- ‘PHENOMENAL’ BOLT D’ORO WORKS FOR SA DERBY SUNDAY
- YOUNG ‘DISTAFFERS GOMEZ & CRAIGMYLE SHINE FOR CARMA
- CELEBRATION OF LIFE SATURDAY FOR AGENT MARK NORTH
BOLT D’ORO DOING ‘PHENOMENAL’ FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY
Leading Triple Crown candidate Bolt d’Oro will have his final major workout Sunday for
the $1 million, Grade I Santa Anita Derby a week from Saturday, April 7, the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby on May 5.
Ranked first in both Daily Racing Form’s Derby Watch and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) weekly ratings, Bolt d’Oro is scheduled to work five furlongs in company with Midnight Harbor at 7:45 a.m. under former jockey Agapito Delgadillo.
Bolt d’Oro worked four furlongs at Santa Anita this past Monday under Delgadillo in 47 flat with Midnight Harbor as his workmate.
“He’s doing phenomenal. He’s training now better than he ever did, better even than when he came off the farm as a two-year-old,” owner/trainer Mick Ruis said Thursday morning. “He’s that good, so we’re happy. We’re not babying him going into this race.”
Bolt d’Oro is scheduled for a widely anticipated rematch with McKinzie in the Santa Anita Derby. The pair refused to yield during a stretch-long duel in the March 10 San Felipe Stakes, in which McKinzie finished a head in front after a mile and a sixteenth, but was disqualified to second by the stewards for bumping incidents in the stretch.
Bob Baffert trainee McKinzie worked five furlongs Monday in 59.40 under Martin Garcia.
Jerry’s Hollendorfer’s Instilled Regard, a winner of the Grade III Lecomte Stakes two starts back on Jan. 13 at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, is also listed as definite for the Santa Anita Derby. Most recently a close fourth as the 7-5 favorite in the Grade II Risen Star Stakes, Instilled Regard will be ridden by Eastern-based Joel Rosario.
The Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles awards 100 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, 40 to the runner-up, 20 for third and 10 for fourth.
AMANDA GOMEZ & JOLEE CRAIGMYLE SHOW HORSEMANSHIP AT CARMA EVENT
Amanda Gomez, 14-year-old daughter of late Hall of Fame jockey Garrett Gomez and his wife Pam, demonstrated the apple doesn’t fall far from the Thoroughbred tree this past Saturday at Galway Downs, as she competed in the Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show, an event sponsored by the California Retirement Management Account, CARMA, which supports retired racehorses.
“This girl is so very talented,” said Candace Coder-Chew, Santa Anita’s Director of Print and Graphics and Vice President of CARMA. “She rides with effortless ease and light hands that her Dad would be so proud of. She’s so talented, genetics are definitely in play here!”
While competing in three different events, Gomez won the Jumper Stake, the highest jumper level at the show, which offered a $1,500 purse. She also won the .95 meter Division Championship and was second in the Cross Country Jump, a 13-jump, two-mile course through the Galway countryside.
In addition to Gomez, another 14-year-old with a racetrack pedigree, Jolee Craigmyle, the daughter of assistant starter and blacksmith Shane Craigmyle and his wife Michelle, won the .75 meter Division Championship. (She was victorious at age 12 in the Jumper Stake at the 2016 TCHS Galway Show).
“I asked Jolee to ride a horse of mine in the 70 meter event on Saturday, and she readily agreed,” said Chew. “It was her first time on this horse and after just a short warm-up, they won their class. Unbelievable talent.”
Craigmyle and Gomez are both CARMA ambassadors, helping to keep fundraising events and shows in the forefront of social media as they assist CARMA in promoting off-the-track Thoroughbreds as “sport” horses among their peers.
Look for these talented young women at Santa Anita when CARMA stages its next Aftercare Awareness Days. For additional information on CARMA and Thoroughbred Aftercare in California, please contact CARMA Executive Director Lucinda Mandella at LMandella@carma4horses.org.
FINISH LINES: A Celebration of Life for Mark North will be held 1 p.m. Saturday in Santa Anita’s Directors’ Room. Former agent jockey North died at the age of 49 March 21 after battling lung disease . . . Bill Spawr has the Grade I Humana Distaff May 5 at Churchill Downs as the next race for Skye Diamonds, third behind smashing front-running winner Selcourt in last Saturday’s Santa Monica Stakes . . . Richard Mandella said Paradise Woods came out of her disappointing fourth-place finish as the 4-5 favorite in the Santa Monica with “some sore feet, but she’s in good shape now,” and will be pointed to the Grade I, $400,000 Beholder Mile on June 2 . . . Hot-riding Tyler Baze, who won three stakes last weekend, has moved atop Santa Anita’s all-important stakes-won category with 10 added money wins, one up on both Kent Desormeaux and Mike Smith. Baze is now third in the rider standings with 33 overall victories . . . Agent Vince DeGregory has reunited with Sasha Risenhoover, who returns to Santa Anita next Thursday after winning 14 races at Sam Houston Park in Texas. Risenhoover will ride Quick Sand AA in the $100,000, Grade I HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award Stakes for Arabians at one mile on turf April 7, one of 12 scheduled races that day . . . Flavien Prat rides Jerry Hollendorfer trainee Full of Luck in his U.S. debut Saturday in the Grade III San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields. A Group 1 winner in his native Chile, Full of Luck has won eight of 14 races and is listed at 5-1 on the Golden Gate morning line . . . There is a single ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover at Santa Anita today of $144,104 . . . Fans wishing to attend Clockers’ Corner on Santa Anita Derby Day are advised that Baldwin Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic between the 210 Freeway and Huntington Drive from 7:45 a.m. until 9 a.m. in order to accommodate foot traffic related to Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5k Run and Walk. Those wishing to visit Clockers’ Corner Derby Day morning can enter the track at Santa Anita’s northeastern perimeter via Gate 5, or on the track’s southern perimeter, via Gate 3 at Holly Avenue . . . Austin Solis and Franklin Ceballos have been suspended three days (April 1, 5 and 6) for careless riding in recent races.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Sunday, March 25, 2018)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||144||30||17||15||21%||43%||$1,899,372|
|William E. Morey||37||10||2||11||27%||62%||$432,283|
|Robert Hess, Jr.||67||9||10||7||13%||39%||$315,221|
|J. Keith Desormeaux||44||9||5||8||20%||50%||$315,739|