LITTLE RED FEATHER’S ELM DRIVE CRUISES TO 2 ¼ LENGTH WIN IN $75,000 ANGEL’S FLIGHT STAKES AS D’AMATO & GONZALEZ TEAM FOR SEVEN FURLONG SCORE IN 1:23.97
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 8, 2022)–The Phil D’Amato train not only rolls on, it’s picking up steam, as the San Pedro, CA native knocked down his second stakes win of the weekend in Sunday’s $75,000 Angel’s Flight Stakes at Santa Anita. Idle since well beaten going two turns on Oct. 1, Little Red Feather Racing’s Elm Drive made every pole a winning one in taking the Angel’s Flight by 2 ¼ lengths while getting seven furlongs under Ricky Gonzalez in 1:23.97.
JOCKEY QUOTES JUAN HERNANDEZ, ISLAND OF LOVE, WINNER: “Phil told me that she was training really good, and try to get a clean break, and get her into a nice position to give her an opportunity to start making her move. “She broke really sharp and after that she relaxed behind the
STREAKING EDA ODDS-ON IN THE ANGEL’S FLIGHT QUEEN OFTHE TEMPLE IS SET FOR STAKES DEBUT SANTA ANITA SIMO LINEUP ALTERED DERBY WEEKEND OWNER RED BARON’S BARN TAKES THREE RACES BRAVO, CEDILLO & CURATOLO SCORE DOUBLES EDA SOLID CHOICE FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT STAKES WIN Eda, streaking winner of four straight stakes including the Grade I Starlet last Dec. 4 at Los Alamitos, steps down a notch in Sunday’s $75,000 Angel’s Flight for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs, but that aligns with her program as trainer Sean McCarthy has bigger things in mind down the road.
IRISH-BRED ISLAND OF LOVE RALLIES TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 SENORITA STAKES BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS AS SHE GETS ONE MILE ON TURF IN 1:35.35
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 7, 2022)–The beaten favorite in two previous stakes, Irish-bred Island of Love put it all together in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senorita Stakes at Santa Anita, as she rallied off the turn for home enroute to a decisive 2 ¼ length score. Conditioned by leading trainer Phil D’Amato and ridden for the first time by Juan Hernandez, Island of Love got one mile on turf in 1:35.35.
CLOCKER SCOUTS LOCALS IN KENTUCKY DERBY POWELL HOPES FOR BETTER LUCK IN SENORITA HERNANDEZ IS CLOSING IN ON DEPARTED PRAT TYLER BAZE OFF MOUNTS RETURNING FROM KY TAIBA A ‘SMART’ CHOICE IN RUN FOR THE ROSES If either Taiba, Messier or Happy Jack wins the 148th running of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, it will mark the 20th time a horse that ran in the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby went on to officially win the Run for the Roses.
IMPROVING RED ROAD TAKES $69,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY A NECK AS GONZALEZ & MULHALL TEAM FOR 1 1/8 MILE TURF WIN IN 1:47.97
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 6, 2022)–In his second Southern California start, the Kristin Mulhall-trained Red Road kept to his task and held off favored Handy Dandy in the final strides to take Friday’s $69,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by a neck while getting a mile and one eighth on turf under Ricky Gonzalez in 1:47.97.