January 23, 2018

Malibu, La Brea top Santa Anita opener

Grade 1 winner Mor Spirit is one of three Bob Baffert trainees in Monday's $300,000 Malibu (G1) © BENOIT PHOTO

Fields have been drawn for the winter-spring meet opener at Santa Anita on December 26. The nine-race program features four graded stakes, including the $300,000 Malibu (G1) for three-year-olds and the $300,000 La Brea (G1) for three-year-old fillies, both at seven furlongs.

A notable absentee from the Malibu is undefeated Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Drefong, who was removed from consideration after recently developing a fever.

“He got a little temp last week so I had to treat him,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He had worked very well for the race but he’s just going back to the track now.”

Baffert will have three Malibu starters, including Grade 1-winning Mor Spirit, who makes his first start since a 10th-place effort in the Kentucky Derby (G1). Another is Ten Blessings, a course-and-distance allowance winner on November 4.

Others likely to attract play are Amsterdam (G2) hero Mind Your Biscuits, third to Drefong in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last time, and Grade 3 victor Sharp Azteca from the Jorge Navarro barn.

8th Race – Santa Anita Park – Monday, December 26th, 2016

STAKES. 7 Furlongs Dirt. Purse $300,000. FOR THREE-YEAR-OLDS. (Foals of 2013). By subscription of $100 each to accompany the nomination closed Friday, December 16 with 22 or by supplementary nomination of $6,000 at time of entry. $1,500 to pass the entry box and $3,000 additional to start, with $300,000 guaranteed, of which $180,000 to the winner, $60,000 to second, $36,000 to third, $18,000 to fourth and $6,000 to fifth. 124 lbs. Non-winners of a Grade I Stake since May 1, 2016, allowed 3 lbs. Non-winners of a Graded Stakes since December 26, 2015, allowed 5 lbs. Graded or Group winners have first preference regardless of weight. Horses with the highest earnings in non-claiming races have preference after allowances. Starters to be named through the entry box by the closing time of entries. A trophy will be presented to the winning owner. (04:00PM) (10)
PP Horse A/S M/E Wgt Jockey Trainer
1 Navy Hymn 3 G L 119 Contreras Luis Baltas Richard
2 Mind Your Biscuits 3 C L 121 Rosario Joel Falcone, Jr. Robert N.
3 Semper Fortis 3 C L 119 Gutierrez Mario O’Neill Doug F.
4 Ten Blessings 3 C L 119 Bejarano Rafael Baffert Bob
5 Jazzy Times 3 C L 119 Garcia Martin Baffert Bob
6 Who’s Out 3 C L 119 Prat Flavien Hollendorfer Jerry
7 Sharp Azteca 3 C L 121 Zayas Edgard J. Navarro Jorge
8 Mor Spirit 3 R L 121 Smith Mike E. Baffert Bob
9 Awesome Banner 3 C L 121 Leparoux Julien R. Casse Mark E.
10 Horse Greedy 3 G L 119 Theriot Jamie Koriner Brian J.

The La Brea features Finley’sluckycharm, an 8 1/2-length stakes winner at Churchill Downs last time and unbeaten in five tries around one turn, and the multiple graded stakes winning Lightstream.

7th Race – Santa Anita Park – Monday, December 26th, 2016

STAKES. 7 Furlongs Dirt. Purse $300,000. FOR FILLIES, THREE-YEAR-OLDS. (Foals of 2013). By subscription of $100 each to accompany the nomination closed Friday, December 16 with 11 or by supplementary nomination of $6,000 at time of entry. $1,500 to enter, $3,000 additional to start, with $300,000 guaranteed of which $180,000 to the winner, $60,000 to second, $36,000 to third, $18,000 to fourth and $6,000 to fifth. 124 lbs. Non-winners of a Grade I stake since May 1, 2016, allowed 3 lbs.; Non-winners of a Graded Stakes since December 26, 2015 allowed 5 lbs. Graded or Group winners have first preference regardless of weight. Horses with the highest earnings in non-claiming races have preference after allowances. Starters to be named through the entry box by the closing time of entries. A trophy will be presented to the winning owner. (03:30PM) (8)
PP Horse A/S M/E Wgt Jockey Trainer
1 Lunar Empress 3 F L 119 Arroyo, Jr. Norberto Baltas Richard
2 Lightstream 3 F L 121 Leparoux Julien R. Lynch Brian A.
3 Finley’sluckycharm 3 F L 119 Hernandez, Jr. Brian Joseph Calhoun W. Bret
4 Constellation 3 F L 119 Flores David Romero Hollendorfer Jerry
5 Coniah 3 F L 119 Baze Tyler Gaines Carla
6 Chao Chom 3 F L 119 Desormeaux Kent J. Stute Gary
7 Enola Gray 3 F L 119 Smith Mike E. D’Amato Philip
8 Perfect Pic 3 F L 119 Gonzalez Santiago Cassidy James M.

The $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (G2), for three-year-olds on the turf, attracted a field of 11 with Frank Conversation, Conquest Enforcer, Isotherm, and Blackjackcat among the notables.

9th Race – Santa Anita Park – Monday, December 26th, 2016

STAKES. 1 Mile Turf. Purse $200,000. FOR THREE-YEAR-OLDS. (Foals of 2013). By subscription of $100 each to accompany the nomination closed Friday, December 16 with 19 or by supplementary nomination of $4,000 at time of entry. $3,000 to start, with $200,000 guaranteed of which $120,000 to the winner, $40,000 to second, $24,000 to third, $12,000 to fourth and $4,000 to fifth. 124 lbs. Non-winners of a Grade I or Grade II stake at One Mile or Over since May 1, 2016, allowed 3 lbs. Non-winners of a Sweepstakes of $20,000 at One Mile or Over since December 26, 2015, allowed 5 lbs. Horses with the highest earnings in non-claiming races will have preference after allowances. Starters to be named through the entry box by the closing time of entries. A trophy will be presented to the winning owner. (04:30PM) (11)
PP Horse A/S M/E Wgt Jockey Trainer
1 Mittersill (IRE) 3 C L 119 Rosario Joel Gallagher Patrick
2 Blackjackcat 3 G L 119 Smith Mike E. Glatt Mark
3 Moonlight Drive (ITY) 3 C L 119 Bejarano Rafael Baffert Bob
4 Conquest Enforcer 3 C L 121 Prat Flavien D’Amato Philip
5 Fabozzi 3 G L 119 Contreras Luis Glatt Mark
6 Isotherm 3 C L 119 Desormeaux Kent J. Weaver George
7 Path of David 3 G L 121 Talamo Joseph Mulhall Kristin
8 Frank Conversation 3 C L 124 Gutierrez Mario O’Neill Doug F.
9 Blackout (FR) 3 C L 119 Leparoux Julien R. Casse Mark E.
10 Defiantly 3 C L 121 Blanc Brice Dollase Craig
11 Tusk 3 G L 119 Van Dyke Drayden Motion H. Graham

A full field of 14 kicks off the stakes action in the $100,000 San Simeon (G3) for older horses at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf. The probable favorite is Holy Lute, winner of an Eddie D (G3) division two starts back and sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) most recently.

6th Race – Santa Anita Park – Monday, December 26th, 2016

STAKES. 6 1/2 Furlongs Downhill turf. Purse $100,000. DOWNHILL TURF FOR THREE-YEAR-OLDS AND UPWARD. By subscription of $100 each to accompany the nomination closed Friday, December 16 with 26 or by supplementary nomination of $2,000 at time of entry. $1,500 to start with $100,000 guaranteed of which $60,000 to the winner, $20,000 to second, $12,000 to third, $6,000 to fourth and $2,000 to fifth. Three-Year-Olds: 123. Older: 125 lbs. Non-winners of a Graded stakes since May 1, 2016, allowed 2 lbs. Non-winners of a Sweepstakes of $20,000 since December 26, 2015, allowed 4 lbs. Total earnings in non claiming races the past 18 months will be used in determining the preference of horses with equal weights. Starters to be named through the entry box by the closing time of entries. A trophy will be presented to the winning owner. (03:00PM) (14)
PP Horse A/S M/E Wgt Jockey Trainer
1 Jimmy Bouncer 5 G L 123 Gutierrez Mario O’Neill Doug F.
2 Hobbits Hero 5 G L 121 Bejarano Rafael Baltas Richard
3 Stormy Liberal 4 G L 121 Arroyo, Jr. Norberto Miller Peter
4 Drummer (GER) 4 G L 121 Baze Tyler Drysdale Neil D.
5 Ohio (BRZ) 5 H L 121 Van Dyke Drayden Lobo Paulo H.
6 Acceptance 4 C L 123 Elliott Stewart Black Kenneth D.
7 Cape Wolfe (GB) 4 G L 121 Gonzalez Santiago Sherlock Gary
8 Richard’s Boy 4 G L 121 Espinoza Victor Miller Peter
9 He Will 4 C L 121 Prat Flavien Hollendorfer Jerry
10 Tough Sunday 4 C L 121 Sutherland Chantal Miyadi Steven
11 Bettys Bambino 6 G L 121 Rosario Joel Eurton Peter
12 Holy Lute 6 H L 125 Theriot Jamie Cassidy James M.
13 Horse Laugh 5 G L 121 Contreras Luis Piccioni Gerard
14 Iron Rob 3 G L 121 Nakatani Corey S. Papaprodromou George

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