first_imgMartin Pedroza731013614%$376,750 -30- Tyler Baze11714111612%$897,344 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Elvis Trujillo911213813%$778,336 TEXAS RED STARTS DOWN KENTUCKY DERBY PATHKent Desormeaux has won the Kentucky Derby three times, but trainer Keith, his brother, has never started a horse in the Run for the Roses.That could change if Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red makes it to Churchill Downs for the first jewel of the Triple Crown on May 2. But first things first, and that would be Sunday’s Grade II San Vicente Stakes in which Texas Red makes his 3-year-old debut.“We’re ready to get the show on the road,” said Keith, who will give his younger brother a leg up on the son of Afleet Alex for the seven furlong race. “I’m happy with where he is right now, no doubt.“I’ve said before that this is a building process towards the first Saturday in May. We’re prepared. I just think the sprint is the right thing for him. I’m sure that’s up for discussion, but it seems like the right thing to do.“This is a building process and this is the first step. I’ve been to the Kentucky Derby before, but have never run a horse in the race. We’ve come close to getting there, winning a couple of prep races, but never actually participated.”Texas Red and Eclipse Award winner American Pharoah were assigned co-highweight of 126 pounds in the Experimental Free Handicap announced Thursday by The Jockey Club.The field for the San Vicente, which goes as the sixth race with an approximate post time of 1:30: Lord Nelson, Rafael Bejarano; Serbian Syclone, Elvis Trujillo; Jazzy Josh, Flavien Prat; Texas Red, Kent Desormeaux; Bench Warrant, Tyler Baze; and Sir Samson, Joe Talamo.Punctuate and Magic Taste were scratched.FINISH LINES: Hoppertunity is scheduled to work at Santa Anita Sunday after which Bob Baffert said he would have a better line on whether to run the San Pasqual winnerin nextSaturday’s $500,000 San Antonio Invitational against California Chrome and Shared Belief. Shared Belief, meanwhile,is slated to have his final major breeze for the race on Tuesday at Golden Gate, and will ship to Santa Anita Wednesday, Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward said . . .Trainer George Papaprodromou said Charles Town Classic winner Imperative is under consideration for the San Antonio after the son of Bernardini worked six furlongs Saturday in 1:13 . . . Zenyatta offspring Cozmic One worked six furlongs with Victor Espinoza up in company for John Shirreffs in 1:14. Stablemate Captain Tim was clocked in 1:13.80 . . . On a firm turf course, Abbey Vale worked five furlongs in 1:05 for Phil D’Amato; Quadrivium the same distance in a bullet 1:02.40 for Graham Motion; and Power Ped and Skyring six furlongs in 1:17.60 and 1:18.20, respectively, for Neil Drysdale. Each horse is nominated to the Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes at 1 ¼ miles on turf next Saturday. Impressive newcomer Flavien Prat, who has seven wins from just 39 rides this meet, has the mount on Power Ped in the San Marcos, agent Derek Lawson reports . . . Los Alamitos Futurity runner-up Firing Line worked five furlongs in 1:02.60 for Simon Callaghan in preparation for the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes next Saturday . . . Santa Anita invites fans to its Big Game Party Sunday in the Bud Light Lounge & Sirona’s. Enjoy a buffet, program, big screen HDTV’s, two full-size pool tables, and $3 Budweiser and Bud Light brews all day for only $20. Tickets are available online at santaanita.com/events. Must be 21 or older to enter this area on a first come, first served for seating. Call 626-574-6400 for group rates. First post time Sunday is 11 a.m. There will be no Early Bird Wagering at Clockers’ Corner Sunday due to the early post time . . . Through 23 racing days, perennial champion Rafael Bejarano holds a 28-19 lead over resurgent Kent Desormeaux in Santa Anita’s jockey standings, while Hollendorfer has a 16-12 advantage over runner-up Peter Miller among trainers, winning with 23 percent of his starters and leading in purse earnings with $1,363,004, some $640,000 more than Miller . . . Favorites are winning above the national norm of around 33 percent, at 38.95 (74 of 190). The average is even higher for winning favorites on dirt, 42.54 percent (57 of 134), but dips precipitously on turf to 30.36 percent (17 of 56). Odds-on choices are scoring at 58.14 percent (25 of 43); in the money favorites at 66.84 percent (127 of 190); and in the money odds-on favorites at 83.72 percent (36 of 43). (Statistics provided by Santa Anita Race Wire Operator Jason Hom).-more- Peter Miller631215619%$718,980 James Cassidy2945414%$170,210 2/2/2/2 Eddie Truman840150%$168,030 Richard Baltas2652319%$151,308 Richard Mandella2453521%$230,780 Doug O’Neill6187813%$406,030 Drayden Van Dyke88991510%$540,426 Tiago Pereira545379%$154,820 Joseph Talamo91612127%$551,844 Gary Stevens3985721%$474,400 John Sadler4646109%$289,332 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Corey Nakatani5488715%$460,100 Flavien Prat3972518%$271,430 Mark Casse2754419%$371,570 Brice Blanc1931216%$106,860 Mike Smith50109820%$765,761 Edwin Maldonado523386%$184,776 (Current Through Friday, Jan. 30) Mark Glatt3457515%$276,142 Philip D’Amato3248613%$270,490 Jerry Hollendorfer691610823%$1,363,004 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won A. C. Avila1440129%$83,160 Fernando Perez8088710%$323,054 Rafael Bejarano10528181527%$1,240,004 Jeff Bonde1640325%$163,570 Bob Baffert3969515%$550,868 Felipe Valdez1033230%$65,390 Kent Desormeaux76199925%$976,792 Peter Eurton3364718%$304,958 Michael Pender1643025%$120,400 Brandon Boulanger5152410%$117,360 Martin Garcia50710514%$580,190 Victor Espinoza701213717%$729,990 EYES OF THE RACING WORLD ARE ON TEXAS REDHOPPERTUNITY TO DRILL; SAN ANTONIO NEXT?last_img read more

first_img–30– WHITTIER MAN JUST MISSED WINNING A MILLION LAST YEAR WITH CALIFORNIA CHROME ARCADIA, Calif. (March 26, 2015)–Santa Anita Park has announced that it will host its second annual Santa Anita Derby Millionaire Contest, beginning Santa Anita Derby Day, Saturday, April 4. Fans attending on Santa Anita Derby Day are encouraged to enter, and if their name is selected, Santa Anita will provide a $1,000 win wager on a horse in the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby. The track will provide $1,000 win bets on each horse in the race and all contestants will watch the Derby together from the Santa Anita Winner’s Circle.Whichever horse wins, the contestant keeps all the money, including the $1,000 wager and the contestant will be assigned the Santa Anita Derby winner for the Kentucky Derby. If that horse goes on to win Racing’s Triple Crown, by sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, that lucky fan would win a $1 million jackpot.“We came very close to having a million dollar winner last year,” said Santa Anita Vice President, Marketing, Nate Newby. “Eddie Espinoza and his wife, Susan, selected California Chrome to win the Santa Anita Derby, which he did and then he obviously came very close to becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.“This contest generated tremendous excitement last year and we’re hoping it will again this year. We’ve got some outstanding horses that are pointing to our Derby and we have to be encouraged by the fact two out of the last three winners of the Santa Anita Derby went on to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown. It’s going to be a lot of fun and we just encourage everyone to come early on April 4 and make sure they submit their entries before 2 p.m.”In addition to the $1,000 win wager April 4, Santa Anita will also provide a $7,500 win wager in the Kentucky Derby May 2 and if it wins, a $10,000 win wager in the Preakness Stakes May 16. If the horse wins both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, as California Chrome did last year, the contestant would be in-line for a $1 million jackpot with a win in the Belmont Stakes, to be run June 6.Santa Anita Derby Millionaire Contest participants must be present to win on April 4 and must be 18 years of age or older. Please visit santaanita.com for details.last_img read more

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are John Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor. GARY STEVENS, TARIS, WINNER: “It was a perfect trip. It set up, the fractions were realistic and when Mike came up on the outside of me going into the far turn the pressure really picked up.“Simon has done such a good job settling her down, the question was if she could go long and she proved it today. She’d only tried going long one time but she’s always felt, to me, that she could go long.“She reminds me of Beholder. She has the same tendencies, the same high cruising speed and they’re both very intelligent. She deserved this today.” SIMON CALLAGHAN, TARIS, WINNER: “Definitely (it was a new dimension in not going to the lead). It was nice for her to do it. I was a little anxious down the backside when she just took hold of the bridle a little bit. She’s such a smart filly, she just dropped it and relaxed. I kind of knew there were no worries about the distance. I think the one time she ran this distance (sixth in the Honeybee at Oaklawn Park March 8, 2014), she got hurt after that race. It wasn’t a true reflection.“Todd Beattie who trained her before told me she would stretch out. She’s kind of an adaptable mare and like I said, she’s just a good, classy filly. Gary knows this filly, not quite as good as me, but almost. I left it to him. It was one of those races with five runners where I didn’t know where the pace would be. I thought someone might try to take us on, so we just left it to Gary to see how the race unfolded.“I think we’ll wait for the Santa Margarita in March (Grade I, $500,000, 1 1/8 miles on March 19).” DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, BIRDATTHEWIRE, SECOND: “I was completely taken out by Santiago (Gonzalez, on Oscar Party, whose rein broke going into the first turn). I didn’t know what was happening at first. He came flying by me, which made my horse get really rank. Poor Santiago though, it wasn’t his fault but I got stuck outside of him and he was way out there.“If that hadn’t happened I would have been sitting perfect, right in behind the four that were up front; I would have been cruising. I would love another shot at riding her; it’s a shame that today turned out like it did because I think she would have run much closer to Taris.“I think the only difficult part about riding Birdatthewire is down the lane. She likes being out in the middle of the track but you’ve just got to let her do her thing.” TRAINER QUOTES -30-last_img read more