The Horse, KindredBio Bring You Cardiac Health Awareness Week

We’re taking a closer look at horse heart health Feb. 23-29, 2020.

The Horse, KindredBio Bring You Cardiac Health Awareness Week

How well do you know your horse’s heart?This massive organ—which pumps oxygenated blood through his body—is the powerhouse of his athletic prowess. How fast it’s beating is an indication of his current health and conditioning, and his pulse can also tell you if he’s nervous or calm. When things go wrong with the equine heart, they can go very wrong, leading to chronic disease or sudden death.

To help you learn more about the equine heart, The Horse has partnered with KindredBio for Equine Cardiac Health Awareness Week during Feb. 23-29, 2020. Look for heart-related horse health content all week long on TheHorse.com, our Facebook page and Twitter feed, and in our e-newsletters.

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Michelle Anderson serves as The Horse’s digital managing editor. In her role, she produces content for our web site and hosts our live events, including Ask the Vet Live. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She’s a Washington State University graduate (Go Cougs!) and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

SANTA ANITA 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $366,953 INTO FRIDAY

SANTA ANITA 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $366,953 INTO FRIDAY; 16 CONSOLATION TICKETS TODAY EACH PAY $3,330.10

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2020)–A sizeable 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $366,953 will await racegoers on Friday, as there was no single ticket winner Monday at Santa Anita. Although there was no singleton, there were 16 consolation tickets with six winners, each returning $3,330.10.

A Jackpot carryover of $344,475 from Sunday spurred $98,182 in new wagering today, resulting in a total Jackpot pool of $442,657.

First post time for an eight-race card on Friday is at 1 p.m. and approximate post time for race three, the beginning of the Rainbow Six, is at 2 p.m. PT.

XBTV’s TRIPLE CROWN TRAIL PORTAL HAS EXCLUSIVE WORKOUT VIDEOS, INTERVIEWS & MORE

XBTV’s TRIPLE CROWN TRAIL PORTAL HAS EXCLUSIVE WORKOUT VIDEOS, INTERVIEWS & MORE

February 20, 2020 (Arcadia, CA) – For the first time ever, videos of the top Triple Crown race contenders are now available in one place and on-demand as XBTV unveils Triple Crown Trail, a portal on the XBTV.com website specifically for the Classic-bound three-year-olds. The portal is loaded with exclusive workout videos, interviews and handicapping insights and analysis not available anywhere else, including:

  • Workout videos from top horses stabled in California, Florida, New York and more.
  • Trainer and jockey interviews and features.
  • Interactive Kentucky Derby Points list, updated weekly.
  • Replays of prep races.

With fewer than 75 days until the Kentucky Derby, experienced handicappers and racing fans around the world are starting to build their own Triple Crown Watch Lists and XBTV’s Triple Crown Trail portal is the perfect tool for the task. Horses will move on and off of the Triple Crown Trail as their connections determine.

The Triple Crown Trail also will feature Jeff Siegel’s weekly Top 20 Rankings, which will begin next Tuesday.  Siegel is not only a well-respected handicapper and bettor, but he has the unique distinction of being a successful, veteran owner in addition to being a lifelong racing fan. The horses listed on both Siegel’s ranking and the list of Kentucky Derby points leaders are linkable to the available XBTV video files of each horse.

In just over three years, XBTV has accumulated a library of over 28,000 workouts from coast-to-coast.  These vast resources are searchable and are available anytime, free of charge on XBTV.

To access XBTV’s Triple Crown Trail section, visit https://www.xbtv.com/triple-crown-trail/.

Santana Jr. Becomes Oaklawn’s Richest Rider with Southwest Win

Santana Jr. Becomes Oaklawn’s Richest Rider with Southwest Win

A day after reaching a milestone for victories at Oaklawn, Ricardo Santana Jr. became its all-time leader for purse earnings by a jockey in Monday’s $750,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds.

Santana’s victory aboard Silver Prospector helped boost the jockey’s career purse earnings in Hot Springs to $24,182,833, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. Santana surpassed the still-active Calvin Borel ($24,024,444), a member of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame and Oaklawn’s leading rider in 1995 and 2001.

Santana rode his 500th Oaklawn winner, Icecap, in Sunday’s ninth race, then added two more victories Monday, notably Silver Prospector in the Southwest, a major Kentucky Derby prep. Fittingly, Icecap and Silver Prospector were for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, the jockey’s biggest client. Santana began riding regularly for Asmussen at the 2013 Oaklawn meet when the jockey had 70 winners to capture the first of six consecutive local riding titles.

“I never expected to win so many races here,” said Santana, 27, who calls Oaklawn his home track. “But focusing a day at a time, I’ve been able to reach this. For sure, riding for Asmussen has been my biggest blessing. He’s taught me to be a better rider and has called me in many times to his office to point things out to me. So, I try to do what he teaches.”

Through Monday, Santana had ridden 225 winners (23 were stakes) for Asmussen at Oaklawn and won races for 64 trainers in Hot Springs since his local debut in 2011.

Ruben Munoz, Santana’s longtime agent, called reaching the milestones, “a blessing.”

“Staying humble, healthy and riding for winning trainers like Steve and others, only good things can happen,” Munoz said. “And gratefully, they have. The horses that Ricardo has ridden these last several years have turned heads. We are concerned with the bigger picture.”

A native of Panama, Santana rode his first winner in the United States Sept. 21, 2009, at Delaware Park. Santana recorded his first career Grade 1 victory aboard the Asmussen-trained Creator in the $1 million Arkansas Derby in 2016 at Oaklawn, and the jockey broke his single-season record for purse earnings ($4,317,757) at last year’s meeting.

Santana’s two biggest victories at the 2019 Oaklawn meet were for Asmussen – Lady Apple in the $500,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies and Mitole in the $500,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) for older horses. Santana was the regular rider of Mitole, who clinched an Eclipse Award as the country’s champion male sprinter with a victory in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

Santana’s mounts earned a career-high $16,707,723 last year to rank ninth nationally. The jockey’s yearly circuit is Arkansas, Kentucky and New York. Santana recorded his 1,000th career North American victory on April 12, 2018, at Oaklawn aboard the Asmussen-trained Westfest.

Santana and defending champion David Cohen entered Thursday with a meet-high 17 victories. Borel had two victories and 965 in his Oaklawn career.

Eight is Enough?

Multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Hoonani Road is scheduled to make his 5-year-old debut in Saturday’s fifth race, a conditioned allowance sprint for Arkansas-breds.

Hoonani Road, owned by Jerry Caroom of Hot Springs and trained by Wayne Catalano, is unbeaten in seven career starts at Oaklawn – all against state-breds – including the $100,000 Rainbow Stakes in 2018 and the $100,000 Nodouble Breeders’ Stakes and $200,000 Arkansas Breeders’ Championship Stakes last year.

Hoonani Road launched his 2019 campaign in the same spot, using an allowance sprint as a bridge to the 6-furlong Nodouble. He then used a 1 1/16-mile allowance race, his two-turn debut, as a prep for the 1 1/16-mile Arkansas Breeders last May.

Caroom said Hoonani Road had ankle chips removed during a planned break following the Arkansas Breeders’ Championship. The Jonesboro gelding finished fifth in his comeback race, beaten 3 ½ lengths, in a tough allowance sprint Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs.

“He’s ready to run,” Catalano said.

Regular rider Channing Hill has the call on Hoonani Road, who is scheduled to face familiar rivals Glacken’s Ghost, Racer and J.E.’s Handmedown – all state-bred stakes winners at Oaklawn – and K.J’s Nobility, beaten only a half-length in the Arkansas Breeders’ Championship.

“As long as he keeps doing good, stays good, hopefully, he has the same year as he did last year,” said Hill, Catalano’s son-in-law. “He’s gotten much thicker. Mentally, he’s taken a nice step forward, where he kind of went from Baby Huey to knowing what he wants and what he doesn’t want.”

Named for a Hawaiian roadway, Hoonani Road owns an 8-1-0 mark from 13 lifetime starts and earnings of $454,926. The gelding can surpass $500,000 in career earnings with a victory Saturday. Hoonani Road has earned $406,800 at Oaklawn. Nodouble, the country’s champion older horse in 1969 and 1970, is the top Arkansas-bred money winner in history ($846,749).

On the advice of Jack Van Berg, the late Hall of Fame trainer, Caroom privately purchased the gelding as a 2-year-old from local breeder Bobby Lee Hall.

Probable post time for Saturday’s fifth race is 3:08 p.m. (Central).

 

Finish Lines

Triple Crown nominee Background ($7) broke his maiden in Monday’s 10th race to give trainer Mike Puhich his second career Oaklawn victory and 490th overall, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. The Pacific Northwest-based Puhich, wintering in Hot Springs for the first time, had his first Oaklawn winner in 2004. … Millionaires Hawaakom and Shotgun Kowboy are entered in Friday’s eighth race, an allowance/optional claimer for older horses at 1 1/8 miles. Hawaakom is an Oaklawn stakes winner, taking the $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) for older horses in 2018. … Grade 1 winner Knicks Go is scheduled to make his 4-year-old debut in Saturday’s seventh race, a 1 1/16-mile allowance for older horses. Knicks Go, who was moved to trainer Brad Cox late last year, won the $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity Stakes (G1) in 2018 at Keeneland before finishing second in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) in his next start. Also entered in Saturday’s race are My Sixth Sense, who is seeking his fourth consecutive victory; Grade 3 winner Forty Under; and Bruder Bob, second, beaten a neck, to Grade 3 winner and millionaire Lone Sailor in a Jan. 31 allowance race. … Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s first scheduled starter of the meet, Morning Snow, is entered in Saturday’s eighth race, an allowance sprint for older horses. Morning Snow, a 4-year-old son of Morning Line, hasn’t started since an eight-length maiden victory June 23, 2019, at Santa Anita. The third-place finisher, Caribbean, broke his maiden by 11 lengths Feb. 14 – the largest margin of victory through the first 15 days of the Oaklawn meeting. … O Seraphina, runner-up in the $150,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 1, is entered in Saturday’s 10th race, a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weights event for 3-year-old fillies. O Seraphina is eligible for the race because she was recently disqualified from a Dec. 22 maiden victory at Fair Grounds (medication violation). Trainer Joe Sharp said shortly after the Martha Washington that O Seraphina would be pointed for the $300,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) March 7. … Miss Firecracker represented the first career stakes starter for trainer Jeff Hiles in the $125,000 Dixie Belle for 3-year-old fillies Feb. 15. Hiles, the son of veteran trainer Rick Hiles, saddled his first career winner at the 2019 Oaklawn meeting. … Remedy, seventh in the $100,000 Pippin Stakes for older fillies and mares Jan. 25, sold for $570,000 earlier this month at Fasig-Tipton’s Mixed Sale. The 5-year-old daughter of Creative Cause was entered as a broodmare prospect. … Four-time Oaklawn leading owner Danny Caldwell said the majority of his stable will be based at Canterbury in suburban Minneapolis following the Oaklawn meet. Caldwell’s normal circuit the past several years has been Oaklawn, Prairie Meadows in Iowa and his home track, Remington Park, in Oklahoma City. “They’re going to do a mixed meet at Prairie this year, and I’m not sure how that’s going to work out,” Caldwell said. “Looking at maybe having a few stalls at Prairie and take the bulk up to Minnesota.”

Fanny Olsson Guests on Blew’s Clues

Sweden’s Olsson Getting Chances at Championship Meet

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Fanny Olsson admits she was hoping to ride “one or two, here and there,” during Gulfstream Park’s Championship Meet. But at one of the toughest meets in the country, Olsson’s business has picked up significantly.

On Thursday’s card, Olsson was named on three mounts, and she has mounts Friday and Saturday as well.

In the latest edition of Blew’s Clues, hosted by Gulfstream host and analyst Jason Blewitt, Olsson, a native of Sweden who rode in her native country as well as Norway and Denmark, discusses her decision to come to the U.S., the difference in riding styles, and her third-place finish aboard first-time starter Nikki and Papa in the Forward Gal (G3).

 

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Sunday, February 23 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 2 Starter Optional Claiming – $40,000 $33,000
Race 3 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $33,000
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $59,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $32,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $59,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $57,000

Final Entries

Saturday, February 22
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $23,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 3 Claiming – $12,500 $18,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 5 Buena Vista S. $200,000
Race 6 Claiming – $16,000 $22,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $57,000
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $23,000
Race 9 Maiden Special Weight $55,000

Gulfstream Park Daily Results and Activity

Results

Thursday, February 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $39,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $21,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $6,250 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $39,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $30,000 $31,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $8,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Claiming – $16,000 $24,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $35,000 $51,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $22,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Sunday, February 23 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $50,000
Race 2 Claiming – $8,000 $19,000
Race 3 Claiming – $16,000 $28,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $50,000
Race 5 Claiming – $16,000 $24,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $50,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $50,000
Race 8 Claiming – $50,000 $39,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $44,000
Race 10 Allowance $51,000
Race 11 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $21,000

Final Entries

Saturday, February 22
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $50,000
Race 2 Starter Optional Claiming – $25,000 $33,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $50,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $50,000
Race 5 Starter Optional Claiming – $25,000 $31,000
Race 6 Claiming – $16,000 $24,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $50,000
Race 8 Allowance $51,000
Race 9 World of Trouble Sprint S. $100,000
Race 10 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $52,000
Race 11 Any Limit S. $75,000
Race 12 Allowance Optional Claiming – $35,000 $51,000

Oaklawn Park Daily Results and Activity

Results

Thursday, February 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $6,250 $22,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $30,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $20,000 $28,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Waiver Claiming – $16,000 $26,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $10,000 $22,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Starter Allowance – $16,000 $30,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $86,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $46,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Sunday, February 23 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $25,000
Race 2 Claiming – $12,500 $26,000
Race 3 Starter Optional Claiming – $16,000 $30,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $25,000
Race 5 Claiming – $12,500 $26,000
Race 6 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $10,000 $22,000
Race 7 Starter Allowance – $10,000 $29,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $86,000
Race 9 Maiden Special Weight $85,000

Final Entries

Saturday, February 22
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Starter Allowance – $25,000 $40,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $25,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $30,000
Race 4 Claiming – $6,250 $22,000
Race 5 Allowance $89,000
Race 6 Starter Allowance – $10,000 $29,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $50,000 $88,000
Race 8 Allowance $86,000
Race 9 Downthedustyroad Breeders’ S. $125,000
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $85,000