STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019

first_img2 $302,214 $347,659 3 William E. Morey56 17% 9 9 19 15% 31% ITM% In-the-Money odds-on favorites — 82 out of 95 — 86.32% $1,086,817 7 13 SADLER EYES FUTURE AFTER SOLID WINTER MEETJohn Sadler, like most horsemen of his caliber, was focused on the business at hand Thursday after celebrating his second consecutive Santa Anita Handicap victory last Saturday, this in dramatic fashion with Gift Box, who hung a pulsating nose defeat on favored McKinzie.“The plan as of now is to run Gift Box in the Gold Cup here on May 27,” said Sadler, a Californian through and through, born in Long Beach and a resident of Pasadena.It was a steady if not spectacular winter portion of the Santa Anita meet for the 62-year-old Sadler, who began his training career more than four decades ago.He was second in both overall victories (25) and stakes wins (five), but his winning percentage of 26 was highest among the top eight trainers, thanks in large part to his principal clients, Kosta and Peter Hronis, owners of Gift Box and other major players, including Triple Crown candidate Nolo Contesto, who was fourth in the Santa Anita Derby.“We’re just going to sit back and see how he looks,” Sadler said of the three-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile. “We don’t have a plan yet, but we’ll look for some of the bigger three-year-old races later on the calendar.”Top turf campaigner Catapult, who suffered the “worst beat” in Sadler’s career losing by a desperate nose to Ohio in the Kilroe Mile, also last Saturday, is ticketed for the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on May 27. The prestigious turf event is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race, giving the victor a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita.In short, Sadler had a meet any trainer would take, no questions asked. “We had the highest percentage of wins, finished second in the standings, high up in the money ($1,876,968, second only to Bob Baffert’s $2,433,970), which will all go as a footnote,” he said.Modesty aside, it was a great campaign by any standard, considering Sadler ran 90 fewer horses than meet leader Doug O’Neill (185 to Sadler’s 95, O’Neill winning 29, Sadler 25).Sadler lauded meet riding leader Joel Rosario, regular pilot of Gift Box, for his contribution to the barn’s success. “He rode our horses really well and we’re excited about him winning the title,” Sadler said. “It was a good meet for both sides. I’m really pleased.”POSTER GIRL SHORTENS UP BIG TIME FOR MIZDIRECTIONPoster Girl goes from a marathon to a sprint in Saturday’s $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes for older fillies and mares at five furlongs on the grass.Originally scheduled to be run at about 6 ½ furlongs on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course, the Mizdirection drew six entrees, with Poster Girl landing in the three spot.The six-year-old English-bred mare prompted the pace last out in the Grade III Santa Ana stakes at a mile and a quarter on turf  March 30, eventually finishing eighth by 8 ¼ lengths under Evin Roman, who retains the mount Saturday.“It is unorthodox,” admitted Matt Chew, who trains Poster Girl for Victor Racing and Peter Jeong, “but she came out of the mile and a quarter in exceptional shape and the distance was too far for her . . . She bounced out of the race really well.“Six-and-a-half would have been ideal, but at Del Mar she didn’t get beat that far going five-eighths (less than three lengths last July). We were nominated to this race and it was coming up light so we decided to take a shot.”The Mizdirection, race six of nine with a 1 p.m. first post time: Painting Corners, Joe Talamo; Mongolian Shopper, Ruben Fuentes; Poster Girl, Evin Roman; Algorhythmic, Martin Pedroza; Go On Mary, Rafael Bejarano; and Gliding By, Mario Gutierrez.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Merger Arbitrage works 3 furlongs (D’Amato) 4-10-19Mistressofthenight works 4 furlongs (Baltas) 4-10-19Candid Conversation Part 1 With Trainer  Richard BaltasStronach 5 All-Star Ticket for April 12th, 2019Mucho Gusto (Outside) and  Kingly work 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-08-19MidCourt works 7 furlongs (Sherriffs) 4-7-19Once on Whiskey (Outside) and  Explorer works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-7-19Soi  Phet works 5 furlongs (Powell) 4-7-19Springs Eternal works 5 furlongs (Mandella) 4-7-19Kanthaka worked 4 furlongs (Hollendorfer) 4-7-19FINISH LINES: Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who enjoyed a remarkably consistent meet with 18 wins, 15 seconds, 18 thirds and earnings of $1,609,948, is mulling two races for both Triple Crown hopeful Instagrand and monster mare Vasilika. Third in the Santa Anita Derby after leading into the stretch, Instagrand is under consideration for the Pat Day Mile and the Kentucky Derby, both May 4 at Churchill Downs, while Royal Heroine winner Vasilika is likely for the Grade I Gamely at a mile and an eighth on turf May 27 at Santa Anita, although the Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile also on May 4 remains an option. His California-bred Galilean will be ridden by Flavien Prat in Saturday’s Grade I Arkansas Derby . . .Recent acquisitions Acker and supplemental nominee Campaign, who rallied from sixth and last to finish fourth in the Big ‘Cap, are entered in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup at a mile and a half on dirt for trainer John Sadler. 52 10% $960,807 Peter Eurton53 $1,146,536 Joel Rosario225 5 26% 61% Kent Desormeaux117 27 Richard Baltas133 $414,708 Winning favorites — 161 out of 432 — 37.27% HOLLENDORFER MULLS NEXT RACE FOR TWO ACES 7 11% Assael Espinoza133 28 6 44% 15% $901,641 21 14 6 46% 6 15% 10 6 Rafael Bejarano171 19 1st John Shirreffs28 25 51% 8 $254,465 Winning odds-on favorites — 47 out of 95 — 49.47% 10 15% 15% 17% $2,201,031 Heriberto Figueroa183 Jerry Hollendorfer107 Win% 29 25 Favorite Statistics 26% 13 10 $1,876,968 16% 16% 51% $1,531,897 3 17 25 15 59% 29 Peter Miller114 13% 37% 15 Mark Glatt85 $217,148 6 In-the-Money favorites — 317 out of 432 — 73.38% 15 12 Tyler Baze195 18% $1,546,795 20 45% Geovanni Franco222 3 48% 9 9 JockeyMts $1,543,922 Aaron Gryder75 11 14 11% 37% Vladimir Cerin58 $383,790 $3,404,799 9% 13 15 41% 15% Winning favorites on dirt — 102 out of 283 — 36.04% TRAINER PAINTS A NEW PICTURE FOR POSTER GIRL 57% 22 48% 21 21% Mike Puype47 9% 27% $1,857,016 21 21% Drayden Van Dyke167 62% TrainerMts 1st 2nd Bob Baffert80 Win% FINAL SANTA ANITA WINTER STATISTICS 8 8 18 26% 34 13 $854,199 $613,998 16 2nd Simon Callaghan35 40% 24 56 7 30 44% 37% $204,648 20 Edwin Maldonado79 $231,087 58% 33% 18 Tiago Pereira179 18% 2 25 23 12 18 25 55% 31% 18% 42% 6 35 13 4 3rd 4 $514,753 Ruben Fuentes106 9 37% George Papaprodromou42 $1,878,710 1 60% 36 $176,791 12 14% 48% Money Won 41 J. Keith Desormeaux62 $647,526 24 6 57% 29 SADLER BASKS IN JOB WELL DONE AT SANTA ANITA 10 11 10 18% Philip D’Amato117 $482,030 $303,024 $1,609,948 42 1 16% 34% Winning favorites on turf — 59 out of 149 — 39.60% 37 Doug O’Neill185 18% 11 21% 25% 7 $2,433,970 11 24 $548,851 19 5 12 14 ITM% John Sadler95 $1,161,843 Mike Smith81 (Dec. 26, 2018 through Sunday, April 7, 2019) David Hofmans27 16% 9 30 28 Mario Gutierrez112 47% Agapito Delgadillo65 Steve Knapp57 40% 5 14% 1 25 14 Hector O. Palma55 9 11% Flavien Prat202 4 42% 40% William Spawr27 30 17% $266,215 43% $3,492,985 7 $765,410 $1,665,297 $371,960 12 43% 34% 16% 9 6 6 4 41% Richard Mandella47 36% Brian Koriner35 31% 59% Money Won 8 39% 40% 3 $356,406 Jeff Mullins51 7 18 17% $343,665 Tim Yakteen36 27 J. Eric Kruljac22 2 17% Joseph Talamo144 10 37% 48% 15 9 22% 7 $181,472 12 6 3rd 38% 14% 3 16 15 $1,135,251 17 $448,811 $731,004 9 20last_img

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