- BAFFERT HOPES TO WORK ARROGATE TOMORROW
- HOLLENDORFER: TWO FOR THE $$ IN SANTA YNEZ
- DOLLAR DAY ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY
ARROGATE JOGS, COULD BREEZE TOMORROW FOR PEGASUS
Bob Baffert hopes to work Arrogate Sunday if the weatherman cooperates and track conditions are suitable.
The Hall of Fame trainer plans to run the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and finalist for Horse of the Year honors in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28, but needs to get a work into the four-year-old gray son of Unbridled’s Song and has no margin for error time wise.
Arrogate last worked on Dec. 27, going six furlongs in 1:12.20 but Baffert has been unable to maintain a regular training regimen since due to a spate of wet weather.
Arrogate jogged two miles the wrong way on Santa Anita’s main track at 9 a.m. Saturday with Dana Barnes aboard.
“If we can get a breeze in tomorrow, I don’t see why we can’t make it (the Pegasus),” Baffert said after the jog. “It’s very important.”
Arrogate has won five straight races including a dramatic half-length victory over 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome in the Classic at Santa Anita last Nov. 5 and a record-setting 13 ½-length romp in the Grade I Travers last August.
California Chrome, winner of 16 of 26 starts and earner of a record $14,502,650 for a North American-based Thoroughbred, left Friday for Florida and arrived safely to prepare for the inaugural running of the Pegasus, to be decided at 1 1/8 miles.
It will be the last race for the immensely popular six-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, who will be retired to stud following the Pegasus, which could pair him against Arrogate in a widely anticipated rematch, if the fates allow.
HOLLENDORFER PAIR HAVE SIMILARITIES IN SANTA YNEZ
It Tiz Well and Unique Bella have more in common than each winning their last race by virtually the same margin–10 lengths.
Actually, It Tiz Well won a maiden allowance race at six furlongs by 10 lengths at Los Alamitos on Dec. 18; Unique Bella won a 6 ½ furlong maiden allowance at Del Mar Nov. 26 by 10 ¼ lengths. Both are entered in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.
“They’re both big, tall, nice-looking fillies that look like they want to go further, so we’ll see,” said Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains the pair for Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC and Don Alberto Stable, respectively.
Unique Bella and It Tiz Well each worked four furlongs Wednesday at Santa Anita, the former going in 47.80 and the latter in 47.20.
The Santa Ynez: Resilient Humor, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1; Sandy’s Surprise, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1; Unique Bella, Mike Smith, 8-5; Carrie, Modesto Linares, 50-1; Princess Karen, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Noted and Quoted, Martin Garcia, 5-1; Go On Mary, Jamie Theriot, 20-1; Shane’s Girlfriend, Flavien Prat, 9-5; and It Tiz Well, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1.
FINISH LINES: Santa Anita offers holiday racing and Dollar Day on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 16. Beers, sodas and hot dogs will be a buck apiece all day long. The feature race is the Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf . . . There is a single ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover into Saturday of $85,520.50 . . . Through seven racing days, Flavien Prat holds an 8-7 lead over Tyler Baze in the jockeys’ race, while among trainers, Doug O’Neill is one up on runners-up Peter Miller and John Sadler, 5-4 . . . Of the 98 Early Bird nominations to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8, Bob Baffert had 21, but three are owned by Kaleem Shah who recently transferred them to other trainers. Doug O’Neill has 12 nominated, followed by Jerry Hollendorfer with 11.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Friday, Jan. 6)|
|Norberto Arroyo, Jr.||31||5||2||0||16%||23%||$237,180|
|Drayden Van Dyke||30||3||5||0||10%||27%||$164,844|