first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2015)–Warren’s Veneda shot through an opening at the rail turning for home and went on to a 5 ½ length in Sunday’s $75,000 Paseana Stakes at Santa Anita, as she covered a mile and a sixteenth on a wet fast track in 1:42.97 under Tyler Baze.Trained by Craig Lewis, the 5-year-old California-bred mare avenged a head defeat to Tiz Midnight on Dec. 6 in the Grade II Bayakoa Stakes at Los Alamitos. (Tiz Midnight, who was off at 3-5, ended up sixth in the field of seven older fillies and mares).“This mare is really handy,” said Lewis, who sent her out to her sixth win from 20 starts. “Tyler told me that he wanted to lay a little closer to the pace today, and I thought maybe she should be further back. He told me when he cut her loose, it was over. She’s feeling good right now and she’s just a hard-trying mare.”Owned by her breeder, Benjamin Warren, Warren’s Veneda was the second choice in the wagering at 4-1 and paid $10.40, $4.60 and $3.40. By Affirmative and out of the Flying Continental mare More Cal Bread, Warren’s Veneda picked up $60,600 for the win, increasing her earnings to $467,612.“I had the perfect trip, said Baze, who was sitting a close fifth past the five furlong pole. “I wanted to keep her a little closer then I was at Los Alamitos last time out. According to the conditions, it seems like speed has been holding all day, so I just kind of rode her to them and she just tries so hard. She gives me everything she’s got every time she runs. It’s amazing to have a nice filly like that.”Runner-up Taste Like Candy, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, finished three quarters of a length in front of Valiant Emilia and paid $6.20 and $3.60.“I had to change tactics, the mud changes all tactics,” said Desormeaux. “You try to get close to the lead to keep the mud out of their face.”Off at 14-1 and ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Valiant Emilia sat second behind fractions of 22.80, 46.42 and 1:10.78. She finished 5 ¼ lengths in front of early pacesetter Legacy and paid $6.80 to show.Racing resumes on Thursday, as Santa Anita will embark upon a five-day race week, culminating with the Martin Luther King Jr., Holiday on Monday. First post time on Thursday is at 1 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgEdwin Maldonado1833217%$77,180 Flavien Prat2968121%$357,240 (Current Through Saturday, May 2) FINISH LINES: Bal a Bali, winner of 11 of 12 starts in his native Brazil where he earned $510,078, makes his U.S. debut in next Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 American Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at one mile on turf. Flavien Prat, tied for the riding lead with Tyler Baze at six wins each through Saturday, has the mount. “He’s terrific, training like a billion dollars,” Richard Mandella said of the 5-year horse that has been favored at odds-on in 10 of his 12 races. “A million wouldn’t be enough.” Mandella won the 2,000th race of his storied career when Catch a Flight captured Saturday’s Precisionist Stakes by three-quarters of a length under Prat. “It’s good, but it took a long time,” Mandella said of the milestone. “I did it one inch at a time, 42 years; this didn’t come overnight.” . . . American Stakes nominees Gabriel Charles (five furlongs in a bullet 1:01.40), Talco (six furlongs in 1:15.40) and Winning Prize (five furlongs in 1:03.40) each worked on turf Sunday. . . San Felipe runner-up Prospect Park worked five furlongs at San Luis Rey Downs Saturday in 1:00.40. Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. is preparing the son of Tapit for the Grade III Affirmed Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on June 7 . . . Congrats to Daily Racing Form’s Randy Goulding for picking cold the Kentucky Derby superfecta of American Pharoah, Firing Line, Dortmund and Frosted, good for $634.10 . . . Shemp, a 4-year-old son of Curlin who won Thursday’s eighthrace by a neck, is not necessarily named for one of the Three Stooges, portrayed at varioustimes in their heyday back in the 40s by Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp. Vann Belvoir, who trains the bay colt for owners Brian or Cicelia Raduenz, wasn’t sure if the origin emanated from the slapstick comic, Shemp Howard. But when the horse paid $34.80 and earned $18,600 for the win, it certainly brought a chuckle. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk! COUNTDOWN ON FOR BEHOLDER, VENEDA IN VANITYThe “Match Race” of the year is on tap next Saturday, when two-time Eclipse champion Beholder and Warren’s Veneda, winner of three straight stakes including the Grade I Santa Margarita, are scheduled to face off in the Grade I, $300,000 Vanity Stakes at a mile and an eighth.“Beholder couldn’t be doing better, but (trainer Craig) Lewis has a good filly and I respect her, so it will be a good race,” said Richard Mandella, who conditions Beholder, a champion at two in 2012 and at three in 2013.Legacy, second to Beholder in last year’s Santa Lucia Stakes, is among the few expected to face the top pair. The daughter of Sightseeing worked six furlongs for John Sadler Sunday in 1:13.20.PEDROZA, PRIVATE ZONE: TWO PEAS IN A PODMartin Pedroza was back on the beat at Santa Anita early Sunday morning after riding Private Zone to a 4 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes.Pedroza and Private Zone: a match made in heaven. Each is a fierce competitor, Pedroza who will be 50 on July 20 and Private Zone a 6-year-old warhorse of a gelding trained by Jorge Navarro and managed by Pedroza’s long-time friend and former jockey, Rene Douglas.Douglas, paralyzed in a May 2009 spill and confined to a wheel chair since, has been on hand to see Private Zone win in the past, but not yesterday, with a record 170,000 people milling around Churchill Downs.“It would have been too much,” Pedroza said. “But it was special to win for Rene even though he was not there. We’ve been childhood friends since we grew up together in Panama.”Of Private Zone, Pedroza acknowledged, “We’re both fighters. We both love to win. Even at our advanced ages, the fire of desire still burns bright.”Pedroza recorded similar rail-trip triumphs on Private Zone twice in the Grade I Vosburgh Invitational, in 2013 and again last year. Each time he appeared beaten through the stretch run by a horse outside him, but fought back tenaciously to gain the victory.Pedroza had no such luck trying to get out of Kentucky in time to reach Las Vegas for last night’s welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquaio. He had a tougher time getting back to LA than he did winning on Private Zone.“Martin had to have a police escort leaving Churchill Downs to get to the airport in Louisville,” said his long-time agent, Richie Silverstein. “That flight went through Detroit and I picked him up at LAX at 9:54 last night.“With the big sports night, all traffic from the fight, the Clippers’ game and the Kentucky Derby, it took an hour and a half to get back to his apartment.” Rafael Bejarano1633519%$147,810 Philip D’Amato1141236%$186,390 FAIRYTALE RIDE CONTINUES FOR VICTOR ESPINOZA            It wasn’t quite Cecil B. DeMille’s “Cleopatra,” but Bob Baffert’s fourth Kentucky Derby win was 13 years in the making.It was worth the wait.Starring American Pharoah, the 141st Run for the Roses had a predictable ending, at least in the eyes of many experts, with the favored hero gaining gold and glory before “finis” appeared on the screen.Unlike last year, when the country was ensconced in the fairytale ride of California Chrome, a horse from the other side of the tracks who wasn’t supposed to win the Derby, American Pharoah was.This was the classic Thoroughbred, a picture to look at, impeccably prepared by Bob Baffert and his team, and ridden to perfection by Victor Espinoza, who became only the sixth jockey to win the Derby back to back, having done so last year with California Chrome.Despite all the fanfare before and after the race, Espinoza was his typical unflappable self, smiling, happy and taking everything in stride.Sunday, however, it was business as usual for the self-proclaimed “happy Mexican” who was back to more mundane tasks at Santa Anita, where he was named to ride three horses.“Victor handled all the hoopla and publicity the week before the Derby and immediately after like he always does,” said his low-key agent of two years, Brian Beach. “He handled every interview and all the charity events up until Friday night.“Then he put on his game face and got ready for Saturday.“It was a relief for him to get to the races Saturday, and he was pretty pumped up after he won. Once the post-race interviews were over and things settled down, he put in appearances at a couple of restaurants, but I picked him up sat 4:45 this morning (Eastern Time) and got him on a 6:05 flight out of Louisville to honor his commitments at Santa Anita.”For good measure, Espinoza rode Finnegans Wake to a stirring head victory in the Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, coming from ninth and last.The two victories were worth $1,716,400 in purse earnings.American Pharoah got a perfect trip in the mile and a quarter Derby breaking from the 15 post position in a field reduced to 18 after scratches. Espinoza held him in third behind pacesetting stable mate Dortmund and another Santa Anita-based runner, Firing Line, before he hit the quarter pole.Then, for the first time since he had ridden him in four previous victories by a combined margin of more than 22 lengths, Espinoza went to the whip. It was show time.American Pharoah responded, edging clear at the wire to win by a length.“Victor felt he had the race the entire length of the stretch,” Beach said. “He wasn’t surprised he had to run that hard to get by Firing Line.“We knew all the California horses would run well.” Fernando Perez2935610%$164,430 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Felipe Valdez2253123%$141,400 Elvis Trujillo1930216%$134,140 Santiago Gonzalez1834117%$107,460 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL FOR PHAROAH, ESPINOZA BEHOLDER, WARREN’S VENEDA VANITY SHOWDOWN LOOMSMARTIN PEDROZA AND PRIVATE ZONE: TWO PEAS IN A POD‘BILLION DOLLAR’ BAL A BALI IS READY FOR U.S. DEBUT Richard Baltas1132127%$134,520 Doug O’Neill2266227%$224,210 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Tyler Baze3264519%$299,440 Joseph Talamo2241518%$123,748 -30-last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES FLAVIEN PRAT, BE MINE, SECOND: “It’s tough to get beat by a head, but I couldn’t change anything. When she changed leads, she really took off and finished great.”             MIKE SMITH, CHEEKABOO, WINNER: “Wasn’t that awesome? I don’t know what it looked like, but it was fun as hell to ride. I kind of feel like, ‘ok, now people can see I can ride a little bit. I can do more than just hang on to Songbird.’“I knew I got up past the wire, but I was worried about at the wire. I was so busy, down riding but I knew I was in front when I stood up. I just didn’t know if I got it right on the wire.“I followed Pete’s instructions, almost to a ‘T.’ I saved all the ground that I could and I cut every corner and he told me to ‘go for broke’ and to see if we could get lucky, get through, or in between. He said I should ride it that way, so I did. I have to give him the credit.“I thought I had a shot to run well. At the sixteenth pole I thought, ‘if I can squeeze in between these two, I think I can get it.’ Then I wasn’t sure if I got it until I saw ol’ Gilligan (Quick Official for Stewards) over on the backside. He’s an eagle eye and he tells you right away. He told me I got it and I was excited.” PETER EURTON, CHEEKABOO, WINNER: “It was Joe’s push to run her in here. I have to give a lot of credit to Larry Zap for finding her. This distance was to her advantage because she seems to run all day.”JOE CIAGLIA, PART OWNER, CHEEKABOO, WINNER: “Watching the race, it looked like we could be third, then second and then we had a chance to win! This is the last race on this turf course and I said ‘If she wins, I’m gonna go out there and take a piece of grass off the course and plant it in my backyard. This is just a great Father’s Day gift, it’s really special.” ALEX SOLIS, STAYS IN VEGAS, THIRD: “She ran hard, I can’t complain. She gave her best to the end. Just didn’t get the win today.” TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are Joe Ciaglia, who races as Ciaglia Racing, LLC of Upland, CA, Sharon Alesia of Carlsbad, CA and Mike Burns of Rancho Mirage, CA.last_img read more


first_imgMiller, Bejarano Earn Honors as Top Trainer, Jockey Horse of Meet: ArrogateSprinter: DrefongOlder Horse: California Chrome                             Older Filly/Mare: BeholderClaimer: NextdoorneighborGrass Horse: Highland ReelGrass Filly/Mare: Queen’s Trust3-Year-Old: Arrogate 3-Year-Old Filly: SongbirdTrainer: Peter MillerJockey: Rafael BejaranoApprentice: Austin SolisRace: Breeders’ Cup DistaffOwner: Spendthrift Farm, LLCAchievement: Baffert 3rd Classic Win ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2016) – Up and coming three-year-old star Arrogate, winner of five straight races including the Grade I Travers Stakes by 13 ½ lengths and the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Saturday, was named Horse of the Meet in the annual Autumn Meet media poll.The gray son of Unbridled’s Song trained by Bob Baffert for owner Juddmonte Farms, Inc. outfinished favored California Chrome in deep stretch in the mile and a quarter Classic to win by a half-length under Mike Smith.“When Chrome was out there cruising (on the lead) I thought no way he’s going to catch him,” said Baffert, who was winning his third straight Breeders’ Cup Classic. “. . . Then all of a sudden, Mike’s riding and he’s catching up little by little with that big stride kicking in . . . I never thought he would be able to catch Chrome.”Arrogate also was named Outstanding Three-Year-Old male, while Baffert’s third straight Breeders’ Cup Classic victory was named Achievement of the Meet. Five-year-old California Chrome, who captured the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes on Oct. 1, was named Outstanding Older Horse.Breeders’ Cup winners understandably dominated the categories.Distaff winner Beholder was named Outstanding Older Filly or Mare, thanks to her pulsating nose victory in the race over previously undefeated 2015 Two-Year-Old filly champion Songbird, who incurred her first loss after 11 straight easy victories.Songbird was named the Meet’s Outstanding Three-Year-Old filly and the Distaff was named Race of the Meet.Peter Miller led the trainers’ race from start to finish throughout the 23-day meet and outlasted runners-up Baffert and Doug O’Neill to capture the training title, 18-16, while perennial Southern California riding kingpin Rafael Bejarano withstood several challenges to take yet another crown, 23-20, over runner-up Kent Desormeaux. This was Bejarano’s 32nd title overall, his 27th in the Golden State and his 15th at Santa Anita.Honored in other categories were Champagne Room, $69.20 upset winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies for trainer Peter Eurton, Outstanding Two-Year-Old filly; Queen’s Trust, nose winner of the $2 million Filly & Mare Turf for trainer Sir Michael Stoute, Outstanding Grass Filly or Mare; Sprint winner Drefong for Baffert, Outstanding Sprinter; and Highland Reel, victor in the $4 million Turf for trainer Aidan O’Brien, Outstanding Grass Horse.Also, Classic Empire, winner of the Juvenile for trainer Mark Casse, Outstanding Two-Year-Old male; Austin Solis, 24-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis, Outstanding Apprentice; B. Wayne Hughes of Spendthrift Farm, owner of Beholder, Owner of the Meet by virtue of $1,431,890 in purse earnings.Nextdoorneighbor, who posted a 2 ¼-length victory against $8,000 claiming horses on Oct. 30, was named Claiming Horse of the Meet. Despite winning his second straight race at the bottom level, the popular nine-year-old Florida-bred gelding that was trained by Peter Miller is a virtual win machine, having registered his 13th career victory from 51 starts. The bay son of Lido Palace also has 11 seconds and seven thirds for earnings of $333,869. ARROGATE ‘HORSE OF MEET’ IN MEDIA POLL 2016 Santa Anita Autumn Media Polllast_img read more