· BOLO BREEZES FOR $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY· AMERICAN PHAROAH WEATHERS REBEL IN HIGH STYLE· HESS LONGSHOT HOPES TO ‘STEAL’ THE SAN LUIS REY· DADDY D T IN GOOD SPOT FOR PASADENA STAKES· NAKATANI COULD BE BACK ON HORSES IN FOUR WEEKS· MIKE LUZZI TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD ON APRIL 12BOLO REMAINS ON DIRT IN SANTA ANITA DERBY After making his first three career starts on turf, two of them victories, Bolo gave a promising account of himself in his dirt debut when he finished third behind undefeated Dortmund in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 7, beaten less than two lengths despite steadying in deep stretch. Next up for the Temple City colt: the $1 million, Grade I, Santa Anita Derby on April 4. “We were very pleased,” said Carla Gaines, who trains Bolo for Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc., and Earle Mack. “It was sort of an unknown (racing on dirt for the first time), and he had missed some training and didn’t go into the race exactly as we would have liked. “But he ran really well in spite of me,” she concluded with a self-effacing chuckle.Bolo worked four furlongs on an overcast Thursday morning in 47.80. Mike Smith, who rode Ocho Ocho Ocho in the San Felipe, rides Bolo in the Santa Anita Derby, leaving Ocho Ocho Ocho open at press time. Ocho Ocho Ocho worked five furlongs Wednesday for Jim Cassidy in 1:00.80. Smith had ridden Bolo in his first three races. “He worked really good,” trainer Jim Cassidy said of Ocho Ocho Ocho, who suffered superficial leg cuts in the San Felipe, in which he lost for the first time, finishing eighth. “I was really happy with the work and I’m happy with the horse right now.“His cuts are healed; he’s better than he was last week. He was kind of quiet last week.” Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. has San Felipe runner-up Prospect Park scheduled to work six furlongs at his San Luis Rey base Saturday for the Santa Anita Derby. Joe Steiner will be up.AMERICAN PHAROAH BACK ON TRACK AFTER REBEL ROMP Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharoah was back on the track at Santa Anita for the first time Thursday morning since his scintillating 6 ¼-length win on a sealed but sloppy track in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park Saturday. “He looks happy,” trainer Bob Baffert said. Said Baffert assistant Jim Barnes who was on hand for the Rebel performance: “It was exciting. He ran the way we expected him to. We just had to deal with the elements. That was the worst part of the trip, the heavy rains. “But it didn’t seem to bother him, he shipped well, and we learned about shipping and weather, so that’s good.”HESS CLAIM SEEKS TO STEAL SAN LUIS REY STAKESBob Hess Jr. is hoping Joes Blazing Aaron catches a flyer in Saturday’s San Luis Rey Stakes and can carry his speed a mile and a half to victory in the grassy Grade II race for older horses that offers $200,000 in purse money.Claimed for $62,500 from his last start, Joes Blazing Aaron is a committed front-runner, having won seven of 37 career starts and $393,491.“(Joe) Talamo worked him Sunday (five furlongs on the main track in 1:01) and he’ll ride him,” Hess said. “The horse is an old, classy individual, very healthy. I think he likes the turf course here.“He’s coming off a real good race (third at 1 ¼ miles on turf Feb. 27, beaten just over a length when he went the first six furlongs in 1:09.60).“Hopefully,” Hess said, “he doesn’t have to go nine and change this time.”The field for the San Luis Rey: Raise Your Gaze, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Play Hard to Get, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Diamond Bachelor, Martin Pedroza, 10-1; Power Foot, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Buymeabond, Iggy Puglisi, 20-1; Joesblazing Aaron, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Fly Lexis Fly, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; Finnegans Wake, Victor Espinoza, 6-5; and Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 9-2.TALAMO’S HEART BELONGS TO DADDY (D T) IN PASADENA Joe Talamo expects another strong effort aboard Daddy D T when he rides the Scat Daddy ridgling for Hronis Racing and John Sadler in Saturday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf. Talamo and Daddy D T finished second by a neck in an overnight race at a mile on grass Feb. 22. “He should be tough,” Talamo said. “They didn’t have much speed last time. The turf was soft. He ran a good race. He’s run against come tough horses (American Pharoah and Bolo, to name but two). “He shows up every time. If he doesn’t win, he’s always right there.” In six starts, Daddy D T has one win, a second and two thirds. The Pasadena, race four on a nine-race program: Bench Warrant, Tyler Baze, 5-2; Daddy D T, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Jazzy Josh, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Papacoolpapacool, Elvis Trujillo, 7-2; Temple Keys, Aaron Gryder, 20-1; Ernest Shackleton, Felipe Valdez, 20-1; Soul Driver, Gary Stevens, 6-1; Stand and Salute, Flavien Prat, 10-1; and Anytime Anyplace, Martin Pedroza, 6-1.LUZZI TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD ON APRIL 12Santa Anita Park has announced that 2015 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award winner Mike Luzzi will travel west from his home in New York to receive the prestigious Woolf Award trophy in a ceremony between races on Sunday, April 12. Sidelined due to a broken leg and fractured pelvis sustained in a paddock accident at Aqueduct on Nov. 2, Luzzi has undergone reconstructive surgery and is now rehabbing for a return to the saddle at some point this year. Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most highly coveted honors in all of racing as it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character have earned esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing. America’s Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1989, Luzzi, by a vote of his peers, outpolled four other finalists: James Graham, Leslie Mawing, Corey Nakatani and the recently retired Rosie Napravnik. It is expected that Luzzi, who has won 3,420 career races, will be accompanied April 12 by his wife, Tania, daughter, Larue, 14, and son, Lane, 16.FINISH LINES: Agent Tony Matos hopes Corey Nakatani can resume riding in about a month after the 44-year-old Hall of Fame nominee went down when his mount, Bilger’s Sapphire, clipped heels and fell in Sunday’s fifth race at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf. “It’s not as bad as it appeared,” Matos said. “He had no surgery. His (left) collar bone is broken but it’s not displaced and it takes three weeks to heal. He’ll have X-rays taken, and then if everything looks all right, he can start getting on horses.” . . . Agent Mike Ciani reports that three-time Kentucky Derby winner Kent Desormeaux rides Mr. Z for D. Wayne Lukas in the Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds on March 28. Nakatani had been scheduled to ride . . . Agent Scotty McClellan has Joe Talamo named on horses at the Fair Grounds on March 28, including War Story in the Louisiana Derby; Moreno in the New Orleans Handicap; and Chocolate Ride in the Mervin H. Munoz Jr. Memorial . . . Thursday morning, trainer Craig Lewis was still pondering where streaking Warren’s Veneda would make her next start. “Against the boys (in the Charles Town Classic), the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park, or maybe just wait,” the trainer said of the California-bred mare who captured the Grade I Santa Margarita Saturday for her third straight stakes win. Incidentally, the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic on April 18 will be run in the daytime this year, not in the evening as in the past . . . Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked six furlongs under Gary Stevens in a snappy 1:10.80 for her 5-year-old debut. “The Madison (at Keeneland on April 4) remains a possibility,” trainer Richard Mandella said. San Onofre‘s time of 1:10.40 for Karen Headley was the fastest at the distance, the average time of which was 1:12.60 . . . David Nance, second in Santa Anita’s Handicapping Challenge Tournament last week, and jockey Aaron Gryder, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. . . . Santa Anita presents the world-famous Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship Saturday in its spacious infield. Taste delicious samplings from the masters of BBQ and watch a full card of Thoroughbred racing. Special packages are available at santaanita.com/events . . . Saturday, March 28, features the Grade III Tokyo City Cup on Japan Family Day, with the Ramen Yokocho Festival in the infield. For details, visit www.tokyocitycup.com . . . Poetry in motion: Saturday’s hunch play of the day comes in the San Luis Rey–Raise Your Gaze, ridden by Tyler Baze. 18% 126 $641,766 10 20% 6 6 3rd $3,086,378 22 21 Edwin Maldonado 3 Philip D’Amato 174 28% Ron Ellis 20 12 31 $208,298 164 $1,347,068 0 $1,720,510 12 29 $350,850 10% 9 $182,920 26 17 22% (Current Through Sunday, March 15) 20 Mts $1,909,756 Mark Glatt 205 9 20 Money Won 12 13 109 115 Bob Baffert 29 Peter Eurton $214,740 $1,698,860 15 Peter Miller 21% 9% 16 $1,305,436 $1,221,370 11 19 181 1 Mario Gutierrez 10 110 5 94 Rafael Bejarano 15 14 -more-3/3/3/3 85 11 9 19 Victor Espinoza 13 Win% 23 15% 10 22% 20 16% 26 $708,410 $777,418 61 Joseph Talamo 3 4 15 22 22 14 15 3 Flavien Prat 1st 89 9 Win% 12 $259,130 $1,969,614 9 6 Tiago Pereira 22 $441,172 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $1,542,058 Michael Pender 9% 154 55 14% 5 Kent Desormeaux Brandon Boulanger A. C. Avila Mike Puype 5 16 $603,024 Richard Mandella 47 $359,720 Felipe Valdez 15 11% 2 2nd $2,525,552 19% Martin Garcia 141 7 9 3rd Money Won 59 60 16% 111 2 114 5 23 6 20% 6 Aaron Gryder 45 5% $213,346 19% 61 4 2 4 16 $322,480 12 18 $255,180 12 9 $142,370 34 Jerry Hollendorfer 20 2nd 6 Richard Baltas 19% 1st 10 53 105 14 14 Steve Knapp 10 Tyler Baze 13% Elvis Trujillo Santiago Gonzalez 11 7% $1,680,142 John Sadler 3 13 6 243 $418,022 18% 59 $374,016 44 24% 12% 11 16 10 7 7 16 138 $173,700 $522,802 11 74 7 7 20 33 11% Sts 2 12 138 9 20% 8% 12 16% 11% 8 7 10 Fernando Perez Jockey 13% 10 Mike Smith 7 15 Gary Stevens James Cassidy Doug O’Neill 48 7 19% 92 12% $812,444 $583,256 9 21 8 19% 159 Jeff Bonde 32 $323,080 18 31 30% 9 8 3 $384,160 10 17% 13% $2,200,581 3 17% 10 12 Hector Palma 52 62 Jack Carava 19 17% 25 30 19 11 Steven Miyadi 115 $585,824 Mark Casse 89 29 14 Eddie Truman 17 32 8% 15% 224 28 27 $568,840 $296,250 $1,195,066 5 $525,378 41 4 21% Thomas Proctor Drayden Van Dyke $1,006,284 $285,938 15% 9 89 6 22 Brice Blanc 14 10% 2 $471,194 $664,966 15% 11 1 16 Martin Pedroza Corey Nakatani 30 Trainer 30 35% $933,348
HIGHLY REGARDED FRENCH-BRED DANZA CAVALLO ONE OF TWO SHIPPING IN FROM KEENELAND ARCADIA, Calif. (May 22, 2015)–Monday’s Memorial Day headliner, the Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf, has attracted a talent laden cast of 10 fillies and mares including recent local graded stakes winners Blingismything and Queen of The Sand, along with a pair of invaders from Kentucky–Grade I stakes winner Hard Not to Like and graded stakes placed Danza Cavallo.Trained by Eric Kruljac, Blingismything stalked the pace and was up to win the Grade III, one mile turf Wilshire Stakes by a nose on April 26 and will try 1 1/8 miles for the second time in her career on Monday. A close seventh, beaten just two lengths in her only other try at the distance–the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes five starts back on Dec. 27, Blingismything has been a gem of consistency, with her only out of the money performance in 10 races coming in the Frankel.A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Arch, Blingismything is owned by Class Racing Stable and retains the services of leading rider Tyler Baze. With an overall mark of 10-4-2-3, she has earnings of $246,330.Like Blingismything, trainer Paddy Gallagher’s Irish-bred Queen of The Sand exits a nose victory last time out, in her case, the Grade III, 1 ¼ miles turf Santa Barbara Handicap on April 18. Next-to-last in the early going, the 5-year-old mare rallied late, overcoming traffic trouble, to just prevail over Fanticola, who’ll she’ll again face in the Gamely.Owned by Derrick Fisher, Queen of The Sand will make only her third start of the year and sports an overall mark of 23-8-2-3, with earnings of $343,920. Although winless in three tries at 1 1/8 miles, she has three wins from four tries at a flat mile on turf and will be ridden back by Drayden Van Dyke.Trainer Phil D’Amato’s Fanticola, who just missed a gate to wire win over Queen of The Sand in the Santa Barbara on April 18, will likely show plenty of speed again when shortening up a furlong in the Gamely. A winner of the one mile turf Megahertz Stakes three starts back on Jan. 17, the 5-year-old Ontario Canadian-bred mare has been no worse than third in her last five starts. Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, Fanticola, who has never run at the Gamely distance, is 15-4-4-6 overall, with earnings of $288,300.Third, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Queen of The Sand in the Santa Barbara, Team Valor International’s Three Hearts was perhaps unlucky in defeat, as she lacked room at the rail from the quarter pole to the furlong marker at odds of 5-2. Conditioned by Neil Drysdale, the 5-year-old Hat Trick mare is 6-1-2-2 at the Gamely distance and is 17-3-4-5 overall with earnings of $262,249. Ridden by Tyler Baze in her last three starts, she switches to Gary Stevens on Monday.Trainer Christophe Clement’s Hard Not to Like, who caught a yielding turf when running third in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland April 11, brings a solid resume, that includes a Grade I win in last year’s Wiley, to Monday’s Gamely. Hard Not to Like finished first in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles turf Endeavour Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs Jan. 31, but was disqualified to second. The 6-year-old Ontario Canadian-bred mare by Hard Spun is 18-6-3-2 overall with earnings of $781,671. She’s owned by Speedway Stable, LLC.French-bred Danza Cavallo rallied from far off the pace to take her second stateside start, a third condition allowance at 1 1/16 miles on turf April 17 at Keeneland. Second, beaten a neck in her U.S. debut, the Grade III, 1 ½ miles turf Long Island Handicap Nov. 8, Danza Cavallo has been favored in both of her U.S. starts. Conditioned by Chad Brown and owned by Sheep Pond Partners and Dubb, the 4-year-old filly by Sunday Break will be piloted for the third consecutive start by Irad Ortiz, Jr. She is 13-4-4-2, with earnings of $189,868.With all horse assigned 119 pounds, here is the Grade I Gamely Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race card Monday, with jockeys in post position order: Moulin de Mougin, Mike Smith; Three Hearts, Gary Stevens; Blingismything, Tyler Baze; Fanticola, Joe Talamo; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez; Generosidade, Tiago Pereira; Elektrum, Flavien Prat; Danza Cavallo, Irad Ortiz, Jr.; Hard Not to Like, Victor Espinoza, and Queen of The Sand, Drayden Van Dyke. First post time on Monday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.