STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2019

  • THREE EMERGE FOR HORSE OF THE YEAR HONORS
  • FRANKLY SPEAKING, BREEDERS’ CUP GOT THE CALL
  • MANDATORY PICK SIX JACKPOT PAYOUT IS POSSIBLE
  • ABRAMS A WINNER IN SANTA ANITA WINNERS’ CIRCLE

THREE FRONTRUNNERS FOR HORSE OF THE YEAR

Vino Rosso, Bricks and Mortar or Mitole? Which will be Horse of the Year 2019?

Each has credentials worthy of consideration. Vino Rosso captured Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic; Bricks and Mortar completed an unbeaten year on grass with his triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Turf; and Mitole, the fastest sprinter in the world, numbered four daylight Grade I wins among 2019’s six victories, the only flaw on his brilliant record showing in the Vanderbilt Handicap when he finished third after hitting the gate at the start.

“In a year with no dominant three-year-old, and the older horses kind of taking turns beating each other, Bricks and Mortar was the king of the turf division from the time he won the Pegasus (World Cup Turf Invitational at Gulfstream Park last January) until yesterday, when he won the Breeders’ Cup Turf,” noted private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young.

That completed a string of six straight victories, five of them Grade I’s. With yesterday’s decision, he earned $2,200,000 increasing his bankroll to $7,085,650 from 11 wins in 13 races.

“Mitole would be in the mix, too,” Young said, adding the caveat “that it’s been a while since a sprinter got Horse of the Year, although he did beat McKinzie in the Met Mile.

“Ghostzapper stretched out from being a one-turn horse to becoming Horse of the Year (in 2004) and Kotashaan (1993) was the last turf runner to be named Horse of the Year, so the race is pretty wide open among those three horses.” 

BREEDERS’ CUP BRINGS OUT BEST IN MIRAHMADI

Frank Mirahmadi hit a grand slam as a rookie calling the Breeders’ Cup championship races for the first time.

No flaws, no flubs, no flounders.

His passion and love of the game is innate, but he raised the bar over the weekend.

“It was just an unforgettable experience,” said the 52-year-old Mirahmadi, a local boy who grew up in Beverly Hills. “Many times people have asked what my favorite moments in race calling have been, and there have been some at various venues I’d consider close, but that’s no longer a question.

“Calling the Breeders’ Cup races has been by far the highlight of my career and something I could have never dreamed of. My goal was to perform at my best, to do justice to the connections, the horses, the fans.

“That was my priority. I felt a lot of pressure, but at the same time, I told myself to stay focused and do the best I can. I’m very pleased.”

Ditto all around. 

$4 MILLION MANDATORY RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT PAYOUT POSSIBLE TODAY

With the prospect of a massive mandatory payout pool of $4 million a strong possibility, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot proved elusive yet again last Sunday, resulting in a Jackpot carryover of $395,207 into today’s nine-race program.

As the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday and Saturday offered fans a separate Pick Six pool with a one dollar minimum, there is mandatory Jackpot payout today, closing day.

FRIENDS WELCOME MOST COURAGEOUS BARRY ABRAMS

There were miles of smiles after yesterday’s third race.

Barry Abrams was coming to the Winner’s Circle.

The former trainer, who has gallantly battled throat cancer for 15 years, is part owner as Bardy Farm of Mo Forza, winner of the Grade II Qatar Twilight Derby at odds of nearly 19-1. Onofrio Pecoraro, who campaigns as OG Boss, also owns a share of the three-year-old colt.

The throng waited anxiously but patiently for Abrams to amble down the Club House steps and the ramp leading to his destination.

Upon arrival, emotional hugs and kisses beyond the norm were the order of the day. 

Abrams, who turns 66 come March 4, was 51 when stricken with inoperable throat cancer. Ten years later and 60 pounds lighter, some of it weight from the throat cancer doctors ultimately had no choice but to remove, Abrams was still doing what he loved best, coming to the race track and training Thoroughbreds.

Now, though further diminished physically, the native of Minsk, Russia, once a bear of a man at 6-4, 315 pounds, is courageous beyond question, not given to soliciting sympathy for his plight, maintains his sense of humor, and is generous without making a fuss about it.

Take it from trainer Richard Baltas, who assisted Abrams in his barn operation during Barry’s five-month recovery from surgery in 2011.

“He’s very kind with a good heart,” Baltas recalled. “Years ago I wanted to leave Louisiana and come to California, but I needed a job. Barry didn’t quibble. He simply asked me, ‘How much do you want to make?’ and that was it.

“He came to my wedding on Feb. 26, 2011, when he was sick with cancer. He’s done many kind and generous things for me. He took me and my wife (Debby) to Las Vegas, bought the plane tickets, even bought us tickets to shows. We saw ‘Jersey Boys.'”

Adds Abrams’ wife, Dyan: “Barry is so kind and helpful. If you needed the shirt off his back, he’d give it to you . . . He’s one of the good ones. He’s got a good heart and a good soul.”

     FINISH LINESJoel Rosario, at the apex of a career that assuredly has him bound for   the Hall of Fame, will ride on a regular basis at Santa Anita’s Winter Meet that starts Dec. 26 before heading to Kentucky when the Keeneland meet begins in April, according to his agent, Ron Anderson.

LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:

XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on November 3rd, 2019

FEATURES:

A Candid Conversation With Trainer Peter Eurton

WORKOUTS:

Draft Pick (Outside) and Mo Mississippi (Eurton) 11-03-19

Heros Reward (Outside) and Malibu Star (Baffert) 11-03-19

Defense Wins (Outside) and Fore Left (O’Neill) 11-03-19

Stackin Silver (Outside) and Gidgetta (Baltas) 11-03-19

Eclair (Outside) and Map Maker (Baffert) 11-03-19

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Saturday, Nov. 2)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Abel Cedillo

121

21

16

16

17%

44%

$1,254,575

Flavien Prat

98

20

21

24

20%

66%

$4,820,430

Jorge Velez

98

15

15

11

15%

42%

$519,053

Rafael Bejarano

70

12

11

13

17%

51%

$635,511

Drayden Van Dyke

53

11

6

5

21%

42%

$778,789

Geovanni Franco

58

9

7

7

16%

40%

$461,639

J.C. Diaz, Jr.

59

9

4

9

15%

37%

$316,951

Tiago Pereira

52

7

11

6

13%

46%

$287,556

Mike Smith

36

7

5

1

19%

36%

$1,447,591

Ruben Fuentes

72

7

4

16

10%

38%

$438,501

Evin Roman

44

7

3

4

16%

32%

$241,219

Joel Rosario

24

6

5

0

25%

46%

$3,162,255

Victor Espinoza

53

5

12

8

9%

47%

$573,285

Martin Garcia

56

5

10

4

9%

34%

$260,090

Edwin Maldonado

39

5

8

5

13%

46%

$229,671

Tyler Baze

45

5

2

8

11%

33%

$247,063

Mario Gutierrez

39

4

6

7

10%

44%

$275,481

Irad Ortiz, Jr.

14

4

1

2

29%

50%

$7,150,351

Trainer

Sts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug  O’Neill

80

20

11

8

25%

49%

$910,401

Philip D’Amato

49

12

5

5

24%

45%

$952,456

Bob Baffert

42

11

5

7

26%

55%

$2,092,594

Richard Baltas

59

10

12

12

17%

58%

$651,822

Peter Miller

47

10

7

7

21%

51%

$1,711,510

John Sadler

59

8

11

9

14%

47%

$1,199,594

Mark Glatt

45

8

9

2

18%

42%

$336,116

John Shirreffs

18

5

4

1

28%

56%

$338,014

Jeff Mullins

35

5

3

8

14%

46%

$358,263

Andrew Lerner

22

5

1

3

23%

41%

$134,308

Richard Mandella

32

4

7

7

13%

56%

$1,279,215

Hector O. Palma

26

4

6

1

15%

42%

$122,504