,216

J. Keith Desormeaux

14

3

2

2

21%

50%

$103,753

John Shirreffs

12

3

2

1

25%

50%

$243,291

William Spawr

10

3

1

2

30%

60%

$97,613

Richard Mandella

12

3

1

2

25%

50%

$120,451

George Papaprodromou

11

3

0

2

27%

45%

$68,262

Tim Yakteen

8

3

0

1

38%

50%

$86,793