Bellafina

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019

  • BELLAFINA AT HER BEST FOR THE  LAS VIRGENES
  • SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST SATURDAY IS 11:30 A.M.
  • BLINKERS OFF YA GOTTA WANNA IN SAN MARCOS
  • BLACKJACKCAT IN DEBUT FOR HOLLENDORFER
  • FOX2’S ‘SATURDAY AT THE RACES’ SHOW BEGINS

BELLAFINA DOING ‘GREAT’ FOR LAS VIRGENES

Recapturing her best form winning the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes by 8 ½ lengths on Jan. 6 after being “in season” during a disappointing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last Nov. 2, Bellafina is Jon White’s 2-5 favorite to continue her winning ways in Saturday’s Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile.

“She’s coming into this race great,” said Simon Callaghan on a brisk Thursday morning that saw temperatures hovering just above freezing (36 degrees) at 6 a.m. “She hasn’t missed any works and trained really well since her debut this year. We’re looking forward to the race.”

Owned by Kaleem Shah, Bellafina drew in the middle of five entered with the three post position. The bay daughter of Quality Road once again will be ridden by Flavien Prat, who has been aboard in all of her six previous races, winning four.

The Las Virgenes, race five of 11 with an 11:30 a.m. first post time: Calf Moon Bay, Joel Rosario, 12-1; Enaya Alrabb, Mike Smith, 4-1; Bellafina, Flavien Prat, 2-5; Mother Mother, Drayden Van Dyke, 7-2; and Tomlin, Tyler Baze, 15-1.

YA GOTTA WANNA TRIES SAN MARCOS SANS BLINKERS

Ya Gotta Wanna returns to stakes company Saturday in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes for older horses scheduled for 1 ¼ miles on turf. It will mark his first race since last Dec. 28 when the five-year-old Proud Citizen gelding steadied finishing seventh as the 2-1 favorite in an overnight race.

“He’s ready to run,” said trainer Phil D’Amato. “We’re trying something different by taking the blinkers off to try to get him to relax more and hopefully he’ll finish better.”

Ya Gotta Wanna has had 14 career starts, racing in blinkers in his last 13 straight.

The San Marcos, which goes as race nine: Unapologetic, Geovanni Franco, 10-1; Roman Rosso, Evin Roman, 12-1; Chicago Style, Drayden Van Dyke, 3-1; Epical, Tyler Baze, 7-2; Platinum Warrior, Shane Foley, 12-1; Sejo, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Dabster, Joe Talamo, 5-1; Beach View, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Lucky Soul, Heriberto Figueroa, 30-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 12-1; India Mantuana, Joel Rosario, 20-1Ya Gotta Wanna, Aaron Gryder, 12-1; and Prince of Arabia, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1.

BLACKJACKCAT DEBUTS FOR HOLLENDORFER IN THUNDER ROAD

Hard-hitting veteran Blackjackcat makes his first start for Jerry Hollendorfer Saturday in the Grade III Thunder Road Stakes for older horses at one mile on turf after campaigning in his previous 20 starts for trainer Mark Glatt.

“He’s doing real well,” Hollendorfer said of the six-year-old Tale of the Cat gelding owned and bred by Al and Sandee Kirkwood. “We’ll see how he does.”

Blackjackcat was fifth in last year’s Thunder Road after a wide trip as the even-money favorite. He has six wins and five thirds, with earnings of $590,365.

The Thunder Road, which goes as race seven: River Boyne, Flavien Prat, 8-5; Ohio, Ruben Fuentes, 5-2; Le Ken, Tyler Baze, 10-1; Desert Stone, Joel Rosario, 3-1; True Valor, Andrea Azteni, 8-1; and Blackjackcat, Mike Smith, 5-1.

FOX2 AIRS LAS VIRGENES STAKES SATURDAY

Fox2 begins its “Saturday at the Races” show in two days featuring the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile airing from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Nine other “Saturday at the Races” shows from Santa Anita are scheduled to be aired, with Michelle Yu reporting. In addition to the Las Virgenes, they are:

Monday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the California Cup Derby; Saturday, Feb. 23, the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes, 12 noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, the Pasadena Stakes, 12 noon to 3 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; also, Saturday, March 16, the Grade I Beholder Mile and the Grade III San Simeon Stakes, 2 p.m. to 4:30; and Saturday, April 6, the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Races to be determined will also air Friday, April 12, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, April 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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FINISH LINESRichard Baltas, third in Santa Anita’s Winter Meet standings with 12 wins, has six horses entered today, two in the third race, boosting his number for the meet to 72, second only to leader Doug O’Neill‘s 92. “You can’t make money sitting in the barn,” said Baltas, whose horses here have earned $791,957 to date . . . Jean Carlos Diaz Jr. makes his North America riding debut today. The 18-year-old from Puerto Rico is named on Irish Ballad in the second race and June Two Four in the seventh. Accompanying the 10-pound apprentice jockey represented by agent Tony Matos is his 41-year-old father, Puerto-Rico-based Juan Diaz, a top rider in his own right who needs 80 victories to reach 5,000 in his career . . . Trainer Michael McCarthy of City of Light/Pegasus World Cup fame plans to saddle John Henry Turf Championship winner Liam The Charmer in the $2.95 million HH The Amir Trophy (presented by Longines) at a mile and a half at Al Rayyan Race Course in Qatar on Feb. 23. “The owners want to run there,” the trainer noted . . . Purr-ty good hunch exacta box in today’s third race: 5-2 morning line favorite See That Kat and 8-1 chance Cat’s Desire . . . An additional reminder, special early first post time for an 11-race card Saturday is 11:30 a.m.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Sunday, Feb. 3)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

In $ %

Money Won

Flavien Prat

111

28

21

15

25%

58%

$1,765,088

Joel Rosario

119

23

22

22

19%

56%

$1,355,943

Heriberto Figueroa

112

19

10

18

17%

42%

$678,461

Geovanni Franco

106

15

14

13

14%

40%

$746,560

Tiago Pereira

81

15

9

9

19%

41%

$544,807

Rafael Bejarano

86

14

12

11

16%

43%

$725,654

Mike Smith

44

14

9

7

32%

68%

$948,492

Drayden Van Dyke

85

11

14

11

13%

42%

$662,414

Tyler Baze

123

10

22

18

8%

41%

$817,510

Joseph Talamo

85

8

15

13

9%

42%

$702,627

Ruben Fuentes

61

8

7

12

13%

44%

$266,921

Kent Desormeaux

55

8

5

11

15%

44%

$594,312

Assael Espinoza

66

7

3

10

11%

30%

$245,100

Edwin Maldonado

41

6

5

1

15%

29%

$220,203

Agapito Delgadillo

34

5

5

4

15%

41%

$138,785

Martin Pedroza

44

5

4

3

11%

27%

$163,991

Trainer

Sts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

In-$ %

Money Won

 

Doug  O’Neill

92

17

17

10

18%

48%

$756,055

Peter Miller

66

13

12

8

20%

50%

$799,031

Richard Baltas

66

12

15

11

18%

58%

$791,957

Jerry Hollendorfer

57

11

9

7

19%

47%

$752,436

J. Keith Desormeaux

33

9

5

5

27%

58%

$357,291

John Sadler

43

8

9

8

19%

58%

$537,788

William E. Morey

39

8

8

7

21%

59%

$384,699

Philip D’Amato

55

7

9

8

13%

44%

$526,567

Mark Glatt

40

7

7

5

18%

48%

$286,612

Jeff Mullins

32

7

6

6

22%

59%

$461,424

Bob Baffert

44

6

8

7

14%

48%

$689,933

Richard Mandella

26

6

2

2

23%

38%

$231,207

Peter Eurton

31

5

5

3

16%

42%

$262,365

Steve Knapp

30

5

1

5

17%

37%

$121,027

William Spawr

13

5

1

2

38%

62%

$119,836