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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• WORTH REPEATING WORTH WAITING FOR IN SANTANA MILE?
• GARRETT GOMEZ SET FOR SECOND COMEBACK ON THURSDAY
• MUCH AT STAKE FOR SANTA ANITA’S LEADING RIDER ROSARIO
DELAYED 2012 DEBUT FOR WORTH REPEATING IN SUNDAY’S SANTANA MILE
Worth Repeating makes his once-delayed 2012 debut Sunday in the $70,000 Santana Mile on Santa Anita’s conventional dirt track.
The 6-year-old Giant’s Causeway horse had been scheduled to start in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes at 1 ¼ miles on turf on Feb. 11, but a minor mishap put his debut on hold. Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella now has the homebred Kentucky bay owned by the Spendthrift Farm of B. Wayne Hughes set for the Santana Mile.
“He kicked his foot against the fence back at the barn after schooling for the San Marcos,” Mandella said. “He needed a bunch of stitches in his pastern.”
Worth Repeating has not raced since winning the Grade III Tokyo City Cup almost a year ago, on March 26. Overall, he has a 3-4-2 record from 19 starts, with earnings of $199,440.
“I’d rather have him running a mile and an eighth or a mile and a quarter, but he needs a start so this is where we’re going,” Mandella said.
The field for the Santana Mile, race seven on an eight-race card: Worth Repeating, Martin Garcia, 8-1; Tweebster, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Spud Spivens, David Flores, 8-1; Gladding, Mike Smith, 2-1; Make Music for Me, Chantal Sutherland, 8-1; Honour the Deputy, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; and Canonize, Victor Espinoza, 9-5.
GOMEZ TO WORK HORSES MONDAY, RESUME RIDING THURSDAY
Garrett Gomez is scheduled to resume riding on Thursday after an aborted one-mount comeback on Miss Pippa in the third race on March 9, after which he took off his one remaining mount citing pain in his left heel which was broken in a pre-post parade mishap prior to the Daytona Stakes on Jan. 8.
“He’ll ride Cambina in the Santa Ana Stakes and Hog’s Hollow in the San Luis Rey next Sunday,” agent Tony Matos said Saturday morning. “He wanted to give himself a little more time off to make sure he was 100 percent.
“He’s going to work horses Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and ride Thursday and Friday.”
The 40-year-old Gomez, a two-time Eclipse Award winner as the nation’s outstanding jockey and four-time national earnings leader, had six stakes wins this meet before his injury. Despite missing some 11 weeks, he still remains tied for second in that category with Joel Rosario and Martin Garcia.
STAKES SHORTAGE LITTLE ‘CAUSE’ FOR CONCERN FOR TEAM ROSARIO
Through 50 days of Santa Anita’s meet which ends on April 22, Joel Rosario was on his way to the riding title, holding a 61-52 lead over arch-rival Rafael Bejarano.
Winning is nice, but it isn’t everything, as a coach is reputed to have once said.
“The meet so far hasn’t exceeded my expectations, because our stakes-quality horses are really off from what they were last year at this time,” said Rosario’s agent, Ron Ebanks. “Race-wise, we’re doing really well, but not so with our stakes horses, so that’s a bit disappointing
“But we’re having a very good meet otherwise. (Bob) Baffert’s got the best (stakes) horses on the grounds and I don’t ride (many) for him (four mounts this meet), so that’s kind of a low point.”
Through Friday, Rosario was tied for second behind Mike Smith in stakes wins with six.
“But, we’ve got the best 3-year-old we’ve ever been on in (San Felipe Stakes winner) Creative Cause, so that’s super-exciting,” Ebanks continued. “He looks like the dominant 3-year-old here.”
Creative Cause is set for the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 7 and a rematch with San Felipe runner-up Bodemeister, trained by Baffert and named for his 7-year-old son, Bode (pronounced BOH-dee).
‘SANTA ANITA UNCORKED’ SET FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 25
Santa Anita will present its fifth annual “Santa Anita Uncorked” wine and culinary festival next Sunday, March 25. The event will be staged in the track’s paddock gardens area beginning at 12 noon and will feature a wide array of boutique and hand-picked wine selections, cuisine sampling from 14 popular local restaurants, a paddock art show and a full day of exciting Thoroughbred racing.
“This event has grown over the years and all of our participants have told us that Santa Anita is a perfect venue for it,” said Chris Quinn, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Santa Anita. “All of these things, good wine, outstanding food and world-class racing, make for a great mix and what better place to make it all come together than here at Santa Anita?
“Candace Chew, Director of our Graphics Department, has worked very hard to develop this and she’s done a magnificent job.”
“Santa Anita Uncorked” will again be sponsored by the Wine of the Month Club based in nearby Monrovia.
“We are so thrilled to participate in ‘Santa Anita Uncorked’ again this year,” said Wine of the Month Club President Paul Kalemkiarian. “Traditionally, going to the racetrack is one of America’s favorite pastimes. Add some exceptional cuisine and stellar wines and you have one of the most exciting and delicious events of the year.”
Packages will include: Parking, Club House admission with a grandstand seat, daily race program, wine tasting, cuisine sampling, art exhibit and a souvenir wine glass.
Tickets for admission, parking, program and restricted area wrist band are available for $60 each and can be purchased at the Santa Anita ticket office or by phone at (626) 574-RACE. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.santaanita.com.
Proceeds from “Santa Anita Uncorked” will go to benefit Arcadia High School student programs and the California (Equine) Retirement Management Account (CARMA).
FINISH LINES: Santa Anita Oaks candidate Reneesgotzip worked four furlongs on Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track Saturday in 49.40 for Peter Miller. “Super” is how the trainer termed the drill. “It was a nice easy half. She galloped out five-eighths in 1:01 2/5.” Miller was thrilled with Triple Crown nominee Senor Rain’s upset victory at 21-1 in Friday’s feature race. “This was a super performance,” Miller said after the race, “by far his best race. We’ll look at some stakes here and around the country, and kind of play it by ear.” Senor Rain, a 3-year-old El Nino gelding owned by Gary and Cecil Barber, was ridden by apprentice Eswan Flores . . . Friday was a rare racing day at Santa Anita. The meet’s two leading jocks, Joel Rosario and Rafael Bejarano, were blanked from a combined 11 mounts . . . Two wins Friday gave Joe Talamo 993 in his career, leaving him seven shy of 1,000 . . . There were 453 players alive in ShowVivor2 entering Saturday’s races.