STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2019

  • THRONE OPEN FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD KING
  • MARTIN GARCA ON A ROLL AT SANTA ANITA
  • SMOKEY IMAGE RETURNS IN THOR’S ECHO
  • JACKPOT IS $1,104,202 AT END OF ‘RAINBOW’
  • TRAINER LOUIS BRADVICA DEAD AT AGE 91
  • BEJARANO TWO SHY OF 4,000 CAREER WINS

LEADER DEBATABLE AFTER TRIPLE CROWN RESULTS

Three Triple Crown races, three different winners–maybe four–depending on one’s point of view.

Six months before the Eclipse Award winner as champion three-year-old male of 2019 is announced, and the picture is as clear as TV reception back in the rabbit ear days, fuzzy at best, as muddled as a Berlitz convention.

Country House was promoted to victory in the Kentucky Derby, although Maximum Security crossed the wire first. War of Will won the Preakness, but finished ninth behind victorious stablemate Sir Winston in yesterday’s Belmont Stakes.

The envelope, please . . .

“Maximum Security is still the best right now,” said two-time Triple Crown winner Bob Baffert on a warm Sunday morning at Clockers’ Corner. “He’s definitely leading the pack, but you’ve got Omaha Beach, and my horses, Game Winner and Roadster, will rebound.

“They’ll all get separated in the Travers.”

Depending on the outcome of future three-year-old mainstays such as the Travers on Aug. 24 and the Haskell on July 20, lobbying could continue beyond the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. There are no American Pharoahs or Justifys this year.

“They were far superior animals,” said Baffert, who flawlessly conditioned each to memorable Triple Crown sweeps, in 2015 and 2018.

Amen and amen again.

MARTIN GARCIA SURGING AT SANTA ANITA

Martin Garcia is on a roll.

In the past week, the resurgent 34-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico, has won seven races including three yesterday to give him 14 at the Spring portion of Santa Anita’s meet, placing him in the lofty position of sixth in the standings.

He also remains a trusted member of Bob Baffert’s mega-stable, breezing the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer’s blueblood stock when called upon.

“Martin is working really hard, working horses in the mornings, has a great attitude and is a very talented rider,” said his agent, Tom Knust. “He’s one of the best riders around. All he needs are the opportunities and he’ll deliver.

“I’m very happy with him and how strong he’s finishing here before heading to Del Mar this summer.”

Knust also is eager to welcome runaway Golden Gate Fields riding king Abel Cedillo who will ride on a regular basis in Southern California for the first time shortly.

“He’ll be here next week and I’m excited about getting him,” Knust said. “He’s a strong finisher, his horses relax and he just wins. I expect him to start riding before this meet’s over.

“I’m looking forward to representing two riders who have so much talent and potential.”

Added Baffert: “Martin had gotten hurt and had to clean up some things in his life, and he did. Now he’s trying to get back to where he was. He misses those big Baffert checks (such as the one from winning the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2014 for Baffert on Bayern).”

SMOKEY IMAGE RETURNS AFTER BOUT WITH PNEUMONIA

Smokey Image is scheduled to make his first start in 13 months this Saturday in the $100,000 Thor’s Echo Stakes for three-year-olds and up at six furlongs.

Truth be told, the six-year-old gelded son of 2004 Santa Anita Handicap winner Southern Image owned by Irvin Racing Stable is lucky to be alive.

“He had pneumonia,” trainer Carla Gaines said in summing up the chestnut’s extensive absence. “After he ran in the Crystal Water on May 20 of last year, the next morning he had spiked a very high temperature, and it became a pretty precarious illness. 

“He was sent to Alamo Pintado (Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos) for two months with bacteria that had walled off in his lung, and it was touch and go.

“I don’t know how he’ll come back. He’s been training well, so we’ll just have to see.”

If Smokey Image bounces back as well as Bolo, the Thor’s Echo, one of the lucrative Golden State Series events, could be as good as over.

It was Gaines who saddled Bolo to a front-running victory at odds of nearly 33-1 in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on Memorial Day. The seven-year-old son of Temple City was coming off a solitary prep on April 28 following an absence of nearly two years.

“They have to have that desire,” Gaines said, electing to put personal credit on a back burner. “That’s all I’m saying. I’m not sure it’s there with Smokey Image, and I wasn’t sure it was there with Bolo until I ran him in his first start back.

“After that race, I knew his attitude as a race horse was still there. For Smokey, it will be a test, and I hope we pass the test.”

SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT AT $1,104,202

And the beat goes on.

For the 28th consecutive racing day, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot remained untouchable on Saturday, resulting in a massive Jackpot carryover of $1,104,202 into Sunday.

With $240,135 in “new” money wagered contributing to a total Jackpot pool Saturday of $1,289,357, there were 94 consolation tickets with six wins, each worth $1,372.

Approximate post time for today’s fourth race which begins the Rainbow Six is 2:31 p.m.

TRAINER LOU BRADVICA DIES AT THE AGE OF 91

The racing community today mourns the passing of trainer Louis Bradvica who died at his home in Riverside Tuesday at the age of 91.

“Lou was a farmer at heart, and while he loved all plants and animals, he loved the horse the most,” said his nephew, George Bradvica. “It didn’t matter what breed, but his love for the horse was unbridled.

“He was my surrogate Dad and gave me experiences that I’ll never forget, including the knowledge and nurturing of horses that propelled me into the horse racing industry for a career and a lifetime.

“I would not be into the horse racing industry without my Uncle Lou and his love for the horse. We bought our first one as partners in 1960–a Shetland pony–for $357. I helped pay for it with money from my first communion.”

Services will be Friday, June 28, at Habanero Mexican Grill, 2472 University Ave. in Riverside from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The restaurant’s phone number is 951-224-9145.

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Roadster worked 5 furlongs. 6-7-19 (Baffert)

FINISH LINES: With 3,998 career victories, Rafael Bejarano is two shy of the 4,000 milestone which he could reach today at Santa Anita, where he is named on six horses. “We’re looking forward to it,” said his agent since 2015, Tora Yamaguchi . . . Trainer Victor Garcia is the uncle of Andy Ruiz Jr., who on June 1 defeated Anthony Joshua by TKO in the seventh round to capture the unified WBA (Super) IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight boxing titles. Born in Imperial, California, the 29-year-old Ruiz, nicknamed “Destroyer” and “Mexican Rocky,” has 33 wins in 34 bouts, 22 by knockout . . . Agent Dudley Osborne and jockey Brice Blanc have “divorced,” parting company amicably. “He got the house, I got the car,” Osborne said . . . Ryan Glatt, son of trainer Mark Glatt, now represents jockey Agapito Delgadillo . . . With seven racing days remaining in the Spring portion of the meet, Flavien Prat holds a 24-19 lead over Joe Talamo in the competition for leading rider, while Doug O’Neill carries a 22-16 lead over Richard Baltas. A surging Glatt is poised in third with 15 wins . . . Santa Anita is dark for live racing this Monday through Thursday. Live action resumes 1 p.m. Friday, June 14. Simulcast racing is offered Thursday with free General Admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current from April 12 through Saturday, June 8)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Flavien Prat

102

24

22

19

24%

64%

$1,796,776

Joseph Talamo

96

19

14

12

20%

47%

$1,048,977

Rafael Bejarano

112

18

20

20

16%

52%

$1,035,527

Tiago Pereira

114

17

8

17

15%

37%

$896,342

Ruben Fuentes

103

16

19

17

16%

50%

$750,028

Martin Garcia

59

14

11

10

24%

59%

$724,436

Drayden Van Dyke

89

13

17

13

15%

48%

$1,225,988

Edwin Maldonado

66

13

8

10

20%

47%

$510,418

Kent Desormeaux

61

13

7

8

21%

46%

$620,869

Victor Espinoza

53

13

5

8

25%

49%

$798,131

Aaron Gryder

73

11

12

7

15%

41%

$549,835

Mario Gutierrez

58

7

13

7

12%

47%

$503,314

Geovanni Franco

84

7

11

11

8%

35%

$508,829

Norberto Arroyo, Jr.

39

6

6

6

15%

46%

$408,928

Martin Pedroza

38

6

6

5

16%

45%

$264,639

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

89

22

11

18

25%

57%

$1,065,456

Richard Baltas

64

16

11

7

25%

53%

$1,103,736

Mark Glatt

66

15

12

5

23%

48%

$734,033

Philip D’Amato

70

13

11

5

19%

41%

$963,679

John Sadler

59

12

8

14

20%

58%

$888,603

Jerry Hollendorfer

46

8

10

4

17%

48%

$749,427

Bob Baffert

28

7

8

5

25%

71%

$490,633

Andrew Lerner

11

6

0

0

55%

55%

$156,722

Vladimir Cerin

41

5

10

5

12%

49%

$286,941

Steve Knapp

29

5

6

6

17%

59%

$214,707

John Shirreffs

20

5

4

2

25%

55%

$386,722

J. Keith Desormeaux

27

5

3

6

19%

52%

$212,105

Richard Mandella

23

5

3

4

22%

52%

$261,562