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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2020

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

Provided by Santa Anita Park

  • TURF CLASSIC FINALE FOR ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR?
  • BAFFERT FIVE SHY OF CAREER WIN NUMBER 3,000
  • HECK YEAH RETURNS IN CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT
  • WORLD TRAVELER RISPOLI MAKES QUICK IMPACT
  • STRETCH RUN OWNER/TRAINER LOUNGE IS OPEN

VENERABLE ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR EYES TURF CLASSIC VICTORY

Ashleyluvssugar, as familiar to fans at Santa Anita as its art deco façade, could make his last start in Saturday’s $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic.

The nine-year-old gelded son of Game Plan has raced 18 times at Santa Anita, winning six, with two seconds and four thirds, earning almost a million dollars, at $948,963. Overall, he has 10 wins from 36 starts with earnings of $1,475,583.

He worked Sunday morning for the Turf Classic, one of five attractive stakes for California-breds Saturday, the others being the $200,000 California Cup Derby, the $200,000 California Cup Oaks, the $150,000 California Cup Sprint and the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint.

Ashleyluvssugar went “an easy five-eighths” in 1:01.80 for trainer Peter Eurton.

“We’ll just play it by ear every race from here on out,” Eurton said. “We expect him to run well Saturday, but if he doesn’t, he could be retired at any time.”

Ashleyluvssugar last raced Nov. 30, finishing fifth in the Grade III Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate. It was his first start on the synthetic Tapeta track and his first start in four months. “I think he was just getting used to it,” Eurton said.

“If he had been there for a couple races he probably would have been better off. The first part of the race he was kind of checking things out.”

This will mark “Ashley’s” third start in the Turf Classic. He won it in 2017 and was second last year. Owned by Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stables and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Ashley’s last victory came against open company in the Grade II Charles Whittingham Stakes May 28, 2017.

Gary Stevens was the rider.

Probable for the Turf Classic: Appreciated, Rafael BejaranoAshleyluvssugar, Flavien PratIrish Heatwave, no rider; The Hunted, Tiago PereiraWard ‘n Jerry, Umberto Rispoli; and Wound Tight, Abel Cedillo.

BAFFERT FIVE AWAY FROM CAREER WIN NO. 3,000

Bob Baffert, already with a resume good enough to be in the Hall Fame twice over, is approaching another milestone, career victory number 3,000.

The two-time Triple Crown winner, who celebrates his 67th birthday tomorrow, has eight wins through eight days of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, and 2,995 overall from 13,214 starters.

He also has 2,227 seconds, 1,818 thirds and purse earnings of $295,321,592, enough to balance the budget of a third-world country.

Discussing the approaching signature triumph with trainer Ron McAnally this morning at Clockers’ Corner, Baffert asked the 87-year-old fellow Hall of Fame member how many career wins he had.

That was old school to McAnally, in his golden years his priorities long since realigned.

“I’ve stopped counting,” he said. (Actually, it’s 2,587).

FRESHENED HECK YEAH RETURNS IN CAL CUP SPRINT

Heck Yeah, who tailed off after starting his career with three wins, returns to action in Saturday’s $150,000 California Cup Sprint at six furlongs after an absence of 10 months.

“There were no serious issues,” explained Bob Baedeker, who owns the five-year-old California-bred son of Acclamation along with Constance Pageler and Michael Sigband.  “We just freshened him up.

“We brought him back after his two-year-old run and didn’t do too well. It was due to the competition and also he didn’t seem to have the spark. We gave him more time, and fingers crossed, he’s showing that old fight now, so we’re hoping for the best.” Heck Yeah worked five furlongs this morning in a minute flat for Bob Baffert.

NEWCOMER RISPOLI WELL RECEIVED AT SANTA ANITA                   

Umberto Rispoli is a new name to California but under the tutelage of world-class agent Ron Anderson, it could become familiar in a hurry if his first eight days riding at Santa Anita are an indication.

The 31-year-old is a native of Italy where he won riding championships in 2009 and 2010, most recently having ridden in Hong Kong. Through the first eight days of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, Rispoli has four wins, four seconds and two thirds from 20 mounts.

“The reception for Mr. Rispoli so far has been good,” said Anderson, who also represents Joel Rosario, the current meet leader with 12 wins.

“Umberto has ridden all over the world, dirt, turf, sprints, routes, for all kinds of people, won graded stakes everywhere he’s been.

“He’s a newcomer here but he’s been well received. We’re very excited and business is picking up every day. He’s opened some eyes with a couple of his rides already, so we’ll see what happens moving forward.”

OWNER/TRAINER LOUNGE AT SANTA ANITA

Available to licensed owners and trainers only, Santa Anita Stretch Run Suites, located on the Grandstand Mezzanine near the sixteenth pole, offers race day food and beverage items, as well as lounge seating to those with current CHRB licenses.

  • Located above Section I of the box seat area.
  • Present a valid CHRB owner or trainer license for access.
  • Licensee can bring in a guest who doesn’t have to be licensed.
  • Lounge type setting for every race day.
  • Complimentary small food items from FrontRunner from 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Two complimentary drinks per person, then cash bar.

The Stretch Run Suites are a part of Santa Anita’s continuing efforts to accommodate horsemen who dedicate great amounts of time and energy in putting on the show here at The Great Race Place.

FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and Eclipse Award contender Storm the Court worked five furlongs Sunday in 1:00.60 for Peter Eurton with Flavien Prat in the irons. Triple Crown hopeful American Theorem had his first breeze as a three-year-old, going three furlongs in 39.20 for trainer George Papaprodromou. There were 193 recordedworkouts this morning, 28 on the training track . . . Andrew Lerner is considering the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 15 for Queen Bee to You after the former claiming horse won her third straight stakes, the Grade III La Canada yesterday by a pulsating nose under Ruben Fuentes. “She’s a gritty little thing,” the 30-year-old trainer said of the six-year-old California-bred daughter of Old Topper, who earned a Beyer Speed figure of 86. “She got headed two or three times down the lane but just fought back. Horses like her don’t come along too often. It was a great ride by Ruben and it was a helluva race.” . . . Brazilian-bred Jolie Olimpica, impressive 1 ¼ length winner of yesterday’s Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes in her U.S. debut for Richard Mandella, earned a 98 Beyer in the process . . . Early probables for Saturday’s California Cup Oaks at a mile on turf: Almost a FactorBeen Studying HerCholula LipsHomehomeReiwaSmiling ShirleeWarren’s ShowtimeWarrior’s Moon and Wise Rachel. Probable for Saturday’s California Cup Derby: Bettor Trip NickBlaisin’ EamonClub AspenDapperFast EnoughIndian Peak, Rookie Mistake, Sacred Rider and Summer Fire . . . Probable for Saturday’s Sunshine Millions F&M Sprint: Absolutely PerfectApache PrincessJust Grazed MeLippy and Stealthediamonds . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday through Thursday, Jan. 13 through 16, and resume live racing Friday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. Live action will continue through the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 20 when first post time is 12:30 p.m. There will be simulcast racing Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 15 and 16, in the Paddock Room and the Sports Book, with free admission and free parking. Admission gates open both days at 10 a.m. The Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes at a mile on turf for fillies and mares four and up is the feature on Jan. 20, which also is Dollar Day. Hot dogs will be on sale for $2 and beer and soda for a buck apiece. Early probables for the Megahertz include BrillCarressaExcellent SunsetKeeper Ofthe StarsLa SardaneSuper PatriotTake These ChainsTiny Tina and Tonahutu.

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WORKOUTS:

American Theorem (Papaprodromou) 1-12-20

Campaign (Outside) and Combatant (Sadler) 1-12-20

Cistron (Sadler) 1-12-20

Higher Power (Outside) and Horse Greedy (Sadler) 1-11-20

Lakerball (Outside) and Oliver (O’Neill) 1-11-20

Itsinthepost (Mullins) 1-11-20

Gift Box (Sadler) 1-10-20

Mucho Gusto (Outside) and Speed Pass (Baffert) 1-10-20

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS

(Current Through Saturday, Jan. 11)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Joel Rosario

55

12

15

8

22%

64%

$909,092

Abel Cedillo

57

9

8

6

16%

40%

$462,902

Drayden Van Dyke

34

9

5

1

26%

44%

$523,509

Mario Gutierrez

25

6

1

3

24%

40%

$272,357

Flavien Prat

34

5

10

4

15%

56%

$411,034

Mike Smith

19

5

1

2

26%

42%

$609,682

Umberto Rispoli

20

4

4

2

20%

50%

$206,412

Ruben Fuentes

18

4

0

1

22%

28%

$181,391

Jorge Velez

35

3

2

5

9%

29%

$140,527

Tiago Pereira

22

3

2

4

14%

41%

$131,556

J.C. Diaz, Jr.

21

2

1

5

10%

38%

$111,951

Assael Espinoza

8

2

1

1

25%

50%

$43,722

Edwin Maldonado

16

2

0

3

13%

31%

$59,525

Trainer

Sts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Peter Miller

22

9

1

2

41%

55%

$469,042

Bob Baffert

24

8

5

5

33%

75%

$678,600

Richard Baltas

36

7

4

4

19%

42%

$575,980

Doug O’Neill

30

4

4

2

13%

33%

$246,359

Richard Mandella

13

4

1

2

31%

54%

$339,465

Philip D’Amato

26

3

5

3

12%

42%

$294,568

Steve Knapp

10

3

0

1

30%

40%

$102,620

John Sadler

23

2

4

4

9%

43%

$291,731

Mark Glatt

20

2

1

5

10%

40%

$115,881

Jeff Bonde

5

2

1

1

40%

80%

$55,791

Michael McCarthy

10

2

1

0

20%

30%

$53,115

J. Eric Kruljac

11

2

0

2

18%

36%

$83,500

Anna Meah

4

2

0

1

50%

75%

$47,140

Craig Anthony Lewis

8

2

0

1

25%

38%

$66,351

Andrew Lerner

8

2

0

0

25%

25%

$146,622

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