STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019

  • BALTAS TRIES BREEDERS’ CUP WITH ANOTHER CLAIM
  • McKINZIE’S HALF-SISTER DEBUTS IN THE FIFTH RACE TODAY
  • GIRL SCOUTS  PRESENT A $3,300 CHECK TODAY TO CARMA
  • SADLER THREESOME DRILL FOR THE BREEDERS’ CUP

BALTAS HOPES THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM WITH LADY NINJA

Lady Ninja, who posted a pulsating nose victory over favored Selcourt in the LA Woman Stakes last Saturday, is bound for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs on Nov. 2, trainer Richard Baltas confirmed Saturday morning.

Baltas claimed the five-year-old Kentucky-bred mare for $32,000 on Sept. 1, 2018, but this would not be his first former claimer to run in a Breeders’ Cup race, having done so previously with Freedom Crest (2001 Classic) and Big Macher (2015 Sprint).

Freedom Crest was claimed out of his third start and would earn $648,850 in his career, the vast majority for Baltas and owners Calvin Nguyen and Joey Tran. Claimed from his first start on July 17, 2013 in which he finished seventh, Big Macher earned $744,288 all under the aegis of Baltas for owners Tom Mansor and Tachycardia Stables.

“She came out of her race good,” Baltas said of Lady Ninja. “She’s the third horse that I’ve claimed that has gone on to the Breeders’ Cup. She’ll be a longshot and it looks like a tough race, but she’s on her home track where she’s won five races.”

Among Freedom Crest’s seven victories after the claim was the Grade II Goodwood Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Santa Anita in 2001, while Big Macher won eight races, including the Grade I Bing Crosby in 2014.

McKINZIE’S HALF-SISTER DEBUTS TODAY

Map Maker, a half-sister to multiple Grade I winner and Breeders’ Cup Classic favorite McKinzie, makes her debut in today’s fifth race, which drew a salty field of 10 two-year-old fillies, eight of which will be making their debut.

“I think she might take (need) a race or two,” Baffert said of the gray daughter of Liam’s Map-Runway Model owned and bred by Summer Wind Equine. “I haven’t been really hard on her,” he said, adding that McKinzie is “doing great” for the $6 million Classic on Nov. 2.

GLENDORA GIRL SCOUTS PRESENT $3,300 TO BENEFIT CARMA

With horse safety and welfare of paramount concern, Glendora Girl Scout Troop 1834 will present the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) with a check totaling $3,300 in a Winner’s Circle ceremony on today at Santa Anita.

“Our girls have been out in the community and they have raised $300 for this incredible cause,” said Becky Hazelton, on behalf of Troop 1834. “Our girls are extremely proud to be able to help CARMA find homes for the many retired Thoroughbreds that they adopt out and we also want to thank all of those individual contributors, as well as Santa Anita, for contributing an additional $3,000 in order to make this happen.”

CARMA, which is based at Santa Anita Park, assists in retraining and placing retired Thoroughbreds with other after-care organizations as well as families and individuals, who are seeking to adopt these horses for pleasure riding and in some cases, competitive hunter-jumper competition.

Santa Anita, which proudly serves as CARMA’s leading funding mechanism, provides office space on-track and encourages fans and horsemen to assist in their efforts to rehabilitate and re-home hundreds of horses annually.

For additional information on CARMA, visit santaanita.com or CARMA4horses.org.

FINISH LINESHigher PowerOllie’s Candy and Catalina Cruiser, three of trainer John Sadler‘s major players in the Breeders’ Cup races on Nov. 2, each worked Saturday morning. Higher Power (Classic) went four furlongs in 47.20; Ollie’s Candy (Distaff) went the same distance in the identical time; and Catalina Cruiser (Dirt Mile) breezed six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.80, fastest of just five drills at the distance. In all, there were 146 recorded workouts on a beautiful Saturday morning at Santa Anita, including 16 on the training track. First post time for the first live race at Santa Anita on Nov. 1, day one of the Breeders’ Cup, is scheduled for 10:45 a.m., with the first Breeders’ Cup race set for 1:12 p.m. First live race on Nov. 2 is 10:07 a.m., with the first Breeders’ Cup event set for 11:55 a.m. All post times are Pacific Time. The five two-year-old races will be contested on Nov. 1. The nine Breeders’ Cup races on Nov. 2 will be capped by the Classic at a mile and a quarter at 5:44 p.m. . . . Today’s second race at Fresno is the Cheryl White Memorial, named for the late woman who became the first black female jockey on June 15, 1971. She died Sept. 20 at the age of 65. Services will be held Oct. 18 at Thistledown in her native Ohio. One of racing’s pioneers, she also served as a racing official at California tracks, received several awards for her riding career, and on July 29, 1971, her picture appeared on the cover of “Jet” Magazine, sharing that accolade with such  luminaries as Angela DavisMuhammad AliSammy Davis Jr. and John Conyers. White said the last winner she rode (of some 750) “was Montfort (at Fresno on Oct. 19, 1983), a 10-year-old making his 100th start.”. . . . Santa Anita offers Dollar Day and holiday racing this Monday, Columbus Day, with first post time 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. Fans can gorge on hot dogs for $2 apiece, and beer and soda for just a buck each.

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A Candid Conversation With Jockey Joseph Talamo: Part 2

WORK OUTS:

Catalina Cruiser (Sadler) 10/12/19

Higher Power (Sadler) 10/12/19

Ollie’s Candy (Sadler) 10/12/19

American Theorem (Outside) and Knifes Edge (Papaprodromou) 10/11/19

Bellafina (Callaghan) 10/11/19

Seeking the Soul (Stewart) 10/11/19

Draft Pick (Outside) and Storm the Court (Eurton) 10/11/19

Roadster (Outside) and Leading Score (Baffert) 10/10/19

McKinzie (Baffert) 10/10/19

S Y Sky (Outside) and Violette Szabo (D’Amato) 10/06/19

Gypsy Blu (Glatt) 10/05/19

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Friday, Oct. 11)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Abel Cedillo

51

8

8

5

16%

41%

$695,577

Drayden Van Dyke

32

7

4

3

22%

44%

$499,927

Jorge Velez

40

6

7

0

15%

33%

$223,046

Evin Roman

23

6

2

0

26%

35%

$177,502

Flavien Prat

32

4

7

12

13%

72%

$509,213

Tiago Pereira

27

4

5

6

15%

56%

$182,938

Martin Garcia

22

4

2

0

18%

27%

$122,092

Rafael Bejarano

31

3

7

6

10%

52%

$233,848

Geovanni Franco

28

3

5

5

11%

46%

$157,420

Ruben Fuentes

32

3

2

5

9%

31%

$207,959

Mario Gutierrez

18

3

2

3

17%

44%

$137,255

J.C. Diaz, Jr.

24

3

2

1

13%

25%

$112,150

Mike Smith

19

3

1

1

16%

26%

$513,836

Tyler Baze

12

3

0

2

25%

42%

$105,994

Trainer

Sts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

37

11

6

4

30%

57%

$464,788

Philip D’Amato

25

7

2

3

28%

48%

$615,740

Bob Baffert

15

6

2

1

40%

60%

$579,882

Richard Baltas

30

3

7

6

10%

53%

$323,192

John Sadler

29

3

5

4

10%

41%

$250,567

Peter Miller

19

3

3

3

16%

47%

$213,788

Richard Mandella

16

3

2

4

19%

56%

$334,362

Craig Anthony Lewis

11

3

2

0

27%

45%

$107,204

Simon Callaghan

11

3

1

2

27%

55%

$215,853

Mark Glatt

19

2

7

1

11%

53%

$125,798

Jeff Mullins

20

2

2

4

10%

40%

$133,396

Hector Palma

12

2

1

1

17%

33%

$44,992

Vann Belvoir

9

2

0

3

22%

56%

$33,832