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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2009
GEORGIE BOY IN A ZONE FOR SATURDAY’S SAN CARLOS HANDICAP
Georgie Boy found his comfort zone when he won the Sunshine Millions Sprint at six furlongs on Jan. 24. At least that’s the opinion of Garrett Gomez, who rode the California-bred son of Tribal Rule to a rail-skimming, 2 ¼-length victory in the $300,000 race.
The 4-year-old gelding was fourth in the Grade I Malibu Stakes a month before the Sunshine Millions. In the Malibu, Bob Black Jack was able to dictate the pace en route to a 2 ¼-length victory. Gomez expects Georgie Boy to hold his good form when he reunites with him in Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000 San Carlos Handicap at seven furlongs.
“He relaxed real well,” Gomez said of Georgie Boy’s performance in the Sunshine Millions. “That’s kind of been his Achilles heel recently. He’s been too fresh, but in sprints, those other horses kind of ran away from him.
“The Sunshine Millions was good for him. Hopefully, he’ll continue to move forward and keep doing what he’s been doing.”
Owned and bred by George Schwary and trained by Kathy Walsh, Georgie Boy has a 5-2-2 record from 10 starts, with earnings of $698,634.
Probable for the 71st San Carlos, for older horses at seven furlongs: Devoted Magic, Joel Rosario; Georgie Boy, Gomez; Halo Najib, Rafael Bejarano; and possibly Rail Trip, Jose Valdivia Jr.; Dodgen Bullets and Screen to Screen.
Rail Trip worked five furlongs on Pro-Ride Sunday in a bullet :59 seconds with Valdivia up, but trainer Ron Ellis and co-owner Samantha Siegel were non-committal on whether the gelding would run in the San Carlos or point to the Santa Anita Handicap on March 7. SAFETY ZONE GETS CLASS TEST IN MARATHON SAN LUIS OBISPO
Safety Zone is scheduled to make his first stakes start after 12 career races in next Sunday’s Grade II San Luis Obispo Handicap for older horses at 1 ½ miles on turf.
Other than being tested for class, the son of King Cugat, owned and bred by Will Farish and trained by Mark Casse has two things in his favor: turf and distance.
“He’ll run all day,” said Casse’s assistant, Rick Griffith, who directs operations at Santa Anita, where Casse has a division of more than 30 horses for the first time. “The horse definitely loves the grass, and the distance will be the least of his worries. So far, Mark’s been very happy here. The horses have run well, and we’re hoping we can keep it up and make this a second home.” Safety Zone, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding, has a 3-2-2 record from 12 starts, with earnings of $167,303.
Casse, a fixture in Canada for years, is about to make the rounds at the Ocala Breeders’ sale in Florida. “Mark is expected back soon,” Griffith said. “Once he’s through, he’ll be here for a while.”
Probable for the 53rd San Luis Obispo: Attempted Humor, no rider; Champs Elysees, Garrett Gomez; Church Service, Rafael Bejarano; Kris Silver, Tyler Baze; Medici Code, Joel Rosario; Safety Zone, Patrick Husbands; and Spring House, Alex Solis.
Spring House worked five furlongs on Pro-Ride Sunday in :59.80 for Julio Canani. HOLY ANGELS-SANTA ANITA RIDERS PLAY FOR CHARITY FEB. 26
The 42nd annual Holy Angels-Santa Anita Jockeys charity basketball game will be played Thursday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., at La Salle High School in Pasadena. Proceeds will benefit the Holy Angels athletic department. Legendary Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Delahoussaye and Laffit Pincay Jr. will serve as honorary captains, and will be available to sign autographs from 6 to 7 p.m. in the La Salle High gymnasium.
One jockey who will offer moral support only is 19-year-old Joe Talamo, who won three races Saturday, including the Grade I Santa Maria Handicap on Santa Teresita. “Basketball was never my game,” said the 19-year-old Louisiana native, fourth in Santa Anita’s standings through 38 days with 26 wins. “I did OK with baseball, but not with basketball. But I’ll be rooting for our guys, that’s for sure.”
La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles from Santa Anita. Admission is $5. FREE UMBRELLAS AT SANTA ANITA TOMORROW, PRESIDENTS’ DAY
With two inches of rain forecast locally beginning at 10 p.m. tonight and continuing into Monday, Santa Anita offers perhaps its most timely giveaway ever tomorrow--free umbrellas to all THOROUGHBREDS members at Santa Anita with general admission while supplies last tomorrow, Presidents’ Day.
First post time is 12:30 p.m.
Santa Anita is dark Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Racing resumes Thursday at 1 p.m. FINISH LINES: Bobby Frankel said multiple Grade I winner Country Star galloped Sunday morning and was scheduled to work Monday following a gate mishap in Saturday’s Santa Maria Handicap that caused her to be a late scratch . . . Two-time Eclipse Award winner Indian Blessing worked four furlongs Sunday in :48.20 for Bob Baffert in preparation for the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai on March 28 . . . Probable for next Saturday’s $100,000 Valentine Dancer Handicap for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf: Bel Air Sizzle, Garrett Gomez; North Rodeo, no rider; Swiss Diva, Joel Rosario; and Tiz A Blend, Alex Solis . . . Agent Craig O’Bryan reported jockey Patrick Husbands was “body sore” this morning as a result of a spill in Saturday’s seventh race and as a result, would not ride Sunday . . . Tyler Baze has been suspended three days (Feb. 21, 22 and 25) for riding Boule d’Or “into a space without sufficient clearance” in Friday’s fourth race -30-