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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2019

first_img34% 38% 7 17 Tyler Baze195 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 21 13 42% 16% 59% 9 53% 25 24 19% 13% 14 13% 52 60% Flavien Prat176 10% 34 11 $1,143,281 23 38% 13 Doug O’Neill172 12 15% 18% Richard Mandella41 37% John Sadler82 Peter Miller109 $216,876 15 Jeff Mullins48 39% 18 Money Won 26 17% 13 Steve Knapp53 Agapito Delgadillo60 Joel Rosario210 Heriberto Figueroa177 JockeyMts 48% 13 $951,463 BAFFERT NO. 1 IN ODDS AND POST POSITIONS $1,365,986 Mike Smith69 26% $328,193 7 33% 9 12 11 21 13 $746,577 11% 3 43% Drayden Van Dyke147 ITM% 22 $643,769 $498,928 $264,072 29 7 Mark Glatt71 47% 14 46 33% 8 13 12 2 33 Aaron Gryder64 10 $974,970 13 49% 23 16 Geovanni Franco195 12 (Current Through Sunday, March 31) Richard Baltas118 9 22% 13 16 20 23 21 22 25 5 17% 11 Assael Espinoza124 Ruben Fuentes92 10 $611,067 7 25% $1,390,487 $1,469,830 10 13% 29 15 3rd 44% $623,471 $309,053 23 8 7 $1,015,669 38% Jerry Hollendorfer94 TrainerMtscenter_img BELLAFINA SITTING PRETTY FOR GRADE I OAKS $493,848 3rd Win% 3 37 20 16 27% 62% 3 $1,178,942 10% 9 14 11 10 41% 9 14% 8 Vladimir Cerin54 40% $352,858 25 $2,612,707 Joseph Talamo126 19 ITM% 17 15 26 SANTA ANITA DERBY IMPORTANT FOR POINTS-SHY ROADSTERBob Baffert had a question after both Roadster and McKinzie drew the rail for their respective races Saturday, the Santa Anita Derby and the Santa Anita Handicap: “Do they put me in the one hole and then draw the races?”The answer, of course, is no. It just seems that way. Post positions aside, Baffert is seeking his ninth win in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby which offers 100 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, and his sixth in the $600,000 Big ‘Cap.Second in the Santa Anita Derby is worth 40 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, third 20 and fourth 10.Baffert also has champion Game Winner in the Santa Anita Derby. The once-beaten son of Candy Ride got the extreme outside six post position in the 1 1/8-mile race.“I would have liked to have seen Roadster on the outside and Game Winner on the inside,” Baffert said. “Seriously, I’m just glad that we’re in there. It’s a very important race, more important for Roadster, who has to get some points.“I’m glad things are settling down here and we get some racing in with all that’s been going on.”Game Winner already has 45 points for the Run for the Roses on May 4, whileRoadster is looking to get off the schneid. Still, on paper it’s a competitive field with the likes of Instagrand and Nolo Contesto among the six Triple Crown hopefuls.“I think Instagrand is a very good horse,” Baffert said. “But all you can ask for is that your horses show up and run well. I’d like to see some safe racing.”The Santa Anita Derby, race eight: Roadster, Mike Smith, 5-2; More Ice, Geovanni Franco, 30-1; Nolo Contesto, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Synthesis, Rafael Bejarano, 30-1; Instagrand, Flavien Prat, 3-1; and Game Winner, Joel Rosario, 4-5.The Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino goes as  race 10: McKinzie, Mike Smith, 4-5; Mongolian Groom, Geovanni Franco, 30-1; Prime Attraction, Kent Desormeaux, 5-1; Gift Box, Joel Rosario, 6-5; Prince of Arabia, Joe Talamo, 30-1;and Campaign, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1.In addition to the Big ‘Cap and the Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita will showcase the Santa Anita Oaks for fillies at 1 1/16 miles; the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes for three-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs; the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs; the Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf; and the Grade III, $150,000 Providencia Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on the grass.First post time for the biggest day in racing to date this year will be 12 noon.PERFECT POST FOR BELLAFINA IN SANTA ANITA OAKSBellafina is sitting pretty for Saturday’s Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, having trained superbly and drawn well for the mile and one-sixteenth test that offers $400,000 in prize money and is a forerunner to the Kentucky Oaks on May 3.“She’s five of five (post positions), which is perfect,” said Simon Callaghan, who trains the fleet filly, winner of five of seven starts for owner Kaleem Shah. “She’s training well, so we’re happy.”The Santa Anita Oaks, race three of 11 with a 12 noon first post time: Flor de la Mar, Joel Rosario, 5-1; $8,000 supplemental nominee Chasing Yesterday, Mike Smith, 3-1; Stirred, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; Slewgoodtobetrue, Geovanni Franco, 12-1; and Bellafina, Flavien Prat, 2-5.VASILIKA SEEKS TO CONTINUE DOMINANCE IN ROYAL HEROINEVasilika, claimed for $40,000 on Feb. 11, 2018, could soon join Jerry Hollendorfer’s group of previous distaff champions Blind Luck, Songbird and Unique Bella if she continues her extraordinary dominance in Saturday’s Grade II Royal Heroine Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile on grass.The five-year-old daughter of Skipshot seeks her 10th win in 11 starts on Santa Anita’s turf course, her lone loss being a second by a neck in March of last year.Vasilika drew the rail, but it should be no deterrent as she has already won going a mile on grass from the inside post in the Grade II Goldikova last Nov. 4.“It shouldn’t be a problem,” said Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, part owner of the magnificent chestnut, who had an eight-race winning streak ended when she finished fourth in the Grade I Matriarch last Dec. 2.“She’s very consistent, but the good thing was, she had all the conditions that enabled her to keep improving on a schedule that suits her,” Ward said. “If you have a horse with no conditions, sometimes you have to run them over their head, but we didn’t have to do that with Vasilika, so by the time she ran through her conditions, she was a better horse.”Vasilika has won half of her career starts, 15 of 30, and with a victory would achieve millionaire status, as she has earned $938,595 and the Royal Heroine winner reaps $120,000.The field for the Royal Heroine, race five: Vasilika, Flavien Prat, 3-5; Ms Bad Behavior, Mike Smith, 4-1; Meal Ticket, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Cordiality, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Raven’s Lady, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; Space Talk, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; and Smoovie, Martin Garcia, 30-1.CALLAGHAN HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN PROVIDENCIASimon Callaghan has a promising debut winner and an import from England set for Saturday’s Grade III Providencia Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf: Maxim Rate and Hostess.Maxim Rate lit up the tote board at 28-1 coming from well back to win at a mile on turf Feb. 16, while Hostess will be making her U.S. debut after breaking her maiden last Oct. 13 across the pond.“Hostess has been doing everything right in the morning,” Callaghan said. “She’s a filly that we like. She broke her maiden last time going seven-eighths and I think she’ll like the distance. She’s been training well.“Maxim Rate was a bit green the day she won and doesn’t have the experience some of the fillies have in this race, but she’s talented and I think she’s going to be competitive as well.”The $150,000 Providencia, race nine: Apache Princess, Kent Desormeaux; $3,000supplemental nominee Lady Prancealot, Joel Rosario; Truffalino, Joe Talamo; Lakerball, Rafael Bejarano; Ladymidtown, Martin Garcia; supplemental nomineeColonial Creed, Geovanni Franco; Maxim Rate, Flavien Prat; Hostess, Drayden Van Dyke; Miss Flawless, Tiago Pereira; and Killarney Lass, Edwin Maldonado.BALDWIN AVE. CLOSED FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY 5K RUN & WALK SATURDAYWith the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby looming large Saturday, fans and horsemen are advised that Baldwin Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic between the 210 Freeway and Huntington Drive from 7:45 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. on Derby Day morning in order to accommodate foot traffic related to Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5k Run and Walk.Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate 8, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., and Gate 7, at the track’s northwest perimeter, will also be closed to vehicles during the same time frame.Those wishing to visit Clockers’ Corner on Derby Day morning will be able to enter the track at Santa Anita’s northeastern perimeter, via Gate 5, or on the track’s southern perimeter, via Gate 3 at Holly Ave. Gates 3 and 5 will be open for easy access to Clockers’ Corner beginning at 5 a.m. and will remain open throughout the day. Santa Anita’s main track will be closed for training at 7:30 a.m.Gate 3 is located at the intersection of Holly Ave. and Huntington Drive, while Gate 5 is situated at the confluence of Colorado Place and Huntington Drive.For additional information on the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap and the Derby Day 5k Run and Walk next Saturday, April 6, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-RACE.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for April 5th, 2019Victor Espinoza on his return to the Winner’s Circle after injury.Bob Baffert Talks  Roadster Ahead of His Next Start in the Santa Anita Derby.Bob Baffert Discusses  Improbable’s Latest Work Ahead of the Arkansas Derby.Santa Anita Derby Memories:  Gary Stevens and  Laffit Pincay Jr. Talk About Their Epic Battle in the 1985 Santa Anita Derby.Santa Anita Derby Memories:  Jeff Mullins reflects back on his amazing string of three straight Santa Anita Derby victories From 2003-2005.Santa Anita Derby Memories: Former Exercise Rider  Bobby Pepe Talks About Majestic Prince’s Easy Win in the 1969 Santa Anita Derby.McKinzie works  6 furlongs prep for Santa Anita Handicap. (Baffert) 4-01-19Dream Tree works 5 furlongs. (Baffert) 4-01-19Improbable (Outside) in company with  Once On Whiskey work 6 furlongs. (Baffert) 3-30-19Bellafina works 5 furlongs. (Callaghan) 3-30-19Enaya Alrabb works 6 furlongs. (O’Neill) 3-30-19Roadster (Outside) SA Derby prep in company with  Explorer work 6 furlongs. (Baffert) 3-30-19FINISH LINES: Extra Hope, fourth in the first division of the Rebel Stakes March16, was not entered in the Santa Anita Derby as expected due to stiffness “all over,” trainer Richard Mandella said. “We’ll have to run a scan to see what we’ve got going on.” Meanwhile, Mandella reported all systems go for Omaha Beach in the Arkansas Derby on April 13 . . . Assael Espinoza will lose his five-pound apprentice allowance Saturday and ride as full-fledged journeyman the next day, Sunday. $399,878 $1,367,961 $859,773 34 3 48% 10% 52% 41% $880,019 6 7 4 16% $2,751,718 34 26 12 Rafael Bejarano151 $522,345 27 $1,291,730 19 BALDWIN AVE. TO BE CLOSED EARLY FOR 5K RUN 8 8 William E. Morey56 17% $1,446,093 $216,446 19 Kent Desormeaux101 Win% 18% 59% Tiago Pereira160 4 16% Mario Gutierrez105 9 J. Keith Desormeaux56 18% 21 16% 14 $1,500,505 Money Won Peter Eurton46 8 33% 17% 8 Bob Baffert70 10 45% 19% $319,079 Simon Callaghan31 67% 18% 5 29% 14% 1st 43% 10 15% Edwin Maldonado75 50% $482,030 42% 52% 2nd 9 10 Philip D’Amato101 1st 45% Hector O. Palma49 2nd 6 21 55% 55% 9 $1,531,897 29 11% VASILIKA LOOKS LIKE A ’10’ IN THE PROVIDENCIA 15% $1,497,001 $273,422 William Spawr25 8 45% 54% 28% 25 20%last_img

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