- ASA HOPES TO NOTCH VICTORY IN ZUMA BEACH
- S Y SKY RETURNS IN CAL DISTAFF ON SATURDAY
- $1 MILLION FIRM IN TODAY’S RAINBOW PICK SIX
ASA TAKES HIS BEST SHOT ON MORE ICE IN ZUMA BEACH
Asa Espinoza is back aboard More Ice in Monday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes for two-year-olds at a mile on grass.
The promising apprentice has ridden the ridgling in each of his three previous starts for Jerry Hollendorfer, who also owns a share of the late-running chestnut.
Asa, 18-year-old nephew of Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza, won back-to-back races Saturday, aboard Papa Turf ($8.40) in the seventh and Awesome Anywhere ($12.80) in the eighth.
The Zuma Beach, race eight of 10: Rijeka, Geovanni Franco, 4-1; Ship of the Line, Adam Beschizza, 6-1; Much Better, Drayden Van Dyke, 7-2; Spin Lightning, Flavien Prat, 4-1; King of Speed, Gary Stevens, 4-1; Takeo Squared, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Honcho, Tyler Baze, 12-1; and More Ice, Asa Espinoza, 6-1.
Fans can celebrate Columbus Day tomorrow with dollar beers and sodas and $2 hot dogs. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
STAKES WINNER S Y SKY RETURNS IN CALIFORNIA DISTAFF
S Y Sky is scheduled to make her first start in 15 months Saturday in the $100,000 California Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares, three and up, at five furlongs on turf.
The daughter of Grazen, owned and bred by Nick Alexander, already has two stakes wins from four career starts, the Evening Jewel and the Melair last year under Joe Talamo, who has ridden her in each of her races and will be back aboard Saturday.
“She’s been training pretty well at San Luis Rey,” said Phil D’Amato of the four-year-old chestnut. “We’re looking at this race as a good one to put under her belt for bigger and better down the road, but the conditions are right and she’s ready.”
The California Distaff Handicap is one in the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses.
Also likely are Helen’s Tiger for Doug O’Neill (Rafael Bejarano) and Late ‘n Left, second in the race last year, for Bob Hess Jr. (Edwin Maldonado).
$1 MILLION GUARANTEED IN SUNDAY’S 20 CENT RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT
With the three-day Columbus Day weekend hitting the midway point, Santa Anita will again guarantee $1 million in today’s 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot pool. The 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six, which enables players to cover 10 times as many horses than the original two dollar Pick Six, appears to be thriving through five racing days at Santa Anita’s 22-day Autumn Meet, as players wagered $245,810.40 in “new money” Saturday, creating a huge payoff for a pair of lucky tickets that were each worth $71,169.10.
With a 10-race card on tap today, the Rainbow Six will begin with race five, which is the Grade III LA Woman Stakes for fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs. Trainer Richard Mandella’s Anonymity, to be ridden by Flavien Prat, is the 8-5 morning line favorite among a field of five.
Average field size for Sunday’s 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot is 8.5 horses per race and approximate post time for the LA Woman is 2:44 p.m. PT.
For additional info on today’s $1 million guaranteed Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, including entries and morning lines, visit Santa Anita’s ‘Live Racing’ page or call (626) 574-RACE.
FINISH LINES: Of the two youngsters Bob Baffert has nominated to next Sunday’s $75,000 Anoakia Stakes for two-year-old fillies at six furlongs, “only one will be in there, and right now it looks like Chasing Yesterday,” he said Sunday morning. The daughter of Tapit was seventh in her most recent race, the Grade I Spinaway at Saratoga on Sept. 1. She won her first start July 28 at Del Mar by 4 ¼ lengths under Mike Smith, who was aboard in the Spinaway. Video of Chasing Yesterday’s work here. Meanwhile, Brian Koriner plans to run Andyoushallreceive, a maiden winner at Los Alamitos Sept. 22 in her lone start under Tiago Pereira, who retains the mount. Also probable for the Anoakia is Watch Me Burn for Val Brinkerhoff. Video of Watch Me Burn’s work here. As to Its Gonna Hurt, who earned a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Nov. 2 by winning Saturday’s Speakeasy Stakes, Koriner said Sunday he’s likely to run, since the Breeders’ Cup has made him an offer he can’t refuse. “The VIP treatment includes all entry fees paid, hotel room, tickets to the Breeders’ Cup and executive car service,” the trainer said. “How can you turn it down?” Take the cannoli . . . Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile favorite Catalina Cruiser worked six furlongs Sunday for John Sadler in 1:12.80, while Dirt Mile contender City of Light went five furlongs in a bullet 59 flat, fastest of 87 drills at the distance, for Michael McCarthy. Sadler also sent Filly and Mare Sprint contender Selcourt five furlongs in 1:00.20. In all, there were 203 recorded workouts at Santa Anita Sunday, 21 on the training track . . . Craig Stephen, the Brett Favre of agents, has retired again and transferred his rider, Santiago Gonzalez, to returning veteran Joe Griffin. “I couldn’t give Santiago to a nicer guy,” Stephen said . . . Congrats to Santa Anita-based trainer Richard Baltas on saddling Next Shares to win Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland. The five-year-old gelded son of Archarcharch won by 3 ¼ lengths at 23-1 under Tyler Gaffalione and earned $600,000, plus a fees-paid berth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile on Nov. 3 . . . Michael Wrona, The Voice of Santa Anita, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest 11:20 a.m. Monday in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Ruben Fuentes has been suspended four days (Oct. 13, 14, 18 and 19) for careless riding on Queen of the Track in Friday’s third race, his second offense in 60 days. Edwin Maldonado will serve three days (Oct. 19, 20 and 21) for a suspension issued April 14 . . . Former trainer Jim Kasparoff, who once conditioned Papa Turf, winner of Saturday’s seventh race in typical front-running fashion, points out the seven-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Yes It’s True has won four times at Santa Anita’s autumn meets, twice for him and twice for current trainer Keith Desormeaux. Kasparoff presently is a welcome new member of Santa Anita’s crack Racing Department . . .Huey Barnes, who turned 85 last Wednesday, attributes his longevity in large part to the proper perspective. “As long as the good Lord lets me get up every morning and see the sun shining,” said Barnes, a member of the gate crew for 40 years who came to Santa Anita in 1954 with Charlie Whittingham, “I’m batting a thousand.”
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