Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Sunday, March 1, 2020

first_imgDrayden Van Dyke96 44% 16 3rd ITM% Joel Rosario122 17 ROSARIO RIDES STORM THE COURT IN SAN FELIPEPeter Eurton, who has been mulling Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes or the March 14 Rebel at Oaklawn Park for champion Storm the Court’s next race, said this morning the 2019 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding two-year-old male “will probably stay here” for the San Felipe Stakes, a leading steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4.The Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe is one of five attractive events Saturday including the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, the Grade II San Carlos Stakes and the $75,000 China Doll Stakes. The San Felipe offers 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winning horse, 20 to the runner-up, 10 to the third horse and five to the fourth.With last year’s Kentucky Derby winner Flavien Prat opting to ride undefeated Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Thousand Words for Bob Baffert in the San Felipe rather than Storm the Court, whom he has ridden in each of his five career starts, Eurton has engaged Joel Rosario to pilot Storm the Court.“Rosario wasn’t able to work him for me yesterday,” Eurton said, referring to Storm the Court’s five furlong bullet move in 59.40, “but Umberto (Rispoli) worked him for me. I was very pleased with it. He couldn’t look any better. This is his second race back and we’ve still got another two months (before the Kentucky Derby on May 2).With 22 Kentucky Derby qualifying points already accumulated, Storm the Court is in relatively good stead in that category, although there are ample more up for grabs in the San Felipe, “and everybody needs them,” Eurton said.Entries for the San Felipe and other Saturday races will be taken on Wednesday. Early San Felipe probables include Authentic, Fast Enough, Honor A.P., Storm the Court and Thousand Words. Honor A.P. worked five furlongs this morning in 1:01.80 for John Shirreffs.‘OVERNIGHT SENSATION’ RISPOLI SEEKS NEW AGENTUmberto Rispoli made a sudden and sensational impact with both horsemen and handicappers through 32 days of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet with 27 victories, three of them yesterday, but in a classic example of what have you done for me lately, today he is looking for a new agent.The 31-year-old two-time champion in his native of Italy took Santa Anita by storm under the sagacious guidance of world class agent Ron Anderson, but when it was announced yesterday that Anderson will now represent Hall of Fame member John Velazquez in addition to future Hall of Famer Joel Rosario, that left Rispoli sans representation and undecided as to whether he will continue in California or go elsewhere.“At the moment I have no plans,” Rispoli said Sunday morning at Clockers’ Corner between exercising horses. “This happened so fast, I have no idea what I’m going to do or what agent I’m going to take.“I only got the news two days ago and it’s not easy because it hit me like a thunderstorm fell on my head. Honestly, I still don’t know. I have races to focus on today and will have a break tomorrow to think about what is going to be best for me.“California has been very kind to me so far and it would be good to stay if I can find a good agent. Going to Kentucky raises the question of people there not knowing me like they do here, but so far, no plan, no decision.“I feel a little lost but hope to find myself soon, so I’m not worried about that. It was a surprising decision to me, but Ron decided John probably was best for him.“I’m very grateful to Ron because if it wasn’t for him, I would never be in America and I’m sure he’s going to help me make the right decision for my future.”Rispoli said he’s had no inquiries from other agents at this early point, although Scotty McClellan, who reached racing’s apex representing Hall of Fame members Chris McCarron and Alex Solis, has been prominently mentioned among prospective agents.  Contacted by phone this morning, McClellan, who has not had a rider since Joe Talamo left California for parts east in early January, said he would be interested in representing Rispoli.“I want to look around,” Rispoli continued. “I’m new in this country, only been here two months, and this happened so fast I still have to decide what’s best for me as well as my family.“I’m pretty sure Ron will help me make the right choice in finding a new agent.”MIDCOURT DRILLS FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAPMidcourt, winner of five of seven starts under trainer John Shirreffs, worked five furlongs this morning in 1:01.40 in his last major drill for the Santa Anita Handicap. Regular rider Victor Espinoza was aboard the five-year-old Midnight Lute gelding who captured the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Feb. 1. Probable for the 84th edition of the Big ‘Cap include Combatant, Endorsed, last year’s winner Gift Box, Midcourt and Two Thirty Five. Combatant worked five furlongs this morning in a bullet 1:00 flat for John Sadler.LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN RETURNS IN GRADE II SAN CARLOSLaw Abidin Citizen, a durable and versatile son of Twirling Candy, makes his first start in seven months in Saturday’s San Carlos Stakes for three-year-olds and up at seven furlongs.“He’s been training well and he’s pretty versatile,” said trainer Mark Glatt of the six-year-old gelding, winner of six of 23 career starts, including last summer’s Grade III Longacre’s Mile and earner of $416,167 thanks to victories at distances from 6 ½ furlongs to a mile and on both dirt and turf.Probables for the San Carlos: Flagstaff, Law Abidin Citizen, Manhattan Up, Roadster, Sparky Ville and St. Joe Bay.Sparky Ville worked five furlongs this morning in 1:02.80 for Jeff Bonde, while St. Joe Bay went the same distance in 1:00.80 for John Sadler.OHIO SEEKS SECOND STRAIGHT WIN IN KILROE MILETrainer Michael McCarthy has Ohio at the ready to win the Frank E. Kilroe Mile for the second straight year. Last year, the nine-year-old Brazilian-bred posted a 9-1 upset by a nose over favored Catapult.Probable for Saturday’s Kilroe include Desert Stone, Frontier Market, Got Stormy, Kingly, Next Shares, Ohio, River Boyne and True Valour.‘FASHIONABLE FILLIES’ LUNCHEON IN CHANDELIER ROOM MARCH 8“Go West Young Lady!” A successful event for nearly two decades in Saratoga Springs, New York, Santa Anita will host its first “Fashionable Fillies” Luncheon in the Chandelier Room on Sunday, March 8.The event is sponsored by The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, a charitable trust which provides, on a confidential basis, financial relief and assistance to needy members of the Thoroughbred industry and their families.The event, which takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., includes cocktails, lunch and the opportunity to shop from local vendors. Tickets are $150 each and all proceeds will be earmarked by the foundation to benefit the backstretch community of Southern California.Those interested, please respond to Shannon Kelly, executive director, at (212) 521-5327, or via email at CAMACHO AND HIS HORSE PROMOTE ANIMAL WELFARE, SAFE RACINGHis day begins at 3:30 a.m. Every day. His name is Jesus Camacho, barn foreman/exercise rider for trainer Bill Spawr by morning and Santa Anita outrider on afternoons.Camacho, with his horse Justin, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding that was re-trained following his racing career, are integral parts of an invaluable front line in Santa Anita’s efforts to maintain the highest standards of equine safety and welfare each morning and afternoon.“Justin and I are a team, that’s the best way I can describe it,” said Camacho, 52, who lives in Mira Loma, 40 miles east of The Great Race Place. “He loves his job. When there’s a loose horse in the afternoon, he knows what to do and we get the job done. I’ve trained him to stand still whenever I get off of him and he’s really like what a buoy is to a lifeguard at the beach. We both need each other, and he does a fantastic job.”In a world in which precious Thoroughbreds require 24/7 care and attention, Camacho is a great fit by any measure. A native of Tijuana, Mexico, Camacho grew up with horses.“My dad and his dad were jockeys,” he said. “Wherever we were racing, at Caliente or in Mexico City, that’s where we lived. I’ve got four sisters and a brother, Ruben (Camacho, Jr.) and he’s a jockey at Emerald Downs near Seattle. I’ve been getting on horses my whole life and I started getting paid to get on them when I was 13.“I came here when I was 19 and I went to work right away at the racetrack, Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar and Pomona. I love my job. People say, ‘How can you work so many hours and so many days?’“I just tell them that for me, it’s not work. Being with the horses is something I love and being a part of a great team with Bill in the morning and then taking the horses to the gate in the afternoons is an incredible honor and privilege. I work with the stewards on the radio and if Dana (Stead, Track Veterinarian) or any of the jockeys see or feel something with any of the horses, the stewards know about it and these horses are looked at very closely. If there’s any question at all, Dana will recommend they be scratched.”For his part, Stead views Camacho as indispensable on Santa Anita’s safety team.“He’s a vital component to what we do,” said Stead. “Camacho (he’s seemingly never referred to by his first name) is very, very perceptive. He often spots trouble before it happens. He truly has a calming effect on horses and his horsemanship is invaluable to us. When we have difficult situations, he does not hesitate. He’s very courageous and he’s always working to improve any situation, regardless of the circumstances.”Loose horses present challenging circumstances, fraught with potential danger.“I’ve ridden all over the world and Camacho is one of the best outriders we’ve ever had,” said veteran jockey Aaron Gryder. “He’s in-tune with his surroundings and when things happen, he’s quick to diffuse any danger. He’s a great horseman and a great person.”“My day starts at 3:30 every morning,” Camacho said. “I’ve been with Bill for 29 years now and we think alike. He and I check every single horse before they get tacked up, so we’re ready when the training track opens at 4:45. We take everyone’s temperature and check everyone’s legs, to make sure they’re not carrying any heat in their ankles or knees and to make sure they haven’t hurt themselves in any way overnight.“I get on about eight or 10 horses every morning and probably breeze about three or four a day, every Sunday and Monday. Bill likes to use the training track a lot and he likes getting everyone out early, before it gets too busy and while things are nice and quiet.”             Although she’s no longer a part of the Spawr barn, Eclipse Award winning Older Dirt female Midnight Bisou, who has won five Grade I stakes and banked $3.7 million, is a personal favorite of Camacho’s.“I’ve been on a bunch of good horses, but she was special,” he said. “We were so sad to see her leave (when transferred to the eastern-based stable of Steve Asmussen following a third-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks in May 2018).  She’s the kind of horse you want to stick with . . . But I’m proud of what she’s achieved because I know we were a big part of her early development. When she came in, she was very green and had so much to learn.  She’s always had a ton of class and I’m rooting for her tomorrow (in the $20 million Saudi Cup against top males). This will be her last year in training and then we can look forward to seeing her babies run in the future.”And for all who come to the races or morning training sessions at Santa Anita, be they fans, trainers, owners or jockeys, Jesus Camacho is one of the many people they know they can count on to ensure the well-being of horse and rider, seven days a week.FINISH LINES: There will be a Celebration of Life Thursday, March 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Director’s Room at Santa Anita for trainer Henry Moreno who died last Sunday at the age of 90 . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday through Thursday, March 2 through 5, and resume live racing 1 p.m. Friday, March 6. There will be simulcast wagering Wednesday and Thursday with free General Admission and parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. 2nd $1,358,852 $673,497 3 1st John Sadler59 $645,287 14 LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN BACK IN GRADE II SAN CARLOS 45% 61% 33 8 15% 30 Philip D’Amato73 Bob Baffert64 Abel Cedillo197 9 1st 15% RISPOLI PONDERS FUTURE AFTER AGENT DEPARTS 11 53% Flavien Prat138 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on March 1st, 2020Golden Hour Double With Jeff Siegel and Zoe CadmanAndrew Lerner Shedrow Stroll: Get to Know Drift AwayWORKOUTS:Midcourt (Shirreffs) 3-1-20Honor A. P. (Shirreffs) 3-1-20Neptune’s Storm (Baltas) 3-1-20Ollie’s Candy (Outside) and Peter’s Kitten (Sadler) 3-1-20Gift Box (Sadler) 3-1-20Storm the Court (Outside) and Shooters Shoot (Eurton) 2-29-20Kingly (Baffert) 2-29-20Royal Act (Outside) and Draft Pick (Eurton) 2-29-20Goalie (Outside) and George Herman Ruth (D’Amato) 2-29-20 ITM% 23 42% $883,976 MIDCOURT BREEZES FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAP 9 24 27% 8 21% $1,128,176 Tiago Pereira98 29% 31 48% 12% 3rd 48% 22% $1,759,644 Michael McCarthy33 16% 15 5 Doug O’Neill79 16 TrainerSts 15 9 46% Win% $1,181,821 Money Won 27% 13 $1,851,954 2nd 4 $690,908 19 Win% 21% 67% 13 32 52% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Peter Miller56 48% 20 STORM THE COURT HAS ROSARIO FOR SAN FELIPE Umberto Rispoli113 12 Richard Baltas88 18 42% 10 Money Won 14% 44% 7 67% $1,326,242 12 27 5 $315,205 $1,836,784 $786,862 27% 20% 30 15 20 OHIO SEEKS SECOND STRAIGHT WIN IN KILROE MILE OUTRIDER CAMACHO ‘BRINGS IT’ IN BOTH AM AND PM 20 2 11 ‘FASHIONABLE FILLIES’ LUNCHEON IS HERE MARCH 8 $316,502 23% (Current Through Friday, Feb. 28) JockeyMts 11 9 30 8 Steve Knapp40last_img

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