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San Vicente Stakes winner Iliad and Cecil B. DeMille winner Term of Art, second and third behind runaway winner Mastery in Saturday’s Grade II San Felipe Stakes, are bound for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8, trainer Doug O’Neill’s assistant Leandro Mora said Sunday morning.

“Both horses looked good this morning and the Santa Anita Derby is what we’re looking at,” Mora said.

O’Neill won the Santa Anita Derby back to back in 2012 and 2013 with I’ll Have Another and Goldencents.

Meanwhile, Bob Baffert barely had a chance to begin celebrating after Mastery’s 6 ¾-length romp in the San Felipe that established him as the Kentucky Derby favorite, when the bubble burst.

Mastery was pulled up after the finish of the 1 1/16-mile race and taken back to the barn via horse ambulance after being evaluated by track vet Dr. Dana Stead.

“When he got back to the barn, he seemed OK, but when he got off the wash rack, he showed some filling in his left front ankle,” Baffert said after the race Saturday. “It’s a condylar fracture. He’ll be operated on early Monday and they’ll insert two screws (at Santa Anita’s Equine Hospital on the backstretch).

“We won’t know until after the surgery whether or not this is career-ending.”

Sunday morning, Baffert said Mastery “was eating and looked comfortable, but the most important thing now is to focus on his well-being. Our emotions went from the highest of the highs after he won to the lowest of the lows. Obviously what happened is pretty disappointing.

“But in this game you have to keep things in perspective. It could have been worse.” 


Autumn Flower has enhanced her broodmare status with third-place finishes at long odds in Grade II stakes in her last two outings, the La Canada and the Santa Maria.

Trainer Dan Hendricks is satisfied with that accomplishment for the moment, but has his sights set on even greater heights when the five-year-old Flower Alley mare runs in next Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.

“Another third would be fine, but she’s maturing and as happy as she’s ever been since we’ve changed some of her routine from last year. It’s really worked,” Hendricks said. “We added a goat, my son (Gregg) takes extra time with her and grazes her every morning.

“She’s just happy and doing well.”

Autumn Flower never ran in a stakes race until Dec. 3 of last year when she finished sixth in the Grade II Bayakoa Handicap. She had won two optional claiming races before that for owners Thomas Traver and Priscilla Webb. 


            It was a far cry from Dare and Go’s 3 ½-length victory at nearly 40-1 that ended Cigar’s 16-race winning streak in the 1996 Pacific Classic, but Bal a Bali’s win as the longest shot in Saturday’s Grade I Kilroe Mile at 9-1 put another upset notch on Richard Mandella’s Hall of Fame resume.

Bal a Bali hadn’t raced since last June 16, a span of nearly nine months, but had been training forwardly, even sporting a bullet work, uncommon for a Mandella campaigner.

“He came out of the race in good shape but I’m not sure where I’ll go next,” Mandella said Sunday morning. “He’s a very good horse, so it was no surprise that he was good enough (to win under those conditions), but running that good after all that layoff, I was happy to see he did what he could do.

“But it was no surprise that he could do it. I always thought he was that good. I have nothing immediate in mind. I’ll give him a little extra time because I know he runs really well with long layoffs, but I’m not giving him nine months this time.”

Bal a Bali, a seven-year-old full horse bred in Brazil and owned by Calumet Farm, won his U.S. debut way back on May 9, 2015, when he captured the Grade III American Stakes at Santa Anita. The Kilroe marked his 14th triumph in 23 starts.

Ridden by four-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier Castellano, who also piloted 13-10 favorite Shaman Ghost to a three-quarter length victory over Midnight Storm in the Santa Anita Handicap, Bal a Bali paid $21.20 as the longest shot in the field of seven.


Gary Stevens won his first race since coming back from hip replacement surgery Dec. 21 when he piloted Shehastheritestuff to a half-length victory for trainer Paddy Gallagher in Saturday’s sixth race at one mile on turf. The four-year-old California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat paid $16.40.

“It’s great to be back and great to have support of the trainers this first week back,” the 54-year-old Hall of Fame rider said Sunday morning. “Paddy put me on a nice filly that fit my style and fortunately we got the job done.

“The first win back is always the toughest. You’ve got to reprove yourself, and like any athlete, you’ve got to fight back and show that you’ve still got some shelf life.”

For the unsinkable Gary Stevens, there’s no expiration date in view. 

FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup winner Arrogate worked seven furlongs Sunday morning in company as he prepares for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 25. With Martin Garcia up and in company with Cat Burglar, Arrogate was timed in 1:25 flat for seven furlongs, with fractional times of 24.60, 36.80, 48.60 and 1:12.80. Cat Burglar was clocked in 1:25.40. “He went really nice,” Bob Baffert said of Arrogate. “I saw what I needed to see. He just cruised around there and he’ll ship tomorrow (for Dubai).” . . .

Ron Ellis reports Masochistic came out of his second-place finish as the 1-2 favorite in the Triple Bend Stakes in good order, but “has no plan” for his next race. “We’ll have to regroup and see what goes on,” the trainer said. “It was his first race in four months; he got a little tired.” Masochistic was beaten a length by 16-1 shot Denman’s Call, one of six winners picked on top by Toby Turrell‘s Winners Card . . .

Agent J.R. Pegram has booked Kent Desormeaux on Santa Maria and La Canada runner-up Show Stealer for Art Sherman in next Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes . . .

There is a Pick Six carryover of $189,246 into Sunday’s program . . . With apologies to General Douglas MacArthur, “Old geldings never die. They just race away,” and the 11 scheduled starters in today’s eighth race, the $30,000 “605 Starter Handicap” at 5 ½ furlongs, have run a combined total of 434 races, winning 93 and earning $2,051,129. The leader is 10-year-old Nextdoorneighbor with 15 wins from 55 starts for current trainer Steve Knapp, who also has Changing Karma entered . . .

Also next Saturday, Santa Anita has the St. Paddy’s Day Pitch, with the person tossing a ringer winning $1 million! It’s free to enter. Get on track, fill out a contest entry card and you could be one of four entries selected, or sign up online at before March 18, as one online entry also will be chosen.


Sunday, March 12, 2017
2 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Carols Command :24.80 H 1
Colleen’s Diamond :26.60 H 4
Hard Merchadise :24.80 H 1
Satellite Storm :25.60 H 3
3 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

After the Conflict :35.40 H 2
Always Sunny :39.00 H 30
Anstrum :38.00 H 20
Artistica :37.80 H 17
Au Clair de Lune :39.40 H 33
Babys Got Track :38.80 H 25
Believable :38.80 H 25
Belli Girl :38.00 B 20
Calgary Caper :38.80 B 25
Catchmeifyoucant :39.40 H 33
Chestnut’s Gold :38.60 B 23
Citron Kid :37.00 H 13
Cowboy Phil :42.00 B 41
Crackdown :35.80 H 3
Cruise Dancer :38.60 H 23
Dashing Don :37.80 H 17
Devil in My Head :41.20 B 39
Ebony Warrior :35.80 H 3
Extramarital :36.40 H 8
Fifer :37.40 H 15
Fire Boss :38.20 H 22
Good Luck to You :40.40 H 38
Hansen’s Victory :36.60 H 10
Linda Honey :38.80 H 25
Liquid Metal :36.60 H 10
Lord Vancouver :41.20 B 39
Lucky Ending :36.60 H 10
Moon Ride :37.80 H 17
One Big Promise :40.00 B 37
Opportunistic :35.80 H 3
Panning for Gold :39.60 H 36
Princess O’Prado :37.60 H 16
Red Rory :37.00 H 13
Seven Feathers :36.20 H 7
Silent Native :39.20 H 32
Spirit Bay :36.40 H 8
Square Dancer :39.00 B 30
Stormy Teen :35.20 H 1
Tell Us a Tale :38.80 H 25
Total Defence :36.00 H 6
Whippoorwill Song :39.40 B 33
4 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Kristofferson :50.40 H 2
Rebus :49.20 H 1
Songanddance Girl :52.00 B 4
Three Berry :52.80 B 5
Tizagogo :51.00 H 3

Which Horse Bedding Harbors the Least Bacteria?

Which Horse Bedding Harbors the Least Bacteria?Researchers found that, of the beddings tested, pine shavings were most effective at inhibiting bacterial growth.

Photo: Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor

When it comes to your horse’s bedding, does “bacteria” come to mind? Bedding that also serves as a toilet can bring all kinds of health risks—including bacterial infections. That’s why researchers have been investigating which bedding materials best prevent harmful bacterial growth. The winner? Pine wood shavings.

Wood shavings from two kinds of pine trees showed significantly less bacterial growth, when exposed to bacteria in a lab setting, than spruce shavings, hemp, and straw. They were also three times more absorbent than hemp and straw, said Kelly Yarnell, PhD, researcher at Nottingham Trent University, in Nottingham, U.K.

While these results probably vary some in an actual stall compared to a laboratory, they still give researchers a good indication of bacterial growth trends in bedding, she said. And that can help owners make good bedding decisions to curb infections before they happen.

“Prevention is the key word,” Yarnell said. “We appreciate that practical issues such as cost and disposal are of key importance when selecting a bedding, but if horse owners can prevent or reduce the risk of disease, then overall biosecurity will be improved.”

In their study, Yarnell and her fellow researchers investigated how Streptococcus equi (strangles), Streptococcus zooepidemicus (inflammatory airway disease, uterine infections), Fusobacterium necrophorum (thrush), Dichelobacter nodosus (hoof rot/thrush), and Dermatophilus congolensis (mud fever) evolved in common horse beddings including:

  • Scots pine shavings;
  • Corsican pine shavings;
  • Sitka spruce shavings;
  • Hemp; and
  • Chopped wheat straw.

They also measured absorbency, based on how many hours each bedding retained horse urine. Horse urine contains significant levels of nitrogen, which contributes to bacterial growth.

“Bedding that’s more absorbent is bedding that removes urine more effectively, resulting in a less-than-ideal environment for bacterial growth,” Yarnell said. “So the reduced bacterial growth could be due to a combination of antimicrobial properties of the wood as well as physical characteristics of the shavings-based bedding.”

Yarnell said they found that pine and spruce bedding reduced these bacteria’s growth rates. And pine bedding presented with the lowest level of bacterial growth for each strain tested.

“Based on the findings of this study, we would suggest that shavings from the pine species are better at inhibiting bacterial growth and may be a suitable choice for both horse owners and equine hospitals,” Yarnell said.

Even so, the researchers acknowledge that bacterial growth is only one of many factors to consider in selecting bedding, she said. But ideally, their studies can help scientists develop an “ultimate” bedding that’s bio-safe, easy to clean, environmentally friendly, and appealing to horses.

“We do appreciate that horses often have a particular preference for a certain type of bedding, which is why the next stage of the study is working to isolate the chemicals responsible for antimicrobial action,” Yarnell said. “That way, we could extract and potentially add these chemicals to bedding types that are more sustainable than chopping down trees for animal bedding, or which are the preferred choice of horses.”

The study, “Reducing exposure to pathogens in the horse: a preliminary study into the survival of bacteria on a range of equine bedding types,” was published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology.

About the Author

Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA

Christa Lesté-Lasserre is a freelance writer based in France. A native of Dallas, Texas, Lesté-Lasserre grew up riding Quarter Horses, Appaloosas, and Shetland Ponies. She holds a master’s degree in English, specializing in creative writing, from the University of Mississippi in Oxford and earned a bachelor’s in journalism and creative writing with a minor in sciences from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She currently keeps her two Trakehners at home near Paris. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity


Sunday, March 12
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $20,000 $25,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $20,000 $25,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $29,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Santa Ana S. $200,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Starter Handicap – $10,000 $30,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight

Early Entries

Friday, March 17 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000
Race 3 Claiming – $8,000 $16,000
Race 4 Starter Allowance – $40,000 $30,000
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $58,000
Race 7 Claiming – $25,000 $23,000
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $21,000

Turf Paradise Daily Results and Activity


Sunday, March 12
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $3,500 $7,100 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $3,200 $7,200 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Allowance $14,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $10,000 $7,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $8,500 $8,500 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Optional Claiming – $30,000 $12,500 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Allowance $22,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $10,000 $7,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight

Early Entries

Wednesday, March 15 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden $4,000
Race 2 Allowance $16,000
Race 3 Starter Optional Claiming – $16,000 $14,500
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $16,000 $15,000
Race 5 Claiming – $3,000 $7,000
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,300
Race 7 Claiming – $8,500 $8,500
Race 8 Claiming – $3,500 $7,000

Final Entries

Tuesday, March 14
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $16,000 $14,500
Race 2 Claiming – $3,000 $7,000
Race 3 Maiden Optional Claiming – $30,000 $12,500
Race 4 Claiming – $3,000 $7,000
Race 5 Claiming – $3,000 $7,000
Race 6 Maiden Optional Claiming – $30,000 $12,500
Race 7 Claiming – $3,500 $7,100
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,300

Local Trainers and Horses out of Town

Sandi Gann
March 12 – Turf Paradise

Oasis Wells Race 5 Claiming $8,500
March 13 – Turf Paradise

Cederberg Race 7 Claiming $5,000

March 11 – Turf Paradise
Code of Arms finished 4th beaten 14 1/4 lengths Race 1 View Chart    
Steve Henson
March 12 – Turf Paradise

Crater Lake Race 4 Maiden Claiming $8,000

March 11 – Turf Paradise
Don’t Hold Me Back finished 7th beaten 11 3/4 lengths Race 5 View Chart    
Honor River finished 9th beaten 13 1/2 lengths Race 7 View Chart    


Mario Gutierrez & Nyquist
Mario Gutierrez
March 12 – Santa Anita

Farley Wgt-123 Race 4 Maiden Special Weight
Seaquet Wgt-126 Race 5 Maiden Claiming $50,000
March 16 – Santa Anita

Radish Wgt-120 Race 4 Maiden Special Weight
Cut Wgt-120 Race 5 Maiden Claiming $75,000
Upper Mesa Falls Wgt-124 Race 8 Maiden Claiming $30,000

March 11 – Santa Anita
Patience Ofa Saint finished 4th beaten 3 1/2 lengths Race 2 Chart
Lady Bellamy finished 10th beaten 21 1/4 lengths Race 4 Chart
Ann Arbor Eddie finished 5th beaten 22 1/4 lengths Race 5 Chart
Jeremy’s Legacy (IRE) finished 9th beaten 4 lengths Race 6 Chart
Point Piper finished 6th beaten 10 lengths Race 8 Chart
Gangster finished 8th beaten 22 lengths Race 10 Chart
How About Zero finished 8th beaten 6 1/2 lengths Race 11 Chart


Saturday, March 11, 2017
2 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Catz On Fire :26.40 H 8
Gold Girl :24.20 H 1
Handsome Chef :24.80 H 3
Sakura :26.20 H 7
Sanawar :26.00 H 6
Shadow Dancer :24.20 H 1
Sunset Drive :25.60 H 5
Yukon Belle :24.80 H 3
3 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

A Curve in Time :41.00 B 10
Blue Storm Cloud :36.80 H 3
I Dig That :39.60 H 9
Indy Racer :38.40 H 6
Jaz Unlimited :38.40 H 6
Majestic Mark :39.00 H 8
Nana’s Buddy :35.80 H 1
Power Corrupt :37.80 H 5
Silent Eagle :37.60 H 4
Zanita Rosae :36.40 H 2