Stable Notes By Ed Golden & Mike Willman -Friday, February 7, 2020

first_imgCHAMPION HOLDS ‘COURT’ IN 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT SUNDAY ODDS-ON VENETIAN HARBOR STEPS UP IN LAS VIRGENES MILE SUITS MAJESTIC EAGLE IN THUNDER ROAD STAKES 2nd CHAMP STORM THE COURT MAKES SOPHOMORE DEBUT SUNDAYStorm the Court makes his three-year-old debut Sunday in the San Vicente Stakes, a race Peter Eurton hopes will lead to the Kentucky Derby on May 2.If so, it would mark only the second starter in the Run for the Roses in the trainer’s successful career of just over three decades. In 2014, Blue Grass Stakes winner Dance With Fate finished sixth in the first leg of the Triple Crown.Storm the Court has already exceeded expectations of most in the racing world, winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita last Nov. 1 at odds of nearly 46-1, a victory that ultimately earned him an Eclipse Award as outstanding two-year-old male of 2019.“We’re looking forward to Sunday,” Eurton said of the Grade II San Vicente, to be decided at seven furlongs. “The horse is doing well and this looks like a good spot for his first race back.“We’re excited and after this, hopefully we’ll plan on the second, but it’s first things first.”Storm the Court is the second Eclipse champion conditioned by the 62-year-old Eurton, a former jockey whose stepfather was trainer Steve Ippolito. A native of Alhambra, California, Eurton trained Champagne Room, who earned an Eclipse Award in 2016 after posting a 33-1 upset in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.Eurton, who made what is believed to be Santa Anita history by saddling eight consecutive winners at the 2012 Winter/Spring meet, enjoyed his best season for purse earnings in 2016 with $4,235,430.Storm the Court has been working smartly for his return and should be forwardly placed if not on the lead in the San Vicente.“He’s quick,” Eurton said of the bay Court Vision colt who led throughout in the 1 1/16-mile Breeders’ Cup Juvenile while wearing blinkers for the first time.He will once again be ridden by last year’s Kentucky Derby winner Flavien Prat, the jockey in all four of his 2019 starts.The San Vicente, race 7 of 8, with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Fast Enough, Tiago Pereira, 12-1; Ra’ad, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Party Town, Jorge Velez, 20-1, Nadal, Joel Rosario, 4-5, Storm the Court, Flavien Prat, 9-5, and Ginobili, Abel Cedillo, 5-1.VENETIAN HARBOR STEPS UP IN LAS VIRGENES    Venetian Harbor moves from a dominating 10 3/4-length maiden allowance win at 6 1 /2 furlongs on Dec. 29 to Grade II competition Saturday in the $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile, but Richard Baltas is optimistic the bay daughter of Munnings will be up to the task in only her third career start.“She’s a young horse but I think I’ve got her fit enough,” the trainer said. “She’s had some good works and good gallop outs. It’s her first time around two turns but I don’t see it being a big issue with her. She’s out of a Street Cry mare (Sounds of the City) which I like, she has the pedigree to do it, she has the body to do it, so hopefully she can do it.”The field for the Las Virgenes, race five of nine with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Go Big Blue Nation, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; Gingham, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; Cholula Lips, Abel Cedillo, 5-1; Venetian Harbor, Flavien Prat, 2-5; and Stellar Sound, Mike Smith, 5-1.VERSATILE MAJESTIC EAGLE RETURNS TO MILE IN THUNDER ROADMajestic Eagle cuts back to a mile in Saturday’s Grade III Thunder Road Stakes for four-year-olds and up and Neil Drysdale feels the distance is ideal for the steady son of Medaglia d’Oro.The five-year-old bay horse led into the stretch last out in the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on Jan. 4 before finishing third, but was beaten less than two lengths.“I think a mile is more suitable for him,” the Hall of Fame trainer said.Owned by John Lindley and Ray Morton, Majestic Eagle has a 1-3-1 record from five starts at a mile on grass and is 2-5-2 in 11 starts on grass at Santa Anita overall. The Thunder Road, race seven: Ronald R, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; The Hunted, Geovanni Franco, 8-1; Majestic Eagle, Umberto Rispoli, 5-1; defending Thunder Roadchampion True Valour, Andrea Atzeni, 7-2; Mugaritz, Mike Smith, 8-1; River Boyne, Abel Cedillo, 5-1; Frontier Market, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Camino Del Pariso, Tiago Pereira, 12-1; Take the One O One, Brice Blanc, 20-1; and Kingly, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1.IT’S ALL IN THE FAMILY AS MARES THROW RECENT MULTIPLE WINNERSWhile stallion syndications and eye-catching stud fees are widely acknowledged as huge market forces in today’s Thoroughbred industry, many veteran horsemen steadfastly maintain that a good broodmare is easily more than half the equation when it comes to success on the racetrack.And, in recent days, a couple of productive mares helped underscore that belief by producing multiple winners at Santa Anita. This past Friday, Jan. 31, BG Stables and Little Red Feather Racing combined with trainer Richard Baltas to win the third race at 1 1/16 miles with Velvet Queen. Ridden by Joel Rosario, Velvet Queen is a four-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Animal Kingdom out of the Tapit mare Tippy Tapit.Six days previous, on Jan. 25, BG Stables, Hector Palma and J.C. Diaz, Jr., teamed to win the day’s sixth race at one mile with White Velvet, a three-year-old filly by Oxbow, who is also out of Tippy Tapit.And this past Sunday, Feb. 2, owner/breeders Scott Devereaux and Mark Gross teamed with Carla Gaines and Victor Espinoza to win the fifth race at six furlongs with Tiger Dad, a four-year-old California-bred gelding by Smiling Tiger, out of Q T Shae, by Unusual Heat.This was Q T Shae’s second win in three days, as she also produced the winner of this past Friday’s fourth race at one mile on turf, Quinnie, a five-year-old California-bred mare by English Channel who is owned and bred by Devereaux and Gross, trained by Gaines and was ridden by Geovanni Franco.FINISH LINES: Jockey Agapito Delgadillo has been suspended three days (Feb. 8, 9 and 14) for causing interference on R Matineigh Idol in the first race on Jan. 31 . . . Santa Anita offers $2 beer and $6 specialty cocktails each Friday at designated locations throughout the track. Specialty cocktails include a Baldwin Buck, Margarita and other selected cocktails. There is also free Club House and General Admission each Friday.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: XBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on February 7th, 2020John Shirreffs Shedrow Stroll: Get to Know Zenyatta’s Daughter ZelldaJohn Shirreffs Shedrow Stroll: Get to Know Honor A.PWORKOUTS:Hard Not to Love (Shirreffs) 2-7-20Cheap Cheap Cheap (Outside) and Sold It (O’Neill) 2-7-20Stela Star (Sadler) 2-7-20Legends of War (O’Neill) 2-7-20Tiny Tina ( D’Amato) 2-2-20Improbable (Baffert) 2-2-20Majestic Eagle (Outside) and Last Opportunity (Drysdale) 2-2-20Kingly (Baffert) 2-2-20Frontier Market (Outside) and Sea of Liberty (Sadler) 2-1-20Ohio (McCarthy) 2-1-20St. Joe Bay (Sadler) 2-1-20 41% 7 18 15% 1 70% 13 5 2 Philip D’Amato51 12 20% 22% J.C. Diaz, Jr.47 63% 46% $1,031,414 19 18 10 Richard Baltas63 2 3 $471,647 $373,091 Jorge Velez82 4 30% 15% $503,498 14% 6 2nd 7 Mike Smith30 TrainerSts 34% 3 Abel Cedillo132 16 Ruben Fuentes43 11 Joel Rosario97 57% 1st 25% 8 $472,457 16% 13 Drayden Van Dyke74 28% Flavien Prat81 7 8 29% 5 $527,405 9% 14% 36% 10 15% 5 10 35% 15 51% 3 10 15 $438,040 45% 41% 43% Brian Koriner24 8 Win% $283,481 8center_img Richard Mandella24 $981,412 1 Win% Geovanni Franco46 8 Umberto Rispoli65 6 ALL IN THE FAMILY AS MARES THROW MULTIPLE WINNERS  20% 9 $263,182 11 ITM% 1 Tiago Pereira58 37% 24 25% 22 38% Bob Baffert44 $373,799 $1,045,970 Money Won 2 $694,154 $602,712 1st 15% 3rd $1,388,354 $674,482 2 39% Michael McCarthy23 3rd Jeff Bonde14 5 5 JockeyMts 6 7 $507,028 5 27% 58% 5 37% 6 $1,140,062 9 19% 17 47% 10% 19 Doug O’Neill54 $199,605 4 63% $124,721 $912,421 6 8 50% Mario Gutierrez53 33% Money Won 13 7 2 (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 2) 7 5 11% ITM% 46% 7 Peter Miller39 5 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 15last_img

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