STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019

  • BEACH VIEW IS READY FOR FRIDAY’S SAN LUIS REY
  • McKINZIE, GAME WINNER PREP FOR BIG DAY APRIL 6
  • BALTAS EYES GRADE I WINS IN BEHOLDER, KILROE

 

BEACH VIEW SETTLES DOWN FOR SAN LUIS REY

Early on in his racing career, Beach View either was on or close to the lead, but it didn’t necessarily prove to be his most successful tactic.

The six-year-old Giant’s Causeway horse turned the corner however in the Grade III Cougar Handicap last July 25, rallying from sixth to win the mile and a half race on dirt by nearly five lengths at odds of 9-1.

He has been a creditable third, fourth and third in three subsequent Grade II events, coming from well off the pace with noteworthy late runs.

“He’s just become a bit more settled,” explained trainer Leonard Powell, a 42-year-old Frenchman who has the chestnut primed for Friday’s Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes at a mile and a half on turf.

“He used to be a bit more on the bridle and be up close, but the Cougar Handicap was the first race we got him to switch off and come through on the inside and it resulted in an impressive victory.”

Beach View is owned by Marc and Paul Levy, father and son businessmen from Chicago. “They had horses in the 80s with Gary Jones but just returned to racing two years ago,” Powell said.

Giant’s Causeway, meanwhile, is a remarkable story in his own right.

A champion on the track and as a stallion, where he stood for $300,000 in 2006 at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky., Giant’s Causeway had nine wins and four seconds in 13 career starts, losing his final race–his only one on dirt–by a dramatic neck to Tiznow in the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Arguably the best son of legendary sire Storm Cat, Giant’s Causeway was the leading sire in North America in 2009 and 2010 and was European Horse of the Year in 2000, earning $3,078,989 in a relatively brief career.

He died at the age of 21 almost a year ago, on April 18, 2018.

The San Luis Rey, race seven of eight with a 1 p.m. first post time: Epical, Tyler Baze, 2-1; Risky Proposition, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-1; Unapologetic, Geovanni Franco, 8-1; Beach View, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Marckie’s Water, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; and Ashleyluvssugar, Kent Desormeaux, 5-2.

 

McKINZIE, GAME WINNER BREEZE FOR BIG ‘CAP, SANTA ANITA DERBY

 

McKinzie and Game Winner, favored to win the Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino and the Santa Anita Derby, respectively, on Saturday, April 6, each worked towards those goals Tuesday morning for Bob Baffert.

McKinzie went six furlongs with Joe Talamo aboard in a bullet 1:12.80, galloping out seven furlongs in 1:25.60. Game Winner, champion two-year-old male of 2018 who suffered his first defeat in a division of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 16 by a scant nose, went four furlongs in 48.80.


Fans will be treated to a stakes overload April 6, with a total of seven to be presented.

In addition to the 1 ¼-mile Big ‘Cap and the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby, each holding Grade I status, Santa Anita will showcase the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks for fillies at 1 1/16 miles; the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes for three-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs; and the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs.

Also, the Grade II Royal Heroine Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf and the Grade III Providencia Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on grass.


First post time on Big ‘Cap Day will be 12 noon.
 

BALTAS HAS SECRET SPICE, NEXT SHARES SET FOR GRADE I’S
Trainer Richard Baltas is looking forward to Saturday when he runs two stalwarts from his successful stable in Grade I stakes, Secret Spice in the Beholder Mile and Next Shares in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf.

“They’re both doing well and ready to go,” Baltas said. “The Beholder Mile is a very tough race, but my filly is doing well and she’s ready to roll. Maybe she can come back to that 104 Beyer she ran last year.”

Saturday’s two Grade I’s will be bolstered by three additional added money events, the Grade II San Carlos Stakes for three-year-olds and up at seven furlongs; the Grade III San Simeon Stakes for three-year-olds and up at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf; and the Grade III Santa Ana Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 ¼ miles on grass Saturday.

FINISH LINES: Agent Matt Nakatani has Mario Gutierrez booked to ride for Doug O’Neill at Keeneland Saturday, April 6, on Bizwhacks in the Grade I Ashland for three-year-old fillies and Parsimony in the Grade II Toyota Blue Grass Stakes for three-year-old Triple Crown candidates . . . Trainer Andrew Lerner is on a roll for owners John Andersen and Jason Bailey who campaign as Vindicate Racing. They have won with their last five starters, three with Platinum Equity and once with Oh Man, both at Santa Anita, and once with Sturdy One at Turf Paradise . . . Joe Talamo leaves today for Dubai where he rides Glen Hill Farm’s multiple graded stakes winner Caribou Club for Tom Proctor in the Al Quoz Sprint on grass.

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SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Sunday, March 3)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Joel Rosario

207

51

36

34

25%

58%

$2,545,756

Flavien Prat

176

46

34

26

26%

60%

$2,751,718

Geovanni Franco

175

23

20

28

13%

41%

$1,053,077

Heriberto Figueroa

168

23

18

26

14%

40%

$873,075

Mike Smith

69

23

12

11

33%

67%

$1,390,487

Tiago Pereira

146

22

18

18

15%

40%

$890,481

Tyler Baze

186

20

31

25

11%

41%

$1,318,904

Rafael Bejarano

133

19

23

26

14%

51%

$1,103,457

Drayden Van Dyke

131

17

20

16

13%

40%

$1,056,800

Joseph Talamo

126

13

23

16

10%

41%

$974,970

Assael Espinoza

113

13

12

13

12%

34%

$467,489

Ruben Fuentes

84

11

11

16

13%

45%

$370,998

Edwin Maldonado

65

11

8

2

17%

32%

$329,972

Mario Gutierrez

98

10

19

12

10%

42%

$694,744

Kent Desormeaux

90

10

10

13

11%

37%

$807,044

Agapito Delgadillo

56

8

7

6

14%

38%

$246,081

Aaron Gryder

54

8

7

4

15%

35%

$243,390

Trainer                                                                     Sts            1st         2nd           3rd     Win%     In$%        Money Won

Doug O’Neill

161

28

25

27

17%

50%

$1,424,512

Peter Miller

103

21

17

12

20%

49%

$1,125,588

John Sadler

72

20

16

9

28%

63%

$1,071,024

Richard Baltas

104

18

20

21

17%

57%

$1,086,386

Jerry Hollendorfer

85

14

12

16

16%

49%

$1,103,833

Bob Baffert

62

13

10

9

21%

52%

$1,118,428

Philip D’Amato

88

11

15

11

13%

42%

$784,428

Mark Glatt

64

11

11

7

17%

45%

$481,127

William E. Morey

56

10

13

10

18%

59%

$482,030

J. Keith Desormeaux

54

10

8

7

19%

46%

$495,277

Jeff Mullins

47

9

9

8

19%

55%

$587,067

Simon Callaghan

31

9

3

5

29%

55%

$493,848

Richard Mandella

38

9

3

2

24%

37%

$307,251

Peter Eurton

44

8

9

6

18%

52%

$395,527

Vladimir Cerin

49

8

4

9

16%

43%

$296,979

Steve Knapp

49

8

4

8

16%

41%

$202,634

Hector O. Palma

45

7

8

7

16%

49%

$272,018

William Spawr

22

7

2

2

32%

50%

$195,526