Santa Anita News
STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT REMATCH LIKELY FOR ‘SANTA ANITA FOUR’
• ACCLAMATION TO MISS BREEDERS’ CUP, CARACORTADO ’50-50’
• YOUNG JOCKEY JUAN HERNANDEZ INVADES SANTA ANITA
TOP FOUR IN SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP TO RETURN IN BC SPRINT
A rematch looms in the $1.5 million XpressBet Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 3 among Coil, Capital Account, Jimmy Creed and Amazombie, the first four finishers in Saturday’s Santa Anita Sprint Championship.
Coil, trained by Bob Baffert, beat stablemate Capital Account by a head in the six- furlong race. Capital Account was three-quarters of a length in front of Jimmy Creed, who was a half-length better than defending Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Amazombie, the 4-5 favorite ridden by Mike Smith.
“Both ran gallant races,” Baffert said Sunday morning of Coil and Capital Account, each off at 7-1 odds. “They’ll both run back in the Sprint.”
Said Richard Mandella of the 3-year-old Jimmy Creed: “He came out good. I think I would consider the Breeders’ Cup Sprint with him.”
Smith hasn’t lost confidence in Amazombie despite yesterday’s disappointing defeat. “He should improve off that race,” the Hall of Fame rider said. “I’m not at all discouraged. I think he’ll move up off that race. I think he’ll run big.”
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“Beholder came out of her race great,” Mandella added of the smashing 11-length allowance winner on Thursday. “I would say her next race is between the 2-year-old (Breeders’ Cup) Sprint (at six furlongs against males) and the Juvenile Fillies (at 1 1/16 miles).”
All Breeders’ Cup systems were go for Tim Conway Stakes winner Merit Man. “We’re going to shoot for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint, but it’s the same old story--we want everything to go right and, as of today, everything is right, so we’re excited and we have a happy, healthy horse with a little bit of talent,” trainer Bob Hess Jr. said.
ACCLAMATION OUT FOR THE YEAR, TRAINER DON WARREN SAYS
It’s official. There will be no Breeders’ Cup for Acclamation this year. Trainer Don Warren confirmed speculation that the 2011 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding older male would not make the World Championship events at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 and 3.
“It flared up a little bit again,” Warren said Sunday morning, referring to a sprain in the horse’s left leg. “It heated up on me, the sprain that he had a month ago. He worked good on the training track four or five days ago, but it heated up the next day, so we’re going to give up on the Breeders’ Cup.” The 6-year-old California-bred son of Unusual Heat had been ticketed for the $3 million Turf at 1 ½ miles.
Warren said Acclamation “probably” would remain at Santa Anita. “Everything had to go perfect to make the race. We’re done for the rest of the year. We’ve got to get him fixed right. We’ve got to give him more time.”
Meanwhile, time and hope were diminishing for Caracortado to make the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. The late-running California-bred gelding hasn’t raced since the Daytona Stakes at Santa Anita last Jan. 8 due to a burn on the frog (an integral component of the hoof) of his right front foot.
“I don’t know if he’ll make the race,” trainer Mike Machowsky said by phone from Hollywood Park. “I haven’t ruled it out yet. It’s still up in the air. I’d say it’s 50-50; we’ll keep our fingers crossed.”
Caracortado breezed several times at Del Mar, but there have been no recorded works since at Hollywood or Santa Anita. Caracortado won his first five starts, including the Grade II Robert B. Lewis stakes as a 3-year-old. He has nine wins, with earnings of $864,105.
FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT FOR JOCKEY JUAN HERNANDEZJuan Hernandez finished third in the standings at the recent Fairplex Park meet. The 20-year-old rider from Mexico City won 18 races from 73 mounts (25 percent) over 13 days, trailing only upstart leader Edwin Maldonado (26 wins) and perennial Pomona king Martin Pedroza (19).
“I’ve been riding almost four years and come from a racing family,” Hernandez said. “My father and brother were in racing.”
Hernandez rides 6-1 chance Dancin Upside Down for trainer Carl O’Callaghan in Monday’s inaugural Zuma Beach Stakes, a one-mile turf event for 2-year-olds.
“There’s a really big difference riding at a 5/8 (mile) track like Pomona and riding at Santa Anita,” said Hernandez, whose agent is Ramon Silva. “But if you’re on the best horse, that helps a lot.”
Barry Abrams sees a bright future for Hernandez. “He’s just learning, but he listens, he rides like you ask him and he tries to get you fourth and fifth money,” the trainer said. “He rides just as hard for fourth as he does for first.”
The field for the Zuma Beach, race three of 10: Dancin Upside Down, Juan Hernandez, 6-1; Gervinho, Rafael Bejarano, 2-1; Buckleberry Grey, Martin Garcia, 5-2; Den’s Legacy, Garrett Gomez, 3-1; Visualization, Victor Espinoza, 20-1; and I’m Wide Awake, Corey Nakatani, 5-2.
FINISH LINES: Grade I Cotillion Stakes winner My Miss Aurelia, a candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, worked five furlongs for Steve Asmussen Sunday on Santa Anita’s main track in1:03.20 . . . Graduation Stakes winner Strong Wind, prepping for next Saturday’s California Cup Juvenile, went five furlongs in 1:00.60 for trainer Steve Knapp . . . Garrett Gomez, a tad under the weather, took off his scheduled four mounts today, while Victor Espinoza, due to flight delays returning from Keeneland, missed his two scheduled rides . . . Agent Brian Beach reports that Corey Nakatani rides All Squared Away for Peter Miller in next Saturday’s Hawthorne Derby . . . Amazombie eliminated the highest number of ShowVivor contestants Saturday—379—by finishing fourth in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship. Only 63 were alive entering Sunday’s races . . . Santa Anita offers special holiday racing tomorrow, Columbus Day. Fans can enjoy hot dogs, sodas and beer for only $1. Post time is 1 p.m.