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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• ‘CHROME,’ CANDY BOY WORK FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY
• TOC NAMES LEADING CALIFORNIA OWNERS OF 2013
‘CHROME’ SPARKLES, CANDY BOY ‘SOLID’ IN SATURDAY DRILLS
California Chrome and Candy Boy, who figure to be the top two betting choices in the Santa Anita Derby, had their penultimate workouts Saturday morning for the Grade I, $1 million race on April 5, California Chrome going a half-mile at his Los Alamitos headquarters and Candy Boy working six furlongs at Santa Anita.
The California-bred California Chrome, winner of three straight stakes including the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 8, went four furlongs under regular rider Victor Espinoza in 47.40, while Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Candy Boy went in company and was clocked in 1:12.80 under Gary Stevens, who will seek to add to his Santa Anita Derby record of nine victories in the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the May 3 Kentucky Derby.
“Very good” is how trainer Art Sherman termed California Chrome’s move. “I got him galloping out (five furlongs) in 1:00 2/5. He was not wearing blinkers, because I didn’t want him to work too fast, but he’ll wear them in the Santa Anita Derby.
“He’ll have one more half-mile work next Saturday and ship to Santa Anita five days before the race.” “Very nice,” trainer John Sadler said of Candy Boy’s workout. “He’ll have one more work before the Santa Anita Derby and we’re ready to go.”
Stevens called the work “solid.”
Maiden winner Big Tire, a candidate for the Santa Anita Derby, worked five furlongs at Santa Anita in 1:01.40 for Mark Glatt.
TOC ANNOUNCES ANNUAL OWNER AWARDS
The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) has announced winners of its 2013 statistical awards for leading California owners. Hronis Racing, LLC was leading owner in purse money won in California last year; the partnership of Jerry Hollendorfer and George Todaro led owners by number of wins for the second consecutive year; and Glen Hill Farm took the leading owner award for California stakes wins. Brian Decker was selected as Rookie of the Year.
Hronis Racing runners earned $1,976,632 in California last year, including five stakes wins. Top earners were Grade II Del Mar Handicap winner Vagabond Shoes, Grade II Santa Barbara Handicap winner Lady of Shamrock, Rising Legend, winner of the Oceanside Stakes, Blue Norther Stakes winner Sky High Gal, and Railbird winner Iotapa.
Hollendorfer and Todaro won a remarkable 38 races from 125 starts in California last year for purse earnings of $1,033,195. Their leading earners were Lady of Fifty, winner of the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes, and Zeewat, winner of the California Derby and Damascus Stakes.
Glen Hill Farm recorded 11 stakes wins in California for earnings of $1,185,000. Their stakes winners were Marketing Mix, winner of the Grade I Gamely Stakes and Grade III Sunset Handicap; Wishing Gate, winner of the Grade II San Clemente Handicap and Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes; Pontchatrain, winner of the Grade III Senator Ken Maddy Stakes and Unzip Me Stakes; Customer Base, winner of the Grade III Robert J. Frankel and Lucie Manet stakes; Global View, winner of the Grade III Generous Stakes, and La Puente Stakes winner Procurement.
Decker, who formed Star Stables with two buddies whose 8-year-old sons played on his son’s baseball team, had 16 starts for earnings of $102,085. They campaigned Magestic Stinger, Big Wags, Iron Joe T. and Lovmeister in 2013.
Winners will be recognized at TOC’s Annual Meeting at Del Mar on Saturday, Aug. 23.
TOC is the official organization serving new, veteran and future Thoroughbred owners in the state. It represents, advances, and protects owners’ interests and rights in legislative, administrative and business matters. www.toconline.com.
FINISH LINES: Corey Lanerie, winner of Santa Anita’s George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award this year, rides Could Be Trouble for trainer Peter Miller in Sunday’s inaugural running of the $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes. Lanerie will receive his award in a winner’s circle ceremony after Sunday’s fourth race . . . Through 53 racing days, Jerry Hollendorfer and Bob Baffert continue in a statistical slugfest, Hollendorfer leading in wins, 29-28, with Baffert on top in purse earnings, $2,366,060 to $2,222,004. Rafael Bejarano, meanwhile, has amassed a 72-43 spread over runner-up Joe Talamo in the jockeys’ race. Bejarano also is the runaway leader in money won with $3,845,896, more than $1.3 million over Mike Smith, who has $2,515,922. There have been 153 winning favorites from 454 races, 33.70 percent. Odds-on favorites have won 49 of 93 races, 52.69 percent . . . San Antonio Stakes runner-up Imperative, a candidate for the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic on April 19, worked four furlongs for George Papaprodromou in 50 seconds flat . . . Fanticola, prepping for next Saturday’s $75,000 American Beauty Stakes at one mile on turf, worked four furlongs on grass under Talamo in 1:00.60 for Mike Mitchell . . . Agent Danny Thomas, who represents Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux, has added veteran Joe Steiner, effective immediately. Desormeaux will make Keeneland his base of operations when that meet starts on April 4.