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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• CANANI KEEPS FINGERS CROSSED FOR AKKADIAN IN OAK TREE DERBY
• GALLAGHER HOPES ENCHANTMENT LANDS IN RAMSER WINNER’S CIRCLE
• RIDERS TRY THEIR HAND AT GOLF IN SCGA EVENT AT SANTA ANITA SATURDAY
• OCTAVIO VERGARA CALLS IT A CAREER IN TODAY’S FOURTH RACE
UNLUCKY AKKADIAN SHARP FOR SATURDAY’S OAK TREE DERBY
Good luck and hard work are a combination Julio Canani hopes will lead to the winner’s circle for Akkadian in Saturday’s Grade II Oak Tree Derby.
Akkadian experienced tough going in his last two starts that probably cost him a better position than the fifth-place finishes he posted in the restricted Oceanside Stakes last July 20 and again in the Grade II Del Mar Derby on Sept. 4.
“He got into a lot of trouble in the Oceanside,” Canani said. “He suffered a really bad cut in the race when he had to steady near the three-quarter marker. He took up two or three times and he needed staples to help the cut heal.
“In the Del Mar Derby, he came out with a lot of mucous the next day, but now, he’s doing very good.”
Akkadian, a $270,000 son of Tiznow, is one of two horses trained by Canani for owner Gary Broad, a client of the Peruvian native for some eight months. Akkadian already has a victory on the turf at nine furlongs, coming in his maiden triumph at Santa Anita last Feb. 24. His only other career win also came on the grass, at one mile at Hollywood Park on April 28.
The field for what appears to be a wide-open Oak Tree Derby, the ninth of 10 races. Great Warrior, Omar Berrio, 15-1; Northern Causeway, William Antongeorgi III, 20-1; Venomous, Joel Rosario, 4-1; Arraignment, Daniel Vergara, 30-1; Dreamy Kid, Martin Garcia, 10-1; Thirtyfirststreet, Patrick Valenzuela, 30-1; Lil Bit o’ Fun, David Flores, 12-1; Ultimate Eagle, Martin Pedroza, 30-1; Akkadian, Brice Blanc, 15-1; Theresmyeverything, Aaron Gryder, 8-1; Cozy Kitten, Alonso Quinonez, 6-1; Cloud Man, Mike Smith, 6-1; Midnight Interlude, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; and Surrey Star, Chantal Sutherland, 12-1.
GALLAGHER EXPRESSES OPTIMISM FOR ENCHANTMENT IN RAMSER
Entrustment descends in grade for Sunday’s Grade III $100,000 Harold C. Ramser Sr. Stakes at one mile on turf and Paddy Gallagher trusts that the minor drop will lead to the winner’s circle for the Forestry filly.
Entrustment was fourth by a length in the Grade II Honeymoon Handicap on June 11; fourth by a neck at 19-1 in the Grade I American Oaks on July 16; and sixth by just over four lengths in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks last out on Aug. 20.
Each of those races was at least a mile and an eighth, but Entrustment closed well to finish second in the Grade III Senorita at one mile last May 7.
“She’s been running good, but not quite getting there,” Gallagher said. “I think a longer distance might be better for her, but she should run good at a mile.”
The field for the Ramser, the eighth of nine races: Bauble Queen, Joe Talamo; Sarah’s Secret, Mike Smith; Imperialistic Diva, Kerwin John; Celestial Kitten, Patrick Valenzuela; Going for a Spin, Daniel Vergara; Glowing Spirit, Omar Berrio; Entrustment, David Flores; Tales in Excess, Victor Espinoza; Rosehill Dew, Brice Blanc; Up In Time, Martin Garcia; and Cathy’s Crunches, Chantal Sutherland.
OCTAVIO VERGARA IN FAREWELL RIDE AT SANTA ANITA TODAY
Friday’s fourth race marks the final competitive ride for jockey Octavio Vergara. The native of Chile, who turns 55 on Dec. 3, rides 8-1 morning line chance Powerofvoodoo for trainer Barry Abrams, for whom he’ll continue to exercise horses following his final ride.
Vergara has been a professional jockey since 1973 and has ridden for such legendary trainers as Lazaro Barrera, Charlie Whittingham, Bobby Frankel and Ron McAnally. Trevor Denman will acknowledge the popular veteran on post parade and wish him “Bueno Suerte.”
SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS FOCUS ON ‘FORE’ IN SCGA EVENT SATURDAY
The Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) will have their first-ever day at the races on Saturday and the festivities will include a chipping exhibition following the fifth race featuring jockeys Aaron Gryder, Joel Rosario, Kayla Stra and perhaps others.
There will also be a similar “Closest to the Pin” competition for fans following race seven. Jockeys and fans will have a chance to win a Cleveland Golf club if their shots end up “closest.”
“The SCGA is excited to partner with Santa Anita for this special event,” said SCGA Executive Director Kevin Heaney. “As a membership organization, we remain committed to creating additional opportunities for our membership on and off the golf course.”
The event will be open to all SCGA members and on a selected basis, will include Winner’s Circle presentations, paddock tours, visits with announcer Trevor Denman and tips from veteran handicappers. Younger SCGA members are also welcome, as family fun activities will be available. Pony rides, face painters, an inflatable bounce house and other games and contests will be available. A discounted ticket price of $20 for SCGA members will include parking, racing program and access to a
designated area that will include food and beverage service.
The SCGA is one of the nation’s oldest and largest regional golf associations and is a trusted resource for Southland golfers.
For more information on the SCGA, please call (818) 980-3630.
POPULAR BURBANK ROAD KINGS CAR SHOW AT SANTA ANITA SUNDAY
Santa Anita Park’s picturesque infield area will be site of the annual Burbank Road Kings Classic Car Show on Sunday. Hot rods, modifieds, street rods, sports cars, restored classics and muscle cars will all be on display and be complimented by live rock and roll provided by Captain Cardiac and The Coronaries.
“The Burbank Road Kings always put on a good show,” said Santa Anita President George Haines. “It’s great to see such a wide variety of cars and it’s a lot of fun every year. Throughout the world, classic cars and horseracing go hand in hand and our infield area is a perfect place to stage this event.
“We see a lot of families at this show every year and with the live music and other activities we’ll be offering, there’s something for everybody.”
Awards will be presented to the owner of cars in all categories, with celebrity and professional judges determining winners.
The Burbank Road Kings Car Show is free to all with paid General Admission. Show hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids 17 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pony rides, face painting and other family activities will be available throughout the day.
Admission gates will open at 11 a.m. and first race post time is 1 p.m. For more information on the Burbank Road Kings Classic Car Show, fans are encouraged to visit their website, www.burbankroadkings.com, or to call (818) 842-KING.
FINISH LINES: Heavy favorites won the first four races Thursday. Spirit Seeker ($3.80) won the first; He’s a Bandit ($3.20) won the second; Lofty Ambition ($4) took the third for a $1 Pick 3 worth $10.80; and For You My Heart ($4.60) captured the fourth. Favorites also won the sixth and seventh races, but when 18-1 shot Moonlight Beach took the eighth and final race for trainer Brian Koriner, the Pick Six paid a healthy $18,220.20 thanks in the main to a carryover of $76,835 into Thursday . . . Thursday’s lone eighth-race Super High Five ticket worth $107,417.20 was purchased in Lewiston, Maine. Odds on the first five horses were 18-1, 10-1, 8-1, 62-1 and 90-1 . . . Six ShowVivor contestants were eliminated Thursday, leaving 82 alive in Santa Anita’s on-line handicapping event . . . M One Rifle worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Friday in a bullet 1:11.20. Trainer Bruce Headley is preparing the 2009 Malibu winner for the California Cup Sprint on Oct. 29 . . . Bob Black Jack, the 2008 Malibu winner, worked five furlongs at Hollywood in 1:03 for trainer James Kasparoff . . . Unbeaten Oak Leaf Stakes winner Weemissfrankie, prepping for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 4, jogged two miles Friday for trainer Peter Eurton . . . Racing rarity: a trainer is taking a vacation. Caesar Dominguez and his wife, Joann, head for the Big Island of Hawaii next Thursday for seven days in the sun and surf, “I’ve been training for 40 years, 20 with Thoroughbreds and 20 with quarter horses,” Dominguez said. “It’s time to relax and take away the stress of training.” . . . Starting next Wednesday, Oct. 19, flu shots will be given to frontside employees at the CTHF clinic at no charge to the first 50 who show up. You must show proof of employment by LATC or HRTV upon arriving at the CHTF trailer, which is located in the southwest corner of Lot 7. After the first 50 shots have been given out, employees will be charged $10. Flu shot hours Monday through Thursday are 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. . . . HRTV’s Peter Lurie and Jeff Siegel will be Jack Disney’s guests on Sunday’s Fans’ Forum, 11:45 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens.