Stable Notes by Ed Golden for Sunday, May 22, 2022
Exaulted will make his first start in a year next Sunday in the Grade II Triple Bend Stakes. By Twirling Candy and a full horse at age five, Exaulted last raced on May 29, 2021, finishing third in the very same Triple Bend Stakes.
TOP TRAINER D’AMATO MINDFUL OF MEMORIAL DAY VERSATILE BRICKYARD RIDE SET FOR TRIPLE BEND TIGRE DI SLUGO WORKS FOR THOR’S ECHO STAKES MONSTER MEMORIAL DAY ON TAP AT SANTA ANITA D’AMATO POISED FOR MAJOR MEMORIAL DAY Phil D’Amato led all trainers with 52 victories at Santa Anita’s 2020-21 meet and is in prime pouncing position to surpass that number at the current campaign that concludes on June 19.
SANTA ANITA GATES OPEN AT 7:15 A.M. SATURDAY STILLETO BOY TO BREEZE MONDAY FOR GOLD CUP MONSTER MEMORIAL DAY OFFERED AT SANTA ANITA MIZDIRECTION MARKS FIRST STAKES FOR BELLA D RISPOLI TO RIDE FULL TIME AGAIN AT SANTA ANITA PREAKNESS PARTY STARTS EARLY AS BETTING BEGINS AT 7:15 A.M. Fans can get an early start on their Preakness Stakes Day wagering at Santa Anita, as wagering will be available beginning at 7:15 a.m. in the Grandstand Paddock Room.
BLINKERS BACK ON HAPPY JACK FOR PREAKNESS MONSTER MEMORIAL DAY IS SET FOR SANTA ANITA POWELL HOPES TO KEEP WINNING IN MIZDIRECTION MALIBU WINNER FLIGHTLINE TO WORK MONDAY HAPPY JACK ‘IN GOOD SHAPE’ FOR PREAKNESS Happy Jack, who finished 14th by 19 lengths behind upstart 80-1 winner Rich Strike in the Kentucky Derby, is expected to show marked improvement in the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico this Saturday according to Doug O’Neill.
SMOOTH LIKE STRAIT EYES A SHOEMAKER REPEAT MONSTER MEMORIAL DAY IS SET FOR SANTA ANITA WONG HAS FOUR OPTIONS FOR THE MIZDIRECTION BREEDER LOVINGER DOMINATES JUVENILE EVENT SMOOTH LIKE STRAIT TO DEFEND SHOEMAKER WIN Smooth Like Strait will seek to become only the sixth back-to-back winner of the Grade I Shoemaker Mile when the prestigious race named for the late Bill Shoemaker, arguably still the gold standard among jockeys nearly two decades after his death, is run for the 81st time on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.
• YAKTEEN MULLS NEXT MOVE FOR TAIBA, MESSIER • D’AMATO AIMS FOR A SANTA BARBARA SURPRISE • BELHOLDER THE NEWEST HALL OF FAME MEMBER • ECLIPSE CHAMPION CE CE BREEZES A HALF MILE • MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY OFFERS GREAT RACING & MORE YAKTEEN REGROUPING AFTER DERBY DEFEATS Taiba and Messier are back home at Santa