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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• BLANC WORKS MARE TOWARDS SANTA ANA VICTORY
• BRIGHT LIGHT GOES ON FOR CALIFORNIA CHROME
• CHAMP BEHOLDER MOVES CLOSER TO 2014 RETURN
PACE WOULD AID MISS SERENDIPITY IN SANTA ANA STAKES
While Brice Blanc has never ridden Miss Serendipity in a race, he has worked her two times and is optimistic that the Argentine-bred mare trained by Ron McAnally will give a good account of herself when she runs in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
“She’s been working really well,” said the 41-year-old native of Lyon, France. “This will be her third start in this country and I think she’ll move forward tomorrow. It will be a very competitive race, but she’s doing really well. She’s relaxing and finishing up well.
“We’ll see how the race sets up. Hopefully there’s a little pace. She’s so professional in the morning it leads me to believe her best race is coming.”
The Santa Ana: Miss Serendipity, Brice Blanc, 4-1; Stormy Lucy, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Emotional Kitten, Victor Espinoza, 3-1; Topic, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; Nickels Wild, Martin Garcia, 20-1; Emollient, Mike Smith, 1-1; and Floral Romance, Gary Stevens, 8-1.
CALIFORNIA CHROME WINS OVER CLOCKER WITH SAN FELIPE ROMP
California Chrome continues to gain both popularity and support. The California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, who has won his last three races—all stakes—by a combined margin of 19 lengths, is making impressions on the most doubting of Thomases.
Based on California Chrome’s overpowering 7 ¼-length victory in the San Felipe Stakes on March 8 which earned him 50 qualifying points for the May 3 Kentucky Derby, private clocker Gary Young has joined the growing list of believers—at least to this point.
“I thought it was a pretty deep, talented field and he absolutely blew them away,” Young said of the San Felipe triumph. “I don’t get to see him train (at Los Alamitos), but my friend, Andy Harrington, would always call me last year when he was clocking Hollywood and I was clocking at Santa Anita, and he’d tell me what a nice horse he was.
“He took a while to break his maiden and I thought he might not be that much, but when the light came on, it certainly came on. Being a Cal-bred by Lucky Pulpit, I’m sure there are going to be a lot of people questioning his distance ability. He’s not a small horse, but he’s not a robust horse, either.”
By any description, California Chrome certainly is a runner. Among 3-year-olds male or female, his San Felipe win earned him the highest Beyer Figure of any horse in that category through March 11, a 107, six points higher than the runners-up.
BEHOLDER ‘COULDN’T LOOK BETTER’ IN SMART WORKOUT
Double Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked five furlongs in company Saturday morning in 1:00.80 under Gary Stevens as the daughter of Henny Hughes nears her 4-year-old debut, likely next month.
Beholder was timed in 1:00.80, while stablemate Tiz Champ went in 1:01.20.
“She couldn’t look better,” said Richard Mandella, who trains her for owner B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm. “She galloped out (six furlongs) in (one) 13 and change. I didn’t let her do too much.”
A champion at two and three, Beholder has not raced since demolishing her rivals, including alpha females Royal Delta and Princess of Sylmar, in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita last Nov. 1.
FINISH LINES: Two-year-old filly champion of 2013 She’s a Tiger worked four furlongs Saturday in a bullet 46 flat, breezing, fastest of 42 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 48.68. “Very good,” is how Jeff Bonde termed the move, the trainer saying “not yet” when asked if he had a race in mind for her 3-year-old debut . . . Santa Anita Derby and Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Goldencents worked four furlongs for Doug O’Neill in 47.60, breezing. “He was absolutely cruising,” O’Neill said. “I couldn’t be happier. He’s back on his game and closer to his return, but there’s no rush. We’ll let him tell us when he’s ready. The clocker who gave him ‘breezing’ knew what he was looking at.” . . . Jerry Hollendorfer had a busy morning. Among prominent workers for the Hall of Fame trainer were Rousing Sermon (four furlongs in 46.20), Santa Monica Stakes winner Scherzinger (four furlongs in 47.60), Palos Verdes winner Wild Dude (four furlongs in 46.60), Damascus Stakes winner Zeewat (four furlongs in 49.60), and multiple stakes winner Blueskiesnrainbows (six furlongs in 1:15.60) . . . On turf, Matriarch winner Egg Drop went five furlongs in 1:00.80 for Mike Mitchell, while Lucayan, ticketed for next Saturday’s San Luis Rey Stakes, went seven furlongs in 1:29.40 for Neil Drysdale.