Horse racing: Santa Anita leaders, notes


With Thursday


Flavien Prat/ 30

Joel Rosario/ 30

Heriberto Figueroa/ 20

Tiago Pereira/ 18

Mike Smith/ 17


Doug O’Neill/ 19

Peter Miller/ 16

Richard Baltas/ 12

Jerry Hollendorfer/ 12

John Sadler/ 12



– $250,000 Quality II Santa Monica Stakes, fillies as well as mares, 4-year-olds as well as up, 7 furlongs


– $200,000 The Golden State Cup Derby, 3-year-olds bred in California, 1-1/16 miles

– $200,000 The Golden State Mug Oaks, 3-year-old fillies bred in California, 1 mile (turf)


– Six graded-stakes champions, consisting of 3 that have actually won Quality I races, are part of Saturday’s $250,000 Quality II Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita that drew a field of 7. Along with Quality I winners Marley’s Liberty, Paradise Woods as well as Dream Tree, Selcourt, Retreat Condition and also Mopotism have won Grade II risks. Selcourt is likewise a Quality III victor. The fulfill’s leading trainer, Doug O’Neill, will certainly saddle 12-1 longshot Mopotism in the 7-furlong race. “The most vital thing is she’s doing really, truly well now,” O’Neill informed Ed Golden of Santa Anita promotion.

– O’Neill had opened a five-win lead, 19-14, over runner-up Peter Miller in the Santa Anita instructor standings heading into Thursday’s eight-race card. The Michigan citizen had actually begun a meet-high 110 steeds, well clear of second-place Miller’s 73. “I’m very satisfied and grateful to the owners as well as our team,” O’Neill informed Golden. “We’re enjoying our success as well as hope we can maintain it going.” O’Neill will be busy again Saturday, saddling equines in seven of the 10 races. “I came here from Detroit and also wish to stay right here permanently,” O’Neill stated. “I love it.”

– Blind Good Luck, Gio Ponti, Rags to Riches, Royal Delta and also Havre de Elegance were named Thursday as finalists for the National Museum of Competing Hall of Fame, along with trainers Mark Casse, Christophe Clement and David Whiteley as well as jockey Craig Perret. Hall of Popularity citizens are permitted to cast ballots for as a lot of the candidates as they really feel merit. Finalists that get a majority of the vote (50.1 percent) will certainly be chosen to the Hall of Popularity. The old guideline that capped the number of conscripts at 4 was removed last year. Ballots will certainly be mailed to voters March 1 and also the outcomes will certainly be introduced April 22.

— Art Wilson

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