|Tuesday, January 22|
|Tuesday, January 22|
|Race 1||Maiden Claiming – $3,200||$5,300|
|Race 3||Claiming – $3,200||$7,100|
|Race 5||Maiden Claiming – $7,500||$5,700|
|Race 6||Claiming – $2,500||$5,400|
|Race 7||Maiden Optional Claiming – $25,000||$6,200|
|Race 8||Claiming – $3,200||$6,400|
|Race 9||Claiming – $2,500||$6,000|
|James R. Brown|
|January 26 – Turf Paradise|
|Fire the Trainer||Race 1||Allowance Optional Claiming $10,000|
|Oopper Wallah||Race 2||Claiming $3,000|
|Toccet’s Charm||Race 2||Claiming $3,000|
|Parking Permit||Race 8||Startac S.|
|January 21 – Turf Paradise|
|January 26 – Turf Paradise|
|Celtic Warrior||Race 8||Startac S.|
|January 21 – Turf Paradise|
|January 22 – Turf Paradise|
|Presidential Bird||Race 3||Claiming $3,000|
|January 23 – Turf Paradise|
|Fabrication||Race 2||Claiming $6,250|
|January 21 – Turf Paradise|
|January 22 – Turf Paradise|
|Royal Briar||Race 7||Starter Optional Claiming $12,500|
|January 26 – Turf Paradise|
|Corky’s Luck||Race 1||Allowance Optional Claiming $10,000|
|January 21 – Turf Paradise|
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2019)–Classy millionaire Ashleyluvssugar, upstart Marckie’s Water, defending champ Rye and well accomplished He Will head a wide open field of 11 older horses bred or sired in California in Saturday’s $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic, to be contested at 1 1/8 miles over the Santa Anita lawn.
A winner of the 2017 California Cup Turf Classic under the same conditions, Ashleyluvssugar, an 8-year-old gelding by Game Plan who is trained by Peter Eurton, comes off a close fifth place finish in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at 1 ½ miles on turf at Del Mar Nov. 23.
Trained by Richard Baltas, Marckie’s Water, who stalked “Ashley” for most of the way in the Turf Cup at Del Mar and ended up fourth, a half length in front of her, showed the way two starts back in the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship here on Sept. 30 and finished second, beaten a half length.
Jerry Hollendorfer’s He Will, who finished fourth as the 2-1 favorite going one mile on turf in a state-bred classified allowance here on Dec. 31, will be ridden for the first time by Geovanni Franco and will hope to be rolling late.
Owner: Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC
Trainer: Peter Eurton
Bred in California by his owners, Ashleyluvssugar is out of the Urgent Request mare Ashley’s Folly. A winner of 10 out of his 30 career starts, he’s also won five graded stakes while banking $1,393,039. Although he may’ve lost a step, he’s been keeping good company, evidenced by his last two starts, as he was beaten 2 ¼ lengths by Chicago Style in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup and a half length in the John Henry Turf Classic. With Tyler Baze back aboard for the second time in a row, trainer Eurton assessed his chances thusly early this morning: “He’s full of vim and vigor and still acts like he wants to run. As long as he’s healthy, which he is, he’ll continue to run and compete at this level.”
Owner: Little Red Feather Racing and Norman Tavares
Trainer: Richard Baltas
A 5-year-old full horse by Tribal Rule and out of the Stravinsky mare Russian River, he appears to be at the top of his game for Baltas, as he comes off a solid fourth place finish in which he was beaten 1 ¾ lengths by Chicago Style in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup. A one length winner of a second condition allowance at 1 ¼ miles on turf two starts back here on Oct. 26, he’s posted Beyer Speed figures 94 and 93 in his last two starts and gets back to a distance at which he’s won two out of four starts.
Owner: Joseph P. Morey Revocable Trust
Trainer: William Morey
Winless in just four starts since taking last year’s Turf Classic, this 6-year-old full horse by English Channel, out of the Unusual Heat mare Phi Beta Heat, was most recently an even fourth, beaten five lengths in a six furlong classified allowance versus open company at Golden Gate Fields Jan. 10. Having been idle since well beaten here in the one mile turf Crystal Water Stakes on May 20, Rye could certainly improve by many lengths in his second start off the bench. With last year’s Turf Classic jock Kent Desormeaux back aboard, look for Rye to drop far back early as he tries to make a big run from off the pace.
Owner: All Schlaich Stables, LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Team Green, LLC, Randall & Todaro
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer
A 7-year-old full horse by Cyclotron, out of the Lear Fan mare Could She, He Will was far back early in a one mile turf allowance versus statebreds Dec. 31 and flattened out late to finish fourth, beaten three lengths as the 2-1 favorite. Fourth, beaten one length by Rye in last year’s Turf Classic, He Will should have a fast pace to run at with Geovanni Franco aboard for the first time.
THE UNUSUAL HEAT TURF CLASSIC WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 11 of 11 Approximate post time 4:40 p.m. PT
Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11:30 a.m. Admission gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and Santa Anita’s Top ‘O The Stretch area will be open for Early Bird wagering at 8 a.m. Saturday is also Pegasus World Cup Day, as the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the $7 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational will highlight a blockbuster card from Gulfstream Park.
HEAVILY FAVORED VASILIKA UNLEASHES FURIOUS STRETCH RALLY TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 MEGAHERTZ STAKES BY 1 ½ LENGTHS; RIDDEN BY PRAT AND TRAINED BY HOLLENDORFER, SHE GETS MILE ON ‘GOOD’ TURF IN 1:34.82
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2019)–Aided by some unexpected early pace pressure to the eventual runner-up, heavily favored Vasilika came rolling from off the pace to take Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes by 1 ½ lengths under Flavien Prat. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Vasilika, a miracle $40,000 claim 11 starts back, got a mile over a Santa Anita turf listed as “good” in 1:34.82.
An attentive fifth a half mile from home, Prat sat chilly as Joel Rosario, aboard La Sardane, went after pacesetter Ms Bad Behavior. Full of run while well within herself around the far turn, Vasilika rallied four-wide turning for home and ran down Ms Bad Behavior inside the sixteenth pole to win going away.
“When Drysdale’s filly (La Sardane) made that early move, it put pressure on Smith’s filly (Ms Bad Behavior and it helped me,” said Prat, who has now guided Vasilika to nine wins (four of them graded stakes) in her last 10 starts. “I didn’t want to be in a hurry, but she really picked it up and she finished well. I think a mile and one eighth might be her best (distance).”
A winner of eight consecutive races prior to finishing fourth as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade I Matriarch Stakes at one mile on turf Dec. 2 at Del Mar, Vasilika was off at 3-5 in a field of six older fillies and mares and paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10.
Claimed on Feb. 11 of last year, Vasilika, a 5-year-old mare by Skipshot who is out of the Marquetry mare La Belle, is owned by All Schlaich Stables, LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC and George Todaro, has now won nine out her 11 starts for her new connections and improved her overall resume to 29-14-4-3. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she now has earnings of $818,595.
“You know, you never expect this kind of thing to happen, but occasionally it does,” said Hollendorfer. “I hope she fits in our program, we did some extra work on her but you know, she’s blossomed into a very nice mare now. Flavien did his usual great job and got her out just in time. She ran them down and we can’t ask for more.”
Ms Bad Behavior, who bounced out to a 2 ½ length lead after the first quarter mile, relinquished the early advantage to La Sardane heading past the half mile pole while at the rail. Under clever handling from Smith, she was able to re-take the lead leaving the quarter pole and finished a head in front of Zaffinah in a huge effort.
Off as the third choice at 4-1, Ms Bad Behavior paid $3.20 and $3.00.
Irish-bred Zaffinah finished well from off the pace to be third, six lengths clear of La Sardane. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Zaffinah was the biggest price in the field at 36-1 and paid $4.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.66, 47.29, 1:11.39 and 1:23.25.
Racing resumes on Friday at Santa Anita with first post time for a nine-race card at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
|January 25 – Santa Anita|
|Don’t Sell||Wgt-122||Race 2||Maiden Special Weight|
|Hit the Seam||Wgt-124||Race 4||Maiden Special Weight|
|Elevate||Wgt-124||Race 6||Maiden Claiming $16,000|
|Whooping Jay||Wgt-124||Race 8||Allowance Optional Claiming $50,000|
|January 26 – Santa Anita|
|Owning||Wgt-124||Race 2||Claiming $25,000|
|Listing||Wgt-124||Race 3||California Cup Turf Sprint S.|
|Exultation||Wgt-124||Race 7||Claiming $25,000|
|Fiery Lady||Wgt-120||Race 9||Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint S.|
|Marckie’s Water||Wgt-120||Race 11||Unusual Heat Turf Classic S. presented by City National Bank|
|January 21 – Santa Anita|
|Canadian Game finished 2nd beaten 1 3/4 lengths||Race 5|
ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR SEEKS SECOND TURF CLASSIC WIN
In his last 21 races, Ashleyluvssugar has run in stakes 20 times, 16 against open company, winning six, including four Grade II events. Not too shabby for an eight-year-old California-bred gelding that might be long in the tooth but not short on class.
Saturday, the son of Game Plan goes for his second victory in the $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic presented by City National Bank, having won it in 2017.
“He’s full of vim and vigor and still acts like he wants to run,” trainer Peter Eurton said of the durable bay, earner of $1,393,039 in a 30-race career, of which he has won 10. “As long as he’s healthy, which he is, he’ll continue to run and compete at this level.”
The Turf Classic is one of four stakes Saturday showcasing California-breds, the others being the $$150,000 Sprint, the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint and the $100,000 Turf Sprint Stakes.
TWO EDDIES ON COURSE FOR CAL CUP TURF SPRINT
Eddie Truman hopes the buck stops with a good post position for Teacher’s Treasure in Saturday’s $100,000 California Cup Turf Sprint Stakes for three-year-olds at about 6 ½ furlongs on the downhill grass course.
The chestnut gelding by Square Eddie-Corissa’s Birthday makes his stakes debut and his second start on turf after running third on Santa Anita’s unique venue on New Year’s Day when breaking from the No. 2 post position.
“I think he’s going to move a couple lengths forward off that race, especially if he draws an outside post,” Truman said. “The two hole is such a disadvantage coming down the hill.”
Edgar Payeras has ridden Teacher’s Treasure in each of his four races, winning one, with one second and two thirds. “He just lost his ‘bug’ and he’s been riding at Los Al, but he’s always worked this horse for me and my owners love him,” Truman said of the 24-year-old native of Guatemala.
“The horse is a homebred so he’s kind of a Cinderella story. The owners are Larry Samovar and his wife, Carolyn, who campaign as Academic Farms. They’re from Ramona and I’ve been with them 35, 40 years.
“We’re big supporters of the Cal-bred program, and to finally get this mare to Square Eddie has really showed she can produce a good horse.”
D’AMATO COULD RUN THREE IN F&M TURF SPRINT
Phil D’Amato plans to enter Barbara Beatrice, S Y Sky and possibly Lovely Linda in Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint for older fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course.
S Y Sky returns on a seemingly short turnaround, having run second as the 7-10 favorite on Jan. 10.
“That was kind of the game plan for S Y Sky as long as she came out of the race good,” the trainer said of the five-year-old Grazen mare owned and bred by Nick Alexander. S Y Sky has never been out of the money in eight starts and favored in seven them, four at odds-on.
“With all the weather we’ve been dealing with, and not being able to train them too hard, her last race was kind of a blessing. She’s doing well. She breezed this morning (four furlongs in 48.60) as did Barbara (four furlongs on the training track in a bullet 48 flat), and they should be ready to go.”
Joe Talamo rides S Y Sky, while Tiago Pereira pilots Barbara Beatrice for the 20th time in what will be her 21st career race. Pereira rode her in her first race way back on Jan. 11, 2015, then three more before Talamo ended the skein, but has been on the seven-year-old gray daughter of Grazen bred by D’Amato for her last 15 races in a row.
SANTA ANITA GUARANTEES $2 MILLION SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK 6 JACKPOT
Along with one dollar beers and sodas, fans have a guaranteed $2 million Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Santa Anita.
With Santa Anita guaranteeing a $2 million Rainbow Six Jackpot up until a designated mandatory payout (pending CHRB approval) on Feb. 2, a cascade of “new” money continues to pour into the popular 20 cent minimum wager, evidenced by Sunday’s “new” money handle of $520,286, which helped to create a total live money Rainbow Six pool of $1,540,495.
For the third consecutive day, there will be a 10-race card today. Accordingly, the 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six will begin with race five, which has an approximate post time of 2:03 p.m. PT. For additional racing information and specifics on Santa Anita’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
To boost the popular 20¢ Rainbow Pick 6, Santa Anita will guarantee the single ticket jackpot at $2,000,000 for Saturday, January 19 through Friday, Feb. 1*. Get in the action!
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Overweight horses are at risk for a number of health conditions. Here are some tips to use if your horse needs to lose weight.
As we understand more about the impact that obesity and emaciation have on animal health, it is imperative that we strive to keep our horses at an optimum body condition. We’ve learned how to body condition score (BCS) our horses, so let’s take a look at what horses with a BCS of 6 and higher might look like:
Now, here are some tips you can use if your horse could stand to lose some weight.
Depending on how fat your horse is, it could take several months to arrive at his target weight and condition score. Look for small steady changes and don’t be surprised if after some initial improvements, your horse appears to plateau. If that happens, revisit the feeding program and the exercise program and evaluate whether additional changes are necessary.
Think about calories first.
A mature horse will lose weight and condition when the number of calories it consumes is less than the number of calories it uses. Therefore, to decrease body condition the horse must either decrease calorie intake or increase calorie use (or, ideally, both). It isn’t healthy to starve a horse into weight loss, so a combination of increased calorie use and decreased calorie intake is a good approach.
Understand where calories come from.
The horse consumes calories from its pasture, hay, and grains and/or concentrated feed (such as a sweet feed). But most people underestimate the importance of hay and pasture in the horse’s diet. If hay and pasture are good quality and abundant, they can contribute the majority of the calories that a horse needs—your horse might not even need grain. The fiber in hay and pasture is also important to keep the digestive tract healthy.
Concentrates have the most calories per pound. Therefore, the first step in reducing the calorie intake of fat horses is to decrease the concentrate.
Also, do not add any extra fat to the diet. Fat is high in calories and, although it helps have a shiny coat, it is a source of calories that an already overweight horse doesn’t need.
Dealing with feeding-time frenzy.
Some horses become extremely agitated when other horses get concentrate and they don’t. To minimize this frenzy, feed a fat horse a small amount (one eight-ounce cup) of a high-protein, high-mineral supplement (often referred to a balancer pellet or a supplement pellet) at the same time the other horses get their regular concentrate. This small amount of food will help appease the fat horse and it will meet its needs for protein, vitamins, and minerals not provided by the hay.
Another option for feeding-time frenzy is to purchase some hay cubes or pellets and feed a small amount (again, less than a pound). This is a good appeasement strategy but doesn’t provide the same nutrient support as the balancer pellet. Generally, these feeds will be less palatable than concentrate and it might take the horse a few days to adapt, but most horses eventually do.
Restrict pasture access.
Lush pasture can provide an almost-unending source of calories for your horse as you can’t control the amount of grass he eats per day. The best way to reduce pasture intake is to put the horse in a drylot (sacrifice lot) where you will be able to control the amount of food your horse will have access to. This is, of course, only feasible, if there is space in your property for a dry lot. Confining a horse to a dry lot may decrease his level of activity, which will, in turn, reduce the number of calories he uses each day. Consider using a young horse as a companion to keep the fat horse moving—just ensure the horses get along so no one gets hurt. Remember to feed the youngster separately, as he will need a diet designed to meet his needs.
Use grazing muzzles.
Another way to restrict pasture intake is to use a grazing muzzle. Some horses will adapt very well to the muzzle, while others will sulk. Muzzles allow horses to eat very little at a time, and the horse will not be by himself in a dry lot. Pasturemates will keep that horse moving all day. Just be careful to fit the muzzle correctly so it doesn’t cause any facial sores.
Also, when horses are muzzled, your water source is important. Some automatic waterers have openings that are small, in which case it will be impossible for your muzzled horse to drink sufficient amounts of water. If you are watering out of a bucket or trough, then you should have no trouble.
Another thing to keep in mind when muzzling horses is that it is useless to muzzle a horse, say, for six hours of the day, and let him eat for the remaining 18 hours. He will make up for those lost six hours in the other 18 hours. You should keep the muzzle on whenever the horse is in the pasture—consistency is key.
Feed clean, late-maturity grass hay.
Hay will be primary diet component of horses managed in a drylot, barn or large paddock with minimal available pasture. Fat horses should be fed hay that was harvested in late maturity. Late-maturity grass hay (for example timothy or orchardgrass) is high in slowly digested fiber and, thus, is lower in calories than early maturity hay.
In addition, because late-maturity hay is higher in fiber, the stems are thicker, and it takes the horse more time to chew. More chewing time means that horse has less idle time between meals, and chewing uses calories. If you get your hay analyzed, look for something that contains more than 60 percent neutral detergent fiber (on an as-fed basis).
Control the amount of hay.
Some feeding guidelines suggest that a horse should receive two pounds of hay for every 100 pounds of body weight (or 20 pounds of hay for a 1,000-pound horse). That is a pretty good guideline for a horse in moderate body condition, but for the very fat horse, it is probably more than is needed. Keep in mind that a horse with a condition score of 8 and a current weight of 1,000 pounds is really an 850- to 900-pound horse with a lot of extra padding. A reasonable starting point then for a weight loss hay allocation for that horse would be 2 pounds of hay for each 100 pounds of the target weight, or about 17 pounds of hay per day. If no weight loss occurs at this rate of feeding then, the amount can be slowly decreased. However, restricting hay too much might lead to digestive disorders or undesirable behaviors, so it is desirable to maintain a hay intake of at least 1½ pounds for each 100 pounds of the target weight.
Find ways to help your horse burn more calories.
As suggested above, putting a young or active horse with a sedentary fat horse could stimulate him to move around more. Turning stabled horses into dry lots for several hours a day can increase their activity. In a paddock, put hay and water away from fence lines, gates, resting places (and each other) to encourage movement. Use feeding devices or practices that slow the rate of eating or increase the work of eating. For example, use a small-hole haynets or, when feeding hay in the pasture, put it in many small piles to make the horse move from place to place. If you normally blanket your horse in the winter or keep him in the barn a lot, you’re helping him reduce calorie use. So, minimize blankets and time in a barn as much as possible, to maximize calorie use in the winter.
Regular exercise is one of the best ways to increase calorie use. But before starting an ambitious exercise program, have a veterinarian and a farrier evaluate your fat horse to make certain he doesn’t have any underlying diseases or lameness. Once you are sure the horse is healthy and able to start exercising, formulate a plan that gradually increases the amount and difficulty of the regular exercise.
You can start with lunging exercise, for example, 10 minutes a day at a trot for a week, then increase to 15 minutes at a trot for the second week, and progressively increase the duration until you reach about 45 minutes at least a few times a week. Remember to increase the duration or level of activity, but never both at the same time. Ideally it would be good to exercise a horse every day, but if this is not feasible, exercising three to five times a week will still be helpful.