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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• GOMEZ: BEHOLDER READY TO DO HER THING IN SANTA YNEZ
• BOOK REVIEW IS A GOOD READ FOR LA CAŇADA STAKES
• SPRINT STAKES MORE REALISTIC FOR REALLY MR GREELY
• JERANIMO’S FIRST DIRT START COULD COME IN BIG ’CAP
GOMEZ HAS MORE THAN OUTSIDE CHANCE IN MONDAY’S SANTA YNEZ
Inside or out, when you’re on the best horse, you have options, and Garrett Gomez figures he has plenty on imminent Juvenile Fillies champion of 2012 Beholder when she makes her 3-year-old debut in Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday feature, the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes.
Beholder, who handed then-division leader Executiveprivilege her first defeat in the Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 2, drew post position eight in a field of eight going 6 ½ furlongs.
“I’d rather be out there, because we’ve been doing some stuff with her (working behind horses),” said Gomez, who has ridden the daughter of Henny Hughes for owner B. Wayne Hughes and trainer Richard Mandella in each of her five starts.
“That’s not to necessarily say she’s going to behave exactly the way we’d like her to,” Gomez added. “She has a mind of her own. But being outside, if she does decide to be patient and there’s a lot of speed, she gives me a hand where I can play my cards however I’d like to.
“If she doesn’t, she’ll be vamanos. But at least the outside post will give me some options with her, if she’s willing to adapt to some of the stuff we’ve been asking of her.
“If not, we’ll let her do what she does.”
The field for the Santa Ynez: Small Moves, Victor Espinoza, 30-1; Blushing Angel, Joe Talamo, 10-1; Dawn’s Charm, Edwin Maldonado, 5-1; Lady Rosamond, Martin Garcia, 10-1; Inwiththeblonde, Juan Hernandez, 10-1; Renee’s Titan, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Switch to the Lead, Julien Leparoux, 8-1; and Beholder, Garrett Gomez, 3-5.
First post time on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is 12:30 p.m. All Thoroughbreds members at Santa Anita Monday will receive free a premium Santa Anita hooded sweatshirt with paid admission while supplies last.
BEJARANO HOPES BOOK REVIEW IS ‘BOFFO’ FOR LA CAŇADA
Book Review has shown her versatility in winning two stakes at distances from a mile and an eighth to seven furlongs, the latter being the Grade I La Brea Stakes on a wet/fast Santa Anita track on Dec. 26, with Rafael Bejarano aboard the daughter of Giant’s Causeway for the first time.
The perennial Southern California riding leader is optimistic that the chestnut filly owned by Gary and Mary West and trained by Bob Baffert can successfully negotiate the mile and one sixteenth of Sunday’s Grade II La Caňada Stakes.
“It looks like there’s enough speed in the race to be ideal for my filly,” Bejarano said. “She loves to come from behind, but we’ll have to see what happens. She has a pretty good chance, but she has to beat Lady of Fifty.”
Lady of Fifty, a gray After Market filly trained and owned in part by Jerry Hollendorfer, is seeking her third straight stakes win in the La Caňada, having won the Palm Springs Handicap at Santa Anita last Nov. 1 and the Grade II Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park on Dec. 8 in her last two starts. “Hopefully,” Bejarano, said, “we’ll have a good trip and get the job done.”
The La Caňada field: Open Water, Corey Nakatani, 10-1; Lady of Fifty, Martin Garcia, 6-5; Book Review, Rafael Bejarano, 7-5; Willa B Awesome, Martin Pedroza, 8-1; Ubelongtomemissy, Joe Talamo, 15-1; and More Chocolate, Garrett Gomez, 9-2.
REALLY MR GREELY RETURNS TO SPRINT IN SAN PEDRO STAKES
It’s back to the drawing board (read sprint) for Really Mr Greely when the son of Horse Greeley runs in Monday’s $75,000 San Pedro Stakes for 3-year-olds at six furlongs.
The Kentucky-bred colt owned by Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman weakened to finish ninth by 16 ½ lengths after pressing the pace in the Grade I CashCall Futurity at 1 1/16 miles last Dec. 15.
“He didn’t like going long, so this looks like a good spot for him,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He’s doing well; he’s a sprinter.”
PENDER HAS BIG ’CAP IN MIND FOR VENERABLE JERANIMO
Trainer Mike Pender has one more goal on his wish list for Jeranimo: a graded stakes victory on dirt, and that desire could be fulfilled in the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 2.
“We like to support the Santa Anita program and keep Jeranimo here at all costs,” Pender said Saturday morning. “The only thing not on Jeranimo’s resume is a start on dirt, so he has yet to win there. He has won on synthetic and turf; he could wind up in the Big ‘Cap.
“If he wins a race of that magnitude, what else would he have to prove?”
A full horse at age seven, Jeranimo was a smashing winner of the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes on grass Jan. 13. The son of Congaree owned by B. J. Wright has nine wins from 32 career starts, 18 on turf and 14 on synthetics. He has won at distances from 6 ½ furlongs to a mile and an eighth and earned $1,197,400.
FINISH LINES: Agent Tom Knust reported Kevin Krigger in good shape Saturday morning after the St. Croix native was involved in a fifth-race spill Friday. Coincidentally, Krigger had no scheduled mounts today and the one horse he was named to ride Sunday, So Elite in the sixth race, was scratched. Krigger will be at Oaklawn Park Monday to ride Eddie Logan Stakes winner Avare for Doug O’Neill in the Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds. . . Ron McAnally was back at his old stomping grounds at Clockers’ Corner Saturday morning, several pounds lighter after missing almost a month at The Great Race Place. The 80-year-old Hall of Fame trainer is recovering from partial knee replacement surgery, but was on foot supervising workouts and leading an entourage that included assistant Dan Landers, agent Scott McClellan and long-time friend, associate and traveling companion Murray Friedlander . . . Trainer John Shirreffs reports that Zenyatta’s half-sister Eblouissante came out of Thursday’s allowance victory in good shape and according to a report in Daily Racing Form, is likely headed toward a start in the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes on March 16. “She’s doing everything she’s supposed to do,” said Corey Nakatani, who has ridden the 4-year-old daughter of Bernardini in her only two starts, both victories. “She was very impressive Thursday and we’ll see where she goes.” . . . Robert J. Frankel Stakes winner Qaraaba worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday in 47.40 for trainer Simon Callaghan.