STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2019

  • DERBY WINNER PRAT NEARS THE SPRING RIDING TITLE
  • TODAY’S MANDATORY JACKPOT MAY REACH $5 MILLION
  • DEDICATED STABLE EMPLOYEES SPEAK OUT THURSDAY
  • SANTA ANITA REMEMBERS SNOW CHIEF ON SATURDAY

TEAM PRAT NEARS SPRING TITLE AT SANTA ANITA

With four racing days remaining in the spring portion of Santa Anita’s meet, Flavien Prat holds a comfortable 27-21 lead over runner-up Rafael Bejarano in the jockeys’ race, but the 26-year-old Frenchman captured an even bigger prize Saturday.

“Flavien was awarded his Kentucky Derby trophy yesterday at Churchill Downs and he’ll be receiving it by UPS in a day or two,” said his agent, Derek Lawson, Sunday morning where it was business as usual lining up mounts for the meet’s final two days.

“It’s got his name on it, which is huge. It’s a beautiful trophy and something he’ll be able to cherish his entire life in his trophy case at home.

“It was important to keep doing well coming off the winter meet. Losing one racing day hurt statistics overall, but otherwise things are going really well.

“We’re way ahead of schedule in money won ($9,265,290 this year). Obviously, the Derby helped ($1,860,000 for Country House, who was moved into first via disqualification).”

Prat finished second to Joel Rosario, 56-52, in the winter portion of the meet from Dec. 26 through April 7.

HAPPIEST FATHER’S DAY FOR SOMEONE AT SANTA ANITA TODAY

With a mandatory payout in place, Santa Anita officials project today’s total 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot pool could reach the $5 million mark by fourth race post time. And, with a live-money Jackpot carryover of $1,260,210 set to stoke Sunday’s pari-mutuel fires, anticipation is running high indeed as Santa Anita approaches the penultimate Sunday of its Winter/Spring Meet.

A whopping $284,905 in “new” money was wagered Saturday, creating a total Jackpot pool of $1,479,890. Although there was no Single Ticket winner, there were 10 consolation tickets, each worth a tidy $15,219.

Approximate post time for today’s fourth race, which starts the Jackpot, is at 2:55 p.m.

HISPANIC STABLE EMPLOYEES TO MAKE INDUSTRY CASE ON THURSDAY      

The legion of dedicated Hispanic workers on Santa Anita’s backstretch will make their voices heard Thursday in an effort to counter attacks in the media that threaten their love and care of horses, their livelihood and their financial survival.

“The attacks against our jobs continue in the press and we must respond,” reads a flyer distributed to stable area workers. It goes on: “Our jobs are threatened if we don’t respond. The public needs to know about the care and love we have for our horses. We also want to strengthen protections for our horses and our jobs.

“We are asking ALL stable area personnel, trainers and employees to gather in a display of unity before the media” on Thursday, June 20, 10:45 a.m. at Clockers’ Corner.

Oscar de la Torre, spokesperson for the workers, will be on hand to facilitate the event and to coordinate media interviews.

“I’ve been working with the backstretch employees to tell their story,” said de la Torre, who was born and raised in Santa Monica and whose parents immigrated from Jalisco, Mexico.

“We understand that the closure of Santa Anita would be devastating to their livelihoods. People depend on the income they earn from their jobs here, and we also provide an onsite clinic for them and housing.

“We already have 59,000 homeless people in the city of Los Angeles. We don’t want to contribute to that social problem. We want to make sure we protect the horses and the workers’ livelihood. They are the individuals who make this industry what it is.

“It’s very important to understand that people cannot work here if they do not love horses, and also that closure of Santa Anita or impairment to this industry also impairs the livelihood of workers who depend on it for their well-being.

“It would have more than an impact on the animals, but a human impact as well, which is why educating public officials is important and that hurting the industry hurts the individuals who have realized the American Dream.”

Santa Anita’s current leading trainer, Doug O’Neill, has also been instrumental in helping to organize Thursday’s event, as has CTT Executive Director Alan Balch.

“Our Hispanic employees are the hardest-working people back here and they’re people who do all the work, yet haven’t had a voice in any of this disaster,” said O’Neill. “This show of unity is just a baby step, but it gives them a chance to present the reality of what’s going on. I’m excited that our hard-working employees will have a voice.”

SNOW CHIEF ENDED WHITTINGHAM’S TRIPLE CROWN HOPES

Santa Anita highlights the final weekend of the spring portion of its current meet by showcasing seven stakes, one of which is Saturday’s $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf for California-bred or sired three-year-olds.

Named for the male three-year-old champion of 1986 trained by Mel Stute, son Gary, a trainer in his own right, recalls one nifty snippet from Snow Chief’s bid to capture that year’s Kentucky Derby, for which the California-bred son of Reflected Glory was favored at 2-1 but finished 11th behind Ferdinand, ridden by Bill Shoemaker and trained by Charlie Whittingham.

“The day after Snow Chief disappointed in the Derby,” Gary said, “Mel had to catch an early flight to California. The groom was still in bed sleeping, so my Dad and one of his other owners, Dr. David Brown, brought the horse out of his stall and took the bandages off his legs.

“Dr. Brown was holding Snow Chief who was trying to bite his hands, when who comes out of his barn but Whittingham, sees what’s happening and says, ‘Gimme that shank!’ He took the horse and told my Dad, ‘Mel, just throw out that race.

“I ran a filly the day before in the Oaks I thought couldn’t lose and she didn’t hit the board. Some horses just don’t like this track.’

“He actually talked Mel into running in the Preakness. Mel was going to go home. So when we won the Preakness and Ferdinand finished second, Charlie told him, ‘I ain’t too bright.

“‘If I didn’t talk you into running, I’d be going for the Triple Crown.'”

HALL OF FAME RIDERS HONOR PEERS AT JOCKEYS AND JEANS FUNDRAISER

Fifteen Hall of Fame riders are expected to attend the sixth annual Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser benefitting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund at Santa Anita on Saturday, June 22. They will be there to honor the seven permanently disabled riders who attend, mix and mingle with attendees, and sign autographs.

Braulio Baeza, Steve Cauthen, Kent Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Pat Day, Earlie Fires, Sandy Hawley, Julie Krone, Chris McCarron, Donald Pierce, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Alex Solis, Mike Smith, Bobby Ussery and Jorge Velasquez are scheduled to be on hand.

There will be a free autograph signing from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Paddock Gardens area and a free Silent Auction for all on-track fans from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. adjacent to the autograph signing area.

Tickets starting at $65 are on sale at https://www.santaanita.com/events Walk-up tickets will be available. It includes a Chandelier Room party during the races featuring a buffet and a specialty drink.

Fans can also participate in an on line auction for valuable memorabilia at this website link: www.32auctions.com.

For more information contact Jockeys and Jeans VP Marketing Eddie Donnally at (818) 653-3711 edjockeysandjeansy@gmail.com or Alexis Garske, Santa Anita Media Relations at  Alexis.Garske@santaanita.com (626) 574-6413

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FINISH LINESBombard is scheduled to make his first start in 11 months Sunday in the Grade III American Stakes for three-year-olds and up at a mile on turf. “He’s doing real well,” said trainer Richard Mandella of the son of War Front, who also sired Omaha Beach. “Bombard had a chip taken out of a knee after running second (by a head) in the Wickerr last July 22.” Meanwhile, Mandella has Omaha Beach back jogging at Santa Anita after the pre-race favorite for the Kentucky Derby returned home Monday from the Blue Grass State following surgery for an entrapped epiglottis. “He’ll jog for a few more days,” Mandella said. Also set for the American is City of Hope Mile winner Sharp Samurai for Mark GlattVictor Espinoza has the mount . . . Congratulations to Rafael Bejarano on reaching the milestone of 4,000 career wins in North America Saturday by capturing the third race on Portal Creek by nearly four lengths for trainer Bob Hess Jr. . . . Santa Anita Oaks winner Bellafina breezed three furlongs Saturday in 38.40 in preparation for the Grade I Test Stakes for three-year-old fillies at Saratoga on Aug. 3 . . . Father’s Day hunch: the two-year-old colt Mickelson debuts in today’s second race for trainer Keith Desormeaux. Golfing star Phil Mickelson celebrates his 49th birthday today . . .The LA Angels’ 2018 American League Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani became the first Japanese-born major leaguer to hit for the cycle this past Thursday and his namesake, Ohtani, has a big look in today’s ninth race for trainer Bill Spawr, as he tries grass and two turns for the first time vs. maiden $50,000 claimers . . . Half-sisters Smiling Annieand Moonshine Annie compete against eachother in today’s first race. Both are trained by Mark Glatt for owners/breeders Al and Sandee Kirkwood. Smiling Annie’s sire is Smiling Tiger while Moonshine Annie’s is Discreetly Mine, while the dam of each is Bootleg Annie . . . Santa Anita is dark for live racing this Monday through Thursday. Live action resumes 1 p.m. Friday, June 21. Simulcast racing is offered Wednesday with free General Admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current  from April 12 through Saturday, June 15)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Flavien Prat

120

27

28

22

23%

64%

$1,995,173

Rafael Bejarano

126

21

20

26

17%

53%

$1,221,277

Joseph Talamo

112

20

15

16

18%

46%

$1,152,025

Tiago Pereira

124

19

10

17

15%

37%

$975,750

Ruben Fuentes

108

17

19

17

16%

49%

$775,570

Drayden Van Dyke

99

15

19

13

15%

47%

$1,356,920

Martin Garcia

63

14

11

11

22%

57%

$739,487

Aaron Gryder

79

13

12

8

16%

42%

$601,297

Edwin Maldonado

70

13

8

10

19%

44%

$516,480

Kent Desormeaux

64

13

7

8

20%

44%

$622,271

Victor Espinoza

54

13

6

8

24%

50%

$811,931

Norberto Arroyo, Jr.

54

10

7

10

19%

50%

$600,874

Mario Gutierrez

69

9

15

8

13%

46%

$644,478

Geovanni Franco

89

8

14

11

9%

37%

$584,580

Jorge Velez

57

7

7

10

12%

42%

$352,313

Martin Pedroza

42

7

6

7

17%

48%

$303,859

Heriberto Figueroa

44

5

3

2

11%

23%

$207,350

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

98

22

13

21

22%

57%

$1,126,128

Richard Baltas

70

17

14

7

24%

54%

$1,185,038

Mark Glatt

72

16

13

7

22%

50%

$785,675

Philip D’Amato

78

14

12

8

18%

44%

$1,065,174

John Sadler

64

14

9

14

22%

58%

$994,604

Jerry Hollendorfer

50

8

11

5

16%

48%

$768,927

Bob Baffert

32

7

9

7

22%

72%

$519,553

Steve Knapp

33

6

7

6

18%

58%

$247,558

Andrew Lerner

14

6

0

1

43%

50%

$166,653

Vladimir Cerin

43

5

11

5

12%

49%

$302,092

Steven Miyadi

25

5

4

4

20%

52%

$259,604

John Shirreffs

21

5

4

2

24%

52%

$387,073

J. Keith Desormeaux

28

5

3

6

18%

50%

$212,456

Richard Mandella

28

5

3

6

18%

50%

$282,244

Leonard Powell

24

5

3

4

21%

50%

$258,075

William Spawr

21

5

1

5

24%

52%

$194,167

George Papaprodromou

25

5

1

3

20%

36%

$158,406