STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 14, 2015 – Santa Anita Park



CANTHEPHAROAHRULEAGAININPREAKNESS?

SADLERHASPAIRFORTOUGHANGELSFLIGHT

TRAINERREMEMBERSJUMRONIN1995DERBY

CHAMPBEHOLDERGOESBACKTOTHETRACK

PREAKNESSOFFTRACKSHOULDAIDPHAROAH

AmericanPharoahisone-thirdofthewaytocapturingracingsmostelusiveprize:theTripleCrown。

AhundredandfortyonehorseshavewontheKentuckyDerby;onedoeseachyear,asPharoahdidonMay2。

HundredshavewonBreedersCupracesandothervaluedstakes。

ButnonehasswepttheDerby,thePreaknessandtheBelmontStakessince1978,adroughtthatwouldextendto37yearsshouldPharoahfailthisyear。

AffirmedwasthelasttowintheTriple,andonly11inracinghistoryhavedonesosinceitsinceptionnearlyacenturyago,in1919,whenSirBartonbecamethefirst。

Theoriesaboundastowhy。

ThreeofthemostprevalentcitetheincreasedfragilityoftheThoroughbred;thepenchanttobreedforspeed;andthedauntingtaskofwinningthreeclassicracesatdifferentdistancesoverdifferentracetracksinaspanoffiveweeks,achallengenotrainershortofBarryAbramswouldattemptthesedaysunlesssomandated。

GaryYounghasbeenwatchinghorsestraininSouthernCaliforniafor35years,bettingonthem,buyingthemandrecommendingthemtoothers。

TheprivateclockerandbloodstockagentpickedAmericanPharoahtowintheDerbyinnouncertainterms,puttinghisreputationboldlyonthelinewhenhesaidbeforetheRunfortheRoses,Theresnosuchthingascinches,butbarringanythingunforeseen,thishorseisgoingtobeawfultoughtobeat。

Breakingfrompostposition15inafieldof18andwearingsaddleclothNo。

18,AmericanPharoahwonthe11/4-mileDerbybyalength,forthefirsttimeinthreestartsthisyearbeingstronglyurgedthelengthofthestretchbyjockeyVictorEspinoza。

CanthetwowinSaturdays13/16-milePreaknessStakesafterdrawingpostpositiononeinafieldofeight?

Mileandahalfraces,especiallyondirt,arenotrunverymuchatallintheUnitedStatesanymore,Youngsaid,alludingtotheBelmontStakes,thefinallegoftheTripleCrownwhichisrunatthatdistance,thisyearonJune6。

TheBelmontisabouttheonlymeaningfulraceatthatdistanceondirtinAmerica。

NameanyothermileandahalfraceofanyconsequenceinAmerica。

Itsdefinitelyauniquerace。

Therearesomeonturf,butnotondirt。

IthasneverbeenAmericasfortetoproducemileandahalfhorsesthroughbreedinganditsevenmoresonowadays。

TherehavebeenplentyofhorsesabletorunbackintwoweeksandwintheDerbyandthePreakness,butrunningamileandahalfthreeweeksafterthePreaknesstakesacertainkindofhorse,andthatswhytherehasntbeenaTripleCrownwinnerinsolong。

WhenIwasakidgrowingupandSecretariatwontheTripleCrownin1973,hewasthefirsttodoitsinceCitationin1948。

Ithoughtthatwasalongintervalbackthen,butnowitsbeenareallylongtime。

Thatsaid,AmericanPharoahisdefinitelythehorsetobeatinthePreaknesseverythingbeingequal,andwiththeNationalWeatherforecastcallingfor40percentchanceofshowersinBaltimoreFridayandSaturday,thatwouldonlygivehimagreateredge,whenyouconsiderhoweasilyhewontheRebelStakes?

onanofftrackbeforehewontheKentuckyDerby。

ItwillbequitewarmSaturdaywithahighof87。

NotthatheneedsanymorebreaksthewayheskippedthroughthemudatOaklawn,buthemightgetoneifthePimlicotrackisoff。

BobBaffertsrecordinthePreaknessand3-year-oldclassicsingeneralisanotherplus。

TheHallofFametrainerhasfourwinsintheRunfortheRosesandisseekinghissixthPreaknessvictorySaturday,withAmericanPharoahand/orSantaAnitaDerbywinnerDortmund,beatenonlythreelengthsintheDerbyaftersettingthepaceuntildeepstretch。

HecertainlyknowshowtogetahorsereadyforTripleCrownraces,YoungsaidofBaffert。

ThatshouldnthurthimcomeSaturday。

Espinoza,meanwhile,waswell-receivedatDodgerStadiumTuesdaynightwhenhetossedouttheceremonialfirstpitchbeforethegamethatveeredhighandawaytoDodgerbenchcoachTimWallach。

InconjunctionwiththePreakness,SantaAnitawillpresentanattractivedayofliveracingalongwithabigPreaknesspartyfeaturingthePreaknessHandicappingChallengeoffering$100,000inprizesthisweekend,May16and17。

Fordetails,visitsantaanita。

com。

SMALLBUTQUALITYFIELDINANGELSFLIGHT

ThepurseforSaturdaysAngelsFlightStakesisonly$75,000,butintheeyesoftrainerJohnSadler,whohastwohorsesenteredinthesevenfurlongracefor3-year-oldfillies,itsnotaneasyrace。

Itsatoughrace,saidSadler,whosendsoutBensDuchessandSuvaHarbor。

Eventhoughitsasmallfield,theresplentyofquality。

SuvaHarborwonastakesatSunlandPark(theIslandFashiononFeb。

22),buttheraceafterthatonturf,theUltraFleethere,shedidntrunwell。

Wedontthinkshelikedthegrass。

Shellbebetterondirt。

ThefieldfortheAngelesFlight,thesecondraceonan11-racecardthatstartsat11:30a。

m。

UltimateHoliday,FelipeValdez,12-1;TarasTango,MikeSmith,1-1;SuvaHarbor,EdwinMaldonado,12-1;$1,500supplementalnomineeMoonsOver,ElvisTrujillo,6-1;FantasticStyle,Rafael;Bejarano,9-5;andBensDuchess,JoeTalamo,7-2。

GARYLEWIS,JUMRONREMEMBERED20YEARSLATER

Itsbeen20yearssinceGaryLewishadhisdayinthesun,runningJumroninthe1995KentuckyDerby。

Offat5-1underjockeyGoncalinoAlmeida,theEnglish-bredhorsefinishedfourth,beatenthreelengthsandaheadbyThunderGulch。

Lewisislongdonetraining,buthesstillaroundtocherishthememories。

JumronwontheElCaminoRealDerby,theGoldenStateDerbyandwasthirdintheSantaAnitaDerbybehindLarrytheLegendandAfternoonDeelites,saidLewis,nowretired,whoturned74onMarch22。

Lewisstillmakesanappearanceatthetrackonoccasion。

Hetookouthistrainerslicensein1979andhadseveralstakeswinnersalongthewayinadditiontoJumron,mostnotablythecracksprinterLuckyForever,aWashington-bredgeldingwhosetaworldrecordof1:13。

24for6?

furlongsatHollywoodParkalmost20yearsago,onMay20,1995。

HesprobablythebesthorseIeverhad,Lewissaid。

ASPECIAL?

MONDAYATDERBYRESTAURANT

WiththeSpecialOlympicsWorldGamesbeing?

heldthroughoutSouthernCaliforniafromJuly25-Aug。

9,theCityofArcadiawill?

beamongthemanycommunities?

hostingagroupofparticipatingathletesandtheircoachesforthreedayspriortothecompetition。

AndthelegendaryDerbyrestaurantat233HuntingtonDriveisdoingitsparttohelp。

ThisMonday,May18,theDerbywilldonate,aftercosts?

allproceedsfrom?

lunch,dinnerandalcoholto?

a?

volunteercommitteethathasbeenmakingplanstohouse,feed,transportandentertain?

acontingentofapproximately100fromthetwin-islandcountryofTrinidadTobagoandtheKyrgyzRepublic,theformerSovietUnioncountryofKyrgyzstan。

Anumberofjockeys,includingMikeSmithandGaryStevens,andretiredgreatLaffitPincayJr。

plus?

horsetrainersandcitydignitaries,have?

indicatedtheywillbeattheDerbyonMonday。

Reservationare?

highlyrecommendedandcanbemadebycalling626447-2430。

AmentionofSpecialOlympicsisencouraged。

Forfurtherinformation,contactcommitteememberLarryStewartat818512-1608。

FINISHLINES:Two-timeEclipseAwardwinnerBeholderwentbacktothetrackThursday,recoveredfromafeverthatforcedhertomisstheGradeIVanityStakeslastSaturday。

Shewentoutwithapony,saidRichardMandella,whohasthedaughterofHennyHughesticketedfortheGradeIIIAdorationStakesat11/16milesonJune13,whileAmericanStakeswinnerBalaBaligoesintheGradeIShoemakerMileonturfJune13。

PrecisionistStakeswinnerCatchaFlight,acandidatefortheGradeI,$500,000GoldCupatSantaAnitaonJune27,wentfourfurlongsforMandellain49。

20。

SanOnofre,runner-upintheKonaGoldStakes,workedsixfurlongsinabullet1:11。

20forKarenHeadley,whohasdesignsontheGradeIIILosAngelesStakesatsixfurlongsonMay25。

GettinginaturfworkbeforelatemorningrainfellwasSantaBarbaraHandicapwinnerQueenoftheSandforPaddyGallagher。

TrainerA。

C。

Avilaservedthefinaldayofhis60-daysuspensionyesterdayandwasbackatSantaAnitaThursdaymorning,happytobeonhandbut15poundsoverweightafterlivingthegoodlifeinMiami,Kentucky,ItalyandhisnativeBrazilduringhissojourn。

HeboughtsomefreshstockatKeenelandandinBrazil。

ThreeHearts,thirdintheSantaBarbaraHandicaponApril18,workedsevenfurlongsforNeilDrysdaleonSantaAnitasfirmturfcourseSundayin1:29。

80fortheGradeI,$300,000GamelyStakesforfilliesandmaresatninefurlongsonthegrassMonday,May25。

DrysdalealsoworkedBrazilianimportGoingSomewheresevenfurlongsonturfSundayin1:29。

40fortheGradeIICharlesWhittinghamStakesfor3-year-oldsandupat1?

milesongrassMay24。

GoingSomewherewontheGroup1GranPremioInternacionalCarlosPelligriniin2012inhisnativecountry。

ProfessionalhorseplayerDukeMattiesandhorseplayerBillyBlakewillbeTomQuigleysguests10:20a。

m。

Saturdayand11:20a。

m。

Sunday,respectively,intheEastPaddockGardens。

TheGreatRacePlacepresentsitsSantaAnitaCarnivalonMemorialDayweekend,Saturday,May23throughMonday,May25。

Theentirefamilyisinvitedforthreedaysofliveracing,carnivalrides,gamesandprizes,withunlimitedridesforchildrenforonly$10。