- ROCK YOUR WORLD IS BACK ON GRASS IN FINALE
- SADLER SEEKING BC IMPROVEMENT FOR TRIPOLI
- MANDATORY PAYOUTS SUNDAY, FIRST POST 12:30
- HOT ROD CHARLIE IN CLASSIC WORK AT DEL MAR
- XBTV UNVEILS ITS BREEDERS’ CUP VIDEO PORTAL
ROCK YOUR WORLD RETURNS TO TURF IN TWILIGHT DERBY
Rock Your World, unbeaten and untested in his first three races, the first two on turf and the third a front-running score in the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby on April 3 in his main track debut, returns to grass in Sunday’s Grade II Twilight Derby, closing-day feature at Santa Anita.
“We think he’s a horse that can run on either surface,”
John Sadler said of the three-year-old Candy Ride colt owned by Hronis Racing LLC and Talia Racing LLC, who in his seventh career race wears blinkers for the first time in the Twilight Derby.
“He’ll run with a small blinker just to keep him a little more focused,” Sadler said. “It won’t be a big cup, just what we call French blinkers.
“We want to put him back on turf for this race; he’s trained really well. There have been no blips, (Umberto) Rispoli stays on him and we’re looking forward to it.”
Rispoli has ridden Rock Your World in three of his six races, winning two and finishing second once. Joel Rosario was aboard for the other two races, in the Kentucky Derby when Rock Your World was sandwiched at the start and lost all chance, and in the Belmont Stakes when he prompted the pace early in the mile-and-a-half marathon but tired to finish sixth.
Rock Your World, winner of the restricted Pasadena Stakes on Santa Anita’s turf course Feb. 27 before capturing the Santa Anita Derby, was second to Kentucky Derby winner and Breeders’ Cup Classic-bound Medina Spirit last out in the Shared Belief Stakes on dirt at Del Mar Aug. 29.
A $650,000 purchase at the September 2019 Keeneland Sales, Rock Your World, who was bred in Kentucky by HOF trainer Ron McAnally and his wife Debbie, has earned $611,600 but would exceed that with a Twilight Derby victory, worth $120,000 to the winner.
The $200,000 Twilight Derby at 1 1/8 miles is the 10th and final of 10 races with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Flashiest, Abel Cedillo, 6-1; Subconscious, Juan Hernandez, 6-1; Zoffarelli, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Hudson Ridge, Flavien Prat, 5-1; None Above the Law, Joe Bravo, 6-1; Wootton Asset, Mike Smith, 12-1; Cathkin Peak, Jose Valdivia Jr., 8-1; Rock Your World, Umberto Rispoli, 5-2; Jungle Cry, Kyle Frey, 12-1; and Beyond Brilliant, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1.
TRIPOLI HOPING FOR FAST PACE IN $6 MILLION BC CLASSIC
Tripoli, hindered by a wide trip and a moderate pace when fourth by 8 ¼ lengths in the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 2, could improve Saturday in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar, where he won the “Win and You’re In” TVG Pacific Classic by a length and a quarter at 6-1 on Aug. 21
“He’s trained well,” John Sadler said of the four-year-old Kitten’s Joy colt owned by principal client Hronis Racing, LLC. “He worked at 6:30 this morning at Santa Anita under heavy fog and he’ll go to Del Mar very early Monday.
“The rider (Juan Leyva) had him in 59 (for five furlongs) and out in (one) 11 and four (for six furlongs). He has a little watch that he can tap during the work.
“There will be no recorded times for anything that worked at 6:30. It was as heavy a fog as anything we’ve seen.”
Santa Anita clockers did give Tripoli an official five-furlong clocking of 59 flat.
As for strategy in the Classic, Sadler said with a chuckle,
“It doesn’t look like there will be any lack of pace.”
MANDATORY JACKPOT COULD NEAR $5 MILLION
Providing there is no single ticket winner in the popular Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot today, Sunday’s total Rainbow Pick Six pool will likely approach $5 million with a mandatory payout.
As an additional bonus, fans are encouraged to wager on Sunday’s Rainbow Six via 1ST BET or Xpressbet and receive a free $10 bet. Details are available at xpressbet.com/promotions.
Santa Anita is also offering free past performances on Sunday’s program and expert analysis at santaanita.com.
Sunday’s Rainbow Pick Six, which offers fans average field size of 9.5 horses per race, covers races five through 10, with approximate post time for the fifth race 2:33 p.m. PT.
XBTV INTRODUCES 2021 BC VIDEO PORTAL
1/ST Technology’s XBTV, racing’s premier online destination for video workouts, has unveiled its 2021 Breeders’ Cup Portal to provide handicappers, horsemen and fans free access to exclusive videos in advance of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 5 and 6 at Del Mar.
As racing’s most comprehensive library of racing workouts, XBTV will be on site at Santa Anita, Del Mar and Belmont Park through the Breeders’ Cup to ensure that viewers can watch as key contenders prepare for racing’s highly anticipated event.
In addition, the XBTV team will interview top jockeys, trainers and owners as they prepare their horses for Del Mar.
To visit XBTV’s Breeders’ Cup Portal, please visit https://www.xbtv.com/breeders-cup/
In order to watch videos on XBTV, a free 1/ST account is required. 1ST is the leading name in horse racing, and, in addition to XBTV’s free video library, a 1ST account gives customers access to online betting with 1/ST BET and Xpressbet, as well as BETMIX handicapping software.
FINISH LINES: Under regular rider Flavien Prat, Hot Rod Charlie worked seven furlongs this morning at Del Mar in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Classic a week from today. Santa Anita’s leading trainer Doug O’Neill noted clockers gave the son of Oxbow a time of 1:26.80. Also working for O’Neill at Del Mar was Zuma Beach Stakes winner and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf hopeful Mackinnon, who went six furlongs in 1:14.80. . . Santa Anita Sprint Championship winner Dr. Schivel, ticketed for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, worked five furlongs at Santa Anita this morning in a bullet 58.40 for Mark Glatt, while champion Gamine, bound for the BC Filly & Mare Sprint, went the same distance for Bob Baffert in 1:00.60. In all there were 77 recorded workouts, 15 on the training track . . .Tom Quigley’s simulcast handicapping seminar guest for Sunday will be Aaron Gryder, 1 ST Racing VP Industry Relations. The seminar will begin 70 minutes prior to first post time at 11:20 a.m…Reminder: Special early first post time Sunday is 12:30 p.m.
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