Patrick Gallagher2663523%54%$466,298 Flavien Prat16631172519%44%$1,794,712 Drayden Van Dyke10311121311%35%$647,839 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Philip D’Amato9019141521%53%$1,047,920 Kristin Mulhall3266219%44%$270,735 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Victor Espinoza5569511%36%$622,660 Carla Gaines3452215%26%$417,410 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 26) Jeff Bonde2772426%48%$167,310 Tiago Pereira703864%24%$239,499 William Spawr2775326%56%$186,997 Brayan Pena433267%26%$94,045 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Abel Lezcano514248%20%$198,364 Steven Miyadi46911720%59%$300,059 J. Keith Desormeaux3365818%58%$238,624 FINISH LINES: Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita, worked five furlongs for his four-year-old debut on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday in 1:02.60. “I’m not pushing him too hard yet,” said trainer Keith Desormeaux. “He’s in a nice rhythm, but I have no race in mind for him right now.” Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Swipe worked four furlongs for Desormeaux in 51.60 . . . Friday’s Pick Six payoff of 124.20 to 337 winning tickets resulted from favorites capturing five of the races in the sequence, and the other by a horse that was almost favored, paying $7.20. Winners in the Pick Six races were Abets Abet ($5.80), Shortstormcoming ($7.20, second choice by a dime), Amazing Lady ($3), Howdy ($4.20), Hawkedon (5.40) and Herunbridledpower ($4.20) . . . Congrats to Daily Racing Form’s Brad Free who had all six winners on top. Five out of six paid $8.80 on 1996 tickets . . . El Camino Real Derby winner Frank Conversation worked four furlongs under Mario Gutierrez in 49 seconds flat for the UAE Derby in Dubai on March 26. Trainer Doug O’Neill plans to ship Frank Conversation “about two weeks before the race” with Gutierrez arriving later to ride the son of Quality Road . . . Tom Quigley‘s guest Sunday in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:25 a.m. will be UK racing commentator and this weekend’s announcer at Santa Anita David Fitzgerald . . . Of Santa Anita’s top 24 jockeys, Kent Desormeaux has the highest in-the-money percentage at 59 with an 11-21-12 mark from 74 mounts. Meet leader Rafael Bejarano, who won three races Thursday to break a tie for the top spot with Santiago Gonzalez, is second with 51 percent in the money. Mario Gutierrez13818232013%44%$1,072,266 Martin Pedroza6998413%30%$232,310 Bob Baffert7316111122%52%$1,203,665 Mike Smith65761211%38%$931,385 Fernando Perez1191112189%34%$614,899 Kent Desormeaux7411211215%59%$973,519 AT 83, THE FUTURE IS NOW FOR AGENT DEGREGORY Vince DeGregory turns 84 on Aug. 29, but he has a lot to celebrate today.On Monday, the veteran agent who now calls the shots for jockey Tiago Pereira, underwent throat surgery for 90 minutes at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank to remove a growth attached to his thyroid gland that left a vertical scar of about three inches just below his Adam’s Apple.If he’s vain about his looks, he can cover the scar with a bow tie. But that’s the least of his worries.“The doctor (Warren Line) told me yesterday that when he first started the procedure he was expecting the growth to be the size of a pea, but as he went further, it became the size of a large grape,” DeGregory said. “He got it all out and thank God there’s no cancer. When I saw him yesterday he gave me a clean bill of health.“I said to him, ‘The scar’s going to remind me that God doesn’t want me to die yet.’”There are still plenty of leaves on the tree, even though the rings are growing.“I started as an agent in 1959,” DeGregory said. “My first jock was Conn Errico at Belmont Park. I went to Aqueduct when it opened later that year. Sword Dancer trained by Elliott Burch won the opening day stakes.“(Eddie) Arcaro was like a stepfather to me. He’s the one who got me to become a jockey’s agent. I had to go in front of (stewards) Marshall Cassidy and Cal Rainey at that time. “They were very, very strict and I remember Arcaro telling me, ‘Vince, never screw anybody at the draw.“When you give a person a call, stand by that. I’ve used that as my motto my whole life.“I’ve seen all the great horses of their day: Bold Ruler, Nashua, Tom Fool, Damascus, Sword Dancer, but the greatest one to me was Kelso (named Horse of the Year five consecutive years from 1960 through 1964).“When I was a young guy coming up I didn’t know enough about Thoroughbreds to give an opinion, but as time progressed and from being around the game, I learned from other people. I paid attention to trainers, and an old man I never forgot was Sam Winninger, who was a private clocker.“He would bet his own money and taught me how horses worked, how they traveled, so that when I got a rider, I could pick one horse from another. That helped throughout my career.”DeGregory, born in Greenwich, N.Y., about 10 miles from Saratoga Springs where he was raised, served in the Army at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, with Dick Groat, a lifelong friend now 85 who would go on to play shortstop with second baseman Bill Mazeroski for the World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960 and be named National League MVP.“My roommate in the service was (former catcher and longtime broadcaster and comedian) Bob Uecker,” said DeGregory. “He’s my buddy and I love him. He’s still kicking.”As is DeGregory, a living treasure of racing history who has represented seven Hall of Fame jockeys: Angel Cordero Jr., Chris McCarron, Laffit Pincay Jr., Bill Shoemaker, Alex Solis, Jacinto Vasquez and Jorge Velasquez, in addition to Victor Espinoza, Darrel McHargue and Joel Rosario, each with Hall of Fame credentials as well.If there’s room for DeGregory, there would be little argument that he deserves a spot, although he’d be the last to lobby for enshrinement.He got all the glory he needed on Monday. Mike Puype52611312%38%$294,475 David Lopez1132081618%39%$598,201 Alex Solis1930416%37%$218,303 Brice Blanc403478%35%$399,025 Alonso Quinonez614847%26%$206,150 Richard Baltas731210916%42%$890,569 Doug O’Neill12219172016%46%$1,025,373 Joseph Talamo16418202111%36%$961,404 Peter Eurton6612161118%59%$734,968 Ron Ellis2252223%41%$164,730 Peter Miller901171112%32%$444,160 Gary Stevens4796719%47%$1,052,338 Jeff Mullins2456021%46%$164,634 Edwin Maldonado12223101119%36%$804,515 Jose Verenzuela2931310%24%$105,855 Martin Garcia84139815%36%$825,339 Mark Glatt6377311%27%$304,425 QUARTET WORK FOR SAN FELIPE STAKESUndefeated California-bred Smokey Image worked six furlongs Saturday morning under Victor Espinoza in a bullet 1:12.20 as he prepares to run against open company in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 12.The clocking was the fastest of 30 at the distance, the average time of which was 1:14.45. Smokey Image, a son of 2004 Santa Anita Handicap winner Southern Image, won the California Cup Derby at 1 1/16 miles by 8 ½ lengths on Jan. 30 in his first start for Gaines and his first at two turns.Gaines was well satisfied with the drill by Smokey Image, as she was with Bolo’s five furlong workout on the main track in a minute flat.Bolo, winner of the Grade II Arcadia Stakes a mile on grass Feb. 13, is being considered for either the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf or the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap at 1 ¼ miles on dirt March 12.“We still haven’t decided on a race,” Gaines said, adding that at this point it makes little difference except to the media, since both races are the same day, so it doesn’t alter Bolo’s routine from a training standpoint.Smokey Image previously was trained by Greg James who is based in the Bay Area.Also working for the San Felipe Saturday was Danzing Candy for Cliff Sise Jr., who called the six furlong drill under Mike Smith in 1:13 flat “Beautiful. I got him galloping out (seven furlongs) in 1:25 and one or two.”Robert B. Lewis Stakes runner-up Uncle Lino also worked for the San Felipe, going five furlongs in 1:03 with Fernando Perez aboard for trainer Gary Sherlock.“He does that all the time,” Sherlock said of the relatively slow time. “He was by himself, nobody around (at 6:45 a.m.) and he’ll do that 100 times. I’ll put another horse with him next week when he works again.”San Vicente Stakes runner-up Exaggerator, also prepping for the San Felipe, worked five furlongs for Keith Desormeaux in 1:00.40.Tomorrow, Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Mor Spirit, Bob Baffert’s leading Triple Crown contender, is set to work under Martin Garcia for the San Felipe.The son of Eskendereya was scheduled to breeze last Tuesday with regular rider Gary Stevens aboard but the drill was aborted when the colt “lost interest,” according to Baffert.“He’ll work tomorrow and Martin will work him,” Baffert said. “He’ll either go out at 7:45 or nine (o’clock).” Baffert did not announce a distance for the workout. George Papaprodromou3372521%42%$197,905 Vladimir Cerin3093430%53%$300,070 Tyler Baze18420292611%41%$1,055,661 SMOKEY IMAGE, DANZING CANDY BREEZE FOR SAN FELIPEOCTOGENARIAN AGENT DEGREGORY FINE AFTER THROAT SURGERYTEXAS RED IN EASY WORK FOR HIS FOUR-YEAR-OLD DEBUT Agapito Delgadillo6898613%34%$249,412 Steve Knapp2551220%32%$150,610 John Sadler5898516%38%$449,649 Jerry Hollendorfer951291313%36%$888,426 Santiago Gonzalez18736282319%47%$1,424,339 Rafael Bejarano17738341921%51%$1,767,342
TWINSPIRES BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT QUOTES ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2016) – Baoma Corporation’s Drefong ($9.80) put away favored Masochistic in deep stretch to win the 33rd running of the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) for 3-year-olds and up by 1 ¼ lengths on Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Martin Garcia, Drefong covered the six furlongs on a fast track in 1:08.79. It was the second Sprint victory for Garcia, who was aboard Secret Circle in 2013, and fourth overall. Second-place jockey Mike Smith (Masochistic, favorite) – “My horse ran dynamite but Drefong was tremendous. I wish there was something I could have done differently but Drefong just kept running. Every time I thought I would go get away, there he was again.” DREFONG WINS TWINSPIRES BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT Third-place jockey Joel Rosario (Mind Your Biscuits) – “He had a good trip. They were going fast. I thought I was going to get a bigger part of it but he was third best today. He made a good run. I was happy with him today.” Winning jockey Martin Garcia (Drefong) – “We drew a great post down the inside. My horse broke sharply and came out running. My horse likes to run on the lead and ran hard every step of the way.” The Sprint victory was the fifth for Baffert, who has 13 World Championships victories overall. His other Sprint winners were Thirty Slews in 1992, Midnight Lute in 2007 and 2008 and Secret Circle in 2013. Now a winner of five consecutive races, Drefong is a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Gio Ponti. “I’m thankful for this opportunity, especially on a day like this. I am glad to get this win for the team.” Second-place trainer Ron Ellis (Masochistic, favorite) – “Mike got him a perfect trip. I thought we were a winner at the quarter pole, but the other horse (Drefong) just dug in and outgamed us to the wire. We just got beat by a better horse today.” Winning trainer Bob Baffert (Drefong) – “What a racehorse. What a race. He’s been getting better and better, but we didn’t know how fast he was. He had trained so well coming into this race I thought he was peaking. When I saw him in the paddock I just knew he was going to get it done.” Third-place trainer Robert Falcone Jr. (Mind Your Biscuits) – “He ran great. All respect to the two horses that beat us. He ran the race he needed to run and showed he’s competitive in here. There’s always that saying ‘I wish the wire was a little bit farther’ because he galloped out in front (of Drefong and Masochistic). He showed he belonged. He’s a real professional. He handles himself well and knows what his job is and loves doing it. He takes it easy on himself.”
ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2016)–Eastern invader Fair Point rallied from mid-pack to win Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths under Jose Ortiz for owner Stuart Janney, III, and trainer Shug McGaughey. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Smart Strike, she negotiated 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:11.75.Based at Belmont Park, she came off a narrow second place finish going 5 ½ furlongs on turf at Keeneland Oct. 14 and ventured west for the first time today. Dispatched at 9-2 in a field of 12 fillies and mares three and up, she paid $11.00, $5.60 and $4.00.In collecting her first graded stakes victory, Fair Point improved her overall record to 14-5-7-1. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $389,850.With Santiago Gonzalez up, Miss Double d’Oro rallied from far back to finish second, 1 ¼ lengths in front of Most Beautiful. Off at 29-1, Miss Double d’Oro paid $21.40 and $12.00.Ridden by Gary Stevens, English-bred Most Beautiful rallied from last to prevail by a head over favored Lady Shipman and paid $8.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.20, 42.99 and 1:05.58.