STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MAY 23, 2015

first_imgJockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Mike Puype323669%$197,910 Flavien Prat601313222%$715,800 ESPINOZA, BAFFERT INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE AT STRONACH MEDIAXpressbet’s Aaron Vercruysse recently caught up with American Pharoah’s jockey and trainer, Victor Espinoza and Bob Baffert, for in-depth interviews regarding the colt’s upcoming pursuit of the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes on June 6.The informative and entertaining sessions can be viewed at Stronach Media’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDgBpujf7ok Fernando Perez64129819%$439,230 Gonzalo Nicolas6056108%$178,728 Michael Machowsky1433121%$94,120 Felipe Valdez63710511%$285,200 FINISH LINES: Joe Talamo hopes to “win one for the Knapper” on Harlington’s Rose in today’s Spring Fever Stakes. Steve Knapp, who trains the 4-year-old filly, had his gall bladder removed Friday at Mission Hospital in Orange County after experiencing stomach pains. The 58-year-old native of Chino Hills expects to be back at the track in a few days . . . Elvis has left the building: Jockey Elvis Trujillo will move his tack Monday from Santa Anita to ride regularly at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. Through 17 racing days, Trujillo, who won his 2,000th career race here on May 9, had five wins from 48 mounts . . . Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red worked four furlongs for Keith Desormeaux Saturday in 49.80, while Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind went five furlongs under birthday boy Victor Espinoza (43 today) in 1:01.80 for John Sadler.  Laz Barrera winner Kentuckian, prepping for the $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby at 1 1/8 miles on July 4, went four furlongs in a bullet 46 flat for Jerry Hollendorfer, who also sent California Derby winner Cross the Line seven furlongs in 1:26 for the Grade III Affirmed Stakes on June 7 . . . Bolo, who finished an eventful 12th in the Kentucky Derby, worked five furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:04 under Rafael Bejarano. Trainer Carla Gaines has the son of Temple City ticketed for the Grade I, $1,250,000 Belmont Derby Invitational at 1 ¼ miles on turf July 4 . . . Jockey Gonzalo Nicolas loses his five-pound apprentice allowance on Monday, Memorial Day, and begins riding as a journeyman next Friday . . . Congrats to TVG’s Christina Blacker and her husband, trainer Dan, on the birth of a five-pound, 11-ounce baby girl this morning . . . Santa Anita will race through Monday’s holiday, then be dark for live racing Tuesday through Thursday and return with live racing Friday at 4 p.m. There will be simulcast racing Thursday, June 4, with free parking and free General Admission . . . Santa Anita will host a book signing of John Perrotta‘s new publication, “Racetracker,” from 12 noon to 2 p.m. across from Champions! Gift Shop on Belmont Stakes Day, June 6. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. . . Tom Quigley‘s guests Sunday and Monday at 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens will be Frank R. Scatoni, co-author of Six Secrets of Successful Bettors, and TVG analyst Nick (The Sarge) Hines . . . Little Red Feather Racing has three horses in today’s stakes: Rocko’s Wheel, who makes his turf debut in the Snow Chief; Sheer Pleasure, who seeks back-to-back stakes wins in the Melair; and Chati’s On Top, gunning for three straight when he runs in the Snow Chief . . . And there’s the gag about a confused bettor at Golden Gate Fields who didn’t know whether to play a horse trained by Jonathan Wong or Blaine Wright, because “he didn’t know Wong from Wright.” Dan Hendricks831038%$71,890 ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR FAVORED IN WHITTINGHAMAshleyluvssugar seeks his third straight win, his second straight stakes win and his second in a row at a mile and a half when he runs in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes for three year olds and up at 1 ½ miles on turf.The 4-year-old California-bred gelding won the Grade II San Luis Rey at a mile and a half on March 21.“I’ll just leave up to Gary,” trainer Peter Eurton said, addressing tactics and referring to Gary Stevens, who was aboard in the San Luis Rey for a 2 ¼-length upset over favored Finnegans Wake. “He knows the horse pretty well.“We got a decent enough draw on the outside (five in a field of five). At a mile and a half you never see a lot of pace. It just all comes down to who’s a little too eager. That’s why they’re going a mile and a half. It’s wait, wait, wait and run.”The field for the Whittingham, race three of nine: Divine Oath, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Crucero, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Ganesh, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Going Somewhere, Mike Smith, 7-2; and Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 6-5. William Spawr1432221%$86,110 Bob Baffert1542227%$183,310 Edwin Maldonado55712913%$273,930 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Robertino Diodoro1832317%$109,990 Mario Gutierrez2432513%$162,128 Martin Garcia1742224%$111,050 Drayden Van Dyke4574516%$277,888 Elvis Trujillo4854710%$260,170 EURTON IS SWEET ON FAVORITE IN WHITTINGHAMDISTINCTIV PASSION BACK HOME FOR LA STAKESESPINOZA, BAFFERT INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE AT STRONACH MEDIATALAMO HOPES TO ‘WIN ONE FOR THE KNAPPER’ Tyler Baze9616122017%$678,360 Doug O’Neill521012519%$453,528center_img MALDONADO SAYS DISTINCTIV PASSION BACK ON COURSEEdwin Maldonado expects Distinctiv Passion to make amends when the front-running Florida-bred goes in Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Los Angeles Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs.The 5-year-old With Distinction horse never got untracked in the five furlong Al Quoz Sprint on a “good” turf course in Dubai on March 28, finishing 13th of 16.“The grass was too long and wet, and he just couldn’t get a grip, not at all,” said Maldonado, who has ridden Distinctiv Passion in 12 of his 16 career starts, winning seven.“He came back well after the trip to Dubai and he likes this track,” Maldonado said. “He’s been training lights out.”Distinctiv Passion, trained by Jeff Bonde for owners Edward Brown, Alan Klein and Phil Lebherz, has four wins and a third from seven starts at Santa Anita, including the San Pedro Stakes in January 2013 and the Grade III Midnight Lute last Dec. 27.The Los Angeles field: Five Palms, Martin Garcia, 4-1; War Academy, Elvis Trujillo, 12-1; Spirit Rules, Iggy Puglisi, 12-1; Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 8-5; Distinctiv Passion, Edwin Maldonado, 5-2; and San Onofre, Mike Smith, 9-5. Tiago Pereira2866321%$218,420 Brayan Pena373128%$71,730 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Richard Mandella2165229%$436,220 Mark Glatt2834411%$155,374 Alex Solis1533220%$156,010 Richard Baltas2883229%$374,820 Peter Miller38811121%$306,610 Santiago Gonzalez4841038%$188,226 Mike Smith2156124%$456,080 Vann Belvoir2535412%$123,890 Philip D’Amato2693335%$320,890 (Current Through Friday, May 22) Bruce Headley931033%$68,950 Martin Pedroza523766%$189,394 John Sadler3556514%$204,758 Eddie Truman1151145%$145,150 Joseph Talamo651431322%$449,798 Rafael Bejarano6815161322%$687,802 -30-last_img

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