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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• TRAINER LOOKS FOR BIG KICK IN SAN JUAN TOMORROW
• KEVIN HART AMONG VIP PRESENTERS AT SANTA ANITA
• CARMA CHARITY BENEFITS RETIRED THOROUGBREDS
• SPRING MEET TRAINERS’ RACE GOES DOWN TO THE WIRE
BIG KICK ONE TO CATCH IN MARATHON SAN JUAN SUNDAY
Big Kick makes his graded stakes debut in his 19th career start when he runs in Sunday’s traditional closing-day feature, the Grade II San Juan Capistrano Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at about 1 ¾ miles on turf.
The 5-year-old gelded son of Tiznow is coming off a front-running, 3 ¼-length victory at 1 ¼ miles on grass June 13, and he could be on a lonesome lead in what appears to be a paceless San Juan, based on the past performances.
“He’s doing pretty damn good,” trainer Mike Machowsky said. “The distance, you don’t really know until you try, but I think the farther he goes, the better for him. He’s a horse that needs the lead, and last race, I told Victor (Espinoza), ‘Send him and go as quick as you want.’
“He did. The horse has high-loping speed, so we’ll demand the lead out there and see if he can go a mile and three quarters.”
The San Juan field: Bailoutbobby, Mike Smith, 8-1; Lideris, Juan Enriquez, 8-1; Irish Surf, Elvis Trujillo, 9-2; Dr Action, Martin Pedroza, 15-1; Big Kick, Victor Espinoza, 4-1; American Act, Martin Garcia, 20-1; Black Spirit, Kent Desormeaux, 5-1; Quick Casablanca, Joe Talamo, 8-5; and Starspangled Heat, Corey Nakatani, 8-1.
ACTOR/COMIC KEVIN HART PRESENTS TROPHY IN SENORITA
Comedian and actor Kevin Hart will present a trophy to the winning connections of today’s Senorita Stakes at Santa Anita.
Hart, who has appeared in several films and has three albums, including the 2011 hit Laugh at My Pain, will do the honors following race seven, the Grade IIII Senorita Stakes.
CARMA CHARITY RAISES FUNDS FOR RETIRED RACEHORSES
In support of providing funding for the rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement of Thoroughbred horses that have raced in California, CARMA will host its seventh annual charity fundraiser, “Cards 4 CARMA,” on Saturday, July 19, at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel at 6:30 pm.
Attendees can enjoy a Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament, limited to the first 100 registrants, a Casino Night, silent auction and much more. There will be live music by The West Coasters Band, heavy appetizers and a no-host bar. Guests can mix and mingle with industry elite, including owners, trainers and jockeys.
This year’s prizes include a weekend stay at the Carson Valley Inn & Casino in Carson Valley, Nevada. One trip includes three nights and two days of golf for two, plus a $100 food credit at the hotel. Another trip includes two nights and $100 food credit.
“We are extremely proud of the work we’ve done over the last seven years for the horses, and are looking forward to the continued support of our friends and partners at this year’s event,” said CARMA Board Chair Madeline Auerbach. “The CARMA program has been a proven success in terms of dollars raised, and most importantly, in the tangible results seen at our benefiting farms and facilities where the horses live. CARMA has become a leader in the retirement/adoption community and events like this make our work possible.”
Guests not playing in the poker tournament can enjoy the festivities, including a live band, delicious appetizers, no-host cocktails, 50/50 drawing, a silent auction and more, for just $50. Individual poker players can enter the Texas Hold ‘Em tournament with a $200 donation.
Register for the event by July 1 and receive two (2) complimentary Clubhouse Passes valid any single day of 2014 Del Mar Meet. Tickets for “Cards 4 CARMA” are available at www.carma4horses.org. For further information, please call (626) 574-6622 or email info@CARMA4horses.org.
CARMA (California Retirement Management Account) is a charitable organization formed to assist Thoroughbred rehabilitation and retirement organizations that facilitate the care and retraining of horses who raced in California and whose racing careers have ended.
FINISH LINES: While Joe Talamo has the inaugural Santa Anita Spring Meet riding title locked up with a 40-29 lead over runner-up Tyler Baze, with just two racing days remaining, the trainers’ race could go down to the wire. Doug O’Neill holds a 26-23 lead over Peter Miller. Both have five horses entered today, while O’Neill has five entered Sunday to Miller’s four, although Miller has Lideris entered in two races, today’s Gold Cup and Sunday’s San Juan, with the likelihood he’ll run in the Gold Cup . . . With a Pick Six carryover of $64,570 today, the pool is expected to exceed $500,000 . . . Obviously, winner of the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on June 14, worked three furlongs on Santa Anita’s firm turf course Saturday in 36.20 for Phil D’Amato . . . Santa Anita Derby and Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Goldencents worked four furlongs on the main track in 50 seconds, breezing, for Doug O’Neill . . . Of the 10 horses entered in today’s first race, four were sired by the outstanding late California stallion Tribal Rule . . . Santa Anita presents the California Philharmonic today and again on July 12 and 26, and Aug. 9 and 23. Maestro Victor Vener and his California Philharmonic will perform in Santa Anita’s bucolic Infield. There will be on-site gourmet dining, a full bar, a jumbo video screen and a wide range of seating options to make it an outdoor concert experience beyond compare. For tickets, call 626 304-0333 or visit calphil.com. Use promotional code SEABISCUIT2014 to save 25 percent on select seats . . . Fans can take advantage of mandatory closing day payouts tomorrow, closing day, on the Pick 6, the Pick 5, and the Super High 5. First post time is 1 p.m. Gates open at 11 a.m. Santa Anita resumes racing at its Autumn Meet on Sept. 26, continuing through Nov. 2, highlighted for the third straight year by the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.