Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Sunday, February 23, 2020

first_img47% 7 ITM% SADLER COULD MAKE BIG ‘CAP HISTORY MARCH 7 $637,367 Mike Smith43 $1,181,821 29% 24 10 Steve Knapp36 38% $1,801,754 1st 14% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 16% Doug F. O’Neill75 3rd 9 Tiago Pereira92 Abel Cedillo187 9 $307,762 15% 68% 26 $1,766,324 33% SON OF WAR FRONT SET FOR PASADENA STAKES 48% 14% 18 32 43% 67% 9 $767,042 $624,787 42% STREAKING FASHIONABLY FAST SET FOR TIZNOW $1,602,884 JockeyMts Mario Gutierrez66 3 9 (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 22) 17 12 28% 16 12 14 16% 22% Flavien Prat125 51% 22% 5 23% Drayden Van Dyke96 28 48% Win% 9 2nd 27 15 12 32 50% 9 $1,339,852 19 13 1st $552,381 45% 9 13 21% 26 11 $922,402 22 19 46% SADLER EYES THIRD STRAIGHT WIN IN SANTA ANITA HANDICAPJohn Sadler seeks to become the first trainer in 84 editions of the storied Santa Anita Handicap to win the event three straight years when he sends out Gift Box in the mile and a quarter classic on March 7.Eight trainers have won it two years in a row: Bob Baffert, Doug O’Neill, Bobby Frankel, Richard Mandella, Charlie Whittingham, Ron McAnally and Tom Smith. Sadler won the 2018 Big ‘Cap with Accelerate and last year with Gift Box, who is set to defend his title this year.Sadler has a big day planned on March 7, with Flagstaff going in the Grade II San Carlos Stakes, Frontier Market in the Kilroe and Stela Star in the China Doll Stakes.“Gift Box had a beautiful work here this morning (six furlongs in 1:13 under exercise rider Cerapio Figueroa), Sadler said. “He went out (seven furlongs) in (one) 27. Flagstaff also worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 (with Figueroa up), and some of the others are working tomorrow.“Stela Star is a star. You’ll be hearing about her.” The three-year-old Irish-bred filly makes her U.S. debut in the China Doll, a $75,000 test for three-year-old fillies at a mile on turf. She’s had four races in Ireland, winning the last two at seven furlongs, the latter on a “heavy” turf course, the former at the same distance on a synthetic course.“We’ll be ready,” Sadler said. “We should have a big day March 7 with a lot of runners.”POPULAR TRAINER HENRY MORENO PASSES AT THE AGE OF 90Henry Moreno, a California training icon in a career that began more than half a century ago, died 12:25 a.m. Sunday following a lengthy battle with dementia at The Kensington care facility in Sierra Madre.He was 90 years old.Immensely popular among his peers, Moreno was born in Corona, grew up on his father’s quarter horse ranch, eventually beginning as a quarter horse trainer before switching to Thoroughbreds in the early 1960s.He conditioned Chilean import Tizna who captured seven Santa Anita added money events, often competing against males. In the 1993 Vanity Stakes, he saddled Re Toss to upset Eclipse Award winner Paseana, 28 years after he won the race the first of three times. Moreno also won multiple stakes with Irish-bred Sangue, including the Grade I Matriarch in 1983. His last stakes winner was California-bred Spud Spivens.Moreno, who saw combat while serving seven months in the Army during the Korean War, reaching the rank of Master Sergeant, also developed Sam Who into a top sprinter after bringing him back from near-death in 1989. Sam Who set the Hollywood Park record of 1:08 for six furlongs in 1989 and placed in six of seven stakes.“There was none like Henry before or none like him after,” said Lance Hellum, Moreno’s assistant for four years until his retirement from training in 2016. “I’m in tears. He came to rescue me when I was in trouble. He was like a father to me.”Said one trainer of Moreno’s unyielding generosity: “He probably loaned more money to more people at the race track and never got it back.”Said his daughter, Elizabeth: “He was fine up until the very end when he spiraled the last 36 hours,” adding that services are pending.“Henry was a staple of California racing,” said fellow trainer John Sadler. “He was one of the men who built our game.” Said Henry’s cousin, Bob Moreno, a long time racing official in Southern California: “Nobody loved racing at Santa Anita more than Henry, believe me.”And this, from Santa Anita morning line maker Jon White: “Tizna holds the record for most weight carried by a filly or mare in Santa Anita history, 132 pounds, when she won the 1976 San Gorgonio Handicap (now Robert J. Frankel Stakes).  Henry was very proud of that.”FASHIONABLY FAST HAS GOOD ATTITUDE FOR TIZNOWFashionably Fast tries for his sixth straight win next Sunday when he stretches out to a mile in the $100,000 Tiznow Stakes for California-breds, four and older. In his last seven races, none has been longer than seven furlongs.The five-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit is scheduled to work five furlongs at 7:45 a.m. Monday in his final major drill for the Tiznow. Regular pilot Tiago Periera, who has ridden him in all but one of his 15 career races, will be aboard.“The horse is doing well,” said trainer Dean Pederson. “He’s kept a good attitude for a long period of time, so fitness isn’t an issue. Whether he’ll get the distance or not, we’ll let the race determine that.”Probable for the Tiznow: Appreciated, Ernie Banks, Fashionably Fast, Lieutenant Dan, Oliver, Posterize and Premium Forest.GOLIAD, SON OF WAR FRONT, IN PASADENA STAKESRichard Mandella hopes to have Goliad back in form for Saturday’s $100,000 Pasadena Stakes, a listed event for three-year-olds at one mile on turf.The bay colt disappointed finishing eighth after leading in his last start, the Eddie Logan Stakes at a mile on grass Dec. 19, 2019. His three prior races were solid, with a debut victory and two subsequent seconds, including in the Grade III Cecil B DeMille.“His last race didn’t go well, but I took a little time with him to see if we can get him back together,” Mandella said.Mandella is very familiar with Goliad’s pedigree line, specifically his sire. He is War Front, who sired the recently retired and unfortunately unfulfilled Omaha Beach, now standing at Spendthrift Farms in Versailles, Kentucky. ‘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., will include 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 in this very worthwhile cause are encouraged to respond by this Monday, Feb. 24, to Shannon Kelly, executive director, at (212) 521-5327, or via email at skelly@jockeyclub.com.FINISH LINES: Triple Crown prospects Nadal (a bullet 1:11.80 for six furlongs), Royal Act (the same distance in 1:12.40) and Honor A.P. (seven furlongs in 1:28.20) were among the 160 recorded workers Sunday morning, 25 on the training track. Eclipse champion Storm the Court went five furlongs in 1:01.20 for Peter Eurton, Santa Anita Handicap contender Midcourt went five furlongs in 1:01.40 for John Shirreffs and Kilroe candidate Ohio went in 1:02 for Michael McCarthy . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday through Thursday, Feb. 24 through 27, and resume live racing 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. There will be simulcast wagering Wednesday and Thursday with free General Admission and parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on February 23rd, 2020Quick Questions With Exercise Rider Humberto GomezAndrew Lerner Shedrow Stroll: Get to Know Queen Bee to YouAndrew Lerner Shedrow Stroll: Get to Know Biddy DukeWORKOUTS:Gift Box (Sadler) 2-23-20Grinningeartoear (Outside) and Takethediamondlane (Koriner) 2-23-20Honor A. P. (Outside) and Shear Class (Shirreffs) 2-23-20Anonymously (Outside) and Dia De Pago (Cerin) 2-22-20Appreciated (Becerra) 2-21-20Venetian Harbor (Baltas) 2-21-20Julius (O’Neill) 2-21-20United (Outside) and Affianced (Mandella) 2-21-20Gidgetta (Outside) and Untouched Elegance (Baltas) 2-21-20Eight Rings (Inside) and Ax Man (Outside) (Baffert) 2-21-20 Bob Baffert60 $437,131 Win% 5 TRAINER HENRY MORENO DIES AT THE AGE OF 90 $1,297,862 8 ITM% $1,037,636 3rd 9 5 2nd 14 28% 37% 4 60% Joel Rosario116 Jorge Velez127 Money Won 11 21% $883,476 Money Won 9% 10 8 20 2 Ruben Fuentes64 John W. Sadler55 17 Richard Baltas84 $604,717 21% 51% TrainerSts 12% 8 7 Umberto Rispoli100 27 22 Peter Miller55last_img