|Saturday, January 4|
|Saturday, January 4|
|Race 1||Maiden Special Weight||$55,000|
|Race 2||Maiden Special Weight||$55,000|
|Race 3||Maiden Claiming – $20,000||$20,000|
|Race 4||Maiden Special Weight||$55,000|
|Race 5||Sham S.||$100,000|
|Race 6||Maiden Special Weight||$55,000|
|Race 7||Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000||$57,000|
|Race 8||San Gabriel S.||$200,000|
|Race 9||Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000||$57,000|
|Race 10||Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000||$57,000|
|Santa Ynez S. – Grade 2, Race 7, $200,000 Guaranteed|
|Four Rivers John Deere S. – Race 9, $100,000 Guaranteed|
|Orleans S. – Race 8, $65,000 Guaranteed|
|Sam’s Town S. – Race 8, $65,000 Guaranteed|
|La Verdad S. – Race 8, $100,000 Guaranteed|
|Limehouse S. – Race 6, $75,000 Guaranteed|
|Kitten’s Joy S. – Grade 3, Race 7, $100,000 Guaranteed|
|Glitter Woman S. – Race 8, $75,000 Guaranteed|
|Ginger Brew S. – Race 9, $100,000 Guaranteed|
|Mucho Macho Man S. – Race 10, $100,000 Guaranteed|
|Sham S. – Grade 3, Race 5, $100,000 Guaranteed|
|San Gabriel S. – Grade 2, Race 8, $200,000 Guaranteed|
|Bold Ego H. – Race 9, $65,000 Guaranteed|
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|James R. Brown|
|January 6 – Turf Paradise|
|All Under Control||Race 6||Allowance Optional Claiming $25,000|
|Stormchaser||Race 7||Claiming $20,000|
|January 4 – Turf Paradise|
|Boundary Bay||Race 2||Allowance Optional Claiming $20,000|
|Baby Rose||Race 8||Claiming $3,500|
|January 4 – Turf Paradise|
|Postman||Race 6||Claiming $3,500|
|January 5 – Turf Paradise|
|Stacked||Race 6||Maiden Optional Claiming $30,000|
|January 6 – Turf Paradise|
|Touchdown U S C||Race 3||Claiming $3,500|
AUBURN, Wash.) – Hilbern R. “Pat” Mullens, a trainer in the Northwest for nearly a half-century, died December 28 after a long illness. Mr. Mullens was 92.
A trainer at Emerald Downs since its opening in 1996, Mullens was among the most successful and popular horsemen at the track. He saddled 243 winners, including six stakes wins, and over $2.6 million in earnings in 24 seasons at Emerald Downs.
In 2018, Hit the Beach scored victories in the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic and Pete Pedersen Overnight Stakes as Mullens became the oldest trainer to win a stakes at Emerald Downs. Campaigned in partnership with longtime clients Ed Zenker and Swede Larsen, 5-year-old Hit the Beach was named Washington’s champion older horse while Mullens was voted the track’s top training achievement. In 2006, Mullens trained She’s All Silk to a victory in the $100,000 Washington Oaks and honors as state champion 3-year-old filly.
Born February 27, 1927 in Ramer Tennessee, H.R. Pat Mullens served in the United States Air Force for 21 years, before beginning a second career as a Thoroughbred trainer in the early 1970s. His first winner, Trespasser, was at Longacres in 1972. In 2001 and 2004 Mullens was honored with Emerald Downs’ Martin Durkan Award for leadership, sportsmanship and cooperation.
“Pat was the kindest person you could ever encounter,” said Emerald Downs President Phil Ziegler. “He will be missed by everyone associated with Emerald Downs and racing throughout the region. He was a special member of our family.”
Mullens was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary, sisters, Tish Farris and Helen Mabry; and brother, Ron. He is survived by his sons, Winford (Cindy) and Darrell; grandchildren, Erin Mullens, Jodie Mullens (Jason), Cyndal (Jonathan) Ellis, and Zach Mullens; great-grandchildren: Kayla Oxborough, Michael Martinson, Wiley Adams, Pearl and Lincoln Ellis; sisters: Nettie White, Elizabeth (Junior) Durbin and Juanita Johnson; and brothers, Don (Louise) and Arn; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Services are 1 p.m., Saturday, January 4, at Fir Lake Memorial Park in Spanaway.
ZIMBA WARRIOR MUST PROVE HIMSELF IN ONE MILE SHAM
It’s been a while since Keith Desormeaux developed the likes of Texas Red and Exaggerator from unheralded youngsters into Grade I stakes winners.
But the savvy trainer hopes to return to those glory days and raise the status of an as yet unaccomplished colt in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes for three-year-olds at one mile.
That would be Zimba Warrior, a Florida-bred son of Khozan purchased for a mere $62,500 out of the Ocala Sales. Whether he turns out to be a bargain remains to be seen.
“We’re hoping that the stretch out will elevate him to the next level,” Desormeaux said, alluding to the mile of the Sham from the distance of seven furlongs, when he finished third in the Grade III Bob Hope at Del Mar last Nov. 16. Prior to that, Zimba Warrior was third in the restricted Sunny Slope at 6 ½ furlongs after breaking his maiden going 5 ½ furlongs at Fresno.
“He hasn’t proven he’s in the same league as Texas Red and Exaggerator yet,” Desormeaux admitted. “He’s competitive, but he hasn’t threated to win, so we’re hoping the additional distance will resolve that problem.
“It might seem I develop horses like Texas Red, Exaggerator and Decked Out overnight, but believe me it takes a while. I haven’t had one like them lately, and I’m ready to get back on the bandwagon.
“I used to talk about good horses all the time, but they’ve been scarce lately.”
The field for the Sham, race five of 10 with an 11:30 a.m. first post time: 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 to the fourth.
SHORTER SAN GABRIEL DISTANCE SUITS D’AMATO DUO
Phil D’Amato has two for the money in Saturday’s Grade II San Gabriel Stakes for four-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf, Cleopatra’s Strike and Overdue.
Cleopatra’s Strike was second by a nose in last year’s San Gabriel. The consistent son of Smart Strike was a willing fourth last out in the mile and a half Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar Dec. 1, beaten only a length after holding second into the stretch.
Overdue was second midway through the Hollywood Turf Cup but weakened to finish ninth of 10 in the longest race of his eight-race career.
“I think a mile and a half was too far for both of them last time,” D’Amato allowed. “Overdue ran really well and was kind of wide the whole race. He looked like a winner at the top of the lane and just hit the wall.
“That showed his distance limitations. Cleopatra’s Strike ran a big race. He was there until the 16th pole and kind of faded. I think a mile and an eighth is perfect for both of them.”
The San Gabriel: Desert Stone, Geovanni Franco, 3-1; Chosen Vessel, Tyler Baze, 10-1; Cleopatra’s Strike, Abel Cedillo, 2-1; Overdue, Mike Smith, 6-1; North County Guy, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Majestic Eagle, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; and Acker, Joel Rosario, 8-1.
BAFFERT HAS STRONG TRIO IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II SANTA YNEZ
With multiple Grade I victor Bast and impressive debut winners Auberge and Golden Principal dominating Sunday’s Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes, Bob Baffert would seem to have a lock on the seven furlong race for three-year-old fillies he has won four times, with Awesome Baby (2013), Indian Blessing (2008), Yearly Report (2004) and Queen of Money (1997).
“I wanted to enter Auberge and Golden Principal in allowance races but they didn’t fill,” Baffert said. “Bast has been working well, despite the fact that I’ve had a little bug running through my barn, so I’ve entered these horses just in case.
“They’re nice fillies and I hate to run them all against each other, but that’s what we have here now.”
The Santa Ynez, race seven of eight with first post time 12:30 p.m.: Auberge, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Golden Principal, Mike Smith, 5-2; Lovely Lilia, Abel Cedillo, 12-1; Paige Anne, Joe Talamo, 20-1; K P Dreamin, Ruben Fuentes, 20-1; Orquidias Biz, Joel Rosario, 12-1; and Bast, Drayden Van Dyke, 1-1.
BAZE, TALAMO SAY GOODBYE TO SANTA ANITA SUNDAY
Tyler Baze and Joe Talamo, two popular and longtime fixtures in the Southern California jockey colony, bid farewell to Santa Anita Sunday, leaving full time for points east.
Baze heads to Oaklawn Park in Arkansas where he will be represented by agent Brandon O’Bryan, son of Craig O’Bryan, who has had Tyler’s book for eight years. Tyler is scheduled to return to Santa Anita on Jan. 18 to ride that day for trainer Mike Harrington.
Talamo also departs for Oaklawn Park where he is due to start riding Jan. 24 under the direction of agent Jake Romans, son of trainer Dale Romans.
The 37-year-old Baze, a native of Seattle, is named on three horses Sunday, his final mount Soul Beam in the ninth race for trainer Jorge Periban. Talamo, who turns 30 on Jan. 12, hails from Marrero, Louisiana and is parting company with Scotty McClellan, his agent for the past 13 years.
Joe is named on four horses Sunday, his final mount fittingly enough Broke Away Gray for his father-in-law, trainer Ron Ellis.
FINISH LINES: Thoroughbred scout Larry Zap and workout analyst Andy Harrington will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, 10:20 a.m. Saturday and 11:20 a.m. Sunday, respectively, in the XBTV studio . . . From veteran turf writer and handicapper Dick Jerardi comes this unsolicited testimonial: “The two most picturesque venues in American sports are separated by just eight miles, with the San Gabriel Mountains as the backdrop to both the Rose Bowl and Santa Anita Park . . . First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is 11:30 a.m. First post for an eight race program Sunday is 12:30 p.m.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 3, 2020)–Well beaten in a Grade I stakes Dec. 7, Bob Baffert’s Gingham had blinkers removed and responded with an impressive last to first stretch rally to win Friday’s $57,000 allowance feature by three quarters of a length. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, the 3-year-old Quality Road filly got a flat mile in 1:39.36.
“She was a little keen last time at Los Alamitos,” said Baffert assistant Jimmy Barnes, in reference to Gingham’s fourth place finish in the Grade I Starlet Stakes. “So we took the blinkers off today and it helped her settle today.”
A one mile maiden winner two starts back here on Oct. 31, Gingham, who is out of the Pulpit mare Chapel, was off at 3-5 in a field of five sophomore fillies and paid $3.40, $2.20 and $2.10.
“I looked at the video of her when Rosario rode her (maiden win on Oct. 31) and this is how she wants to run,” said Van Dyke. “Once I tipped her out there from behind horses turning for home, she took off. Taking the blinkers off today definitely helped.”
Ridden by Joel Rosario, Savvy Gal showed the way until collared by the winner three sixteenths of a mile from home and in a game effort, fought back at the rail to finish 5 ¾ lengths clear of Rare Find. Off at 2-1, Savvy Gal paid $2.60 and $2.20.
Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Rare Find was off at 7-1 and paid $2.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.37, 47.58, 1:12.86 and 1:25.77.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 3, 2020)–Along with Derby hopefuls going postward in the Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita, fans will be also be treated to A 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $194,109 on Saturday. Special early first post time for a 10-race program is at 11:30 a.m.
A Jackpot carryover of $161,455 from Wednesday spurred $142,632 in new money Friday, creating a total Jackpot pool today of $304,087.
Saturday’s Rainbow Six will begin with race five, the one mile Grade III Sham, which has an assigned post time of 1:32 p.m. PT. Bob Baffert’s Authentic is the 8-5 morning line favorite with Drayden Van Dyke up.
Saturday’s co-feature is the Grade II, $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes, which will go as race eight, with approximate post time at 3:07 p.m. The San Gabriel, for older horses at a mile and one eighth on turf, has attracted a field of seven, with trainer Phil D’Amato’s 7-year-old gelding, Cleopatra’s Strike, installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite with Abel Cedillo aboard.