60% $67,011 4 2 0 63% Jerry Hollendorfer9 2 Win% 4 $180,555 1 $302,211 $132,486 7 ITM% $110,395 2 2 67% 50% 0 Alfredo Marquez5 $105,642 CLOCKER WEIGHS KY. DERBY CHANCES OF LOCALS 4 7 $239,331 4 0 Doug O’Neill18 44% 40% JockeyMts 73% 2 50% Kent Desormeaux8 40% 2 $77,442 2 6 0 0 0 23% 3rd 2 0 1st 5 25% $339,440 1 4 2 0 $64,504 3 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 40% 1 50% 1 CLOCKER GIVES IMPROBABLE DERBY EDGEAndy Harrington has been assiduously clocking horses at his Club House locale sinceSanta Anita’s two-tiered meet began last Dec. 26, so who better to solicit an opinion from on locally based three-year-olds that will try to win the 145th Kentucky Derby a week from today?He has been meticulous in his observation of not only Richard Mandella’s pre-race Derby favorite, Omaha Beach, but Bob Baffert’s daunting threesome of Game Winner, Improbable and Roadster, each with impeccable records and legitimate chances to capture the first jewel of the Triple Crown, to be decided over 1 ¼ miles at Churchill Downs.” Game Winner’s last couple drills have been terrific since he’s come out of the Santa Anita Derby,” said the 55-year-old Harrington, who grew up in San Diego and has been at his trade since 1990. “He runs well every time; he’ll run through glass to beat you. Whether he’s good enough or not is the question, but I do think he’ll show up.“Improbable has always been my personal favorite, particularly because he’s a flashy work horse, a pretty chestnut. He’s always done everything rather easily. I think there’s still a mental upside. Baffert tried blinkers in the Arkansas Derby, but he’ll take them off Saturday.“I think Bob’s probably got him where he wants him. He’s got more upside than some of the others.“Omaha Beach has been the flashiest workhorse you’ve ever seen, and that’s since last summer at Del Mar. He caught all our stopwatches every time. The switch to dirt obviously woke him up, or maybe he’s matured, too.” Roadster surprised me a bit; he just keeps coming at you. I liked his last gate drill (1:13.60 on April 20). He seems like he’s held his weight well since the Santa Anita Derby when he ran down Game Winner.“I could see Roadster winning, but he needs the right trip, although he’s exceeded my expectations along the way, and maybe that will continue.“If I had to pick one horse now before the draw for post positions Tuesday, it would beImprobable. He’s always been my favorite.“But I hope a horse from California wins. We sure could use it.”SOI PHET DEFENDS TITLE IN CRYSTAL WATER STAKESSoi Phet returns in the Crystal Water Stakes today, almost a year after posting a 47-1 upset in the race when he won by a nose under Alonso Quinonez, who is back aboard.Now 11, the California-bred Tizbud gelding trained by Leonard Powell has not raced since last Sept. 8, when sixth in the E.B. Johnston Stakes at Los Alamitos. Soi Phet was believed to be the oldest horse ever to win a stakes at Santa Anita when he captured the Crystal Water at age 10 last year.The 42-year-old Powell felt Soi Phet had considerable upside when he claimed him for $16,000 at Hollywood Park on May 23, 2013.“At the time, he had all his conditions,” Powell explained. “He had only won a maiden 20 ($20,000), he was a non-winner of two (races), he was a Cal-bred, it was the spring of 2013 and the Del Mar meet was coming up with very generous purses.“When I took him, it was because he had conditions left and I felt I could move him up.” Eight stakes wins and a million dollars in earnings later, Powell was assuredly right.The Crystal Water, race five of nine: The Street Fighter, Aaron Gryder, 5-1; Hardboot, Victor Espinoza, 4-1; Tule Fog, Brice Blanc, 12-1; Brandothebartender, Joe Talamo, 5-2; Soi Phet, Alonso Quinonez, 4-1; Accountability, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; and The Hunted, Tiago Pereira, 7-2.IRISH-BRED DEBUTS FOR SADLER IN SINGLETARYJasikan makes his U.S. debut in Sunday’s $100,000 Singletary Stakes for three-year-olds at a mile on turf and John Sadler is expecting a solid performance from the Irish-bred colt recently purchased by principal clients Kosta and Peter Hronis.“We bought him last fall in Ireland,” the trainer said of the son of Bated Breath, who has had only two career starts, both in his native country, winning under 131 pounds as the favorite against 12 rivals last Nov. 9.“He’s a really good-looking horse and we’re ready to get him started.”The race is named for Singletary, winner of the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Mile under David Flores at 16-1 for trainer Don Chatlos at Lone Star Park. The horse was named for legendary Chicago Bears’ linebacker Mike Singletary.The Singletary, race five of nine with a 1 p.m. first post time: Rijeka, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; Jasikan, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Shining Through, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Big Scott Daddy, Aaron Gryder, 4-1; King of Speed, Victor Espinoza, 3-1; Urban Light, Tiago Periera, 12-1; and Neptune’s Storm, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Gift Box works 5 furlongs (Sadler) 4-27-19Ohio works 4 furlongs (McCarthy) 4-27-19Hostess works 5 furlongs (Callaghan) 4-27-19 38% $45,840 Mario Gutierrez18 3 15% 0 0 4 3 2 $68,553 69% 2nd 5 IRISH-BRED READY FOR U.S. DEBUT IN SINGLETARY 2 4 $176,766 25% 14% $73,742 Aaron Gryder17 $71,862 75% 4 ITM% Michael McCarthy4 Carla Gaines5 Geovanni Franco13 2 0 Money Won 1 Mark Glatt14 $64,269 47% 25% $148,511 7 2 Flavien Prat20 Peter Miller8 0 14% 11% 2 1 2 1 TrainerMts 1st 2 70% 67% 2 3 80% 33% 2 5 $26,000 YOUNG-AT-HEART SOI PHET BACK RACING AT AGE 11 56% 2 4 22% 38% 28% $168,064 43% Tiago Pereira23 3 33% 33% 1 2 1 31% 3 3rd 2 1 (Current from April 12 Through Friday, April 26) $63,540 Vladimir Cerin10 $48,139 Phil D’Amato discussing Bowies Hero and S Y Sky ahead of their next starts at Golden Gate FieldsJack Carava discusses Zaffinah in the Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate FieldsBellafina works 5 furlongs (Callaghan) 4-26-19Game Winner works 7 furlongs (Baffert) 4-26-19Secret Spice (Outside) in company with Madman work 5 furlongs (Baltas) 4-26-19Roadster (Inside) works 6 furlongs (Baffert) 4-26-19FINISH LINES: Santa Anita Handicap winner Gift Box, prepping for the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Memorial Day, May 27, worked five furlongs this morning in 1:01 for John Sadler . . . Santa Anita Oaks winner Bellafina leaves Monday for Churchill Downs where she is favored to capture the $1.5 million Kentucky Oaks next Friday. Trained by Simon Callaghan for Kaleem Shah, Bellafina worked five furlongs yesterday at Santa Anita in 1:01. “It was just what we were looking for,” Callaghan said. “It was a standard work, she went well and looks good this morning.” Callaghan indicated there was no undue pressure being the favorite. “I’d rather be favored than not,” he said . . . There were 166 recorded workouts at Santa Anita this morning, 28 on the training track . . . Santa Anita-based Rafael Bejarano, Geovanni Franco, Mario Gutierrez, Flavien Prat, Diego Sanchez and Jorge Velez all ride on the 13-race San Francisco Mile card at Golden Gate Fields today. 1 63% George Papaprodromou8 2 1 Robert Hess, Jr.9 $70,751 1 $82,182 $77,173 1 61% Rafael Bejarano31 1 80% Drayden Van Dyke19 Michael Pender6 3 Win% John Sadler16 2 Brice Blanc6 $137,987 2 Victor Espinoza8 50% 29% 1 4 2 $310,842 Edwin Maldonado16 6 0 45% 13% 5 33% 21% 50% GIFT BOX BREEZES FOR GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA 1 15% 1 60% 3 44% 4 50% 1 1 0 $40,582 William Spawr5 Philip D’Amato6 48% Joseph Talamo20 25% 2nd Peter Eurton8 Andrew Lerner3 27% 0 25% $51,117 33% 68% 17% Ruben Fuentes28 $101,517 12% 20% $58,560 50% 13% Flor de La Mar in company with Acaro work 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-26-19Simon Callaghan talks Bellafina following her final work before the Kentucky OaksXBTV Saturday: What to watch for at Santa Anita Park on April 27th, 2019 0 Money Won FAVORED BELLAFINA ‘LOOKS GOOD’ FOR KY. OAKS 9 22% Heriberto Figueroa16 Richard Baltas11 2 0 0 $56,640 50%
Popular owner Oneil Hinds (O’Shaun Connection) has hit the ground running at the start of the new season, thanks to four winners including the grey ITALIANO who romped the opening James B. Dawes Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Hinds and trainer Neive Graham teamed up for a second winner on the nine-race card when highly fancied PERSIAN BELLE (2-1) made all in the fourth race for $250,000 – $210,000) claimers over 1820 metres, winning by six lengths from PERFECT FLYER (5-2) who chased him relentlessly. The seven-year-old gelding, ITALIANO, running as the 1-4 favourite with former champion Omar Walker again in the saddle, shot past early leader AGAKHAN (2-1) leaving the half mile and breezed home by five lengths from 2-1 chance GOLDEN BULLET in a field of seven $450,000 $400,000 claiming horses. PERSIAN BELLE, on the other hand was ridden by Kerry-Gayle Robinson. Significantly, both horses were claimed, but Hinds was not perturbed. “That ‘s the nature of game, you would like to keep horses when they win and do well for the most part, but there are others out there in the claiming marketplace with an eye for an Italiano or Persian Belle and as the owner, it’s best you lose them as winners,” said Hinds who finished sixth on the list of top owners last year with 18 winners and $81 million in stakes. “I can’t complain about my numbers in 2015, but the plan is to finish higher in the standings this season even though most of my earnings will come through claimers,” added Hinds ,who owns the O&S Tack Room (horse supplies and accessories provider) located on the Caymanas Park compound.