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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2020

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

Provided by Santa Anita Park

  • CARRESSA TRIES TURF IN MONDAY’S HOLIDAY FEATURE
  • TINA TINA ‘DOING WELL’ FOR SUNDAY’S GRADE III ASTRA
  • $1 MILLION GUARANTEED IN RAINBOW JACKPOT TODAY
  • TOP O’NEILL ASSISTANT MORA RETURNS TO DUBAI AGAIN
  • HIGHER POWER IN SHARP DRILL FOR RICH PEGASUS CUP

CARRESSA MAKES GRASS DEBUT IN MEGAHERTZ

Carressa makes her turf debut in Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday feature, the Grade III Megahertz Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at one mile.

The four-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo trained by John Shirreffs for Mercedes Stables LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds or Mooney, et al, is coming off a smashing 8 ¼ length win at a mile on Del Mar’s main track Nov. 22.

“There wasn’t a race for her otherwise, so we thought this was an opportunity to try her on grass,” Shirreffs said. “I think Uncle Mo (offspring) can run on anything; they like the off going, the dirt, the turf. They just like the track.”

The field for the Megahertz, race seven of eight with a 12:30 p.m. first post: Carressa, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Take These Chains, Umberto Rispoli, 8-1; Keeper Ofthe Stars, Abel Cedillo, 7-2; Tonahutu, Andrea Atzeni, 15-1; Streak of Luck, Jose Valdivia Jr., 15-1; Brill, Mike Smith, 3-1; La Sardane, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Super Patriot, Joel Rosario, 5-2.

Monday is Dollar Day, with hot dogs on sale for $2 and beer and soda for $1 apiece.

TINY TINA ‘DOING WELL’ FOR MARATHON ASTRA

With a little bit of luck, Tiny Tina might have won the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf Dec. 28, instead of finishing second by an onrushing nose despite the fact that she bobbled at the start and was three wide in the lane.

At least Phil D’Amato is hoping that’s the case when the five-year-old Kentucky-bred mare runs in Sunday’s Grade III Astra Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile-and-a-half on turf.

“She’s rounding into form and doing really well right now,” the trainer said. “She’s reunited with (Flavien) Prat who has won three races on her, so I’m expecting a big effort.”

The Astra, race six of eight with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Lostintranzlation, Joel Rosario, 4-1; Tiny Tina, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Blue Diva, Abel Cedillo, 4-1; Trust Fund Kitty, Assael Espinoza, 20-1; Siberian Iris, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Ms. Peintour, Brice Blanc, 8-1; and Heathers Grey, Aaron Gryder, 10-1.

$1 MILLION GUARANTEE TODAY IN SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK 6 POOL

Santa Anita Park guarantees $1 million in today’s 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot comprised of races four through nine. With five stakes highlighting the nine-race California-Cup program, four of which will be included in the Rainbow Six, fans will have plenty of lucrative betting opportunities on a card consisting exclusively of California-bred or sired horses.

Additionally, Santa Anita will guarantee $500,000 in today’s 50 cent Late Pick 4, beginning with race six.

Approximate post time for race four, leg one in the Rainbow Six, is 2:04 p.m. PT.

LEANDRO MORA IN DUBAI FOR 2 ½ MONTHS

Santa Anita is missing one of its friendliest faces for a spell.

Leandro Mora is in Dubai for two-and-a-half months.

A trusted and valued assistant of two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill for 18 years, the 61-year-old Mora departed Thursday for the Middle East where O’Neill will campaign 11 horses on a regular basis for the first time.

Dubai is familiar territory for Mora.

“I’ve been there 13 times,” he said before leaving with O’Neill, who will spend about two weeks with Mora before returning to California. “I started around 2001. I’m excited to be going because this is a good test for American horses.

“It’s the first time an American group is going, so let’s hope for the best.”

SIMULCAST WAGERING NOW OFFERED IN SANTA ANITA SPORTS BOOK

In addition to the Grandstand Paddock Room, Santa Anita is now offering free parking and admission on Wednesdays and Thursdays for fans attending its Sports Book, which adjoins the Turf Terrace on the Mezzanine level. State of the art in every respect, the Santa Anita Sports Book features wall to wall flat screen television monitors and plenty of betting windows. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com.

FINISH LINESRafael Bejarano took off his scheduled five mounts a today after suffering injuries in a shower mishap in the jockeys’ room Friday. “He hit his head pretty good and has a black eye,” said his agent, Tora Yamaguchi. “It’s unfortunate, but it could have been worse. He won’t ride today but hopefully will tomorrow.” . . . Flavien Prat will be out of town next weekend, riding Higher Power Saturday for John Sadler in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park and Serengeti Empress Sunday for Tom Amoss in the Grade III Houston Ladies Classic. With Prat aboard, Higher Power impressed clockers this morning when he worked five furlongs in 59.60, just a shade under the bullet drill of 59.40 recorded by Sadler trainee Flagstaff . . . Heck Yeah, scratched from today’s Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint, worked four furlongs this morning for Bob Baffert in 50.60. In all, there were 172 recorded workouts today, 23 on the training track . . . Word on stakes winners from the Sadler barn has Catalina Cruiser standing at stud for $20,000 live foal at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky., while Cistron and Ollie’s Candy are scheduled to breeze tomorrow as they prepare for a 2020 campaign, the latter pointing to the Grade I Beholder Mile on March 14. “Catalina Cruiser is doing well,” Sadler said. “He’s got a full book of mares.”

LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:

FEATURES:
XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 18th, 2020

A Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Trainer Richard Mandella: Part 2 of 2

A Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Trainer Richard Mandella: Part 1 of 2

Quick Questions With Clocker Gary Young

WORKOUTS:

Zucchera (Baltas) 1-18-20

Shelbe Rose (Desormeaux) 1-18-20

Bolo (Gaines) 1-16-20

Mucho Gusto (Baffert) 1-16-20

Bold Endeavor (Papaprodromou) 1-16-20

Tiny Tina (Outside) and Malakai Moxie (D’Amato) 1-14-20

Legends of War (O’ Neill) 1-13-20

Desmond Doss (Outside) and Lucky Long Legs (D’Amato) 1-13-20

 

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Friday, Jan. 17)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Joel Rosario

61

15

15

8

25%

62%

$1,006,032

Abel Cedillo

71

11

13

7

15%

44%

$547,882

Drayden Van Dyke

38

10

5

3

26%

47%

$571,809

Flavien Prat

45

6

13

8

13%

60%

$492,914

Mario Gutierrez

29

6

2

4

21%

41%

$288,177

Umberto Rispoli

25

5

4

2

20%

44%

$235,962

Jorge Velez

44

5

2

6

11%

30%

$190,887

Mike Smith

19

5

1

2

26%

42%

$609,682

Tiago Pereira

28

4

4

5

14%

46%

$167,816

J.C. Diaz, Jr.

28

4

2

5

14%

39%

$143,851

Ruben Fuentes

21

4

1

1

19%

29%

$188,091

Edwin Maldonado

18

3

1

3

17%

39%

$84,675

Trainer

Sts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Peter Miller

24

10

2

2

42%

58%

$497,242

Bob Baffert

27

9

5

6

33%

74%

$737,340

Richard Baltas

38

7

5

4

18%

42%

$593,620

Richard Mandella

14

5

1

2

36%

57%

$372,465

Doug O’Neill

34

4

6

2

12%

35%

$270,379

Philip D’Amato

29

3

6

4

10%

45%

$308,508

Jeff Bonde

7

3

1

1

43%

71%

$79,371

Michael McCarthy

13

3

1

0

23%

31%

$79,715

Craig Anthony Lewis

13

3

0

4

23%

54%

$109,691

Steve Knapp

13

3

0

1

23%

31%

$107,060

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