- Mahoning Valley T 9:45 AM
- Meadows H 9:45 AM
- Monticello H 9:50 AM
- Parx T 9:55 AM
- Ajax Q 9:55 AM
- Finger Lakes T 10:10 AM
- Plainridge H 11:00 AM
- Zia Park T 11:00 AM
- Indiana Downs T 11:20 AM
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2020)–In his second start of the year, 4-year-old One Bad Boy was too much on the lead today at Santa Anita, as he set a fast pace and held his competitors at bay late to take Sunday’s $70,000 Lure Stakes under Flavien Prat by three quarters of a length. An Ontario-Canadian-bred ridgling by Twirling Candy, out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Cumulonimble, One Bad Boy is trained by Richard Baltas and got a flat mile on turf in 1:33.27.
Breaking alertly from his number two post position, One Bad Boy was pressed throughout through splits of 22.68, 45.53, 1:09.28 and 1:21.29 and he opened up a one length advantage straightening for home and held Majestic Eagle safe late for an impressive win.
“He was going along effortlessly, but we got no breaks,” said Prat, who had ridden One Bad Boy to victory in the Queens Plate at Woodbine three starts back on June 29, 2019 and who had last ridden him when third as the even money favorite in Fort Erie’s Prince of Wales Stakes two races back on July 23, 2019. “He’s getting really good again, as you can see. He fought those horses off and showed a lot of heart. We’ve always thought he was a good horse.”
Most recently fourth as the 8-5 favorite in a second condition allowance going a mile and one sixteenth over the Del Mar turf Aug. 29, One Bad Boy was off as the 3-5 favorite in a field of five 3-year-olds and up today and paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10.
“He’s a free running horse who has a lot of talent,” said Baltas. “He had to overcome a physical issue, so he’s had a long time off and he was working really well coming into this race. Flavien worked him the last couple of times and he was kind of in love with him, so I felt confident today the horse would run well…
“The owners are very patient, Steve Young (Sayjay Racing, LLC) is a first class guy and he just says, ‘Whenever he’s ready Richie, bring him back.’”
Owned by Sayjay Racing, Greg Hall and Brooke Hubbard, One Bad Boy, who broke his maiden at one mile over the Santa Anita turf in his third career start, now has three wins from 8 starts and with the winner’s share of $42,900, increased his earnings to $599,632.
Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Majestic Eagle rallied well for second, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Gregorian Chant, who was attentive to the pace throughout. Off at 5-1, Majestic Eagle paid $4.20 and $2.60.
Ridden by Juan Hernandez, Gregorian Chant was well positioned at the top of the lane, but couldn’t go with the winner. Off at 6-1, Gregorian Chant paid $2.40 to win.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2020)–Bob Baffert’s Improbable, winner of the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes on Sept. 26, heads Santa Anita’s 2020 Autumn Meet Media Poll, which recognizes equine and human accomplishments in a variety of categories throughout the 16-day meeting which began on Sept. 25 and concluded today.
2020 Santa Anita Autumn Media Poll
Horse of Meet: Improbable
Sprinter: C. Z. Rocket
Older Horse: Improbable
Older Filly/Mare: Mucho Unusual
Claimer: Psycho Dar
Grass Horse: United
Grass Filly/Mare: Mucho Unusual
3-Year-Old: Smooth Like Strait
3-Year-Old Filly: Harvest Moon
Trainer: Peter Miller/Bob Baffert (each had 11 wins)
Jockey: Flavien Prat (27 wins)
Apprentice: Alexis Centeno (7 wins)
Race: Santa Anita Sprint Championship
Owner: Reddam Racing, LLC
Achievement: Craig Lewis, 1,000 Career Wins
King Fury, named after superstar boxer Tyson Fury, collared odds-on 4-5 favorite Super Stock inside the final furlong and grinded his way to a half-length victory in Sunday’s eighth running of the $98,000 Street Sense Overnight Stakes on opening day of Churchill Downs’ 24-day Fall Meet.
“This is a Kentucky Derby-type horse,” winning trainer Kenny McPeek said. “We may look at the (Nov. 6) Breeders’ Cup Juvenile but more than likely just wait for the (Nov. 28) Kentucky Jockey Club. The future is very bright for a horse like this.”
Brian Hernandez Jr. rode the well-bred 2-year-old colt for McPeek and owners Fern Circle Stables (Paul Fireman) and Three Chimneys Farm LLC (Goncalo Torrealba). The son of 2007-08 Horse of the Year Curlin ran 1 1/16 miles over a fast track in 1:44.30.
Purchased for $950,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s 2019 Saratoga Sale, King Fury is the first foal out of six-time stakes winner and 2016 Humana Distaff (Grade I) hero Taris.
Breaking from post No. 4 in the field of six juveniles, King Fury rated just behind Franz Josef and Super Stock as the leader rattled off comfortable early quarter-mile clips of :24.60, :49.51 and 1:14.34. King Fury circled three-wide around the final turn as Super Stock took over leaving the final turn. The chestnut colt with a big white blaze found his best running in deep stretch and held off Super Stock as the two battled on determinedly to the wire. A half-length separated the top two at the finish and it was another 3 ¾ lengths back to third-place finisher Oncoming Train.
King Fury, who earned $59,835 for the win and improved his record to 3-2-0-0—$116,979, paid $7.40, $3.40 and $3 as the 5-2 second betting choice. Super Stock, ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., returned $2.80 and $2.40. Oncoming Train, with Rafael Bejarano up, paid $3.
Arabian Prince finished fourth and was followed by Franz Josef and Crime Spree. Eucharist was scratched.
King Fury, bred in Kentucky by Heider Family Stables, broke his maiden by 2 ¾ lengths in his career debut on Sept. 3 at Churchill Downs, but subsequently finished eighth one month later after racing four-wide throughout in the $400,000 Breeders’ Futurity (GI) at Keeneland.
“His last race at Keeneland was pretty puzzling because we thought he’d run a lot better than he did,” McPeek said. “I think the track ended up being pretty forward that day and his trip didn’t really help things.”
Should McPeek bypass the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile which comes 12 days after the Street Sense, King Fury could vie for favoritism in the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (GII), a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Nov. 28. The Kentucky Jockey Club is part of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” point series that will determine the field of 20 horses that will compete in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 1.
The Street Sense is named in honor of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense who became the first horse to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) as a 2-year-old and the Run for the Roses at age 3. He also was the first Champion Two-Year-Old Colt to win the Kentucky Derby since Spectacular Bid who won the Kentucky Derby in 1979.
Each of Sunday’s races was for 2-year-olds, and Sunday marked the first time spectators watched live racing at Churchill Downs since Dec. 1, 2019, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. A limited attendance of 1,534 was on-hand with proper social distancing as Churchill Downs followed the COVID-19 health and safety protocols for Venues and Events as mandated by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Racing continues every Wednesday-Sunday at 1 p.m. ET through Sunday, Nov. 29.
In My Opinion: It’s been a very good October in the European yearling market.
|Robert J. Anderson|
|October 30 – Century Mile|
|Aspired||Race 4||Claiming $5,000|
|Dino K. Condilenios|
|October 23 – Century Mile|
|October 25 – Century Mile|
|October 30 – Century Mile|
|Solarity||Race 1||R.K. Red Smith H.|
|Fly Away||Race 7||Allowance Optional Claiming $17,500|
|October 28 – Emerald Downs|
|G M T Baby||Race 7||Claiming $5,000|
|October 29 – Emerald Downs|
|You Got This||Race 6||Claiming $2,500|
|October 25 – Santa Anita|
|Push Through finished 6th beaten 12 3/4 lengths||Race 1|
|Lexington Grace (IRE) finished 6th beaten 5 1/4 lengths||Race 3|
|R Cha Cha finished 3rd beaten 4 lengths||Race 4|
|Majestic Eagle finished 2nd beaten 3/4 length||Race 5|
|Wandering Patrol finished 9th beaten 4 1/2 lengths||Race 7|
|Zee Drop finished 2nd beaten 2 1/2 lengths||Race 9|
|Sunday, October 25|
|Race 1||Maiden Claiming – $12,500||$11,000|
|Race 2||Starter Allowance – $50,000||$19,000|
|Race 3||Claiming – $20,000||$20,000|
|Race 4||Maiden Special Weight||$39,000|
|Race 5||Starter Allowance – $50,000||$19,000|
|Race 6||Allowance Optional Claiming – $50,000||$31,000|
|Race 7||Maiden Special Weight||$39,000|
|Race 8||Maiden Special Weight||$30,000|
|Race 10||Maiden Special Weight||$30,000|
|Sunday, October 25|
|Race 1||Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000||$57,000|
|Race 2||Maiden Claiming – $20,000||$20,000|
|Race 3||Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000||$57,000|
|Race 4||Claiming – $12,500||$22,000|
|Race 5||Lure S.||$70,000|
|Race 6||Claiming – $10,000||$20,000|
|Race 7||Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000||$57,000|
|Race 8||Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000||$57,000|
|Race 9||Goldikova S.||$200,000|
|Race 10||Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000||$57,000|
|Race 11||Maiden Special Weight||$55,000|
|Sunday, October 25|
|Race 1||Maiden Special Weight||$126,800|
|Race 2||Claiming – $25,000||$53,200|
|Race 3||Maiden Claiming – $10,000||$26,500|
|Race 4||Claiming – $25,000||$49,700|
|Race 5||Optional Claiming – $40,000||$60,300|
|Race 6||Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500||$108,700|
|Race 8||Wonder Where S.||$250,000|
|Race 9||Maiden Optional Claiming – $25,000||$48,300|
|Race 10||Maiden Optional Claiming – $25,000||$48,300|
|Race 11||Claiming – $10,000||$26,500|