Santa Anita Stable Notes Thursday, June 1, 2023
STABLE NOTES BY VICTOR RYAN
THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2023
__- • GII SUMMERTIME OAKS: UNBEATEN ANYWHO GETS 1ST STAKES TEST __ - • EXAULTED WILL HAVE LIGHT SUMMER AFTER LOCKING UP BC BID - • MONDAY’S RAINBOW 6 RETURNS $40,920 FOR 75 WINNING TICKETS - • TOP JOCK HERNANDEZ BAGS PAIR OF GRADE I’S ON MEMORIAL DAY - • JOCKEY ABEL CEDILLO NOW REPRESENTED BY AGENT MIKE CIANI __- • VETERAN AGENT KNUST TAKES JOCKEY DRAYDEN VAN DYKE __
GII SUMMERTIME OAKS: UNBEATEN ANYWHO GETS 1ST STAKES TEST
The promising 3-year-old filly Anywho will be making a belated stakes debut for trainer John Sadler in Saturday’s GII Summertime Oaks going 1 1 1/16 miles.
Unbeaten in two starts, Anywho was shipped to Churchill Downs last month to run in the GII Eight Belles going seven furlongs on the Kentucky Oaks undercard May 5. It was not to be.
Anywho arrived at Churchill Downs on April 29 the Saturday before the race. The following day on Sunday she spiked a temperature.
“Entries were being taken on Monday, so we didn’t even enter her,” Sadler said Thursday morning. “It turned into a flight of nothingness.”
While it was a disappointing turn of events for Sadler and owner Hronis Racing, hopes are high for Saturday. Anywho drew the outside post in a field of seven entered for the Summertime. She is the 3-1 co-second choice on the morning line. Veteran jockey Joe Bravo will be aboard for the first time.
“She had to miss four or five days of training when at Churchill Downs, but since returning she’s been right on schedule,” Sadler said. “She’s really been working well and I like the draw for her first time going two turns. Being on the outside should allow her to stay in the clear.”
Anywho has worked four times since her trip to Kentucky. They include a six-furlong move in 1:13.00 here on May 22 followed by a sharp half-mile drill in 59.80 seconds on Sunday.
By Bolt d’Oro, Anywho was a debut winner last October going seven furlongs at Belmont Park for trainer Tom Albertrani and owner Robert Masiello. She was subsequently entered in last year’s Keeneland November Horses of All Ages Sale where she commanded $290,000. David Ingordo, who serves as a bloodstock agent for Hronis Racing, signed the ticket for the filly.
In her only start for her new connections, Anywho was a sharp two-length winner here going seven furlongs on March 27. The effort earned a 90 Beyer Speed Figure and was also well-rated on the Ragozin Sheets, Sadler noted.
“She was really impressive going seven-eighths,” Sadler said. “It got a good Ragozin number, so we’re really excited about her and what she can do on Saturday.”
Also in the Summertime Oaks, Sadler entered Ancient Peace but she could be scratched in favor of next week’s GIII Honeymoon Stakes going 1 1/8-miles on turf. Ancient Peace romped in an allowance that was taken off the turf April 8. It’s her only start on dirt. Owned by Boardshorts Stable, the daughter of War Front most recently was fourth as the odds-on favorite in the GIII Providencia at 1 1/8 miles here April 29.
“We’re going to talk to the owners later today and see if we want to go in the Summertime. Otherwise, we’ll probably wait until next week for the Honeymoon,” Sadler said.
The Summertime Oaks goes as the eighth race on Saturday’s nine-race card. Post time is approximately 4:30 p.m. PT. The field in post position order with riders: The Alys Look, Mike Smith (5-2); Window Shopping, Hector Berrios (5-1); And Tell Me Nolies, Ramon Vazquez (4-1); Lily Poo, Umberto Rispoli (8-1); Doinitthehardway, Juan Hernandez (3-1); Ancient Peace, Tiago Pereira (8-1); Anywho, Joe Bravo (3-1).
EXAULTED WILL HAVE A LIGHT SUMMER AFTER LOCKING UP BC BID
It will be a low-key summer for Exaulted after earning an automatic bid for the Breeders’ Cup Mile with his victory here in Monday’s GI Shoemaker Mile.
Trainer Peter Eurton Thursday said Exaulted, who has won all four starts since being switched to turf as a 6-year-old, likely wouldn’t start again until the GII Del Mar Mile on Sept. 2.
“I don’t really want to travel since the Breeders’ Cup is right here in our backyard, and I don’t want to go farther in distance and make it a job for him,” Eurton said. “So there’s nothing that really fits him until the Del Mar Mile. We’ll have a nice fresh horse.”
Exaulted won the Shoemaker Mile by a half-length under Juan Hernandez after being forwardly placed throughout. In his previous start, the full horse by Twirling Candy won the GIII American at mile on turf here Feb. 5.
“It will probably be good to give him a little freshening. He’s been running consistently since last year,” Eurton said.
Exaulted is owned by C R K Stable. Prior to his current winning streak on turf, he made his first 11 starts on dirt with limited success. In three graded stakes tries on the main track, all sprinting, he was third in both the GII San Carlos and GII Triple Bend in 2021 and fourth in last year’s Triple Bend.
“He was always knocking on the door, which is why we kept him on dirt. But he’s obviously taken to the turf,” Eurton said.
Exaulted will try and become Eurton’s third Breeders’ Cup winner. Eurton’s two previous Breeders’ Cup wins, both at Santa Anita, were with longshots Storm the Court ($93.80) in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Champagne Room ($69.20) in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
This year’s Breeders’ Cup is scheduled for Nov. 3-4 at Santa Anita. Tickets are available for purchase online at BreedersCup.com/tickets.
TOP JOCKEY HERNANDEZ WINS TWO GRADE I’S ON SAME CARD FOR FIRST TIME
Jockey Juan Hernandez continued to dominate proceedings at Santa Anita on Memorial Day when winning three more races including a pair of Grade Is.
Hernandez won the GI Shoemaker Mile with Exaulted ($8.20) for trainer Peter Eurton, GI Hollywood Gold Cup with Defunded ($3.20) for Bob Baffert and then the nightcap aboard Kid Azteca ($29.20) for Peter Miller.
“This is the first time I have won two Grade Is in one day,” Hernandez said following the the Shoemaker Mile. “I dream of these big races and the good horses are coming to me thanks to my agent Craig O’Bryan.”
Hernandez leads the Hollywood Meet with 26 wins, which is nine more than runner-up Ramon Vazquez. He also has nine stakes wins at the stand, which is triple the total of his next closes pursuers Joe Bravo and Hector Berrios, who each have three stakes wins.
Hernandez will look to keep things rolling on Friday with seven rides on a nine-race card. His mounts include five favorites and two second choices on the morning line.
First post Friday is 1 p.m. PT.
FINISH LINES: Jockey Abel Cedillo is now represented by agent Mike Ciani. Cedillo, 34, has 1,5811 career wins and is 5-for-43 (12 percent) at the current Hollywood Meet. “He has a lot of upside,” Ciani said. “He’s been to the top before and knows how to win, he just need the opportunities now.”…Veteran agent Tom Knust will now represent jockey Drayden Van Dyke…There were 76 timed workouts Thursday on another damp and overcast morning at Santa Anita…Monday’s mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 Jackpot returned $40,920.68 to 75 winning tickets… Every Friday on-track fans will receive free parking and admission plus $3 beers and $5 margaritas…Entries are being taken Thursday for Sunday’s card, which includes the GIII Affirmed for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the main track featuring Skinner and Geaux Rocket Ride among others.