STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2019

  • SAEZ ON SELCOURT IN BREEDERS’ CUP F&M SPRINT
  • FULL FIELD LOOMS FOR THE  AUTUMN MISS STAKES
  • PINCAY RECALLS SKYWALKER’S BC CLASSIC TRIUMPH
  • TRAINER CHILDS WINS HIS FIRST RACE AT SANTA ANITA

SAEZ ON SELCOURT, CATALINA CRUISER GOES IN SPRINT

Breaking Breeders’ Cup news from the John Sadler barn on a glorious Sunday morning at Santa Anita had Luis Saez named to ride Selcourt in the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs and Catalina Cruiser running in the $2 million Sprint as opposed to the $1 million Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile, both races on Nov. 2.

Sadler supervised the penultimate Breeders’ Cup workouts yesterday for Higher Power ($6 million Classic), Ollie’s Candy ($2 million Longines Distaff), Catalina Cruiser and Selcourt.

“All of them went super,” Sadler said this morning. “The whole group is very consistent.”

Sadler seeks his second straight win in the Classic. He won it last year with Accelerate.

In other Breeders’ Cup news:

Dirt Mile contender Omaha Beach galloped a mile and a half this morning and will have his final breeze for the race “Wednesday or Thursday,” trainer Richard Mandella said.

Trainer Steve Asmussen has Distaff favorite Midnight Bisou set to work at 6:30 Monday morning under regular rider Mike Smith.

Distaff contender Paradise Woods worked “very good” this morning for John Shirreffs, going six furlongs in 1:13.60 with Abel Cedillo in the irons. The Zenyatta Stakes winner will have her final breeze for the race next Sunday.

Wicked Whisper, a leading contender for the $2 million Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 1, worked five furlongs in company this morning with Shoplifted for Steve Asmussen, each getting a clocking of 1:03.60.

Bolo, who disappointed in the Oct. 5 City of Hope Mile, finishing 10th of 11 breaking from the extreme outside post, remains on course for the $2 million TVG Mile on grass, having already earned a fees-paid berth by winning the Shoemaker Mile in May.

“He’s sound and he’s healthy, so we plan to run,” trainer Carla Gaines said.

Catapult, an outsider for the Mile, worked four furlongs this morning for Sadler in 48.60 with assistant trainer Juan Leyva aboard.

Mark Glatt has Turf Sprint favorite Eddie Haskell on course for the $1 million dash at five furlongs Nov. 2. “We were pleased with his work (49.60 yesterday) and we’re on schedule. He’ll have one more blowout before the race.”

 

YAKTEEN HAS MUCHO UNUSUAL IN DESIRED SPOT

     Tim Yakteen hopes Mucho Unusual returns to her best form in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.

The consistent bay miss had never been worse than fourth in seven career starts until finishing seventh in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks last out on Aug. 17.

     “We won the (Grade II) San Clemente with her (July 20), then she ran sort of a flat race in the Del Mar Oaks (seventh by 4 ¼ lengths in a four-wide trip),” Yakteen said. “The Autumn Miss is the next logical spot; it’s one of the last three-year-old filly stakes of the year.

“She’s training great (five furlongs Saturday in 1:01.60) and that’s where we want to be right now.” Mucho Unusual, a bay daughter of Mucho Macho Man owned and bred by George Krikorian, will have a new rider in the Autumn Miss in Victor Espinoza.

The race closed with 22 nominations, the majority of which are likely to enter. They include Alittlelesstalk, Apache Princess, Free My Soul, Giza Goddess, Great Sister Diane, Hidden Message, Holly Hundy, Keeper Of the Stars, K P Slickem, Mucho Unusual, Rayana, Raymonds Secret, Shanghai Rain, Solent, Strike At Dawn and Vibrance.

Whew!

 

PINCAY RECALLS SKYWALKER’S WIN IN 1986 BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC

It’s often said that pace makes the race, but in the 1986 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita, legendary Hall of Famer Laffit Pincay, Jr., aboard the Michael Whittingham-trained Skywalker, ignored the clock and made the critical decision that resulted in a stirring 1 ¼ length win over 8-5 favorite Turkoman, ridden by Pat Day.

With the Jack Van Berg-trained Herat carving out fast early fractions (22.60, 46 flat and 1:10.20) with Jerry Bailey up, Pincay and Skywalker were just a half-length off the lead at the half mile pole, with the late running Turkoman seemingly in the garden spot while eighth in a field of 11 in the first Classic ever run at Santa Anita.

“I’ll tell you what really helped me win that race,” said Pincay. “The day of the race the trainer, Mike Whittingham, told me, ‘Listen, when this horse wants to run, if you’re close to the pace and he wants to run, don’t hold him. If he decides to run, don’t hold him, you just go with him,’ and that helped me a lot, believe me.

“My horse, he was tough, he just kept on going. The Classic that year was a tough race, a very tough race, but I always thought I had a chance. Precisionist and Turkoman were in there and they were top horses. My horse was well bred and you know, with some horses, you don’t think you have a chance today, but with Skywalker, I really thought I could win. Late in the race, those other horses were flying at him, but Skywalker was so tough, he just kept trying.”

Pincay, who at age 39 had already been leading rider in America by money-won seven times, had won five Eclipse Awards as Champion Jockey and had been a member of the Hall of Fame for 11 years, was nonetheless ecstatic at winning his first (and what turned out to be only) Breeders’ Cup Classic.

“The Classic is a race that every jockey wants to win,” he said. “There’s so much prestige and it was especially nice because the owners (Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Tatham who raced as Oak Cliff Stable and were also the breeders of the legendary Sunday Silence) were really, really close friends. They were such good people and they used to take my son (Laffit III) all over. They took him everywhere and he had such a good time with them.  Winning the Classic for them was the icing on the cake. They meant so much to me at that time in my life.”

Off at 10-1, Skywalker, who was foaled in Kentucky on March 4, 1982, got the interior mile in 1:34.60 and the mile and one quarter in 2:00.40, paid $22.20 to win. With $3 million in purse money up for grabs, he collected a winner’s check of $1,350,000.

Additionally, Pincay noted that in his view, the primary reason he initially ended up on the dark bay or brown colt by Relaunch out of the Boldnesian mare Bold Captive, was that he had beaten Skywalker in the 1985 San Felipe Handicap (Grade II) at Santa Anita.

“I remember they flew Pat Day in to ride Skywalker in the San Felipe (March 17, 1985) and I was on a horse (Image of Greatness, owned by George Steinbrenner) for Wayne Lukas that I really didn’t think had much of a chance,” he said. “We beat Skywalker by a nose and because of that, I got the mount for the Santa Anita Derby (which Skywalker won by a nose).”

With this year’s Grade I, $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic set for Nov. 2, it will mark the 10th time America’s most prestigious race for three year olds and up will be run at The Great Race Place. Needless to say, expectations are again running very, very high.

So, does the legendary Pincay, once affectionately known as “The Pirate,” believe Skywalker could’ve beaten the world’s best in 2019?

“Definitely. All you have to do is let him go.”

 

     FINISH LINES: Congratulations to Russ Childs on his first-ever victory at Santa Anita Saturday. A trainer since he was 19, Childs, now 50, operates out of Los Alamitos but was saddling only his third starter at The Great Race Place when he sent out Navy Queen, a two-year-old California-bred daughter of Midshipman owned and bred by Regan Wright and Don Gibb, to capture the fourth race by 2 ½ lengths under Evin Roman at a $13 win mutuel. “This is the best experience I ever had,” Childs said. “I’ve raced and won at the California fairs, but my goal was always to win a race at Santa Anita.” Mission accomplished . . . With four wins yesterday, including the late double on two first-time starters, Flavien Prat moved into second place in the jockey standings, three behind leader Abel Cedillo (15-12). Among trainers, Doug O’Neill holds a comfortable 17-10 lead over Phil D’Amato, with Bob Baffert third thanks to seven victories. D’Amato leads in purse earnings with $781,204 to O’Neill’s $684,742 . . . Through 14 racing days, favorites are faring well at the Autumn Meet, winning 41.03 per cent overall, 42.65 percent on the main track (29 of 68) and 38.78 percent on turf (19 of 49). Winning odds-on favorites have won 53.33 percent of the time (16 of 30) . . . Aaron Gryder has been suspended four days (Oct. 26, 27, 31 and Nov. 1) for causing interference on Fun Coupons in Saturday’s fourth race . . . Fans can support a worthwhile cause during Bash at the Breeders’ Cup, a fundraiser for Thoroughbred aftercare on Friday, Nov. 1. Join Breeders’ Cup at The Langham in Pasadena for one of a kind memorabilia. All proceeds benefit Thoroughbred Charities of America. For tickets, please visit breederscup.com . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but be open for simulcast wagering on Wednesday with free General Admission and parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Live racing resumes Thursday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m. . . . Today’s sixth race has a sporty motif. Among the two-year-old maidens entered are Goalie (hockey), Much More Halo (California Angels), Rookie Mistake (any athletic endeavor) and Fantasy Game (ditto).

LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:

XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 20th, 2019

FEATURES:

Candid Conversation With Hall of Famer Mike Smith: Part 1 – The Beginning

Candid Conversation With Hall of Famer Mike Smith: Part 2

Breeders’ Cup Memories: Skywalker and Laffit Pincay Jr. Upset the 1986 Classic

Breeders’ Cup Memories: Goldencents Sizzles His Way to His First of Two Dirt Mile Wins

Breeders’ Cup Memories: Lady’s Secret Wins the 1986 Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Breeders’ Cup Memories: Zenyatta Blows Away Her Competition in the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Distaff

WORK OUTS:

Paradise Woods (Breeders’ Cup Distaff) (Sherriffs) 10-20-19

Secret Spice (Outside) (Breeders’ Cup Distaff) and Taishan (Baltas) 10-20-19

Higher Power (Outside) (Breeders’ Cup Classic) and Foxtail (Sadler) 10-19-19

Ollie’s Candy (Breeders’ Cup Distaff)  (Sadler) 10-19-19

Stubbins (Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint) (O’Neill) 10-19-19

Shancelot (Breeders’ Cup Sprint) (Navarro) 10-19-19

Bolo (Inside) and Smokey Image (Breeders’ Cup Mile) (Gaines) 10-19-19

 

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Saturday, Oct. 19)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Abel Cedillo

83

15

10

11

18%

43%

$950,312

Flavien Prat

51

12

9

14

24%

69%

$754,245

Jorge Velez

65

11

10

7

17%

43%

$365,782

Rafael Bejarano

46

8

9

10

17%

59%

$413,000

Drayden Van Dyke

41

8

5

5

20%

44%

$564,116

Evin Roman

34

7

2

2

21%

32%

$220,035

J.C. Diaz, Jr.

39

6

4

3

15%

33%

$217,682

Geovanni Franco

40

5

6

6

13%

43%

$270,294

Mike Smith

24

5

2

1

21%

33%

$584,738

Tiago Pereira

40

4

9

6

10%

48%

$218,451

Edwin Maldonado

28

4

7

2

14%

46%

$173,892

Martin Garcia

39

4

5

2

10%

28%

$168,540

Ruben Fuentes

52

4

3

10

8%

33%

$274,526

Eswan Flores

23

3

4

4

13%

48%

$102,554

Mario Gutierrez

22

3

4

3

14%

45%

$162,157

Tyler Baze

23

3

1

5

13%

39%

$143,526

Aaron Gryder

19

3

1

4

16%

42%

$107,923

Trainer

Sts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

59

17

9

5

29%

53%

$684,742

Philip D’Amato

39

10

3

5

26%

46%

$781,204

Bob Baffert

24

7

3

3

29%

54%

$643,993

Peter Miller

27

6

3

4

22%

48%

$304,992

John Sadler

35

4

7

6

11%

49%

$292,627

Jeff Mullins

24

4

2

6

17%

50%

$184,186

Richard Baltas

36

3

8

9

8%

56%

$349,499

Mark Glatt

29

3

7

2

10%

41%

$205,842

Hector Palma

17

3

4

1

18%

47%

$92,743

Richard Mandella

22

3

3

6

14%

55%

$360,424

J. Keith Desormeaux

14

3

3

2

21%

57%

$93,735

Simon Callaghan

14

3

2

3

21%

57%

$240,633

John Shirreffs

10

3

2

1

30%

60%

$227,262

Craig Anthony Lewis

13

3

2

0

23%

38%

$110,555