CONTENTIOUS ANOAKIA LURES FIVE SUNDAY
CANDY RIDE COLT IS SWEET ON TURF COURSE
GOLD AT END OF RAINBOW IS WORTH $450,706
McANALLY, 88, CAPTURES 2,590TH CAREER WIN
PEDERSON FILLY REBOOTS FOR ANOAKIA
Needless to Say was ready to sail in the Anoakia Stakes on Columbus Day last Monday but the ship never left the dock.
The race is on again Sunday and the highly-regarded California-bred filly has been rebooted to take on four rivals in a salty edition of the $75,000 sprint at six furlongs for two-year-old fillies.
“I squeezed in a work on Wednesday, so we have to do the best we can under the circumstances,” said Dean Pederson, who trains the daughter of Not This Time for the team of John Harris, Per Antonsen and John Nicoletti.
Needless to Say went four furlongs in a bullet 48 flat, fastest of 21 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 49.81. “It was a very comfortable breeze,” Pederson said.
The Anoakia is replete with speed, not only from Needless to Say but Bob Baffert’s pair of the maiden Kalypso and the $1,500 supplemental nominee Illumination; Peter Miller’s Forest Caraway, second to undefeated monster Princess Noor in the Grade I Del Mar Debutante; and debut winner Queengol for John Sadler. Forest Caraway adds blinkers Sunday.
“I think she can rate if need be,” Pederson said of Needless to Say, who breaks from post position two. “I’ll leave it up to Tiago (Pereira). I don’t worry about that kind of stuff. I’m just glad we get a chance to run.”
The Anoakia, race eight of 10 with a 1 p.m. first post time: Kalypso, Abel Cedillo, 3-1; Needless to Say, Tiago Pereira, 8-1; Illumination, Umberto Rispoli, 3-1; Forest Caraway, Ricardo Gonzalez, 5-2; and Queengol, Flavien Prat, 9-5.
BALTAS SAYS GRASS LOOKS GREENER FOR TAISHAN
Richard Baltas hopes Taishan wins his first stakes when he runs in Sunday’s Grade II Twilight Derby for three-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
Taishan, a Candy Ride colt, was second last out in the Grade II American Turf at Churchill Downs Sept. 5, losing by only a half-length in the 1 1/16-mile turf race, despite being bothered at the start.
“It was his first time on grass and it was a very good effort,” Baltas said of the Kentucky-bred bay owned by Calvin Nguyen and Joey Tran. “It was a half-million dollar race and there was a lot of speed, so I think it kind of set up for him.
“That being said, I think he was always meant to be on the grass. He ran against some tough horses on dirt at Oaklawn in Nadal (winner of the Grade I Arkansas Derby on July 8).
“Candy Rides are pretty versatile but I think they prefer the turf.”
Taishan’s first three races were in Southern California, but his last seven included stops at Oaklawn Park, Indiana and Churchill Downs.
Florent Giroux, who rode Taishan in the American Derby, was impressed with his performance.
“They wanted me to get a position (near the lead) but they were rolling in front so we went to Plan B,” the Frenchman said after the race. “I set off inside nicely and made one run. He ran a big race, first time on grass. He handled it perfectly.
“He’s a nice horse. He’d been working very well and I’m very happy with the way he ran.”
Taishan was a distant fourth in the Grade III Sham Stakes at a mile on dirt at Santa Anita Jan. 4 behind a horse named Authentic, who would go on to win the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5.
Anyway it shakes out, the Twilight Derby has the look of a very contentious race.
The Twilight Derby, race nine: Farmington Road, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Express Train, Mike Smith, 6-1; Margot’s Boy, Tiago Pereira, 6-1; Kiss Today Goodbye, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Dominant Soul, Edwin Maldonado, 15-1; Smooth Like Strait, Umberto Rispoli, 5-2; Scarto, Juan Hernandez, 8-1; K P All Systems Go, Abel Cedillo, 10-1; and Field Pass, Drayden Van Dyke, 3-1.
RAINBOW PICK 6 PAYS $450,706 TO ONE TICKET
At odds of 14-1, a three-year-old maiden daughter of the late Unusual Heat keyed a massive $450,706.96 payout on Friday’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot at Santa Anita.
Purchased for $307.20 through Xpressbet.com, the single winning ticket holder was feeling good at the top of the stretch as New Heat, ridden by Abel Cedillo and trained by Anthony Saavedra, enjoyed a 1 ½-length lead. The filly held on to win by a neck and paid $30.40 to win.
The wager was not hit through the first 10 days of Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet. There was a carryover of $364,453 from Monday and new money amounting to $113,020 on Friday, boosting the pool to $477,473 by post time of the last race.
Following are the horses that comprised Friday’s Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot: #10, Me Likey, $7.80, third race; #5 Don’t Stop Lookin, $39.20, fourth; #5, She’s Our Charm, $8, fifth; #5 Bold Endeavor, $10.80, sixth; #3, Pyron, $7.60, seventh; and #8 New Heat in the eighth.
In addition to New Heat, Slew’s Screen Star, sixth in a field of seven at 64-1, was also part of a “live” Jackpot ticket in the eighth race.
AT 88 YEARS YOUNG, McANALLY WINS 2,590th RACE
Ron McAnally won career race 2,590 when She’s Our Charm went wire-to-wire to capture Friday’s $59,000 allowance feature at a mile on grass by one length under Juan Hernandez. She paid $8 to win.
“I’ve always thought she was a nice filly,” said the 88-year-old Hall of Fame member, who bred the four-year-old daughter of Candy Ride with his wife, Debbie. The owner is the Deborah McAnally Trust.
“The filly is like a greyhound and she just keeps on going,” said McAnally, best known as trainer of legendary two-time Horse of the Year John Henry. “As she continues to learn to rate, I think she’ll go longer.”
Said Hernandez: “She broke better today. Last time she got a little hot in the post parade. She relaxed better today and was very comfortable.”
RUNHAPPY WINNER’S CIRCLE FAN CUT OUTS
If you love horses and jockeys, Santa Anita’s new Virtual Runhappy Winner’s Circle Fan Cut Out is a great way to show your appreciation and benefit retired racehorses and injured riders.
Fans can have their cut-out images appear in Santa Anita’s Runhappy Winner’s Circle with the San Gabriel Mountains serving as a backdrop.
For a donation of $200, one hundred percent of which will go to support the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), a personalized fan cut out will be displayed throughout the Autumn Meet.
Once a donation is received, Santa Anita will assist in submitting individual pictures within 48 hours.
Headquartered at Santa Anita, CARMA, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that is dedicated to providing funding for rehabilitation, re-training, and/or retirement of California-raced Thoroughbreds. For more information on CARMA, please visit https://www.carma4horses.org/
Based in Lexington, KY, the PDJF is also a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to jockeys that have suffered catastrophic injuries on the track. For additional information on the PDJF, please visit https://pdjf.org/
For more information on how to participate in Santa Anita’s Virtual Winner’s Circle Fan Cut Out, please visit santaanita.com.
FINISH LINES: Trainer Craig Lewis sends out two horses today in pursuit of career victory No. 1,000, both morning line favorites, the maiden Warrens Candy Man at 5-2 in the first race and multiple stakes winner Warren’s Showtime in the ninth, 9-5 to capture the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes. Each horse will be ridden by Flavien Prat, whose three victories yesterday gave him a 19-18 lead over Juan Hernandez in the race for leading jockey at the Autumn Meet that concludes five days hence, on Oct. 25. Among trainers, Peter Miller leads runners-up Phil D’Amato and Doug O’Neill in wins, 9-6, and Bob Baffert in purse earnings, $752,930 to $649,250 . . . Harvest Moon, winner of the Grade II Zenyatta Stakes, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race on Sept. 27, worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 this morning for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Keeneland Nov. 6. “She breezed well,” trainer Simon Callaghan said. “She’ll have one more work at Santa Anita, then goes to Kentucky.” Baffert sent Kentucky Derby winner Authentic five furlongs in 59.80 and multiple Grade I winner Improbable six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.40. Both are headed to the Classic on Nov. 7, as is John Shirreffs trainee Midcourt, who went five furlongs in 1:03. In all, there were 146 recorded works Saturday, 14 on the training track . . . Fashionably Fast is back at Santa Anita with trainer Dean Pederson after enjoying some R&R at the Harris Ranch in Coalingua. “He came in last Thursday,” the trainer said of the California-bred gelded son of Lucky Pulpit, winner of seven races and earner of $490,245. “They did a little ground work on him at the farm and he’s doing well. If everything’s OK, in another 10 days or so maybe he’ll start breezing.”
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