NO SECRET TO RAYMUNDOS’ SUCCESS
MO FORZA TO MISS BREEDERS’ CUP MILE
FREQUENT FLYER ACE IS SET FOR LURE
MANDATORY EXOTIC PAYOUTS SUNDAY
AUTHENTIC IN BC BREEZE FOR BAFFERT
D’AMATO AIMS FOR GRADE II GOLDIKOVA GOLD
Phil D’Amato, winning at a 22 percent rate and ranked fourth among trainers with a 6-2-4 record from 27 starters, hopes to enhance those numbers on Santa Anita’s closing day tomorrow when he sends out Raymundos Secret in the Grade II Goldikova Stakes and Gregorian Chant in the $70,000 Lure Stakes.
D’Amato has had Raymundos Secret under his wing for only two races, winning both by a neck, including the Grade II John C. Mabee Stakes at a mile and an eighth on Del Mar’s turf course Sept. 5.
“She’s run two good races and this has been our long-term goal ever since we came up from Del Mar,” said the 44-year-old native of San Pedro, who was assistant to the late Mike Mitchell for 10 years, taking over the reins after his retirement in 2014.
A four-year-old bay daughter of Treasure Beach bred in Florida, Raymundos Secret captured the Mabee leading gate to wire but showed her versatility the race before at one mile, stalking the pace to win.
“I think she’ll be sitting one-two and it would be nice to get the money,” said D’Amato, who conditions the bay for owners Sierra Racing and Sterling Stables, LLC.
If all goes well, D’Amato’s goal for Raymundos Secret beyond the Goldikova is the Grade I Matriarch at Del Mar on Nov. 29.
Leading rider Flavien Prat, who was aboard for her two previous victories, retains the mount Sunday.
Gregorian Chant, a four-year-old gray son of Gregorian bred in England, seeks his first stakes win in the United States, having run fourth in the restricted Cinema at Santa Anita in June of 2019 and fifth in the Grade II La Jolla at Del Mar two months later.
The $200,000 Goldikova is for fillies and mares three and up at a mile on turf, while the Lure is for three-year-olds and up also at a mile on turf.
Named for the Irish-bred filly who is the only horse to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile three times (2008, 2009 and 2010), the Goldikova goes as race nine of 11 with a special early first post time of 12:30 p.m. The field: Hang a Star, Victor Espinoza, 15-1; Maxim Rate, Umberto Rispoli, 8-5; Raymundos Secret, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Atomic Blonde, Mike Smith, 8-1; Zee Drop, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Silberpfeil, Juan Hernandez, 8-1; and Tonahutu, Abel Cedillo, 4-1.
‘MINOR ISSUE’ FORCES MO FORZA TO MISS BC MILE
Mo Forza, if not the favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Mile certainly the sentimental favorite, will miss the race at Keeneland on Nov. 7 due to a minor issue, trainer Peter Miller said by telephone Saturday morning.
“If all goes well, we’ll run in the Breeders’ Cup next year at Del Mar,” the trainer said.
“What happened is just bad timing. I think he’s the best turf miler in the world and I’m disappointed he won’t be able to prove it this year.”
Mo Forza was owned in part by the estate of former trainer Barry Abrams, who died on Oct. 9 after a 15-year battle with cancer.
Abrams, who campaigned as Bardy Farm, also bred Mo Forza.
“This horse kept Barry going,” Miller said. “It gave him something to look forward to.
“It meant a lot to Barry and meant a lot to me, so we were crossing our fingers and hoping he could ‘Win One for The Gipper.'”
A four-year-old Uncle Mo colt also owned by part by Onofrio Pecoraro who races as OG Boss, Mo Forza had won six of his last seven races including the Grade I Hollywood Derby last Nov. 30 and the Grade II City of Hope Mile at Santa Anita on Oct. 3, his most recent outing.
The Kentucky-bred bay has a 6-3-1 record from 12 starts with earnings of $734,460.
IT’S MILLER TIME FOR THE BLACK ALBUM
The Black Album may not lead the world in victories, but the French-bred gelding is right up there when it comes to frequent flier mileage.
Peter Miller is just getting to know The Black Album, whom he has had in his care for but one race, the Rolling Green at Golden Gate Fields on Sept. 7, when he prompted the pace but finished sixth.
Next up: Sunday’s Lure Stakes.
Prior to joining Miller’s barn, The Black Album had run at nine different tracks in his last nine races, eight of them when trained by Rodolphe Brisset. Santa Anita will be his 10th straight different track.
From April 5, 2019, The Black Album ran at Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Penn National, Woodbine, Saratoga, Kentucky Downs, Gulfstream Park West, Indiana Grand and Golden Gate. Overall, he has five wins from 15 starts with earnings of $233,280.
“I’ve only had him two months now so I’m just kind of getting to know him,” said Miller, on the cusp of capturing Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet training title.
“We feel like he’s coming up to a good race. He’s doing well, but as far as running at nine different tracks in a row, that’s wild; it’s pretty crazy.
“We think we’ve got him in a spot where he fits.”
The Lure, named for the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 1992 and 1993, is race five: Grecian Fire, Mike Smith, 8-1; Majestic Eagle, Mario Gutierrez, 4-1; One Bad Boy, Flavien Prat, 2-1; Murad Khan, Abel Cedillo, 5-2; Gregorian Chant, Juan Hernandez, 7-2; and The Black Album, Ricardo Gonzalez, 6-1.
SUNDAY’S RAINBOW JACKPOT COULD NEAR $1 MILLION
Santa Anita offers mandatory payouts Sunday in all exotic wagers, including the popular 20-cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, as the 16-day Autumn Meet draws to a close with an 11-race card.
Sunday’s Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot is comprised of races six through 11. Approximate post time for the sixth race is 3 p.m. Pacific Time.
With a Single Ticket Rainbow Six Jackpot carryover of $107,002 up for grabs into today’s nine-race card, track officials project Sunday’s total Jackpot pool could approach $1 million.
NEW $1 GOLDEN HOUR PICK 4
Santa Anita now offers a comprehensive betting menu including the new $1 Golden Hour Pick 4. The wager, which features a low 15% takeout popular with players, links the last two races from Santa Anita and the last two races from Golden Gate Fields each racing day.
It complements the popular $5 Golden Hour Double, which premiered earlier this year during Santa Anita’s winter-spring season.
While Santa Anita remains closed to the public due to Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 restrictions, fans can watch the live races streaming in HD free of charge on santaanita.com. There are several on-line wagering options available, including 1stBet.com, Santa Anita’s official wagering platform, which can be downloaded for free at the App Store. All of Santa Anita’s races also will be shown live on TVG.
The heart of Santa Anita’s player friendly program belongs to the early Pick 5, linking the first five races offered each day. At 14%, the popular wager features one of the lowest takeout rates in the country on a multi-race wager. Bookending the card is a late Pick 5, featuring the last five races each day.
Santa Anita’s betting menu is rounded out by numerous wagering opportunities that players have come to expect from The Great Race Place, including $2 Win, Place and Show wagering featuring the lowest takeout of any major racetrack in North America, plus $1 Exactas, $2 rolling Daily Doubles, 50 cent rolling Pick 3s, early and late 50 cent Pick 4s, early and late 50 cent Pick 5s, the $1 Super High 5 and 10 cent Superfectas on all races with a minimum of six runners.
FINISH LINES: Bob Baffert had his big guns out at Santa Anita Saturday prepping for their Breeders’ Cup engagements at Keeneland on Nov. 6 and 7. Kentucky Derby winner Authentic breezed seven furlongs in 1:24.40 for the Breeders’ Cup Classic; undefeated Princess Noor six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.80 for the Juvenile Fillies; Spielberg five furlongs in 59.80 for the Juvenile; and Gamine five furlongs in a bullet 58.80 for the F&M Sprint. Meanwhile, Richard Mandella sent United a mile in 1:37.80 under Flavien Prat for the Breeders’ Cup Turf. “He went very nice,” the trainer said, adding that Jolie Olimpica (five furlongs in 59 flat) “got a little tired” and will pass the Breeders’ Cup in favor of the Grade I Matriarch at Del Mar on Nov. 29. Rodeo Drive winner Mucho Unusual (F&M Turf) went five furlongs for Tim Yakteen in 1:00.60 and Sharp Samurai (Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile or Mile) breezed five furlongs for Mark Glatt in a minute flat. In all there were 159 recorded workouts, 11 on the training track.
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