STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019

  • SADLER BASKS IN JOB WELL DONE AT SANTA ANITA
  • TRAINER PAINTS A NEW PICTURE FOR POSTER GIRL
  • HOLLENDORFER MULLS NEXT RACE FOR TWO ACES

SADLER EYES FUTURE AFTER SOLID WINTER MEET

John Sadler, like most horsemen of his caliber, was focused on the business at hand Thursday after celebrating his second consecutive Santa Anita Handicap victory last Saturday, this in dramatic fashion with Gift Box, who hung a pulsating nose defeat on favored McKinzie.

“The plan as of now is to run Gift Box in the Gold Cup here on May 27,” said Sadler, a Californian through and through, born in Long Beach and a resident of Pasadena.

It was a steady if not spectacular winter portion of the Santa Anita meet for the 62-year-old Sadler, who began his training career more than four decades ago.

He was second in both overall victories (25) and stakes wins (five), but his winning percentage of 26 was highest among the top eight trainers, thanks in large part to his principal clients, Kosta and Peter Hronis, owners of Gift Box and other major players, including Triple Crown candidate Nolo Contesto, who was fourth in the Santa Anita Derby.

“We’re just going to sit back and see how he looks,” Sadler said of the three-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile. “We don’t have a plan yet, but we’ll look for some of the bigger three-year-old races later on the calendar.”

Top turf campaigner Catapult, who suffered the “worst beat” in Sadler’s career losing by a desperate nose to Ohio in the Kilroe Mile, also last Saturday, is ticketed for the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on May 27. The prestigious turf event is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race, giving the victor a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita.

In short, Sadler had a meet any trainer would take, no questions asked. “We had the highest percentage of wins, finished second in the standings, high up in the money ($1,876,968, second only to Bob Baffert’s $2,433,970), which will all go as a footnote,” he said.

Modesty aside, it was a great campaign by any standard, considering Sadler ran 90 fewer horses than meet leader Doug O’Neill (185 to Sadler’s 95, O’Neill winning 29, Sadler 25).

Sadler lauded meet riding leader Joel Rosario, regular pilot of Gift Box, for his contribution to the barn’s success. “He rode our horses really well and we’re excited about him winning the title,” Sadler said. “It was a good meet for both sides. I’m really pleased.”

POSTER GIRL SHORTENS UP BIG TIME FOR MIZDIRECTION

Poster Girl goes from a marathon to a sprint in Saturday’s $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes for older fillies and mares at five furlongs on the grass.

Originally scheduled to be run at about 6 ½ furlongs on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course, the Mizdirection drew six entrees, with Poster Girl landing in the three spot.

The six-year-old English-bred mare prompted the pace last out in the Grade III Santa Ana stakes at a mile and a quarter on turf  March 30, eventually finishing eighth by 8 ¼ lengths under Evin Roman, who retains the mount Saturday.

“It is unorthodox,” admitted Matt Chew, who trains Poster Girl for Victor Racing and Peter Jeong, “but she came out of the mile and a quarter in exceptional shape and the distance was too far for her . . . She bounced out of the race really well.

“Six-and-a-half would have been ideal, but at Del Mar she didn’t get beat that far going five-eighths (less than three lengths last July). We were nominated to this race and it was coming up light so we decided to take a shot.”

The Mizdirection, race six of nine with a 1 p.m. first post time: Painting Corners, Joe Talamo; Mongolian Shopper, Ruben Fuentes; Poster Girl, Evin Roman; Algorhythmic, Martin Pedroza; Go On Mary, Rafael Bejarano; and Gliding By, Mario Gutierrez.

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FINISH LINES: Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who enjoyed a remarkably consistent meet with 18 wins, 15 seconds, 18 thirds and earnings of $1,609,948, is mulling two races for both Triple Crown hopeful Instagrand and monster mare Vasilika. Third in the Santa Anita Derby after leading into the stretch, Instagrand is under consideration for the Pat Day Mile and the Kentucky Derby, both May 4 at Churchill Downs, while Royal Heroine winner Vasilika is likely for the Grade I Gamely at a mile and an eighth on turf May 27 at Santa Anita, although the Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile also on May 4 remains an option. His California-bred Galilean will be ridden by Flavien Prat in Saturday’s Grade I Arkansas Derby . . .Recent acquisitions Acker and supplemental nominee Campaign, who rallied from sixth and last to finish fourth in the Big ‘Cap, are entered in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup at a mile and a half on dirt for trainer John Sadler.

FINAL SANTA ANITA WINTER STATISTICS

 

 

 

 

(Dec. 26, 2018 through Sunday, April 7, 2019)

 

 

 

 

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Joel Rosario

225

56

41

36

25%

59%

$3,404,799

Flavien Prat

202

52

42

30

26%

61%

$3,492,985

Geovanni Franco

222

30

27

37

14%

42%

$1,857,016

Drayden Van Dyke

167

28

24

21

17%

44%

$1,878,710

Tiago Pereira

179

27

20

20

15%

37%

$1,135,251

Rafael Bejarano

171

25

28

35

15%

51%

$1,546,795

Mike Smith

81

25

13

12

31%

62%

$2,201,031

Heriberto Figueroa

183

23

19

29

13%

39%

$901,641

Tyler Baze

195

21

34

25

11%

41%

$1,531,897

Joseph Talamo

144

15

25

18

10%

40%

$1,146,536

Assael Espinoza

133

14

15

15

11%

33%

$548,851

Ruben Fuentes

106

12

13

17

11%

40%

$647,526

Edwin Maldonado

79

12

11

4

15%

34%

$371,960

Aaron Gryder

75

12

9

7

16%

37%

$383,790

Kent Desormeaux

117

11

13

19

9%

37%

$960,807

Mario Gutierrez

112

10

22

14

9%

41%

$765,410

Agapito Delgadillo

65

10

7

7

15%

37%

$302,214

Trainer

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

185

29

29

30

16%

48%

$1,543,922

John Sadler

95

25

20

12

26%

60%

$1,876,968

Richard Baltas

133

24

24

25

18%

55%

$1,665,297

Peter Miller

114

21

18

14

18%

46%

$1,161,843

Jerry Hollendorfer

107

18

15

18

17%

48%

$1,609,948

Bob Baffert

80

17

16

13

21%

58%

$2,433,970

Philip D’Amato

117

16

19

15

14%

43%

$1,086,817

Mark Glatt

85

15

14

12

18%

48%

$731,004

Simon Callaghan

35

11

4

5

31%

57%

$854,199

William E. Morey

56

10

13

10

18%

59%

$482,030

J. Keith Desormeaux

62

10

8

9

16%

44%

$514,753

Richard Mandella

47

10

4

2

21%

34%

$356,406

Jeff Mullins

51

9

9

8

18%

51%

$613,998

Peter Eurton

53

9

9

6

17%

45%

$448,811

Vladimir Cerin

58

9

7

11

16%

47%

$347,659

Steve Knapp

57

9

5

9

16%

40%

$231,087

Hector O. Palma

55

8

8

7

15%

42%

$303,024

William Spawr

27

7

3

3

26%

48%

$217,148

Mike Puype

47

7

2

9

15%

38%

$254,465

George Papaprodromou

42

6

6

5

14%

40%

$176,791

Brian Koriner

35

6

6

3

17%

43%

$414,708

John Shirreffs

28

6

4

6

21%

57%

$343,665

Tim Yakteen

36

6

3

2

17%

31%

$266,215

David Hofmans

27

6

3

1

22%

37%

$181,472

J. Eric Kruljac

22

6

1

1

27%

36%

$204,648

Favorite Statistics

Winning favorites — 161 out of 432 — 37.27%

Winning favorites on dirt — 102 out of 283 — 36.04%

Winning favorites on turf — 59 out of 149 — 39.60%

Winning odds-on favorites — 47 out of 95 — 49.47%

In-the-Money favorites — 317 out of 432 — 73.38%

In-the-Money odds-on favorites — 82 out of 95 — 86.32%