Santa Anita News
COMMA TO THE TOP SEEKS MILLIONAIRE STATUS IN SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 DAYTONA STAKES, CONTENTIOUS FIELD INCLUDES 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY BYRAMA, AS 12 ARE SET TO DUEL 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF
KALOOKAN QUEEN, EDDIE LOGAN COMPLETE STAKES TRIPLE SATURDAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2012)—Headed by the Grade III, $100,000 Daytona Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 6 ½ furlongs down the Camino Real hillside Turf Course, Santa Anita will also present the $75,000 Kalookan Queen for older fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs and the $75,000 Eddie Logan, for 2-year-olds at one mile on turf as part of a stakes triple header on Saturday.
Comma to the Top, a hard-hitting 4-year-old gelding who won the Grade I Cash Call Futurity in 2010, and was subsequently second, beaten a head, in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby the following spring, would attain millionaire status should he win the Daytona, which attracted a field of 12.
Trained by Peter Miller and owned by Barber, Birnbaum and Tsujihara, Comma to the Top comes off a hard-fought fourth, beaten a length and a half, in the Grade III Vernon O. Underwood Stakes going six furlongs on synthetic cushion track on Dec. 2. One race prior, on Oct. 21, he was an impressive gate to wire winner of the restricted Big Bear Handicap going one mile at Santa Anita.
A $22,000 2-year-old in training purchase, the Florida-bred son of Bwana Charlie has only run once before down the hillside, in the Grade III Eddie D Stakes on Sept. 28, finishing fourth, beaten two lengths at odds of 7-2. His earnings stand at $967,696 from a record of 24-10-2-1. A Daytona win would result in a paycheck of $60,000.
Great Mills, who pressed the pace and was a solid fourth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 3, has placed in a total of four graded stakes, including a nose defeat in the Grade III Shakertown last April at Keeneland, will be seeking his first graded victory in the Daytona.
A 4-year-old homebred son of War Front, he’s owned by Millenium Farms and is trained by Steve Asmussen. He retains the services of Rafael Bejarano and will break from the rail in his second lifetime try down the hill. Great Mills has earnings of $376,838 from a record of 19-5-3-2.
Byrama, a highly regarded 3-year-old filly trained by Simon Callaghan, is drawn between Great Mills and Comma to the Top and will be facing males for the first time since she was a 2-year-old maiden in her native England. She enters the Daytona fresh, having run a fast-finishing second as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade III Senator Ken Maddy Stakes on Oct. 20.
With Bejarano seemingly opting to ride Great Mills, Byrama will embark upon the steep jump in class with Garrett Gomez, who will hope to have plenty of early pace to exploit in the final furlong. Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Byrama is 3-2-0-1 down the hillside course. She has an overall mark of 13-4-3-4 with earnings of $234,634.
Trainer Bob Baffert will be represented by Capital Account, who bested Comma to the Top by a nose when running third in the Underwood. Third in the Grade I Bing Crosby and a winner of the Grade II Pat O’Brien Stakes on Polytrack last summer at Del Mar, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Closing Argument was second, beaten a head in the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 6, prior to running a dull 12th in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint Nov. 3.
Owned by Thoroughbred Legends Racing, Capital Account will be trying turf for the first time Saturday. He has earnings of $409,080 from a record of 12-5-3-3.
Trainer Jeff Mullins sends out a dangerous commodity in Wilkinson, a 4-year-old by Lemon Drop Kid who has been idle since winning the mile turf Grade III American Handicap on May 26 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Owned by E.K. Gaylord II, Wilkinson will be reunited with Martin Pedroza in the Daytona. He has three bullet works on his tab and was clocked going five furlongs in 58.40 on Dec. 22 at Santa Anita, the second-fastest move of 89 drills at the distance. His record stands at 18-5-3-3, with earnings of $336,994.
Trainer Blake Heap sends out the consistent Circa’sgoldengear, who fell a neck short of registering his third consecutive win going six furlongs on turf on Nov. 16. The 5-year-old California-bred gelding is 3-1-2-0 coming down the hillside and has an overall mark of 16-4-6-3, with earnings of $238,672. He is co-owned by Heap and Earle Malley.
Tommy Town Thoroughbreds homebred Ain’t No Other never threatened as the 6-5 favorite in the six furlong Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on Dec. 15, finishing third, beaten 3 ¾ lengths in a field of five. He has three good efforts down the hill to his credit, including a third-place finish in the Grade III Morvich Stakes in Oct., 2011.
Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the 4-year-old California-bred by Old Topper has earnings of $357,903 from a 21-7-6-5 mark.
The complete field for the Daytona, which will be run as the eighth on a nine-race card, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Great Mills, Rafael Bejarano, 119; Byrama, Garrett Gomez, 114; Comma to the Top, Corey Nakatani, 119; Starspangled Heat, Mike Smith, 119; Circa’sgoldengear, Joe Talamo, 119; Clubhouse Ride, Aaron Gryder, 119; Capital Account, David Flores, 124; Guest Star, Victor Espinoza, 119; Red Sun, Julien Leparoux, 119; Wilkinson, Martin Pedroza, 121; Ain’t No Other, Juan Hernandez, 119, and Tale of a Champion, Tyler Baze, 119.
TEDDY’S PROMISE TRIES TO REBOUND IN $75,000 KALOOKAN QUEEN FIELD OF EIGHT FILLIES & MARES SET TO GO 6 ½ FURLONGS
A winner of the Grade I La Brea Stakes a year ago, California-bred Teddy’s Promise will try to regain her winning touch in Saturday’s $75,000 Kalookan Queen Handicap for fillies and mares three and up at 6 ½ furlongs.
Sent from the rail in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint going seven furlongs on Nov. 3, Teddy’s Promise faltered to finish eighth, beaten 15 ½ lengths. A winner of the Time to Leave Stakes on May 6, the Ted and Judy Nichols homebred has been winless in four subsequent tries. The Kalookan Queen would appear to be a significant drop in class and she’ll be reunited with Victor Espinoza, who has won with her three times, including in the La Brea.
Trained by Ron Ellis, the 4-year-old filly by Salt Lake has earnings of $424,681 from a record of 19-6-2-1.
Bob Baffert and Joe Talamo will combine forces with the Arnold Zetcher-owned Pink Lollipops, who comes off an impressive six furlong allowance score at Santa Anita on Oct. 20. Third, beaten a length by Teddy’s Promise in last May’s Time to Leave, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly is looking for her first stakes victory. She drilled a sizzling five furlongs on Dec. 17 in 58.60, fastest of 90 works at the distance. Her record stands at 9-3-1-1, with earnings of $130,760.
Rafael Bejarano will stick with the Hollendorfer-trained Going for a Spin in the Kalookan Queen. She comes off a big 3 ½-length score in the state-bred Cat’s Cradle Handicap going 7 ½ furlongs on Nov. 18. Bred in California by her owners, Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC, the 4-year-old daughter of Ministers Wild Cat has earnings of $301,952 from a mark of 26-6-7-6.
The complete field for the Kalookan Queen, which will be run as race five, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Pink Lollipops, Joe Talamo, 119; Sizzling Gold, Agapito Delgadillo, 119; Great Hot, Alonso Quinonez, 119; Going for a Spin, Rafael Bejarano, 121; Teddy’s Promise, Victor Espinoza, 118; Givine, Martin Garcia, 119; Snow Fall, Tyler Baze, 119, and Journaliste, Garrett Gomez, 119.
$75,000 EDDIE LOGAN ATTRACTS TEN 2-YEAR-OLDS AT MILE ON TURF, LEGENDARY ‘FOOTMAN’ ONCE AGAIN HONORED BY GREAT RACE PLACE
The memory of the late Eddie Logan, Santa Anita’s legendary shoe shine attendant who brightened the days of untold thousands from Santa Anita’s founding in 1934 until his passing at age 98 in January, 2009, will once again be honored on Saturday with the $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes for 2-year-olds at one mile on turf.
A field of 10 juveniles have been engaged, including Gabriel Charles, a winner of Santa Anita’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Preview Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on Nov. 3. A first-out maiden special weight winner going 5 ½ furlongs on Polytrack at Del Mar July 21, Gabriel Charles was a troubled sixth, beaten 4 ½ lengths, in the seven furlong, Grade I Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 5.
Trained by Jeff Mullins, the Kentucky-bred son of Street Hero is owned by Britt or House and will again be ridden by Joe Talamo, who’s been aboard for all four of his previous outs.
Promising English-bred Rising Legend will break from the rail in the Logan and will try to build upon his impressive U.S. debut at Betfair Hollywood Park on Nov. 24, when he was a fast finishing second in the Grade III Generous Stake going a mile on turf. Trained by John Sadler, he’ll again be ridden by Julien Leparoux. Rising Legend is owned by Hronis Racing LLC.
In addition to Rising Legend, Sadler, a frequent shoe shine customer of the late Logan, will send out a total of three horses: California-bred Ballard Ruler, who comes off a half-length defeat at odds of 1-2 in a state-bred allowance, and Under Review, who shipped in from Arlington Park in Chicago to finish a close sixth, beaten 3 ¼ lengths, in the Generous.
The complete field for the Eddie Logan, which will be run as the sixth race, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Rising Legend, Julien Leparoux, 118; Will True Up, Corey Nakatani, 118; Ballard Ruler, Garrett Gomez, 118; One Firm Cat, Martin Pedroza, 118; Under Review, Martin Garcia, 116; Dancin Upside Down, Edwin Maldonado, 116; Avare, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Gabriel Charles, Joe Talamo, 118; Aerial Artist, Juan Hernandez, 116, and Condiment, Tyler Baze, 118.
First post time on Saturday is 12:30 p.m. For more information, or to make reservations, visit www.santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.