STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019

first_imgTiago Pereira64 41% 55% Brian Koriner17 9 39% 8 16 41% GUNMETAL GRAY BREEZES FOR ROBERT LEWIS STAKES JockeyMts Money Won 41% 28% Win% Jerry Hollendorfer45 1 4 PICK 6 JACKPOT HAS GUARANTEED POOL OF $2 MILLION Heriberto Figueroa89 36% 7 6 4 VICTOR ESPINOZA COULD BE RACE RIDING IN TWO WEEKSVictor Espinoza said Sunday morning at Santa Anita that doctors have cleared him to resume his riding career.The 46-year-old Triple Crown winner and Hall of Fame member suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck and a stinger to his left shoulder and arm in a training mishap at Del Mar last July 22 and has been sidelined since, but worked his first horse on Jan. 5 and two more this morning, one for trainer Bob Baffert and another for Jim Cassidy.Yesterday, he breezed one for Carla Gaines.After the Jan. 5 work, Espinoza and his agent, Brian Beach, sought a third doctor’s opinion after two had rendered disparate medical judgments on how his recovery would play out should he resume riding competitively.“Everything is good,” Espinoza said this morning. “You see different doctors and they have different opinions, but at the end of the day, I probably feel stronger than before. Doctors said I could go back to riding and see how I feel, and if I feel good, I’m good to go.“I’ve been given the green light to ride and now it will be up to me when I’m fit and ready, but I’m pretty much ready right now.”Added Beach, who also represents Victor’s nephew, apprentice Asa Espinoza: “We saw a third doctor just to make sure, and basically the third opinion was the same as before. Victor’s good to go and we’re looking at a return in the middle of February, somewhere in there.”GUNMETAL GRAY WORKS FOR KEY KENTUCKY DERBY PREPSham Stakes winner Gunmetal Gray had his final major work for this Saturday’s Robert B. Lewis Stakes, going six furlongs Sunday in 1:15.20 for part owner Jerry Hollendorfer.“He galloped out good,” said the Hall of Fame trainer, who has re-engaged Mike Smith to ride in the Grade III event at 1 1/16 miles that offers 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, four to the runner-up, two for the third-place finisher and one to the fourth.Prior to the one mile Sham on Jan. 5, Gunmetal Gray, a gray son of Exchange Rate, was a distant fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 2 behind undefeated champion Game Winner, but was second to him in the Grade I American Pharoah prior to that last Sept. 29.Also expected for the Lewis are Kid Cantina, Mucho Gusto and Nolo Contento.Mucho Gusto worked six furlongs Sunday in 1:12.60 for Bob Baffert.BAFFERT: McCARTHY ‘VERY DESERVING’ OF PEGASUS VICTORYMichael McCarthy earned his most noteworthy victory Saturday when City of Light rolled to a 5 ¾-length triumph over Horse of the Year runner-up Accelerate and 10 other rivals in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park.The fastidious former protégé of Todd Pletcher, who turns 48 on Feb. 1, was most deserving, in the opinion of a trainer who has been there, done that: Bob Baffert.“He’s very deserving,” said the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Sunday morning. “I’ve watched him through the years and he’s worked hard and gone through the process. He deserves a victory like that, especially working with Todd all those years, although he’s worked for a lot of others.“McCarthy did a tremendous job managing that horse.”SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS SET FOR CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME THURSDAYThe 52nd annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game will be played this Thursday, Jan. 31. at La Salle High School in Pasadena.Proceeds from the game will benefit Holy Angels Athletics and the Bill HartackCharitable Foundation, which contributes to several Thoroughbred racing industry charities and presents the winning rider in each year’s Kentucky Derby with the Hartack Memorial Award.It is named in honor of the late Hall of Fame jockey, William Hartack, who along with Eddie Arcaro, won the Kentucky Derby a record five times.With tip-off set for 7:05 p.m., Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will be available at center court for an autograph session beginning at 6:30 p.m.The jockeys’ squad will be under the direction of Tony Vong, who also serves as “Big Money” Mike Smith’s personal trainer, while the Holy Angels will be coached by Michael Hernandez and Job Rivera.Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals will receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita Park.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Sierra Madre Blvd. and Michillinda Ave. in Pasadena, approximately three miles from Santa Anita.Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels School in Arcadia.SANCHEZ EARNS HIS KEEP AT SANTA ANITADiego Sanchez is making an impact at Santa Anita on little cat’s feet.The 41-year-old native of Spain caught the eye of even the most jaded horseplayer on Jan. 13 when he piloted 12-1 shot Diamond Blitz  to a front-running 2 ¼-length victory in the first race, a one-mile turf event in which the bay Munnings colt trained by Keith Desormeaux opened an eight-length lead after a half mile in 46.84.That strategy caused naysayers alarm, thinking the cavalry would storm home late.It never happened. Diamond Blitz had plenty left in the tank.The victory was the third of the meet from only 11 mounts for the agentless Sanchez, who represents himself, working diligently in the mornings to hustle business.Desormeaux, turns out, is an equal-opportunity employer. In addition to giving a leg up on many winners to his Hall of Fame brother Kent, who needs just one to reach 6,000 career victories in North America, the trainer has landed in the winner’s circle riding relatively unknowns Sanchez and Saul Arias.“I believe I’m making progress,” said Sanchez, who came to the U.S. in 2007. “I’m dedicated and realize you need a positive attitude and staying power to achieve your goals.”$2 MILLION GUARANTEED RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOTWith $354,642 in “new” money wagered into Saturday’s 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot contributing to a massive live money pool of $1,640,048, there was again no single ticket winner, but a total of 36 consolation tickets were each worth $5,226.And, with a mandatory payout looming next Saturday, Feb. 2, Santa Anita will again guarantee $2 million in today’s Rainbow Six Jackpot, which will commence with race five on a 10-race program.Average field size in Sunday’s Rainbow Six stands at nine horses per race. The featured $70,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes, for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, has been slotted as race eight and Peter Miller’s Conquest Tsunami, who will be ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, is the 5-2 morning line favorite.Approximate post time for Sunday’s fifth race is at 2:03 p.m. PT.For additional information, please visit  santaanita.com  or call (626) 574-RACE.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV 49% 40% 64% Richard Baltas58 19% 71% 16 6 13% 6 7 10 6% 13 Assael Espinoza56 1 6 $1,467,119 10 18% $91,545 $572,563 7 4 7 14% 52% 24% $473,071 57% 9 59% 1 $567,934 5 SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS IN CHARITY GAME ON THURSDAY 11% Mike Smith35 Joseph Talamo73 Drayden Van Dyke70 4 42% $478,883 48% Simon Callaghan19 9 $651,175 3 12 59% 39% 58% 5 38% $799,110 Flavien Prat88 12 6 13% 8 30% 2 34% 6 1st 17% Rafael Bejarano69 $103,462 39% $236,943 $102,807 4 $201,810 Money Won 54% $484,524 Geovanni Franco84 10% 6 24 13 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $188,788 Agapito Delgadillo27 10% 4 Edwin Maldonado32 2nd PATH TO PEGASUS: EPISODE 1PATH TO PEGASUS: EPISODE 2PATH TO PEGASUS: EPISODE 3PATH TO THE PEGASUS: EPISODE 4BOB BAFFERT SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW HECK YEAHMICHAEL MCCARTHY SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW CITY OF LIGHTMCKINZIE (OUTSIDE) AND SHOW ME DA LUTE PREPARING FOR SAN PASQUAL STAKESGUNMETAL GRAY’S FINAL MAJOR WORK IN PREPARATION FOR SATURDAY’S ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKESMUCHO GUSTO (OUTSIDE) PREPARING FOR ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES ALONG WITH ROMAN ROSSODABSTER (OUTSIDE) AND NERO WORKING SIX FURLONGS THIS MORNINGFINISH LINES: Trainer Bill Morey was delighted to win yesterday’s $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic presented by City National Bank for the second straight year, each time under Kent Desormeaux, now one shy of 6,000 career wins in North America. “He’s one of the best of all time,” Morey said of the three-time Kentucky Derby winner and Hall of Fame member, who turns 49 of Feb. 27. “It was a pleasure to have him on my horse for win No. 5,999 and if I can’t put him on for No. 6,000, I hope it’s his brother (trainer Keith Desormeaux).” . . . Phil D’Amato won more races Saturday–four–than he had the first 20 days of the Winter Meet, including two stakes, but it wasn’t a first: “I’ve done it twice before,” the 43-year-old trainer said. “It was fun to win two Cal-bred stakes and a nice allowance race, all for good owners of mine. It was a great day. I had a bout of seconditis (seven) but broke through on Cal Cup day and I’m very happy for my team that works so hard. Hopefully, this will carry the momentum.” . . . Congratulations to agent Patty Sterling on winning five races Saturday with riders she represents, Tiago Pereira (four victories) and Aaron Gryder (one). “I won four in one day with Brayan Pena at Los Al,” said the daughter of the late trainer Larry Sterling (winner of the 1978 Santa Anita Handicap with Vigors) and the niece of former jockey Larry (Win Again) Gilligan. “I felt all the horses had good chances yesterday.”Patty has been an agent for “exactly three years.” Before that she was a clocker for 18 years . . . Shelbe Ruis, who has been working several years with her father, trainer Mick Ruis and his wife, Wendy, sends out her first horse as a trainer in her own right in today’s fourth race, a Candy Ride colt named Popcorn for Eddie,12-1 on Jon White‘s morning line . . . There were 244 recorded works at Santa Anita Sunday, 41 on the training track . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and reopen for live racing Thursday, Jan. 31, at 12:30 p.m. There will be simulcast racing Wednesday, with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Steve Knapp23 3 Tyler Baze100 10 7 Mark Glatt29 49% $174,849 Martin Pedroza33 1 ESPINOZA IS CLEARED TO RESUME HIS RIDING CAREER 6 12% 24% 5 TrainerMts Richard Mandella18 $640,846center_img 1 John Sadler35 17% 3rd 58% 13 11 43% 4 12 $533,046 6 4 16 Hector O. Palma25 17% Bob Baffert32 44% Peter Miller53 4 5 $566,349 19% 5 Win% 8 9 4 4 4 36% 16 J. Keith Desormeaux31 9 2 20% 12 Doug O’Neill69 6 21% 27% 7 $704,643 12 ITM% 2nd 5 22% 22% 39% 1 36% 19 4 Joel Rosario94 47% 4 3 13% 5 7 $525,354 6 42% 6 52% 10 13% 16% 13% (Current Through Saturday, Jan. 26) ITM% Philip D’Amato43 $403,848 5 3 8 16% $108,016 29% 11 Kent Desormeaux45 44% 13% 2 17% William Spawr11 $187,762 2 $220,109 15% 5 BOB BAFFERT SHEDS LAUDATORY ‘LIGHT’ ON McCARTHY 10 $118,465 9 2 $545,217 4 3rd $431,024 $320,931 17% Vladimir Cerin24 $531,599 STRONG WORK ETHIC PAYING OFF FOR DIEGO SANCHEZ 4 Ruben Fuentes49 21% $446,723 William E. Morey29 10 17 $1,061,803 1st 5 Jeff Mullins30 $278,299 4 2 $338,940 14 7 14 9 12 4 17% 3 $144,834last_img read more