STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019

  • ‘GRAY’ SKIES PROVE SUNNY FOR HOLLENDORFER
  • LAVA MAN IS STILL A CHAMPION AT THE AGE OF 18
  • SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT REACHES $532,695
  • NEXT SHARES HEADS TO $7 MILLION PEGASUS TURF

RAIN DOESN’T DAMPEN HOLLENDORFER’S OPTIMISM

Because more than half an inch of rain inundated the Arcadia area last night, there was no training on the main track at Santa Anita on an otherwise invigorating Sunday morning, sunshine breaking through stretches of low-hanging white clouds and snow nestled sparsely atop the San Gabriel Mountains and familiar old Mt. Baldy.

That didn’t deter Jerry Hollendorfer from taking a rare and brief moment to smell the roses at Clockers’ Corner, less than 24 hours after saddling Gunmetal Gray for a spectacular victory in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes worth 10 qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby on May 4.

“We did very well,” said the Hall of Fame trainer, third all-time in career victories with 7,559, behind only Steve Asmussen (8,281) and Dale Baird (9,445), “but we don’t know yet” what’s next.

The gray son of Exchange Rate stormed from last in a field of seven at the three-quarter mark to win the one-mile Sham by a length under Mike Smith.

“They weren’t coming from that far back yesterday in any of the races,” Hollendorfer said, “so it was nice to see, but he had a good pace to run at.”

A major disappointment in the Sham was Coliseum, the 3-10 favorite who never threatened, finishing sixth, beaten only 4 ½ lengths despite a less than alert start.

“He needed the race and he got behind after he didn’t break and I was afraid of that,” Bob Baffert said of the gray son of Tapit, winner of his debut outing by nearly seven lengths.

On the bright side, Baffert added, “he came out of the race really well.”

Meanwhile, another of Hollendorfer’s Triple Crown contenders, Instagrand, winner of his two starts by a combined margin of more than 20 lengths, is scheduled to have his first four furlong workout at Santa Anita this Saturday after two three-furlong moves over the track since his 10 ¼-length romp in the Grade II Best Pal at Del Mar Aug. 11.

Hollendorfer said he had no race in mind yet for the Into Mischief colt.

HALL OF FAME MEMBER LAVA MAN GOING STRONG AT 18

Lava Man turned 18 on January 1.

One of the most profitable claims in racing history, the old gelding has earned his keep as a pony since 2010, escorting the likes of 2012 Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another to and from the track to exercise for trainer Doug O’Neill.

Lava Man still ushers four or five horses to the track every day, according to long-time O’Neill assistant Leandro Mora.

“He adjusted well and likes his job,” Mora said. “He’s an important part of Team O’Neill.”

Claimed for $50,000 in August of 2004, Lava Man went on to win seven Grade I events and earn more money than any other claiming horse in history retiring with 17 wins from 47 starts, with earnings of $5,268,706.

The dark bay California-bred son of Slew City Slew won back-to-back runnings of the Santa Anita Handicap in 2006 and 2007, swept three consecutive editions of the Hollywood Gold Cup (2005-2007), was named champion California Horse of the Year in 2006 and 2007, California Champion Older Horse in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and California Champion Turf Horse in 2006.

Affectionately known as “Coach” at the O’Neill barn, Lava Man is a member of both the California Hall of Fame and the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.

SANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT AT $532,695

Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot continues to grow, as there is a Jackpot carryover of $532,695 into Sunday’s nine-race program.

Due to the forecast of rain which eventually proved true, all nine races for Sunday were  carded for the main track, including the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for three-year-old fillies, scheduled as the eighth race at seven furlongs. 

With $371,942 in “new” money wagered, combined with a carryover from Friday of $447,555, there was a total Rainbow Six pool of $819,497 on Saturday, which fueled a payoff of $9,459 on 21 tickets with all six winners.

Approximate post time for Sunday’s fourth race, leg one in the Rainbow Six, is 2:04 p.m.

FINISH LINES: Still under the weather, Joel Rosario took off his mounts for the second straight day Sunday. The 33-year-old native of the Dominican Republic was named on five horses. “He’s got the flu,” said his agent, Ron Anderson, “but he’s expected to resume riding on Thursday.” . . . In what he acknowledged was his “biggest pickup mount ever,” Geovanni Franco guided Next Shares to a thrilling nose victory in yesterday’s Grade II San Gabriel Stakes for trainer Richie Baltas. Immediately following the San Gabriel, part owner Michael Iavarone declared that Next Shares is headed to the inaugural $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26 . . . With a text book ride for his brother, Keith, on Falcone in Saturday’s third race, Kent Desormeaux moved to within five of 6,000 career victories in North America . . . FlavienPrat, leading all riders through eight racing days with 10 wins, has been named to ride multiple stakes winner Belvoir Bay for Peter Miller in Saturday’s Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes for older fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf . . . Franco will ride Lake Time for Eric Kruljac in next Sunday’s $75,000 Kalookan Queen Stakes for older fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track . . . Condolences to the family of trainer Gary Stute on the passing of Trudy Stute, wife of his uncle, the late trainer Warren Stute. Trudy died Jan. 1 at the age of 91. Funeral services were today  . . . The very popularBurgers & Brewfest trackside event is set for this Saturday at The Great Race Place. Online packages available as are walk-ups, while supplies last . . . The Bulldog Derbywill hold its inaugural running Saturday, Jan. 19 in the Infield. Both French and English-breds will face off in a friendly competition throughout the day over the grass with two dirt finals set for the main track later in the day. All proceeds benefit the Southern California Bulldog Rescue . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Live racing resumes Thursday, Jan. 10 at 12:30 p.m. There will be simulcast racing Wednesday with free general admission and parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Saturday, Jan.  5)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Flavien Prat

47

10

8

5

21%

49%

$737,547

Joel Rosario

46

8

8

8

17%

52%

$675,784

Heriberto Figueroa

37

8

3

4

22%

41%

$265,286

Drayden Van Dyke

38

5

5

8

13%

47%

$301,407

Rafael Bejarano

34

4

4

5

12%

38%

$229,516

Joseph Talamo

35

4

3

4

11%

31%

$275,869

Mike Smith

15

4

1

4

27%

60%

$381,649

Assael Espinoza

23

4

1

1

17%

26%

$116,430

Geovanni Franco

37

3

4

4

8%

30%

$272,149

Kent Desormeaux

25

3

3

4

12%

40%

$235,958

Edwin Maldonado

16

3

3

1

19%

44%

$140,990

Tiago Pereira

27

3

2

3

11%

30%

$92,288

Brice Blanc

16

3

1

1

19%

31%

$102,413

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Richard Baltas

36

8

11

3

22%

61%

$524,750

Doug O’Neill

29

8

0

2

28%

34%

$245,999

Jerry Hollendorfer

23

5

3

5

22%

57%

$276,875

Peter Miller

26

4

3

4

15%

42%

$200,983

William E. Morey

17

4

2

3

24%

53%

$118,177

J. Keith Desormeaux

17

4

2

2

24%

47%

$163,678

John Sadler

19

3

3

2

16%

42%

$279,546

Philip D’Amato

19

2

4

0

11%

32%

$116,328

Jeff Mullins

16

2

1

5

13%

50%

$290,413

Brian Koriner

8

2

1

1

25%

50%

$231,907

Richard Mandella

9

2

1

1

22%

44%

$87,140

Ryan Hanson

6

2

1

0

33%

50%

$38,916

Bob Baffert

19

2

0

4

11%

32%

$316,869

Vladimir Cerin

13

2

0

2

15%

31%

$136,167

Steve Knapp

8

2

0

1

25%

38%

$42,770

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