STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• ‘EIGHT’ IS ENOUGH FOR CYCLOMETER IN POTRERO GRANDE

• SADLER HAS THREE FOR THE MONEY IN GRADE III LAS CIENEGAS

• CHANGETHECHANNEL IN FOCUS FOR SUNDAY’S SANTA BARBARA

• PROCTOR HAS PATAKY KID SHARP FOR SAN SIMEON STAKES

• SANTA ANITA FIRST: FREE INFIELD ACCESS FOR TRIPLE CROWN & BEYOND

GOOD START SOUGHT FOR CYCLOMETER IN POTRERO GRANDE

Cyclometer, a 6-year-old Cyclotron horse blessed with natural speed, has been victimized by slow starts in his last three races. Team Headley hopes that won’t happen when the California-bred chestnut runs in Saturday’s Grade II Potrero Grande Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.

“He runs in a figure-eight, but he just doesn’t like it, so he kind of flips his nose,” said trainer Karen Headley, on behalf of her father, Bruce, who trains Cyclometer. “The timing hasn’t been right.”

Fortunately, it’s been right most of the time. A figure-eight is a noseband that crosses from the top of a horse’s cheekbone on one side, over the nose to the chin groove on the other side, under the horse’s chin, and back up to the opposite cheekbone. It is used to remind the horse to keep its mouth closed and prevents him from crossing his jaw, and its design provides more expansion of the nostrils.

Cyclometer has a 5-5-3 record from 19 starts, with earnings of $333,004.

SADLER SEEKS SECOND ‘THREE-PEAT’ IN LAS CIENEGAS

John Sadler nominated three horses to the Las Cienegas Stakes on Saturday and has entered all three. Next-best thing would be to finish first, second and third in the Grade III race for older fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.

If he does, it wouldn’t be a first.

Sadler swept the first three spots in the American Beauty Stakes at Santa Anita last April. I Dazzle won, Moone’s My Name finished second, and Byrony third.

Sky High Gal heads Sadler’s trio Saturday, but stablemates Llandudno and Minds Eyes are not without a chance.

“She’s a stakes winner, last time down the hill,” Sadler said of Sky High Gal, who captured the ungraded Wishing Well by a game head on Feb. 9. “She’s a two-time stakes winner at the meet (also taking the one-mile Blue Norther by a nose on Jan. 1).

“She’s lightly raced with stops and starts, but she’s a good filly.”

A 4-year-old daughter of turf specialist Leroidesanimaux owned by the Hronis brothers, Sky High Gal has a 4-1-0 record from seven starts with earnings of $173,733.

The Las Cienegas field: Ciao Bella Luna, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Macaabra, Brice Blanc, 8-1; Llandudno, Tyler Baze, 6-1; Biorhythm, Drayden Van Dyke, 2-1; Sky High Gal, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Tribal Spy, Joe Talamo, 9-2; and Minds Eyes, Edwin Maldonado, 8-1.

CHANGETHECHANNEL HAS REMOTE CHANCE IN SANTA BARBARA

Changethechannel faded after prompting the pace in an allowance race at 1 1/16 miles on dirt Feb. 13, finishing 16 lengths behind victorious Macha.

Sean McCarthy anticipates an improved performance from the 5-year-old English Channel mare when she changes surfaces Sunday in the Grade III Santa Barbara Handicap at 1 ¼ miles on turf.

“I don’t know if the surface change will make that much difference, but the distance certainly should help,” said the trainer who won his first graded stakes race on March 29 when he saddled Majestic Harbor to take the Tokyo City Cup.

“The pace of a mile and quarter on grass is a lot more suitable than a mile and a sixteenth on the dirt,” McCarthy said.

While Changethechannel seeks her first stakes win in this, her 14th career start, she did win at a mile and a quarter on turf two races back in an overnight race at Santa Anita.

The field for the Santa Barbara: Phonybooksnrecords, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1; Miss Serendipity, Brice Blanc, 7-2; Stormy Lucy, Rafael Bejarano, 2-1; Champagneandcaviar, Joe Talamo, 8-1; Floral Romance, Agapito Delgadillo, 8-1; Changethechannel, Tyler Baze, 6-1; Customer Base, Mike Smith, 5-2; and Topic, Corey Nakatani, 8-1.

PATAKY KID WORKING WELL FOR SAN SIMEON STAKES

Pataky Kid has been firing bullets for his Santa Anita debut in Sunday’s Grade III San Simeon Stakes for older horses at about 6 ½ furlongs on the track’s unique downhill turf course.

“He’s doing good,” said trainer Tom Proctor of the Oklahoma-bred son of Rockport Harbor owned by Dana Myers of Seymour, Indiana, who races as Swifty Farms, Inc.

“His races on the grass at Indiana Downs weren’t too bad,” said Proctor, enjoying a solid meet through 64 days with 19 wins from just 67 starters, good for fourth place in the standings with a 28 percent average.

“The horse that beat him (at Indiana Downs last May, Free World) is a pretty good horse. But I think my horse will run good.”

Pataky Kid will be making his first start since last Aug. 30, when he finished fifth under Garrett Gomez in the El Cajon Stakes at one mile on Del Mar’s Polytrack. Of his four most recent workouts, two of them have been bullets, seven furlongs in 1:26 1/5 on March 27 and six furlongs in 1:11 4/5 on March 21.

The San Simeon field: Chips All In, Tyler Baze, 7-2; Pataky Kid, Gary Stevens, 15-1; Chiloquin, Iggy Puglisi, 8-1; Forward March, Aaron Gryder, 15-1; Sweet Swap, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Zimmer, Mike Smith, 6-1; Pure Tactics, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Lakerville, Corey Nakatani, 5-2; Handsome Mike, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; and Artest, Brice Blanc, 15-1.

SANTA ANITA INFIELD OPEN FOR LIVE RACING FOR TRIPLE CROWN & BEYOND

Santa Anita Park has announced that it will offer fans free weekend admission to its spacious Infield Area and free parking via Infield Gate 6, beginning Saturday, April 26, through the conclusion of the upcoming Spring Meet on Sunday, June 29.

“Our Spring Meet will open on Friday, April 25 and for the first time ever, we will be open for live racing during the Triple Crown,” said Santa Anita Vice President of Marketing Nate Newby. “Our Infield has been and remains an incredibly popular area for young people, families and groups and we are excited to be able to showcase our entire facility leading into the Kentucky Derby and through the Belmont Stakes.

“By offering free parking and free admission in the Infield, we’re hoping to attract many thousands of new and existing fans and expose them to the best our sport has to offer. In addition to great racing both here and around the country, we’re also going to let folks know that they are welcome to bring beach chairs to the Infield, coolers with picnic items and non-alcoholic beverages.”

Santa Anita’s Gate 6 is accessible via Colorado Place on the track’s northern perimeter. Anyone choosing to cross over from the Infield to the Grandstand may do so by purchasing General Admission for $5. Santa Anita Thoroughbreds Club members can purchase General Admission for just $3. The Thoroughbreds reward membership program is free to join and fans may do so on-track on any racing day.

General Parking on Santa Anita’s Grandstand side remains at $4. For more information on Santa Anita’s upcoming Summer Meet, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-6417.

TRAINER FANNING REMEMBERS OWNER/BREEDER LATHROP HOFFMAN

Jerry Fanning had fond thoughts of longtime owner/breeder Lathrop Hoffman, who died of natural causes at the age of 89 on April 2.

“He was a great guy,” said Fanning, who trained “probably 20, 25 years” for Hoffman. “He never griped. He never spent a lot of money buying or breeding horses. His dream was to buy a horse cheap and have him win the Derby. He was a good man to work for.”

Hoffman was founder and board member of the Bank of Monrovia, which became Granite State Bank and was later acquired by Citizens Business Bank. He served in India and China during World War II and became the youngest 1st Lieutenant in the Army.

Details of a memorial service or celebration are yet to be announced.

FINISH LINES: Jockeys represented by agent Vince DeGregory captured three races Thursday, apprentice Gonzalo Nicolas winning the fourth and sixth races, and journeyman Fernando Perez taking the eighth . . . Only one horse paid more than $7 to win on a chalk-charged Thursday, that being Wild Optimism ($21.20) under Nicolas for trainer Peter Miller in the fourth race. It marked the first win for Miller since March 9, a span of 23 starts . . . Ten-pound apprentice rider Brandon Chance Boulanger, 20-year-old son of jockey Gary Boulanger, is expected to make his Santa Anita debut soon. Born in San Ramon but raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, “Chance,” as his friends call him, has one victory and tacks 111 pounds. His mother, who rode under the name of Julie Griffith, was a leading rider at Beulah Park. Chance will be represented by agent Corey Black . . . Agent Brandon O’Bryan has taken the book of jockey Geovanni Franco, who had 61 wins at Turf Paradise through April 7 . . . Simon Callaghan reports Fashion Plate doing well as she prepares for her third straight Grade I victory, this in the Kentucky Oaks on May 2. Fashion Plate already has the Grade I Las Virgenes Stakes and the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on her resume . . . Bright Thought, third in the Thunder Road last Sunday, is ticketed for the Grade I Woodford Reserve at Churchill Downs on May 3, trainer Jorge Gutierrez said.