Santa Anita News
STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• FIFTH COMMANDMENT MAKES SECOND ATTEMPT DOWN THE HILL
• HRTV FEATURE ON CHANTAL SUTHERLAND PREMIERES SUNDAY
CASSIDY EXPECTS IMPROVEMENT FROM FIFTH COMMANDMENT IN WISHING WELL
Adhering to the adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” Jim Cassidy will saddle Fifth Commandment in a bid to win Sunday’s $70,000 Wishing Well Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.
Fifth Commandment was 10th and last, beaten 14 lengths in the Grade III Monrovia Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on the turf on Jan. 2. The Irish-bred daughter of Holy Roman Emperor prompted the pace while second for a half-mile before weakening.
It was her first race since last Aug. 19, and Cassidy says Fifth Commandment was in dire need of the race and should benefit when she runs in the Wishing Well against win machine Unzip Me and eight others. The race for fillies and mares, 4-years-old and up, will be run over the same course as the Monrovia.
“She just needed the race desperately,” Cassidy said of the Monrovia. “I missed a bunch of training with her. She showed too much speed in the Monrovia but I’m trying her down the hill again.”
Fifth Commandment was third in her U.S. debut in a turf sprint at Hollywood Park last June, then was unplaced in two stakes at a mile on the grass at Del Mar last summer.
“She doesn’t want a mile,” Cassidy said. “She was OK, but she was all out to try and get what she got. She’s strictly a sprinter.”
Fifth Commandment races for Fontana Racing, LLC, nom de course of Martin Kistler of Pacific Palisades.
The field for the Wishing Well: Givine, Joe Talamo, 5-2; Remit, Corey Nakatani, 12-1; Catchy Tune, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Elle Special, Freddy Lenclud, 30-1; Win for M’lou, Victor Espinoza, 20-1; Unzip Me, Rafael Bejarano, 8-5; Fifth Commandment, Mike Smith, 15-1; Dontbeshy I’ll Buy, Alonso Quinonez, 30-1; and Teroda, Joel Rosario, 7-2.
HRTV'S ‘INSIDE INFORMATION: CHANTAL’ PREMIERES SUNDAY
HRTV's award-winning documentary show, "Inside Information," will offer an in-depth look at one of racing's most recognizable jockey's preparation for North America's richest race when it debuts "Inside Information: Chantal" this Sunday at 6 p.m.
The show will take a unique, behind-the-scenes look at Chantal Sutherland's attempt to become the first female jockey to win the Breeders' Cup Classic aboard Game On Dude in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. HRTV had exclusive access to Sutherland's preparation, beginning with a trip to her native Canada to mentally prepare for the Breeders' Cup.
Principal photography was shot by Anna James, who accompanied Sutherland on her journey. "Inside Information: Chantal" was produced and edited by Kathryn L. Beranich, a veteran of reality show television, who now serves as HRTV's Post Production Manager.
The special look will detail her intense foundation for a try at racing immortality, as "Inside Information" gives viewers the intimate look at the detailed physical and mental approach that led to Sutherland's gutsy demeanor in a pressure-packed setting. Ultimately, her aggressive try fell just short, with a front-running ride aboard Game On Dude, at 14-1, succumbing to Drosselmeyer's late rally in the final strides under the lights at the fabled Twin Spires. The show also explores the emotional reaction to Sutherland's defeat at the hands of Drosselmeyer's rider--and her former fiancé--Mike Smith.
HRTV’s documentary “Inside Information: Randy Romero” won the 2011 Media Eclipse Award in the Television-Features programming category. The program, which aired in December, 2010, covered the life story of the Hall of Fame jockey, from his years as an up-and-coming rider in Louisiana to the sport’s elite, along with difficult physical and emotional hurdles along the way.
The Media Eclipse was the second consecutive win in the category for HRTV, who earned the honor in the same category in 2010 for its “Inside Information: Swale” show.
HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, is a television-based multimedia network dedicated to equine sports. HRTV’s programming features horseracing from top U.S. and international racetracks, as well as a wide range of world-class English and Western horse competitions, news, original programming and award-winning documentaries covering the world of horse sports.
The live stream of HRTV is available on a subscription basis to high-speed Internet users worldwide at www.hrtvlive.com. In the U.S., the HRTV television network is available via telco, cable and satellite in over 19 million homes.
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