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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MAY 9, 2015

first_imgPREAKNESS A FIRST FOR FIRING LINE, CALLAGHANESPINOZA TO TOSS FIRST PITCH AT DODGER STADIUMDYNAMIC DUO FOR HOLLENDORFER IN LAZ BARRERACHAMPION BEHOLDER PROGRESSING FROM FEVER Felipe Valdez3055217%$173,030 Philip D’Amato1762235%$243,660 Rafael Bejarano2854818%$233,770 Victor Espinoza620033%$72,270 Santiago Gonzalez2436113%$124,240 Alex Solis823125%$108,780 Jorge Periban722129%$45,870 Drayden Van Dyke2954217%$200,070 Flavien Prat3788222%$434,870 Edwin Maldonado2847414%$156,500 Joseph Talamo3362718%$225,308 Dan Hendricks721029%$37,090 FINISH LINES: Beholder, who missed today’s Vanity Stakes due to a fever, is making progress. “She’s doing well,” trainer Richard Mandella said of the two-time Eclipse Award winner. “She had a little temperature of 102 yesterday afternoon, then it went right back down, and it’s good still, so everything’s going as well as we could hope.” When she will return to the track, however, remains to be seen. “Anytime they’re sick it’s day-to-day,” Mandella said. “It can go wrong, it can go right, but right now the fever looks like it’s passing.” . . . Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern, who disappointed as the odds-on favorite in the Churchill Downs Stakes last Saturday, “just had an off day,” Bob Baffert asserted. “He looks good afterwards, but they’ll do that to you. They’ll disappoint you, but he looks good. He’s healthy.” . . . Agent Sarah Wolfe has Eclipse Award-winning apprentice rider of 2014 Drayden Van Dyke booked to ride at Pimlico next Friday and Saturday on stakes mounts for Tom Proctor and Graham Motion. Van Dyke rides Include Betty for Proctor Friday in the Grade II Black-eyed Susan; and on Saturday, Sistas Stroll for Proctor in the Grade III Galorette and Up with the Birds for Motion in the Grade II Dixie . . . The Great Race Place presents its Santa Anita Carnival on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25. The entire family is invited for three days of live racing, carnival rides, games and prizes, with unlimited rides for children for only $10. Admission and parking to the Infield is free through Gate 6 off Colorado Place. Doug O’Neill2768322%$280,370 PREAKNESS PARTY AT SANTA ANITA THIS SATURDAYThis is a year of firsts for Simon Callaghan.The 32-year-old trainer saddled his first Kentucky Derby runner last Saturdaywhen Firing Line finished a game second to victorious American Pharoah, beaten only a length.Next Saturday will mark another new experience.Not only will Firing Line be making his Pimlico debut when he runs in the Preakness Stakes, Callaghan will be making his first appearance ever at the storied Baltimore venue which hosts the second jewel of the Triple Crown.“I’ve never been to Pimlico myself,” Callaghan said. “I think Firing Line will handle the track well. I think it will suit him. He can pretty much lay anywhere you need him to; he’s a very easy horse, very versatile in that respect.“He’s run well at various race tracks, so I don’t think the surface or anything should be any problem.”In conjunction with the Preakness, Santa Anita will offer an attractive card of live racing along with a big Preakness party featuring the Preakness Handicapping Challenge offering $100,000 in prizes May 16 and 17.For details, visit santaanita.com. Tiago Pereira2026310%$136,420 Michael Machowsky922122%$68,850 (Current Through Friday, May 8) TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mario Gutierrez1422314%$109,720center_img Elvis Trujillo2731311%$152,350 Fernando Perez3667617%$258,840 -30- Richard Baltas1552133%$278,650 Peter Miller1324115%$117,400 Mike Puype1621113%$103,990 Tyler Baze5097818%$393,970 Alonso Quinonez1721412%$63,970 ESPINOZA TO THROW OUT FIRST PITCH TUESDAY AT DODGER STADIUMWhile a mile and three-sixteenths will be his primary objective aboard American Pharoah in next Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Victor Espinoza will hope to command 60 feet, six inches on Tuesday night, as he’ll throw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium prior to the Blue Crew’s 7:10 p.m. game versus the Miami Marlins.Espinoza, who’s thrown out ceremonial first offerings in past years at Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium, and also rang the Opening Day Bell last month at Petco Park in San Diego, is looking forward to revisiting Chavez Ravine.“It’s always a lot of fun at Dodger Stadium,” said Espinoza. “It’s amazing how many players and coaches love racing and I’ve had pretty good luck throwing strikes. Hopefully, our good luck will continue in the Preakness with American Pharoah. It’s going to be a fun week and I’m looking forward to getting back to Baltimore.” Mark Glatt1522313%$75,470 Brayan Pena2121110%$50,200 HOLLENDORFER HAS TOUGH TWOSOME IN LAZ BARRERAJerry Hollendorfer has two for the money in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs, Kentuckian and The Gomper.Each had compromising issues in recent races.Kentuckian, an 11-length maiden winner at Golden Gate on March 7, steadied while finishing third at odds-on in the San Pedro Stakes April 12, while The Gomper has encountered problems in his last three races following a handy maiden win at Los Alamitos last Dec. 5.“I think they have upsides,” Hollendorfer said of the duo. “I would say their future is in front of them.”The field for the Barrera: Yiannis, Victor Espinoza, 3-1; The Man, Martin Garcia, 4-1; St. Joe Bay, Elvis Trujillo, 8-1; Forest Blue, Martin Pedroza, 8-1; The Gomper, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Serbian Syclone, Tyler Baze, 4-1; and Kentuckian, Mike Smith, 5-2. John Shirreffs2200100%$67,200 Bob Baffert821125%$94,490 Peter Eurton1321315%$60,156 Richard Mandella1434121%$232,240 William Spawr420050%$24,350 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Gonzalo Nicolas2832511%$104,476 Robertino Diodoro921122%$47,390last_img read more

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SHAM STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY JANUARY 9, 2016

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES PETER FLUOR, COLLECTED, WINNER: “This is the first time I’ve been able to see him run, it was a special treat.“I liked his conformation. I liked him, we went to look at him two times and then that was it; it’s not always that quick. So far, so good.“He was on the outside all the way around and Martin moved him at the perfect time. This is his first race on dirt and he works beautifully over it (in the mornings.) His dad, City Zip was a terrific dirt horse so I was optimistic, optimistic with caution.“Bob thought he might do better on grass. Bob called me after his first race, which was down the hillside turf and said ‘that’s the first time in all my years that I’ve won that race!’ I said, ‘I’m glad we could both break our maiden.’“I’ll visit with Bob, we’ll talk over the next couple of weeks. I just wanted to win a race! So we’ll see.” KENT DESORMEAUX, LET’S MEET IN RIO, SECOND: “He was just getting his motor running there at the sixteenth pole. I think he’ll relish more ground, and that’s encouraging.”(On the inquiry)“It was incidental, but it was purely my fault. I think my angle for the pocket was too smart. I should have been further out to hit that hole. Most of the reason for that is I was suspecting something would happen a little further up, and it didn’t develop. I found myself having to make too much of a smart line to the right, and once I did finally find the outside, trying to get back straight, the momentum carried me and tipped the other horse on my outside. I might be in trouble, but I’m pretty sure the results wouldn’t have changed. It didn’t cause any loss of placing by any of the runners.”TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: The winning owner is Peter Fluor of Houston who races as Speedway Stable, LLC. MARTIN GARCIA, COLLECTED, WINNER: “I was full of horse on the backstretch. I knew I never wanted to be in behind horses, I just wanted him to flow. Everybody decided to send, so I took advantage of that. He was a little wide but I took him back a little after the first turn and he let me do whatever I wanted. When I asked him, he took off.” BOB BAFFERT, COLLECTED, WINNER, AND LET’S MEET IN RIO, SECOND: “He really impressed me with his last couple works, so I was sort of excited to see what he could do, but you never know until they do it. I was hoping for a little easier trip, hoping to lone speed, but that didn’t work out. Everybody had the same instructions, but Martin did a great job. He stayed patient with him and still had something left at the end after all that, so that was pretty impressive.“Let’s Meet in Rio looks like he’ll go longer. He was really coming late. It’s the time of year when you want to see something like that, so it’s exciting. He really had to work a little extra hard on the outside like that . . . but he responded the way you want him to respond. He kept on digging away at it.”            “I think this race will do him some good. I could tell in the paddock he looked a little heavy. He’s a very fast horse and there’s something about him in the mornings that really encouraged me that he’s going to be a runner.” -30-last_img read more

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$2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile – Quotes and Recap – Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

first_imgThe victory was the second World Championships triumph for Oxley, whose Beautiful Pleasure won the 1999 Distaff at Gulfstream Park. It was the third Breeders’ Cup win for Casse and seventh for Leparoux and first in the Juvenile for both. Winning Jockey Julien Leparoux (Classic Empire) – “He broke sharp and I put him in the race right away. He took second very nice. I tried to open up coming to the quarter pole, which he did and held off Not This Time (second). He is a nice colt. We really love him and we knew he was going to run good, so I’m glad we got the win.” Third-place jockey Joel Rosario (Practical Joke) – “I had a good trip. On the first turn I had to take hold just a little bit, not much.  Turning for home we went for it but the two in front were probably best today. In the last sixteenth they kind of got away from me.” Second-place jockey Robby Albarado (Not This Time, favorite) – “He was not all out today, but he galloped out well. He is an improving horse as this was just his fourth start. I look forward to the future. He’ll be a nice horse next year.” Second-place trainer Dale Romans (Not This Time, favorite) – “There’s no excuses. Perfect trip, the horse ran well, we just got beat by a real good horse in a fast time.” ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2016) – John Oxley’s Classic Empire ($11) disposed of Syndergaard at the head of the stretch and then held off a bid from favored Not This Time by a neck to win the 33rd running of the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) for 2-year-olds on Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park. Third-place trainer Chad Brown (Practical Joke) – “No excuses.  He had good position throughout.  Joel gave him a good trip.  He seemed to handle the track fine.  We were simply third best today.”center_img Fourth-place trainer Steve Asmussen (Lookin at Lee) – “He tried. I thought he ran well. Two horses we’ve chased the last two times finished 1-2, so he’s been keeping good company. Obviously, he looks like a horse where more distance will help him. We’ll evaluate how he’s doing and try to figure out how to get a good 3-year-old.” Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Julien Leparoux, Classic Empire covered the mile and a sixteenth on a fast track in 1:42.60. A Kentucky-bred son of Pioneerof the Nile, Classic Empire has won four of five starts with the lone blemish coming in the Hopeful when he wheeled at the start of the race and lost his rider. CLASSIC EMPIRE HOLDS OFF NOT THIS TIME TO WIN SENTIENT JET BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE Winning Trainer Mark Casse (Classic Empire) – “I thought at the top of the lane he was going to win easily. Then it got pretty close, but Dale (Romans) said all along it was going to be us two and it was quite a deal. We got a little unlucky with Valadorna, but maybe we got lucky this time. We have a lot of wonderful people that we work for and we have a great team. I have been doing this 37 years and I thought his race in the Bashford Manor was as good as any 2yo I’ve ever trained. Then his deal he did in the Hopeful up at Saratoga, so this is maybe even a little more rewarding because it hasn’t been easy. He’ll try you.” SENTIENT JET BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE QUOTESlast_img read more

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