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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
Contact: Ed Golden
• BAFFERT’S CUP RUNNETH OVER FOR BC MEET AT SANTA ANITA
• LEGENDARY EDDIE D WORTHY OF STAKE NAMED IN HIS HONOR
• CARACORTADO TO SKIP EDDIE D, BC TURF SPRINT STILL A GOAL
• PROMISING TURF SPRINTER LAKERVILLE TO MISS BREEDERS’ CUP
BAFFERT AT THE READY AS SANTA ANITA PREPARES FOR SEPT. 28 OPENER
It’s been an eventful year for Bob Baffert. He suffered a heart attack; his 7-year-old son, Bode, had an emergency appendectomy; he ran second in all three Triple Crown races, with two different horses; his father, Bill Sr. died two weeks ago at the age of 88; and he set a career record for Del Mar stakes wins with 101.
For ill or good, life goes on for the 59-year-old Hall of Fame trainer, who will be seeking a record 11th Santa Anita title when the 24-day meet opens on Friday, Sept. 28, highlighted by the 29th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 2 and 3.
Among the more than 30 horses Baffert has nominated to five Grade I “Win and You’re In” Challenge Races on Sept. 29 is 2011 Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude, who worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s conventional dirt track Monday in 1:00.80 under Martin Garcia. Rafael Bejarano has the mount in the “Win and You’re In” Awesome Again Stakes (formerly run as the Goodwood Stakes), on Sept. 29.
“He went nice,” Baffert said of Game On Dude. Addressing his stable’s plethora of Autumn Meet nominations, Baffert said, “I nominate everywhere in the country. That way, I have lots of options.”
Baffert also sent Pat O’Brien winner Capital Account four furlongs in 48.40. He is one of nine horses Baffert has nominated to the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (formerly the Ancient Title Stakes) on Oct 6. The Factor, among the nine Baffert has nominated to the six furlong race, will not
run, he said.
Fed Biz, who was regarded by many as Baffert’s top 3-year-old earlier this year at Santa Anita, drilled a bullet five furlongs on Sunday in 1:00 and is nominated to the Santa Anita Sprint Championship. He won the El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 31.
Reigning California-bred Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Amazombie is expected to defend his title for trainer Bill Spawr in the $250,000 “Win and You’re In” event. Amazombie drilled five furlongs at Santa Anita on Sunday morning in 1:00.80, third-fastest of 23 drills at the distance.
DELAHOUSSAYE DESERVING OF SANTA ANITA STAKES IN HIS HONOR
Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye will be on hand at Santa Anita on opening day, Friday, Sept. 28, for the inaugural Eddie D Stakes, a Grade III event at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf formerly run as the Morvich Stakes. The city of Arcadia will also proclaim Sept. 28 as “Eddie Delahoussaye Day.”
It couldn’t be a more fitting honor, according to fellow Hall of Fame member Laffit Pincay Jr.
“Eddie was a great rider and a very nice guy to ride against,” said Pincay, who retired in April of 2003. “He was a very clean rider and minded his own business. Nothing got him upset. He was a very cool guy and a fun guy to be around.”
The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a beautiful collector’s item booklet entitled “Eddie D Career Highlights,” which is replete with color photos of the great Delahoussaye taken throughout his remarkable career. Delahoussaye will be on hand to sign memorabilia from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.
“Eddie D was one of the greatest jockeys to ever compete here at Santa Anita and he remains one of the most popular riders with our fans, to this day,” said Santa Anita CEO Mark Verge. “It’s a great privilege for us to not only name our opening day stakes race for him, but to be able to share with our fans some great photos of Eddie that were taken over a period of many years.
“When you think of Eddie D, you think of class, dignity and everything that is right about this great sport. He’s not only one of our all-time greatest jockeys, he’s one of our all-time greatest people and we look forward to welcoming him and his family and friends here on opening day.”
Delahoussaye’s 34-year career came to an end due to injuries in January, 2003. He retired as the 12th winningest jockey of all-time, with 6,384 and sixth in career purse money with $195,881,170.
A winner of back-to-back Kentucky Derbies, winning in 1982 with Gato del Sol and in ’83 with Sunny’s Halo, Delahoussaye won seven Breeders’ Cup races, including the 1992 Breeders’ Cup Classic with A.P. Indy, who he considers to be the best horse he ever rode.
America’s leading rider in 1978 with 384 wins, Delahoussaye was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1994. A native of New Iberia, Louisiana, he is also a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. A highly-sought after and dominant racing figure, he amassed riding titles at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, Keeneland, Arlington Park, Churchill Downs, Del Mar, Hollywood Park and Santa Anita.
MACHOWSKY STILL HOPEFUL CARCORTADO CAN MAKE BC TURF SPRINT
Mike Machowksy said Monday morning that Caracortado would not make the inaugural running
of the Eddie D Stakes at Santa Anita on opening day Sept. 28. The trainer, who celebrates his 47th birthday on Wednesday, said he still hoped to make the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 3.
“He won’t make the Eddie D, but I hope to make the Breeders’ Cup,” Machowsky said. “I’m waiting for the frog (an integral component of the hoof) to fill in completely.”
Caracortado has been out of action since the Daytona Stakes at Santa Anita last Jan. 8, when he suffered a burn on the frog of his right front foot. Machowsky had hoped to have the late-running California-bred chestnut ready before the Eddie D, formerly run as the Morvich Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf, but the injury has taken much longer to properly heal than initially anticipated.
Caracortado, a rags-to-riches gelding who won his first five starts, including Santa Anita’s Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes as a 3-year-old, has nine wins from 19 career starts, with earnings of $864,105.
MINOR INJURY SIDELINES TURF SPRINT HOPEFUL LAKERVILLE
Crack turf sprinter Lakerville, winner of four of six starts including his debut at Santa Anita
last year, will miss the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 3, Barry Abrams said.
“He has a minor injury and he’ll have some time off, but he wasn’t nominated to the Breeders’ Cup anyway,” said the 58-year-old trainer, who won 10 races at the recent Del Mar meet, including two with Lakerville, a stretch-running son of Unusual Heat owned by Madeleine Auerbach.
“I was sick the day he was supposed to be nominated, and it would cost $130,000 to do it now,” Abrams said. Lakerville has four wins and two seconds from six career starts, with earnings of $213,540.
Abrams said he plans to have Lakerville back on the track on Jan. 1.
FINISH LINES: Neil Drysdale says the inaugural John Henry Turf Championship, formerly the Clement Hirsch, is under consideration for multiple stakes-winning turf marathoner Bourbon Bay on Sept. 30. The Grade II race at 1 ¼ miles could prove a useful steppingstone to the $3 million BC Turf at 1 ½ miles on Nov. 3. The Hall of Fame trainer shipped in for his races at the recent Del Mar meet, opting to condition his string at his Betfair Hollywood Park headquarters in Inglewood . . . Wesley Ward, a fixture on the Southern California circuit before becoming a world traveler three years ago, could run Judy the Beauty in the Foxwoods Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park on Saturday before moving on the to $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on Nov. 2. Gypsy Robin, another F&M Sprint candidate trained by Ward, is expected to make her next start in the $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 6 . . . Agent Tony Matos reports that Garrett Gomez has been engaged to ride Pacific Classic third-place finisher Richard’s Kid in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 3; Switch for John Sadler in the first running of the Grade I “Win and You’re In” Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 29; and Jimmy Creed for Richard Mandella in the inaugural Santa Anita Sprint Championship, also on Sept. 29. Matos also will be representing jockey Alonso Quinonez this meet.