First run in 1935, San Juan Capistrano will be run for the 78th time on Saturday and has provided fans and horsemen with some of Santa Anita’s greatest moments, including Hall of Famer John Longden’s dramatic career-ending nose victory aboard George Royal in 1966.
SYNTAX: Off at odds of 27-1, he finished well from off the pace to be second, beaten one length, in the Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes at 1 ½ miles on turf March 25, which was his second start for D’Amato after running at Presque Isle Down near Philadelphia on Oct. 5. Irish-bred, Syntax is a 5-year-old full horse by the Danzig stallion Haatef who will likely try to mount a rally from off the pace on Saturday. Owned by Mathew Schera, Syntax was a Grade III winner going 1 1/8 miles at Delaware Park in July of 2015. With an overall mark of 18-3-4-4, he has earnings of $309,866.
THE GRADE III SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 4 of 10 Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PT
- Generoso–Tiago Pereira–122
- Power Foot–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–122
- Runasaurus Rex–Brice Blanc–122
- Inordinate–Corey Nakatani–122
- Syntax–Rafael Bejarano–122
- Papacoolpapacool–Flavien Prat–122
CALIFORNIAN IS TRADITIONAL STEPPINGSTONE TO GRADE I GOLD CUP ON MAY 27
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 19, 2017)–Trainer Vladimir Cerin’s Follow Me Crev, along with a pair of Bob Baffert runners, Collected and Cupid, as well as Cliff Sise’s Prospect Park, head a field of six 3-year-olds and up in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Californian Stakes, a traditional steppingstone to the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on May 27. To be run for the 64th time, the Californian will be contested at a mile and one eighth.
In addition to the top four, trainer Jim Cassidy’s Prime Attraction, who, like Prospect Park, comes off a turf allowance win at 1 1/8 miles, rates a solid chance as he transitions back to the main track.
FOLLOW ME CREV: Fifth in last year’s Californian at 9-2, this 5-year-old Quality Road gelding was an impressive allowance winner going 1 1/16 miles here on Feb. 20 and will be making his third start off a seven month layoff on Saturday. Taken well off the pace in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 11, he ended up third, beaten 5 ¼ lengths by top handicap performer Shaman Ghost while earning a career-best Beyer Speed figure of 101. Owned by David and Holly Wilson, Follow Me Crev would be well served by a fast early pace. With an overall mark of 20-6-3-4, he has earnings of $337,240.
COLLECTED: In what was the best performance of his career, he stalked the early pace and went on to a decisive 3 ¾ length win in the Santana Mile on April 1, his first start since being well beaten in the Grade I Preakness Stakes on May 21 of last year. A 4-year-old colt by City Zip, he won both the Grade III, one mile Sham Stakes and the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Lexington prior to running in the Preakness. Owned by Speedway Stable, LLC, Collected appears poised for a big 4-year-old campaign. With earnings of $480,500, he has five wins and a second from eight career starts.
CUPID: Idle since well beaten in the Grade II Pennsylvania Derby Sept. 24, he’s easily the leading money earner in the Californian field with winnings of $1,336,803. A 4-year-old colt by Tapit, he won three graded stakes last year; the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Rebel, the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Indiana Derby and the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles West Virginia Derby. Owned by Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier, Cupid enters the Californian fresh and should therefore be on or near the early lead. He has four wins and a second from nine career starts.
PROSPECT PARK: Although his lone graded stakes win came on turf, this impeccably bred 5-year-old horse by Tapit returns to the main track following his best effort in recent memory, a 3 ¼ length turf allowance win here on March 9. Owned and bred by Pam and Martin Wygod, Prospect Park appears to be coming to his best for Cliff Sise. With Kent Desormeaux opting to stick with Follow Me Crev, he’ll be ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat. With a Santa Anita main track record of 10-2-4-1, he’s 17-4-7-2 overall with earnings of $515,770.
THE GRADE II CALIFORNIAN STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 8 of 10 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PT
- Collected–Martin Garcia–122
- Cupid–Rafael Bejarano–124
- Prospect Park–Flavien Prat–122
- Prime Attraction–Santiago Gonzalez–122
- Texas Ryano–Mike Smith–126
- Follow Me Crev–Kent Desormeaux–122
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 19, 2017)–Highly regarded comebacker Coppa and Perfect Pic head a wide open lineup of 10 fillies and mares aged three and up in Saturday’s $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.
Idle since well beaten over the course in the Unzip Me Stakes on Oct. 1, graded stakes winning Coppa has trained well for her return, while Miss Double d’Oro was a fast finishing third down the hill on March 10 and Perfect Pic hopes to return to her winning ways following a disappointing run in the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on dirt March 18.
COPPA: Trained by Phil D’Amato, she was a well fancied winner of her first three starts, all at 6 ½ furlongs on dirt, culminating with a neck win in the Grade III Victory Ride Stakes July 9 at Belmont Park. Although she disappointed in the Unzip Me, look for this 4-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Yesbyjimminy to come back running on Saturday. Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, Coppa has three wins from five starts and has earnings of $154,545.
PERFECT PIC: An impressive gate to wire allowance winner going one mile on turf two starts back on Feb. 3, this 4-year-old Candy Ride filly bobbled at the start and was subsequently beaten 20 ¼ lengths in the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on March 18. A first-out maiden winner going six furlongs on dirt Aug. 26 at Del Mar, she has proven ability sprinting and should appreciate the cutback in distance and return to turf. Trained by Jim Cassidy and owned by D P Racing, Perfect Pic is 7-3-1-1 with earnings of $126,290.
THE $75,000 MIZDIRECTION STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 9 of 10 Approximate post time 5 p.m. PT
- Watch This Cat–Corey Nakatani–126
- Desert Steel–Flavien Prat–124
- Coppa–Joe Talamo–126
- Do the Dance–Stewart Elliott–126
- Riri–Rafael Bejarano–122
- Coniah–Kent Desormeaux–122
- Perfect Pic–Santiago Gonzalez–122
- Smoove It–Tiago Pereira–126
- Paquita Coqueta–Gary Stevens–126
- Swift Lady–Martin Garcia–126
ENTRIES TODAY FOR OPENING DAY
The Hastings Racing Office opens tomorrow morning ready to take entries for opening day this coming Sunday.
Racing Secretary, Nichile Milner expects there will be little problem filling the opening day card of eight races which includes two stakes races.
The Swift Thoroughbreds Inaugural should draw a full field of 11 and The Brighouse for fillies and mares looks like a field of 7 or 8.
It’s been a very rough spring and there has only been two decent tracks to train on since the track opened on February 3rd. The first ten days or so the track was unable to open because it was frozen or covered with snow. The record amounts of rain in March and only one dry day in April so far.
We must send out a loud shout out to all the trainers and especially all of the grooms, exercise riders and hot walkers who nursed our horses through the worst spring since 1944. Thank you to you all.
Good luck to all and many trips to the winners circle for you all.
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When looking for good-quality alfalfa, be sure it’s clean with no dust or mold–just as you would with any hay.
How much do you really know about this leafy green legume?
In some areas of the country, alfalfa is a regular part of life. It’s readily available and commonly fed, so it’s a logical foundation for many horses’ diets. In other areas, alfalfa is a delicacy of sorts, shipped in from different regions and bought a bale at a time on a vet’s recommendation to help certain horses that need nutritional support. For some types of horses—in either of those areas—-alfalfa simply isn’t a great choice. And, so, that fragrant green bale comes loaded with nutrients and, for some horse owners, a multitude of misconceptions.
Whatever your alfalfa experience, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about this forage, starting with a little bit of history, and clear up any confusion about it.
Alfalfa Goes Way Back
Forage for horses can be divided into two categories—grasses and legumes. Grasses you’re likely familiar with include orchardgrass, timothy, and bermudagrass and are long and stemmy. Forage legumes, such as clover and alfalfa, are members of the pea family and, so, are cousins of peanuts and garbanzo beans.
“Alfalfa is a perennial legume, grown in most regions of the U.S. for horses and other livestock,” says Krishona Martinson, PhD, associate professor and equine extension specialist in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Animal Science, in Falcon Heights.
Alfalfa was one of the first domesticated forages, planted and harvested in what is now Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan several thousand years ago. Early farmers discovered its nutritional benefits, especially for hard-working horses, says Ray Smith, PhD, forage extension -specialist at the University of Kentucky (UK), in Lexington. “The main feed for horses of early armies in those regions was alfalfa,” he says.
“When alfalfa was first brought to the eastern part of the U.S. in the 1700s from Europe, it didn’t survive well—partly because of wetter soils and lower pH,” says Smith.
By contrast, when settlers brought alfalfa west in the 1800s during the California Gold Rush to grow livestock feed, it did quite well. “Use of alfalfa grew rapidly in the western U.S. as people realized it fit well with that climate” and less-acidic soil types, says Smith. “By the late 1800s and early 1900s we began to learn more about adding lime to low-pH soils, to make them more appropriate for growing alfalfa. Plant breeding was also beginning by the 1900s, and plant scientists were able to develop alfalfa plants that were better adapted to various soils in the U.S.” Modern plant breeding has also improved alfalfa’s disease resistance.
Today, alfalfa still grows best in well-drained soils rather than wet soils.
Which Horses Benefit From Alfalfa? And Which Horses Should Not Eat Alfalfa? Continue reading this article in the April 2017 issue of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. Subscribe now and get an immediate download of this issue.
About the Author
Heather Smith Thomas ranches with her husband near Salmon, Idaho, raising cattle and a few horses. She has a B.A. in English and history from University of Puget Sound (1966). She has raised and trained horses for 50 years, and has been writing freelance articles and books nearly that long, publishing 20 books and more than 9,000 articles for horse and livestock publications. Some of her books include Understanding Equine Hoof Care, The Horse Conformation Handbook, Care and Management of Horses, Storey’s Guide to Raising Horses and Storey’s Guide to Training Horses. Besides having her own blog, www.heathersmiththomas.blogspot.com, she writes a biweekly blog at http://insidestorey.blogspot.com that comes out on Tuesdays.
It wasn’t long ago that colic surgeries were viewed as a last resort to save affected horses. As veterinary technology and experience performing such procedures have advanced, so have the long-term survival rates of horses recovering from colic surgery. But while study results have revealed that overall survival rates have increased, only a handful of studies have followed a horse’s return to use and performance long-term following colic surgery.
To that end, Isa Immonen, DVM, and colleagues at the University of Helsinki, in Finland, recently studied the long-term prognosis and subsequent long-term use and complications of horses that survived colic surgery. The team reviewed the cases of 236 horses of different breeds and disciplines that had undergone surgery four to eight years ago.
Overall, Immonen found that survival and return to work rates among the general population of horses was consistent with similar previous studies. Most of the horses (82.6%; 195/236) recovered from anesthesia, and 74.9% (146/195) were discharged from the clinic. The team collected full follow-up data on 92.5% (135/146) of the discharged horses. Of those, the majority (83.7%, 113/135) returned to work in their previous or intended discipline and 78.5% (106/135) performed at their former or a higher level.
However, she was surprised by a few other findings.
“One of the interesting findings was that the large intestinal colic patients were 3.3 times more prone to have postoperative colic episodes compared to the small intestinal patients,” she said.
To the team’s knowledge this has not been reported as clearly in previous study populations, Typically, the small intestinal patients have generally been regarded to be more prone to complications postoperatively, she said.
Similarly, Immonen’s results differed from previous findings about the lasting impact of postoperative hernias. However, she cautioned, in this and previous studies, the total number of postoperative hernias have been small. “Most of the previous studies found out that formation of postoperative hernia affects the future working capacity of the horse negatively,” she said. “However, in our study, formation of hernia did not have a negative effect on the probability of the horse returning back to performance.”
Immonen was also surprised by horse owners’ general attitude and positivity toward colic surgery. Even though the surgery is expensive and not without risk and the recovery period can be lengthy, horse owners tended to opt for it in situations where recovery is likely.
“For a practicing veterinarian, and as one myself, the findings of this study can facilitate the discussion we have with horse owners about colic treatment, options, and prognosis,” she said. “Colic surgery is expensive, and no horse owner wants to prolong a horse’s pain or suffering.”
The study, “Long-term follow-up on recovery, return to use and sporting activity: a retrospective study of 236 operated colic horses in Finland (2006-2012),” was published in Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica.
About the Author
Katie Navarra has worked as a freelance writer since 2001. A lifelong horse lover, she owns and enjoys competing a dun Quarter Horse mare.