STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 25, 2018

     

  • INSTILLED REGARD WORKS FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY
  • ESPINOZAS POST SANTA ANITA TRIPLE ON SATURDAY
  • MIDNIGHT BISOU AMONG 257 SANTA ANITA WORKERS

 

INSTILLED REGARD IN ‘GOOD’ DRILL FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY

Instilled Regard, prepping for the $1 million, Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 7, worked seven furlongs at 6:45 Sunday morning in 1:25.80 for the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby on May 5.

Going in company with Shackleford Banks, both horses began at the six furlong marker, Instilled Regard starting some 16 lengths behind his workmate before passing him at the wire, according to Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson.

Exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez was on Instilled Regard. Shackleford Banks received a six furlong time of 1:15.80.

“He went real good,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said of Instilled Regard, an Arch colt that won the Lecomte at the Fair Grounds before finishing fourth as the favorite in the Risen Star on Feb. 17. “He galloped out real well. He’ll have a little blowout before his race and we’re all set.”

Told it looks like a short field, with fewer than a handful of candidates at press time, Hollendorfer said, “He’d probably be better off in a large field.”

Leading Triple Crown contender Bolt d’Oro, meanwhile, is scheduled to work four furlongs Monday for the Santa Anita Derby. Owner/trainer Mick Ruis has the son of Medaglia d’Oro set to go  set to go in company at 7:45 a.m. under former jockey Agapito Delgadillo.

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.

 

IT’S ALL IN THE FAMILY FOR JOCKEYS ESPINOZA

It was all relative for the Espinozas at Santa Anita Saturday.

Apprentice Asa Espinoza won two races and his uncle, Victor, one, the elder Espinoza missing a double when Hayabusa finished second by three-quarters of a length behind victorious Itsinthepost in the Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes.

“It was a good day,” said their agent, Brian Beach, Sunday morning. “We wish we could have won the San Luis Rey but we’ll take two wins for Asa and one for Victor any day.

“Now Victor’s off to Dubai and Asa is just a couple wins away from losing the 10-pound ‘bug.’ But when he does, his business will actually improve (riding with a seven-pound advantage), if that makes any sense, because current regulations prevent him from riding first-time starters or horses running down the hill, so we’re sort of looking forward to that since we’ve easily lost three or four winners by not being able to ride first-time starters.”

Asked if the 18-year-old nephew and his 45-year-old uncle celebrated last night, Beach said, “Not likely. Knowing those two, they probably went to the gym.”

Victor, no stranger to the Middle East having won the Dubai World Cup on California Chrome in 2016, was scheduled to leave at 4:45 p.m. today on a non-stop, 15-hour flight that leads to Meydan Race Course where he rides Mubtaahij in the World Cup and Daytona Stakes winner Conquest Tsunami in the Al Quoz next Saturday, March 31.

 

MIDNIGHT BISOU WORKS ‘EXTREMELY WELL’ FOR SANTA ANITA OAKS

Mike Smith said Midnight Bisou went “extremely well” after he worked the Santa Ynez Stakes winner six furlongs Sunday morning in 1:17.60 for the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks on April 7.

Trained by Bill Spawr, Midnight Bisou was but one of 257 recorded workouts at Santa Anita this morning, including 10 on the training track.

Also working was champion Unique Bella, who went five furlongs in a bullet 57.80, breezing, as she prepares for the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park on April 13.

 

FINISH LINES: Evin Roman, comfortably atop the jockey standings with a 44-38 lead despite losing his apprentice allowance March 11, rides in eight of today’s 10 races. “Business is just as good or better without the bug,” said his agent, Tony Matos . . . Santa Anita simulcast co-host Michelle Yu is in Dubai this coming week working for Meydan and XBTV. Filling in for her on XBTV alongside her co-host Megan Divine will be Zoe Cadman (Thursday), Millie Ball (Friday) and Aaron Vercruysee (Sunday) . . . Trainer Michael Pender said Lombo, winner of the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 3, would return to sprints and is a candidate for the Grade III Lazaro Barrera Stakes at seven furlongs on May 12 . . . Agent Bill Sadoo now represents jockey Kyle Frey . . . Santa Anita will be closed for live racing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but be open for simulcast racing Wednesday with free admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Live racing resumes Thursday, March 29, with first post time at 12 noon.

 

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS
(Current Through Saturday, March 24)
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won
Evin Roman 269 44 47 39 16% 48% $1,516,124
Flavien Prat 206 38 42 25 18% 51% $2,197,943
Tyler Baze 246 31 38 32 13% 41% $1,946,784
Kent Desormeaux 152 31 17 18 20% 43% $1,591,876
Drayden Van Dyke 144 30 17 15 21% 43% $1,899,372
Rafael Bejarano 181 29 20 33 16% 45% $1,254,076
Joseph Talamo 185 27 23 31 15% 44% $1,235,898
Geovanni Franco 162 25 20 22 15% 41% $1,187,412
Mike Smith 78 18 14 9 23% 53% $1,734,533
Corey Nakatani 91 16 19 9 18% 48% $1,305,433
Stewart Elliott 147 16 16 13 11% 31% $656,638
Tiago Pereira 154 15 20 20 10% 36% $737,919
Tyler Conner 106 14 8 13 13% 33% $459,700
Rajiv Maragh 141 12 17 18 9% 33% $695,917
Mario Gutierrez 109 11 14 16 10% 38% $831,512
Franklin Ceballos 56 10 7 10 18% 48% $245,350
Victor Espinoza 76 9 10 10 12% 38% $1,128,388
Santiago Gonzalez 95 9 7 13 9% 31% $344,656
Trainer Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won
Peter Miller 125 27 30 15 22% 58% $1,433,594
Bob Baffert 95 27 17 12 28% 59% $1,709,723
Richard Baltas 150 23 25 17 15% 43% $1,384,665
Philip D’Amato 117 18 21 18 15% 49% $1,534,944
Jerry Hollendorfer 118 18 14 18 15% 42% $1,113,861
Doug O’Neill 124 16 20 15 13% 41% $1,004,417
Vladimir Cerin 66 15 11 7 23% 50% $417,755
John Sadler 111 14 10 15 13% 35% $1,380,403
Mark Glatt 76 12 12 9 16% 43% $523,670
William E. Morey 35 10 2 10 29% 63% $420,763
Robert Hess, Jr. 66 9 10 7 14% 39% $314,381
Hector Palma 45 9 6 6 20% 47% $320,870
J. Keith Desormeaux 44 9 5 8 20% 50% $315,739
Mike Puype 52 9 5 7 17% 40% $412,051
Richard Mandella 60 8 11 10 13% 48% $570,615
Jeff Mullins 58 8 8 8 14% 41% $717,545
Michael McCarthy 39 8 5 6 21% 49% $678,230
Neil Drysdale 36 8 4 6 22% 50% $386,050

 

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