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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• WALSH HOPES ‘SARAH’ SMILES IN GRADE II LAS PALMAS SUNDAY
• BEJARANO, ROSARIO DEADLOCKED IN RACE FOR RIDING HONORS
• WEEMISSFRANKIE SHARP FOR TODAY’S BC JUVENILE FILLIES
• BOXING STARS MARQUEZ, BRADLEY WORK OUT AT SANTA ANITA SATURDAY
IMPROVEMENT EXPECTED FROM SARAH’S SECRET ON SUNDAY
Sarah’s Secret is wheeling back in three weeks for Sunday’s Las Palmas Stakes, but trainer Kathy Walsh is confident that the 3-year-old filly will improve from her last two finishes, a sixth in the Grade II San Clemente Handicap and a fifth in the Grade III Harold C. Ramser Sr. Stakes.
“She just didn’t have any racing luck the other day,” Walsh said, referring to the Ramser on Oct. 16. “You know how races are. Sometimes you get trapped and can’t do anything about it. It wasn’t anybody’s fault; it just happens.”
Sarah’s Secret is reunited with Rafael Bejarano, who won the Grade II Honeymoon Handicap at Hollywood Park in his only ride on the chestnut daughter of Leroidesanimaux.
“He knows her well and I think he’ll just let her go,” Walsh said. “It’s a tough race.”
The field for the Las Palmas, the ninth of 10 races: City to City, Garrett Gomez; All Star Heart, Blanc; Ash Zee, Joe Talamo; Turning Top, Mike Smith; Malibu Pier, Rosario; Private Affair, Hector Berrios; Anniversary Girl, Martin Pedroza; and Sarah’s Secret, Rafael Bejarano.
LEADING RIDER AT SANTA ANITA COULD COME DOWN TO PHOTO FINISH
Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet riding title may not be decided until the next to last race on closing day, Sunday, since co-leaders Rafael Bejarano and Joel Rosario ride at Churchill Downs through Saturday, returning to Santa Anita on Sunday.
Not only are they tied in wins at 31, they have similar numbers in other categories: seconds, Bejarano, 20, Rosario, 21; thirds, Bejarano, 12, Rosario, 24; money won, Bejarano, $1,293,069, Rosario, $1,440,369; and stakes wins, six each.
On Sunday, each rider is named on six horses, Bejarano on Sabe in the first race, Carousel in the second, Punch Drunk in the third, Kissable in the fifth, Avarooskie in the sixth and Sarah’s Secret in the ninth.
Rosario is scheduled to ride Thunder of India in the first, Cactus Jane in the second, Backwoods Belle in the third, Alokee in the fifth, Carrie Rose in the seventh and Malibu Pier in the ninth.
WEEMISSFRANKIE IN CONTROL OF OWN DESTINY IN BC JUVENILE FILLIES
Last Friday, unbeaten Oak Leaf Stakes winner Weemissfrankie had her last major local drill for today’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, going five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track in :59.20.
“Excellent,” is how trainer Peter Eurton termed the move before heading to Kentucky. “She couldn’t have worked any better. It was quicker than we were looking for, but the main thing is we didn’t want to fight her and (we) just let her do what she felt like doing . . . We thought she was galloping.”
Understandably, Eurton was zeroed on his filly and not unduly concerned with the opposition. “I don’t really get into that too much,” Eurton said. “My focus is on my filly and I can’t worry about everybody else.”
Eurton had the same sentiment about a possible off track. “Again, I don’t know if it will bother her,” he said. “It will be a tight off track, I know that. She’s handled the dirt here fine and whether the fly-back (dirt) is going to be less or more on an off track, who really knows?
“She’s doing well and you can’t concern yourself with so many things that are out of your control, so I just try to worry about the things that I can control.”
MARQUEZ, BRADLEY WORK OUT AT SANTA ANITA TOMORROW
WBA and WBO lightweight world champion Juan Manuel Marquez and WBO junior welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley will stage separate workouts Saturday at Santa Anita.
Marquez will drill just one week before he faces WBO welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao next Saturday, Nov. 12, at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
Marquez will be joined at Santa Anita by the undefeated Bradley (27-0, 11 knockouts), who will defend his title on the Nov. 12 undercard against former world champ Joel Casamayor.
Marquez and Bradley will work separately in a track-side ring between races Saturday from 12 noon to 3 p.m.
Each workout will be around 30 minutes, allowing time for media interviews and photo opps with Santa Anita jockeys in the winner’s circle. HRTV will conduct interviews with the participants after their workouts, in the winner’s circle.
Top Rank will provide 10,000 Pacquiao-Marquez III posters, free of charge at Santa Anita on a first come, first served basis and Santa Anita will conduct a drawing for two tickets to Pacquiao-Marquez III in Las Vegas.
Marquez will draw the winner’s tickets at approximately 2 p.m.
SANTA ANITA PRESIDENT EXTENDS THANKS TO RETIRING TOP COP HONAKER
Dick Honaker was receiving good wishes and gratitude from his peers at Santa Anita after announcing he would retire at the end of this meet as Santa Anita’s Director of Operations and Security.
Heading those offering kudos for a job well done was Santa Anita President George Haines.
“Dick was an important part of Santa Anita’s team for the past 23 years,” Haines said. “We will miss him greatly. His long tour of duty with the Arcadia Police Department before joining Santa Anita served both entities well.
“All of us at Santa Anita wish him good health and good luck in his retirement.”
“Honk,” as he is affectionately known to co-workers, turns 80 next July. Honaker spent 34 years in law enforcement. He resides in Glendora with his wife, Nancy.
THE STRONACH GROUP/JOCKEYS’ GUILD INK 3-YEAR DEAL
The Stronach Group announced on Tuesday that it has entered into a long-term agreement to support the Jockeys’ Guild and its member jockeys. Under terms of the 3-year deal, each of the six Stronach Group racetracks will make payments to the Jockeys’ Guild to help subsidize health insurance, life insurance and disability benefits as well as benefits for all jockeys who are members of the Guild and ride in the United States.
The Stronach Group tracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes.
Mike Rogers, Vice President, Racing, of The Stronach Group, stated: “This is the right thing to do for the jockeys and the sport. Frank Stronach has always believed in the importance of all segments of the horse racing industry doing their part to support the health and welfare of the jockeys.”
Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the Jockeys’ Guild, stated: “We very much appreciate the commitment and support from Frank Stronach and The Stronach Group racetracks. This agreement will directly benefit approximately 750 active and permanently disabled members. Currently, the Guild provides life insurance, AD&D insurance and temporary disability benefits to its active members, as well as life insurance and aid to the permanently disabled members. To continue this effort, it is critical that we receive support from all of our racetrack partners within the industry. We all should be working to help promote our sport.”
About The Stronach Group
The Stronach Group is a privately-held consortium that owns, operates and manages a number of leading businesses in a wide range of industries, including: Thoroughbred racing and gaming; Thoroughbred horse breeding; agriculture; electric vehicle technologies; and medical technologies. The Stronach Group also owns a number of premier development properties and real estate assets in North America and Europe.
About The Jockeys’ GuildJockeys’ Guild, Inc., the organization representing professional jockeys in American Thoroughbred and
Quarter Horse racing, was founded in May, 1940 and has approximately 950 members, including active and retired disabled jockeys. The purpose is to protect jockeys, strive to achieve a safer racing environment, to obtain improved insurance and other benefits for members and to monitor developments in local, state and federal laws affecting the racing industry, and in particular, the jockeys.
FINISH LINES: Gates open at Santa Anita Saturday at 8 a.m. with the first live race at 10:40 a.m. Closing day, Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m. First race post time is 12 noon. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Turn your clocks BACK one hour Saturday night. . . Speaking of time, private clocker Toby Turrell of Winners Card says his best bet in the Breeders’ Cup is Euroears in Saturday’s Sprint. “His (six furlongs) workout (Oct. 24) in :56 3/5 was the most brilliant I ever clocked in my 25 years in the business,” Turrell said. “He went the first quarter in :22 flat and three furlongs in :33 flat under the biggest hold you could imagine. If they’d have let the horse run, it would have been the fastest (five furlong workout) of all time.” . . Saturday, Santa Anita presents the last of its popular Food Truck Festivals this meet. Gourmet food from 70 of Southern California’s finest mobile vendors will be available in the infield . . . Jerry Hollendorfer had a busy Friday morning at Hollywood Park, sending out 14 horses on the workout tab . . . Apprentice jockey Eswan Flores, who won Thursday’s fourth race on Lord Avalon for trainer Mike Chambers, has been suspended three racing days (Nov. 13, 17 and 18) for causing interference aboard Peppy Bolly in last Sunday’s ninth race . . . Attention Santa Anita employees: Westfield Santa Anita is conducting a paving project that extends from Gate 8 to the mall entrance, beginning Monday. Due to this construction, Gate 8 will be closed three days starting Monday, Nov. 7 through Wednesday, Nov. 9. Employees should use Gate 3 at Holly Ave., to access the facility during that time.