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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• GOLDENCENTS, MUDFLATS DRILL FOR SAN FELIPE STAKES
• RUSSELL BAZE REACHES 50,000-RIDE MILESTONE AT GOLDEN GATE
O’NEILL 3-YEAR-OLDS IN PUBLIC WORKOUTS AT SANTA ANITA
Sham Stakes winner Goldencents and recent acquisition Mudflats each worked six furlongs for Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill before Saturday’s first race on Santa Anita’s wet/fast main track for the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 9.
The 1 1 /16-mile race for 3-year-olds is a major steppingstone to the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles on April 6.
Each horse worked separately, Goldencents going in 1:10.27 under regular rider Kevin Krigger, while Mudflats went in 1:14.21 with Julien Leparoux aboard. Fractional times were 22.83, 45.66 and 57.80 for Goldencents and 24.88, 49.31 and 1:01.78 for Mudflats.
“Goldencents worked like a champ,” O’Neill said. “I’m very happy. I’m trying to get Mudflats to keep his mind on business, so it’s something we’ll have to work on.”
O’Neill said long-range goals for both colts include the Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 9.
Before Friday’s first race, O’Neill-trained He’s Had Enough and Handsome Mike worked in company in 1:11 on Santa Anita’s wet/fast track.
Pennsylvania Derby winner Handsome Mike is scheduled to run against Game On Dude in next Sunday’s San Antonio Stakes, a forerunner to the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 2. He’s Had Enough, runner-up by a head in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to Eclipse Award winner Shanghai Bobby, goes in next Saturday’s Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.
“Handsome Mike was just kind of cruising when He’s Had Enough came up alongside of him,” said Doug’s brother, Dennis. “Handsome Mike’s a good work horse but the other one still hasn’t quite figured it out yet. Mario (Gutierrez) was really getting after him to finish up.
“Handsome Mike (ridden by Tyler Baze) was just breezing . . . on the gallop out, Handsome Mike was much the best.”
RUSSELL BAZE GOES AROUND THE WORLD AND MORE WITH RECORD RIDES
This missive from Golden Gate Fields on the occasion of 54-year-old Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze riding his 50,000th mount at the Bay Area track on Friday:
“Baze, who swept the first three races on Friday’s card, has amassed 11,839 victories from his 50,000 mounts. Both the win total and mount total are North American racing records.
“How impressive is it to ride in 50,000 races? Equibase, horse racing’s official record keepers, determined the distance of Baze’s races total more than 42,924 miles and the total elapsed time of those races equals nearly 48 days.
“Since the circumference of the earth is 24,901.55 miles, Equibase’s stats show that Baze has raced around the world 1.72 times.”
FINISH LINES: Five horses sired by Good Journey were entered on today’s Sunshine Millions Day card at Santa Anita . . . Rock around the clock: The first three horses in Sunday’s third race were sired by Rock Hard Ten—No. 1 Rock Off, No. 2 Rockin Cherokee and No. 3 Rock Me Baby . . . Due to off track conditions, only 30 workouts were recorded during regularly scheduled hours Saturday morning on Santa Anita’s wet/fast main track, including a four-furlong move in 49.60 for Sham Stakes runner-up Den’s Legacy and a five furlong drill in 59.60 for Real Quiet winner Carving. Both 3-year-olds are trained by Bob Baffert . . . Richard’s Kid worked six furlongs for Doug O’Neill in 1:13.60 as the stretch-running multiple stakes winner prepares for the Grade II San Marcos Stakes at 1 ¼ miles on turf Feb. 9 . . .Sophomore stallion McCann’s Mojave, winner of the 2007 Sunshine Millions Classic, was represented by his seventh winner on Friday, as Ma Mel took Golden Gate’s third race by 3 ¼ lengths under Russell Baze . . . Contestants in Santa Anita’s on line handicapping game, ShowVivor, stood at 25 entering Saturday’s races.