FLORIDA DERBY RESULTS

 

Horse Win Place Show
4 Always Dreaming $7.40 $3.80 $2.60
1 State of Honor $4.80 $2.80
11 Gunnevera $2.10
Exotic Payoffs
$2 Exacta (4-1) $39.80
$2 Trifecta (4-1-11) $89.80
$2 Superfecta (4-1-11-8) $529.00

Order of Finish

Pos Horse / Age / Sex / TrueNicks / Pedigree Jockey / Trainer Margin Earnings
1 Always Dreaming Keeneland Sales Graduate

  • John R. Velazquez
  • Todd A. Pletcher
5 $589,000
  • Breeder: Santa Rosa Partners, Owner: Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Teresa Viola Racing Stables et al.
  • Sire: Bodemeister  , Bay, 2009. Lifetime: 148 yearlings sold, median $90,000.
  • Broodmare Sire: In Excess (IRE), Dark Bay or Brown, 1987.
  • Sale History: 2015 KEESEP, $350,000.
2 State of Honor

  • Julien R. Leparoux
  • Mark E. Casse
$190,000
  • Breeder: Manfred Conrad & Penny Conrad, Owner: Conrad Farms
  • Sire: To Honor and Serve  , Bay, 2008. Lifetime: 96 yearlings sold, median $26,000.
  • Broodmare Sire: Elusive Quality  , Bay, 1993.
3 Gunnevera Keeneland Sales Graduate

  • Javier Castellano
  • Antonio Sano
½ $95,000
  • Breeder: Brandywine Farm & Stephen Upchurch, Owner: Peacock Racing Stables, LLC
  • Sire: Dialed In  , Dark Bay or Brown, 2008. Lifetime: 98 yearlings sold, median $25,000.
  • Broodmare Sire: Unbridled, Bay, 1987.
  • Sale History: 2015 KEESEP, $16,000.
4 Impressive Edge Keeneland Sales Graduate

  • 3 YO Colt
  • Harlan’s Holiday – Cool Spell
  • Corey J. Lanerie
  • Dale L. Romans
$47,500
5 Three Rules

  • Luis Saez
  • Jose Pinchin
$28,500
6 Talk Logistics

  • Joe Bravo
  • Edward Plesa, Jr.
$10,000
7 Coleman Rocky Keeneland Sales Graduate

  • 3 YO Colt
  • Harlan’s Holiday – Revel in the Win
  • Jose L. Ortiz
  • Gustavo Delgado
$10,000
8 Unbridled Holiday Keeneland Sales Graduate

  • 3 YO Colt
  • Harlan’s Holiday – Song of Royalty
  • Nik Juarez
  • Patrick L. Biancone
$10,000
9 Charlie the Greek

  • Leonel Reyes
  • Mikhail Yanakov
$10,000
10 Quinientos

  • 3 YO Gelding
  • Sky Mesa   – Unbridled’s Secret
  • Carlos Montalvo
  • Enrique A. Sanchez
$10,000
SCR Battalion Runner

Girvin From Good to Great in Louisiana Derby

Much like five weeks ago in the Grade II Risen Star Stakes, Brad Grady’s Joe Sharp-trained Girvin showed professionalism and immense promise when outclassing eight rivals in the 104th  Grade II $1,000,000 Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby on Saturday afternoon. After breaking from post eight and settling in mid-pack as his Grady-owned stablemate Hotfoot carved out name-appropriate fractions of 23.46 and 47 flat, the Brian Hernandez, Jr.-piloted son of Tale of Ekati rallied four-wide around the far turn after six furlongs in 1:11.15, collared new leader Local Hero and jockey Florent Geroux in mid-stretch and then sprinted home, out-finishing Calumet Farm’s Todd Pletcher-trained Patch and Tyler Gaffalione by 1¼ lengths.

The final time over the fast main track was 1:49.77, with a final eighth of a mile in 12.97 seconds. Patch finished 1¾ lengths ahead of Local Hero, while longshot Hollywood Handsome finished up well, rallying from last to miss third by a nose under Shaun Bridgmohan.

Sent to post as the 6-5 favorite, Girvin returned $4.60, $3 and $2.40, while Patch returned $5.20 and $3.60 and Local Hero returned $3.40 to show. He earned $600,000 to increase his career bankroll to $874,400 in just his fourth career start. He now owns a record of three wins and a second from said quartet of tries and heads to the Grade I $2,000,000 Kentucky Derby as one of the logical contenders.

“He’s such a talented horse,” Hernandez said. “He puts a lot of confidence in you. Today my biggest thing was when I saw Local Hero settle as well as he did, I wanted to stay behind (him) and give myself a target. Every time I needed him he was there for me. Turning for home, he got to switching leads back and forth, but he was kind of just messing around.”

“It doesn’t feel bad [to have a Kentucky Derby horse],” Sharp added. “He’s a talented horse. We’re enjoying the ride. It’s great connections and a great owner and it has been a real team effort.”

Gaffalione was very pleased with his mount’s effort, which was only his third start, first around two turns and first since breaking his maiden six weeks ago at Gulfstream Park. “We had a great trip. He’s still young and learning, but today he really ran a big race. There was a lot of traffic out there. Once we dove inside and found a path, he really accelerated and finished up really good. He’s pretty handy and you can do whatever you want with him. He listens very well.”

“I had a great trip and we had a good pace in front,” Geroux said of Steve Asmussen-trained Local Hero. “He was nice and relaxed and Steve and his team did a great job getting him ready for today. He was a different horse today than last time he ran. I was in position to win the race and they just outran me at the end.”

“I had a nice trip and there was enough pace for us,” Bridgmohan said of Dallas Stewart-trained Hollywood Handsome. “He really made a nice sustained run at the end and is improving.”

Sorry Erik (Kent Desormeaux, jockey), Senior Investment (Channing Hill), Guest Suite (Robby Albarado), Hotfoot (James Graham) and Monaco (Rajiv Maragh) completed the order of finish.

“Hopefully they don’t give up on this horse because I really think he has a good future,” Hill said. “He really doesn’t get what he’s 100% doing yet. He was never super-clear, but he fought all the way to the wire. I had to step on the brakes on the turn a bit, but honestly I thought I had a real shot on the backside when I was behind the winner. He’s a Belmont (Stakes) kind of horse.”

“I had Girvin in my sights, so he was my target to follow around there, but he gradually just got away from me as we went along,” Albarado said. “That’s a nice horse that won the race but it just wasn’t our day today with Guest Suite.”

“I did what I was told to do,” Graham said. “He’s a cool little horse and he wants to do right.”

“Everything was going good and the horse broke really sharp,” Maragh said. “When they started picking it up, he really couldn’t keep up.”

EMERALD DOWNS EXPANDS PROGRAMING

AUBURN, Wash. (March 31, 2017) – Emerald Down racing will be featured on Comcast SportsNet NW for 104 hours of coverage during the 2017 live racing season.

Coverage includes four hours of live racing on 20 Saturdays throughout the season and a new one-hour weekly magazine show that airs every Thursday during the 70-day meeting. CSN also offers exclusive coverage of the 82nd Longacres Mile and a special retrospective on last year’s Indian Relay Races at Emerald Downs.

“We’re proud to showcase the best of regional horse racing in our partnership with Emerald Downs,” said CSN vice president and general manager Larry Eldridge. “Whether you take in a race in-person or on TV, Emerald Downs’s live racing events celebrate in the country’s horse racing tradition, they’re competitive for those who are serious about horse racing, and they’re fun for the entire family.”

Hosted by Joe Withee, Emerald Downs Live offers live coverage of virtually the entire racing program, including analysis, interviews from the winner’s circle and paddock, and special features. Typically airing from 2 to 6 p.m., the special Saturday, April 8, opening night show airs 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Emerald Downs Weekly airs 8 to 9 p.m. throughout the season and is anchored by Withee and Tom Harris. The show launches with a special 7 to 8 p.m. season preview edition Friday, April 7, followed by a one-hour Emerald Downs’ produced documentary on Indian Relay Racing.
“Our partnership with CSN provides Northwest racing fans with comprehensive coverage of our great sport,” said Phil Ziegler, President of Emerald Downs Racetrack and Casino. “Fans can expect entertaining and informative analysis with excellent production values.”

2017 CSN Shows

Friday, April 7: Emerald Downs Weekly*, 7-8 p.m.
Sat April 8: Emerald Downs Live, 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Thu April 13: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Sat April 15: Emerald Downs Live, 2-6 p.m.
Thu April 20: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Sat April 22: Emerald Downs Live, 2-6 p.m.
Thu, April 27: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Sat April 29: Emerald Downs Live, 2-6 p.m.
Thu May 4: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Thu May 11: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Sat May 13: Emerald Downs Live, 2-6 p.m.
Thu May 18: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Sat May 20: Emerald Downs Live, 2-6 p.m.
Thu May 25: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Sat May 27: Emerald Downs Live, 2-6 p.m.
Thu June 1: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Sat June 3: Emerald Downs Live, 2-6 p.m.
Thu June 8: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Sat June 10: Emerald Downs Live, 2-6 p.m.
Thu June 15: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Sat June 17: Emerald Downs Live, 2-6 p.m.
Thu June 22: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Sat June 24: Emerald Downs Live, 2-6 p.m.
Thu June 29: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Sat July 1: Emerald Downs Live, 2-6 p.m.
Thu July 6: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Sat July 8: Emerald Downs Live, 6:30-10 p.m.
Thu July 13: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Sat July 15: Emerald Downs Live, 6:30-10 p.m.
Thu July 20: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Sat July 22: Emerald Downs Live, 6:30-10 p.m.
Thu July 27: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Sat July 29: Emerald Downs Live, 6:30-10 p.m.
Thu Aug 3: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Sat Aug 5: Emerald Downs Live, 2-6 p.m.
Thu Aug 10: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Sat Aug 12: Emerald Downs Live, 2-6 p.m.
Sun Aug 13: Longacres Mile Special, 4-6 p.m.
Thu Aug 17: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Sat Aug 19: Emerald Downs Live, 2-6 p.m.
Thu Aug 24: Emerald Downs Weekly, 8-9 p.m.
Sat Aug 26: Emerald Downs Live, 2-6 p.m.

*Premiere of Emerald Downs Weekly from 7 to 8 p.m. followed by the Indian Relay Special from 8 to 9 p.m.

HASTINGS WORKOUTS FOR SATURDAY

HASTINGS WORKERS PHOTO BY LISA THOMPSON
HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Sloppy
2 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Sailingforthesun :24.40 H 1
HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Sloppy
3 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Ambidextrous Duke :35.40 H 1
Bluegrass Pride :37.30 H 5
Chic Bird :38.30 H 8
Fishinonthefraser :35.40 H 1
Future Games :37.40 H 6
Iama Better Cause :37.00 H 4
Mystic Belief :35.40 H 1
Off the Grid :38.20 H 7
Sunscape :41.10 B 9
HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Sloppy
4 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Backseat Knights :51.40 H 28
Bluegrass Man :48.20 H 2
Blur’sfinalcommand :51.20 H 24
Cadeo :48.40 H 7
Callahan :49.00 H 10
Captain Jones :48.20 H 2
Catch Twenty One :49.00 H 10
Clever Council :48.40 H 7
Cross the Line :50.20 H 19
Eco Charge :50.00 H 16
Fear of the Cat :48.30 H 4
Feel No Shame :50.30 H 20
Hurricane Ronda :51.20 H 24
Instant Cash :49.20 H 14
Killarney Kid :51.10 H 21
King Abraaj :51.20 H 24
Lornefivehundred :49.20 H 14
Milsean :48.30 H 4
Morning Blurs :51.20 H 24
My Eye Candy :50.00 H 16
Naughty Numan :51.10 H 21
Queen of Barn I :51.10 H 21
Seeking Asylum :48.30 H 4
Similkameen Luke :47.10 H 1
Stall Boss :49.10 H 13
Tapicero :52.00 H 29
Texas Kid :48.40 H 7
Walk Free :50.10 H 18
War On :49.00 H 10
HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Sloppy
5 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

All Under Control 1:02.10 H 6
Blue Storm Cloud 1:02.00 H 2
Catchmeifyoucant 1:04.00 H 13
Colonel Kevin 1:02.10 H 6
He’s Gatsby 1:03.00 H 10
Hippie 1:04.30 H 15
Holly Hollywood 1:03.40 H 12
Nana’s Buddy 1:04.20 H 14
Power to Believe 1:01.00 H 1
Prince Hotel 1:02.20 H 8
Quatre Cat 1:02.40 H 9
Sabrina 1:02.00 H 2
Salzburg 1:02.00 H 2
Silent Eagle 1:02.00 H 2
Swagger Cat 1:03.00 H 10

WORLD CHAMP ARROGATE RETURNS TO SANTA ANITA

ARROGATE COMING OFF VAN

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2017)–Bob Baffert’s world champion Arrogate returned to his Santa Anita base at 12:12 p.m. looking amazingly fresh, considering he’d just come out of quarantine at Los Angeles International Airport following a roughly 20,000 mile round trip trek to Dubai, which resulted in a sensational 2 ¼ length win in last Saturday’s $10 million Dubai World Cup.

“I think we’ll look at the Gold Cup,” joked Baffert, in reference to the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on May 27.  “He’s a little fresh.  We’ll back off of him for about 30 days…We’ll train him, but he won’t breeze for 30 days…He tells us what he wants to do…We’ll have to do something with him.

“He’ll run in the Pacific Classic (Grade I, $1 million at Del Mar on Aug. 19) and then the Breeders’ Cup Classic down there (Nov. 4)…He might run one time before that.”

Included amongst a gaggle of media and track officials at Baffert’s Barn 5 was Arrogate’s Hall of Fame jockey, “Big Money” Mike Smith.

“This is exciting, I’ve been praying since the race was over to get him back home,” said Smith.  “He had so much turbulence in the race, he didn’t need any in the air,” he said in reference to the rough start Arrogate was able to overcome in Dubai.

“He’s like Muhammed Ali.  He’s the best in the world!”

And who could argue that point?

Following his maiden win in his second start here on June 5, the grey son of Unbridled’s Song has now rattled off six consecutive wins, his last four in Grade I stakes; a record setting 13 ½ length win in the Travers at Saratoga on Aug. 27, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 5, the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28 and the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 25.

Owned by Juddmonte Farms, 4-year-old Arrogate has now won seven of his eight starts and he’s now North America’s all-time leading money earner, with $17,084,600.

BAFFERT’S COLLECTED UPSETS TO WIN $75,000 SANTANA MILE

COLLECTED NITE

 HEAVILY FAVORED DORTMUND IS A WELL BEATEN FOURTH AT 3-5 

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2017)–With heavily favored Dortmund heading a three-horse scramble for the lead, Bob Baffert’s Collected sat a perfect trip under Martin Garcia and took command a quarter mile from home en route to a powerful 3 ¾ length victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Santana Mile at Santa Anita.  Idle since last year’s Preakness Stakes on May 21, he got the mile in 1:36.76.

“Martin rode him with a lot of confidence,” said Baffert.  “He saw what was happening, with those horses going really fast, and he just took back.  That’s why I took the blinkers off, because he’s been working really well without them and he can get a little strong.

“He ran some really big races last year, so he was taking a big class jump here…The owners are very patient people and we thought this would be a good spot.  It turned out well.  There were some tough horses in there.”

Off as the 2-1 second choice in a field of six older horses, Collected paid $6.40, $3.40 and $3.00.  Owned by Speedway Stable, LLC, he improved his overall record to 8-5-1-0 and with the winner’s share of $46,800, he increased his earnings to $480,500.

“He felt really fresh today because he had some time off,” said Garcia.  “He came today and won.  Bob told me not to fall off.”

Ridden by Flavien Prat, California-bred Avanti Bello rallied for the place, finishing 4 ¾ lengths in front of longshot Clever Royal.  Off at 5-1, Avanti Bello paid $4.20 and $3.00.

Off at 34-1 with Corey Nakatani, Clever Royal, who was three wide into the Club House turn while pressing Dortmund to his immediate inside and Magic Mark at the rail, finished third, 1 ¼ lengths in front of Dortmund.  Off at 34-1, Clever Royal paid $6.20 to show.

A winner of the 2015 Santa Anita Derby when trained by Baffert and ridden by Garcia, Dortmund, who disappointed in his first start for trainer Art Sherman in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) on March 11, got back to the main track today, but performed below expectations after stumbling leaving the starting gate at odds of 3-5.

“He felt great going to the gate,” said Espinoza.  “When he stumbled, I put him into the race.  Going into the first turn, I realized there were three of us going for it, and I thought about taking a hold of him, but he was already there.  He never really got his stride today, all the way around there.  I know he’s better than this.”

Fractions on the race were 22.70, 46.10, 1:11.19 and 1:23.89.

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, April 1
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $25,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $16,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $20,000 $25,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $25,000 $30,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Santana Mile S. $75,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight
Race 11 H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Thursday, April 6 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $29,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 3 Claiming – $6,250 $14,000
Race 4 Claiming – $32,000 $33,000
Race 5 Starter Allowance – $40,000 $30,000
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $56,000
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $21,000

Final Entries

Sunday, April 2
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $21,000
Race 4 Starter Allowance – $40,000 $30,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $21,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $58,000
Race 8 Tokyo City Cup S. $100,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $56,000