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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• PLETCHER AT SANTA ANITA TO SUPERVISE BREEDERS’ CUP DRILLS
• KRIGGER HOLDS GOOD HAND ON MISSDEALORNODEAL IN MADDY
PLETCHER AT SANTA ANITA FOR BREEDERS’ CUP PREPARATIONS
Todd Pletcher, whose barn of bluebloods leads the nation in purse earnings this year
with nearly $17 million, was at Santa Anita Friday morning to coordinate strategy first hand as his locally based contenders prepare for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at The Great Race Place on Nov. 2 and 3.
“We have six horses here now,” said Pletcher, whose top gun, Mike McCarthy, directs the West Coast operation during Pletcher’s absence and was walking side-by-side Friday with el patron.
The six include Zenyatta Stakes winner Love and Pride, pointing to the Ladies’ Classic, and Turbo Compressor, second in the John Henry Turf Championship, with eyes on the Turf.
Love and Pride is scheduled to work on Santa Anita’s main track Saturday under jockey Martin Garcia. Bridgetown (Turf Sprint), In Lingerie (Ladies’ Classic or Filly & Mare Turf), Doubles Partner (Mile) and Tara from the Cape (Juvenile Fillies Turf) are Pletcher’s other Breeders’ Cup hopefuls already at Santa Anita.
Pletcher plans to ship the remainder from the East Coast to Santa Anita on Oct. 30, among them unbeaten 2-year-old Shanghai Bobby, impressive winner of the Grade I Champagne Stakes at Belmont on Oct. 6, and a leading contender for the Juvenile.
“The horses here seem to be doing well,” Pletcher said. “We’ll breeze some of them tomorrow and go from there. Shanghai Bobby will breeze Sunday in New York. He’ll breeze one more time in New York after that and come in on the 30th. That’s the plan right now.”
In other Breeders’ Cup news:
Beholder and Jimmy Creed are on course for their Breeders’ Cup engagements. “They both worked an easy three-eighths the other day and they’ll get a serious work next week,” Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said. “They came out in great shape.
“Beholder is intended most likely for the (Juvenile) Sprint (against males). I think she wants to sprint more than anything right now and that’s what we’re looking at. There’s a small chance of changing our mind and going for the Juvenile Fillies (at 1 1/16 miles), but right now it would be the Sprint.
“Jimmy Creed is doing well and aiming for the ($1.5 million XpressBet) Sprint (for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs). He ran a good race here in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (third to Coil and Capital Account on Oct. 6), but it looked like with a little luck he could have had a better position, so I’ve got to give him another try at it.”
Should he win the Sprint, Jimmy Creed would not be the first 3-year-old to do so. Far from it. Previous sophomores to win are the filly Very Subtle for Mel Stute in 1987; Sheikh Albadou (1991); Reraise for Craig Dollase (1998); Squirtle Squirt (2001); Cajun Beat (2003); and Silver Train (2005).
Trainer Simon Callaghan said front-running John Henry Turf Championship winner Slim Shadey (Turf) is set to work five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Sunday.
Defending Sprint champion Amazombie galloped Friday morning and will work a half-mile Saturday before sunup as is his wont for trainer Bill Spawr.
MISSDEALORNODEAL BACK QUICKLY FOR SATURDAY’S SEN. KEN MADDY
Trainer Neil French will be wheeling Missdealornodeal back in a week when the 6-year-old Benchmark mare runs in Saturday’s Grade III Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on the hillside turf course.
Kevin Krigger expressed little concern about the quick turnaround. The 28-year-old jockey from St. Croix in the Virgin Islands has ridden the California-bred chestnut in her last three starts, finishing second each time, including the second division of the John Deere California Cup Distaff last Saturday.
“I think she appreciates the 6 ½ down the hill,” said Krigger, who maintains a positive attitude as he seeks to join the leaders in Santa Anita’s jockey standings. “If she’s strong and ready and fit like she was in the Distaff, I think the same race or better gives us a winning chance.”
Krigger’s optimism is one of his strong suits. He finished second aboard Goldenscents for trainer Doug O’Neill in the Grade I Champagne Stakes on Oct. 6 at Belmont Park, his first ride ever over the massive mile and a half venue.
“My agent (Tom Knust) and I are trying to keep a positive mind all the way,” Krigger said with an unmistakable trace of that infectious Bahamian accent. “I’m not letting anything get me down. Every day I come back with the same routine and try to better it by working hard.”
Krigger guided Klassy Lion to an 11-1 upset for trainer Steve Knapp in Thursday’s sixth race for his third win of the meet.
Longshot players might want to consider 8-1 morning line chance Ninth Infantry in the Maddy.
“The Fairplex surface was way too deep for her,” trainer David Bernstein said in explaining the 5-year-old mare’s fifth by eight lengths in the Bangles and Beads on Sept. 21. “The track was the deepest it was in years.
“But she’s worked great since and Chantal (Sutherland, her rider) said this is how she worked when she really was good. Ninth Infantry won her only race going down the hill.”
The Kentucky-bred daughter of Forest Danger has seven wins from 19 starts.
The field for the Maddy, the eighth of nine races: Missdealornodeal, Kevin Krigger, 8-1; Teroda, Joe Talamo, 8-1; Broken Dreams, Garrett Gomez, 7-2; Ninth Infantry, Chantal Sutherland, 8-1; Givine, Tyler Baze, 6-1; Byrama, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; Briecat, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Miss Mittagong, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; and Kindle, Edwin Maldonado, 4-1.
FINISH LINES: With four wins Thursday, Joltin’ Joe Talamo broke a tie with Rafael Bejarano and vaulted to a four-win lead, 20-16, in Santa Anita’s standings through 13 days of the 24-day meet that ends Nov. 4. Talamo has a chance to gain more ground since Bejarano Friday was handed a three-day suspension (Oct. 25, 26 and 27) by Santa Anita’s stewards for causing interference in the stretch, resulting in the disqualification of his mount, McAllister Boys, from first to second in Thursday’s first race . . . Lenwood McBean, a 66-year-old retired nurse who resides in Pomona, entered Thursday’s CashCall $1,000 to Win Contest at Santa Anita and ended his day off with a win ticket good for $2,000. McBean, who was one of 10 finalists in CashCall’s daily contest, had his name drawn following the seventh race and he selected Disarm and Talamo to win the nightcap. Dispatched as the even-money favorite, Disarm won by one length and paid $4 to win. “I come out here quite often,” said McBean. “I play whenever I come and I like Joe Talamo.” When asked if he had plans for his winnings, McBean replied, “I’m going to have some dental work done.” Entry blanks are available at admission gates and are to be submitted at the Thoroughbreds Club Center on the main floor of the track’s grandstand . . . HRTV’s Joanne Jones will have Caton Bredar and Zoe Cadman as her guests at the Diva Day Forum on Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. in Santa Anita’s Directors’ Room. It will include a gourmet buffet and trips to the paddock, the walking ring and the starting gate, plus a photo in the winner’s circle. Call 626 574-6400 for reservations . . . Jones will also host a Breeders’ Cup handicapping seminar Nov. 1, 7 p.m. at Sirona’s. Free to the public, Breeders’ Cup races for both Nov. 2 and 3 will be dissected by Daily Racing Form’s Mike Watchmaker and Prof. Gordon Jones. The event will be streamed live on the DRF website . . . Daily Racing Form handicapper Brad Free will be host Peter Lurie’s guest on Sunday’s HRTV Fans’ Forum starting at 12 noon in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Jockey Joey Steiner is back in action at Santa Anita after a month in Germany visiting his fiancée, equine artist Dagmar Galleithner. “I rode while I was there but not in any races,” Steiner said. “It was basically a social trip. I feel better than ever and now that I’m back, I’ll be knocking on doors to show people I still want to win.” Jim Pegram is Steiner’s agent . . . ShowVivor players were down to 10 entering Friday’s races.