I’m going on vacation as of today for a couple of weeks, Derby Newsletter will return on my return.
|James R. Brown|
|January 6 – Turf Paradise|
|All Under Control||Race 6||Allowance Optional Claiming $25,000|
|Stormchaser||Race 7||Claiming $20,000|
|January 7 – Turf Paradise|
|Flying Nemo||Race 4||Allowance Optional Claiming $15,000|
|January 4 – Turf Paradise|
|January 5 – Turf Paradise|
|Stacked||Race 6||Maiden Optional Claiming $30,000|
|January 7 – Turf Paradise|
|Flight Data||Race 4||Allowance Optional Claiming $15,000|
|Warning Belle||Race 8||Maiden Claiming $3,500|
|January 4 – Turf Paradise|
|January 7 – Turf Paradise|
|Justplainalbert||Race 3||Maiden Claiming $7,500|
|January 6 – Turf Paradise|
|Touchdown U S C||Race 3||Claiming $3,500|
A FRESH HORSE PROGRAM FOR HORSES THAT HAVE PREVIOUSLY STARTED ELSEWHERE IN 2019-2020
A guaranteed $2000 bonus for any horse’s first start at Hastings Racecourse whose previous start was made outside of British Columbia.
- Horses that raced or were stabled previously at Hastings Racecourse are not eligible.
- An additional $1000 Bonus after the horse’s second start (Same conditions as above).
- An additional $1000 after the horse’s third start (Same conditions as above) for a maximum value of $4,000 under this program.
- In addition, up to $1,000 will be paid to defray actual shipping charges for horses that are on the grounds with their papers in the office by May 1, 2020
- Stakes and allowance races are excluded from this program.
- All horses must have started for $4,000 or more in their last three starts to qualify. If a horse has not started three times, then all its lifetime starts must be for $4,000 or more.
- First-time starters and horses participating in the Yearling and Two and Three-Year-Old Purchase Programs do not qualify for the Fresh Horse Program
- Application must be made to the Horsemen’s Bookkeeper (Cristan Gossen) or the Racing Secretary (Nichelle Milner) upon arrival at Hastings Racecourse to establish eligibility.
- Application must be made by June 1, 2020.
- Applicants agree that the registration papers will remain in the Hastings Racecourse racing office for the entire 2020 season unless shipping elsewhere to participate in a stakes race. Repayment of funds received from this program will release the papers.
- Horses who are otherwise eligible for this program but do not meet the claiming price requirement are eligible to receive $1,000 upon their first start at Hastings in 2020. If an otherwise eligible horse (eligible except for meeting the claiming price requirement) is brought to Hastings by a BC resident and is 100% BC owned, that horse will be eligible to receive a further $1,000 for a total of $2,000 upon its first start at Hastings.
- Horses must arrive at Hastings Racecourse on or before June 1, 2020 and start by July 1, 2020 to be eligible.
- Horses that have made their previous start in Washington or Oregon are not eligible.
A Jan. 4 announcement of the finalists for the 2019 Eclipse Awards largely yielded the expected, including in the most coveted Horse of the Year category, where Bricks and Mortar, Maximum Security, and Mitole were selected by voters.
LERNER RUNNER PROVES MORE THAN QUEEN FOR A DAY
O’NEILL SEEKS UPSET WITH SCORING IN GRADE III SHAM
OMAHA BEACH COULD WORK SOON FOR RICH PEGASUS
CONSISTENT QUEEN BEE TO YOU SET FOR LA CANADA
Andrew Lerner is batting .500 since taking over the training of Queen Bee to You, winning three of six races, all stakes, and the 30-year-old California native hopes to improve on that mark Saturday when he sends out the six-year-old California-bred mare in the Grade II, $200,000 La Canada Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at 1 1/16 miles.
“She’s been really good for us; we won three stakes with her,” Lerner said, reluctant to assume full credit for her success. “There were good guys taking care of her and we just pretty much took over where he (former trainer Mike Pender) left off.
“She’s got so much speed and we’ve tried to help her by harnessing it, and I think it’s shown in some of her races. We’re training her to be more tactical, but if no one wants to go with her in the La Canada, we can be a little closer.
“If someone wants to go, we’ll sit back.”
Queen Bee to You’s stakes victories have come in the restricted Bertrando and the Grade II Bayakoa at Los Alamitos, and the restricted Betty Grable at Del Mar.
A daughter of the Gilded Time stallion Old Topper, Queen Bee to You will be making her 33rd start in the La Canada. She has won seven times, with 11 seconds and five thirds, good for $538,770 in earnings. Gilded Time won the 1992 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and an Eclipse Award as outstanding two-year-old male when trained by Darrell Vienna.
Old Topper was a stakes winner conditioned by the late Noble Threewitt, who died at 99 on Sept. 17, 2010. His best horse was Correlation, who captured the Florida Derby and the Wood Memorial in 1954.
Early probables for the La Canada are Horologist, Flavien Prat; Message, no rider; Queen Bee to You, Ruben Fuentes; probable favorite Spiced Perfection, no rider; and Zusha, Tiago Periera.
TEAM O’NEILL EYES UPSET IN TODAY’S GRADE III SHAM
At 15-1, Scoring is the longest price on Jon White’s morning line in today’s Grade III Sham Stakes, but Doug O’Neill did supplement the colt, and the two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer has been known to pull an upset in the past.
“He finished second in his only start but was moved into first on a disqualification,” noted O’Neill assistant Leandro Mora of the son of Justin Phillip. “He had some shin issues after that race (June 16 of last year), so he’s been away for six months but he’s been training very well.
“All the horses in the race still have to show potential, so even though we’re a longshot, we felt it was worth trying.”
The field for the Sham, race five of 10: Authentic, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-5; Zimba Warrior, Jose Valdivia Jr., 6-1; Uncaptured Hero, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Azul Coast, Joel Rosario, 5-2; $2,000 supplemental nomination Scoring, Abel Cedillo, 15-1; and Taishan, Aaron Gryder, 5-2.
The Sham is worth 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, four to the runner-up, two to the third-place finisher and one point to the fourth.
MANDELLA HEADING TO FLORIDA TO JOIN OMAHA BEACH
Richard Mandella will take a redeye to Florida Tuesday to supervise training up close and personal for recent Grade I Runhappy Malibu Stakes winner Omaha Beach, who will be retired to stud after he runs in the Grade I, $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.
The son of War Front currently is bedded down with trainer Mark Hennig at Gulfstream, with Mandella foreman Jose Vera minding the store until the Hall of Fame trainer’s arrival.
“Omaha Beach went to the track today, will gallop Wednesday, and might work Thursday or Friday,” Mandella said at Santa Anita Saturday morning.
Owned by Fox Hill Farms, Inc., Omaha Beach won the Malibu by 2 ¾ lengths on Dec. 28, earning $180,000 while boosting his career bankroll to $1,651,800.
FINISH LINES: George Herman Ruth never got out of the batter’s box when finishing eighth of nine in his debut race Friday, but the three-year-old gray Grazen colt owned and bred by Nick Alexander did have an excuse, leaving the gate in tardy fashion. First he dwelt, then he hopped. “He showed a lot of speed on the farm,” said Alexander, who names many of his horses for former Major League baseball greats. He has no problem getting approval. “If the player is dead,” he said, “you don’t need an OK.” George Herman Ruth, for those who don’t know a walk from a balk, was the real name of Babe Ruth, the New York Yankee legend whose home run heroics in the team’s home town of the Bronx and in other Big League cities saved the game after the World Series Black Sox Scandal of 1919. The colt’s dam, naturally enough, is Shesabronxbomber. Another of Ruth’s nicknames was The Bronx Bomber . . . First post for an eight race program Sunday is 12:30 p.m.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2020)–Idle since May 27, Irish-bred Desert Stone rallied from last to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes by a neck under Geovanni Franco. Trained by Richard Baltas, Desert Stone, a 5-year-old full horse, got a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:47.63.
Breaking from the rail, Desert Stone ducked inward leaving the gate, but was quickly into stride and saved ground behind a well-bunched field that was headed by Overdue, who folded around the far turn. Desert Stone appeared full of run under a long hold turning for home and with Franco biding his time, angled out four-wide an eighth of a mile out and outran favored Cleopatra’s Strike for the money late.
“I could see everyone bunching up and I knew the pace was pretty slow, but my horse was just waiting for me to turn him loose, so I didn’t worry about it,” said Franco, who won last year’s San Gabriel with Next Shares, who was also trained by Baltas. “We expected him to run good today and I was very happy with the way he ran from off the pace. I’ve worked him a lot and he likes me and I like him.”
Most recently ninth in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on May 27, Desert Stone, who registered his first stakes win today, was off at 7-1 in a field of seven older horses and paid $16.20, $5.60 and $4.00.
“This is kind of a different horse,” said Baltas. “You can’t force this horse, he has a mind of his own. When he wants to run, he’ll run and Geovanni lets him do his thing in the beginning. He told me today, ‘If I can get him out, we’re gonna be tough.’ He had been blocked several times in the stretch before.”
Owned by Zayat Stables, LLC, Desert Stone picked up $120,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $332,662. He now has three wins from 16 career starts.
Fifth early, but close to the pace, Cleopatra’s Strike rallied three-wide turning for home, made the lead between horses, but couldn’t go with the winner late, finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Majestic Eagle. Off as the 6-5 favorite with Abel Cedillo, Cleopatra’s Strike paid $3.00 and $2.40.
Majestic Eagle, who sat a close second to Overdue early, took the lead leaving the quarter pole and proved third best on the day, finishing a half length in front Chosen Vessel. Off at 5-1 with Rafael Bejarano, Majestic Eagle paid $3.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 24.26, 48.18, 1:11.65 and 1:35.98.
BAFFERT’S AUTHENTIC ROLLS TO 7 ¾ LENGTH WIN IN GRADE III, $100,000 SHAM STAKES; RIDDEN BY VAN DYKE, SON OF INTO MISCHIEF IS GREEN LATE AND COVERS FLAT MILE IN 1:37.57
WINNER RECEIVES 10 KENTUCKY DERBY QUALIFYING POINTS
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2020)–Although extremely green late, Bob Baffert’s Authentic stamped himself as a top tier Derby contender with a powerful gate to wire triumph in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke the Kentucky-bred colt by Into Mischief got a flat mile in 1:37.57.
Sent from his rail post position, Authentic was all business on the front end until he approached the furlong pole, when he began to race erratically, altering course and nearly brushing the inner rail inside the sixteenth pole.
“I think the noise from the crowd made him react the way he did there in the stretch,” said Van Dyke, who had ridden Authentic to his maiden victory going 5 ½ furlongs at Del Mar Nov. 9. “His ears went toward the crowd, so I think that’s what caused it, but when he got down to the rail, he spooked himself again.
“I told Bob when he broke his maiden he was my favorite 2-year-old. He’s very talented.”
In his second career start and his first try around two turns, Authentic was off as the 6-5 favorite in a field of six sophomores and paid $4.40, $2.80 and $2.20.
“When I ran him the first time down at Del Mar, he was a little bit green that day, because I was debating whether or not to put blinkers on him,” said Baffert. “I didn’t, but he may need something to keep him a bit more focused.
“He’s a really good horse, he’s really talented and that’s why I always work him by himself. When you got a good one like this they are just easier to train. He is just growing into himself, he’s like a gazelle…He’s all legs. Today, he wasn’t blowing hard after the race and didn’t take a deep breath, so that is a good sign.”
Owned by SF Racing, LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, LLC Hertrich, III, John D. Fielding and Golconda Stables, Authentic, who is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Flawless, picked up $60,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $91,200.
Authentic also picks up 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, with four points to the second place finisher, two to third and one to fourth.
Baffert, who has now won the Sham a record six times, also saddled the second place finisher, Azul Coast, who was last early and rallied nicely through the lane to finish 1 ½ lengths in front of Zimba Warrior.
The second choice with Joel Rosario at 2-1, Azul Coast paid $3.20 and $2.40.
Third early, Zimba Warrior was second turning for home and proved third best on the day, finishing three quarters of a length clear of Taishan. The biggest price in the field at 33-1 with Jose Valdivia, Jr. up, Zimba Warrior paid $5.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.87, 47.94, 1:12.18 and 1:24.30.
Named for the winner of the 1973 Santa Anita Derby, today’s Sham Stakes trophy was presented by his regular rider, retired Hall of Famer Laffit Pincay, Jr., who turned 73 this past Sunday.
20 CENT RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $247,811 AWAITS FANS ON SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA; FIRST POST TIME FOR EIGHT-RACE CARD IS AT 12:30 P.M.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2020)–For the fifth consecutive day, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot remained elusive, resulting in a Single Ticket Jackpot carryover of $247,811 into Sunday.
First post time for and eight-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. The Rainbow Six will begin with race three, which has an assigned post time of 1:31 p.m. PT.
A Jackpot carryover from Friday spurred $234,562 in new money, creating a total Jackpot pool on Saturday of $428,671. Although there was no single ticket winner, there were 77 consolation winners today, each worth $1,632.
Sunday’s main event is the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. The Santa Ynez has been carded as race seven.
|January 5 – Santa Anita|
|Hit the Seam||Wgt-124||Race 3||Allowance Optional Claiming $20,000|
|Posit||Wgt-122||Race 6||Allowance Optional Claiming $62,500|
|You Must Chill||Wgt-124||Race 8||Claiming $25,000|
|January 4 – Santa Anita|
|Elgofranco finished 2nd beaten by a head||Race 1|
|Keno’d finished 6th beaten 6 3/4 lengths||Race 2|
|North County Guy finished 5th beaten 5 1/2 lengths||Race 8|
|An Eddie Surprise finished 1st by a neck||Race 10|