first_img2 $660,354 UNBEATEN SPEED PASS SEEKS THIRD IN A ROW 8 Jeff Bonde9 (Current Through Monday, Jan. 20) 6 1st 11 Doug O’Neill42 4 17% $250,271 Abel Cedillo94 Peter Miller29 $333,177 13% $698,040 $220,151 8 Geovanni Franco32 16 Victor Espinoza19 18% 13% 2 $791,342 25% 6 11% 25% 19% 3 14 Flavien Prat59 9 $371,682 6 32% 2 5 1 4 $212,481 46% $88,671 11% 12 9 Brice Blanc22 7 0 2 24% $392,665 Umberto Rispoli37 40% Richard Mandella18 ITM% 16% 16 46% 4 Mario Gutierrez35 Tiago Pereira38 6 $228,391 Brian Koriner18 3 Edwin Maldonado21 3 Mike Puype16 59% 33% 56% $427,856 38% 6 41% 21% Richard Baltas46 6 $661,582 Steve Knapp16 1 Jorge Velez56 50% 42% 32% 43% AX MAN MAKES HIS DEBUT ON GRASS SUNDAY 4 2 5 34% $92,575 10 5 Andrew Lerner12 2 1 62% 5 52% 14% $145,732 6 $211,180 3rd 38% Mike Smith25 0 10% 1 1 16%center_img 15% 56% 9 3 3 3 2 2 11 19% 12 5 $1,062,672 16 17% $282,521 $789,040 1st 3 3 1 $551,122 13% Bob Baffert31 Win% Drayden Van Dyke52 2 5 2nd 10 50% $71,002 20% 1 1 24% 4 4 9 HIGHER POWER, MUCHO GUSTO HEAD PEGASUS WORLD CUPWith the 11th-hour defection of Santa Anita-based Omaha Beach from Saturday’s Grade I, $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park, two other locally based stalwarts have assumed the roles of likely favorites, the John Sadler-trained Higher Power and Mucho Gusto, conditioned by Bob Baffert.Omaha Beach, the pre-race favorite for the Kentucky Derby last May 4, was declared out of that Triple Crown classic with a throat ailment the week of the race, and just yesterday, the star-crossed son of War Front trained by Richard Mandella was scratched from the Pegasus due to an issue with his right hind fetlock.That leaves Higher Power and Mucho Gusto in prime pouncing position to win the mile and an eighth Pegasus, now down to 10 entrants. Not to worry, says private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young.“Both those horses worked as good as a horse could work here before they left for Florida,” Young said. “Higher Power’s last work (five furlongs in 59:60 on Jan. 18) was as good as the one he had before he won the Pacific Classic (Aug. 17), and I bet on him that day.“He worked good for his other races, but his work for the Pegasus was lights out, and the last time I saw him do that was before the Pacific Classic and we know what he did that day (a 5 ¼-length victory).“Mucho Gusto breezed from the gate here (six furlongs on Jan. 16 in 1:11.60) and ironically (Flavien) Prat (who rides Higher Power in the Pegasus) worked him that day for Baffert, and it was terrific move. I texted Flavien after the work and he agreed with me. He said the work was unbelievable.”So, as the sun sinks slowly in the west, racing bids a fond farewell to future stallion Omaha Beach, who at times conjured memories of an equine version of Joe Btfsplk, a character in the satirical comic strip of yesteryear Li’l Abner written by Al Capp.Btfsplk was described as well-meaning but the world’s worst jinx, bringing misfortune to everyone around him. A small, dark rain cloud perpetually hovered over his head to symbolize his bad luck.In reality, however, Omaha Beach’s unfulfilled greatness on the track will remain an impressively speculative apparition, his legend embellished with the passing of time.Pundits will ponder “What might have been?” savor his memories and look to the future of his progeny, for, as the great statesman Winston Churchill said, “Now is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”The Pegasus will be televised on NBC Sports and TVG with a scheduled post time of 2:34 p.m. Pacific. The field: True Timber, Joe Bravo; Tax, Jose Ortiz; Diamond Oops, Julien Leparoux; Seeking the Soul, John Velazquez; Higher Power, Flavien Prat; War Story, Joel Rosario; Mr Freeze, Luis Saez; Mucho Gusto, Irad Ortiz Jr.; Tenfold, Tyler Gaffalione; and Bodexpress, Emisael Jaramillo.Omaha Beach and Spun to Run were scratched.First post time for Santa Anita’s nine race program Saturday is 12 noon.AX MAN MAKES TURF DEBUT IN SUNDAY’S CLOCKERS’ CORNER     Ax Man, a five-year-old gelded son of 2010 Santa Anita Handicap winner Misremembered, makes his turf debut Sunday in the $70,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes for four-year-olds and up at 5 ½ furlongs.Owned by Patti and Hal Earnhardt and bred by the latter, Ax Man will be making his first start in 10 months, having finished fifth in the Grade II San Carlos Stakes last March 30.“We’ll see if he likes the grass,” said Bob Baffert, who also trained Misremembered for his wife, Jill, and George Jacobs. “His father ran on the grass one time and liked it.”Ax Man has been favored in eight of his nine career starts, five times at odds-on. He also was entered in Saturday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes on the main track.The Clockers’ Corner, race seven of eight with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Oiseau de Guerre, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Ghoul, Joel Rosario, 7-2; Lil Milo, Ruben Fuentes, 6-1; Ax Man, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; What’sontheagenda, Tiago Periera, 4-1; Double Touch, Victor Espinoza, 3-1; and Bay Muzik, Abel Cedillo, 4-1.Addressing the participation of Speed Pass, who will be ridden once again by apprentice J.C. Diaz Jr. in the Palos Verdes, Baffert said, “I wish the race was at Los Alamitos. He’s a fast horse and Diaz rides him well.” Represented by agent Tony Matos, Diaz loses his five-pound apprentice allowance on Feb. 10.Speed Pass is undefeated in two starts, both coming at Los Alamitos where the four-year-old gelded son of Bodemeister won by a combined margin of nearly nine lengths.The Palos Verdes, goes as race eight: Ax Man, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-2; Captain Scotty, Abel Cedillo, 8-1; Flagstaff, Victor Espinoza, 2-1; Grinning Tiger, Umberto Rispoli, 15-1; St. Joe Bay, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; and Speed Pass, J.C. Diaz Jr., 5-2.     FINISH LINES: Trivia from the current issue of Midwest Gaming Magazine: How much money is wagered annually on the Super Bowl, and how many Americans wager on the Super Bowl each year? . . . Trainer Ed Moger Jr. is a man on the move today at Golden Gate Fields where has six horses entered in the eight races . . . He’s No. One: Taco Waco makes his fourth start in today’s eighth race, each time breaking from the inside post . . . On Jan. 11, Ohio won the Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile at Turf Paradise for the second year in a row. “One more,” says trainer Michael McCarthy, “and he retires the Cup.” Ohio could make his next start here in either the Grade III Thunder Road Stakes on Feb. 8 or the Grade I Kilroe Mile on March 7, a race he won by a nose last year at 9-1 . . . TGIF: Santa Anita offers $2 beer and $6 specialty cocktails each Friday at designated locations throughout the track. Specialty cocktails include a Baldwin Buck, Margarita and other selected cocktails. There is also free Club House (including Santa Anita’s Sports Book) and General Admission each Friday . . . Trivia answers: $6 billion and 23 million.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: XBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 24th, 2020Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for January 24th, 2020John Sadler is Confident Higher Power Will Handle Gulfstream Park’s Surface in the Pegasus World CupBob Baffert Talks About Mucho Gusto Ahead of the Pegasus World CupWORKOUTS:Gingham (Outside) and Golden Principal  (Baffert) 1-24-20Sothalis (D’Amato) 1-24-20McKinzie (Outside) and McKale (Baffert) 1-24-20Bolo (Outside) and Blues Rapper (Gaines) 1-23-20Succeedandsurpass (Baltas) 1-23-20Railman (Outside) and Platinum Nights (Eurton) 1-23-20Roadster (Outside) (Baffert) 1-20-20 4 3 $306,679 Money Won $397,508 29% Win% 4 Joel Rosario66 3 $334,507 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 4 $171,022 4 Ruben Fuentes31 0 CALIFORNIA STILL DREAMIN’ IN RICH PEGASUS $274,910 38% 14% J.C. Diaz, Jr.35 7 3 56% 47% 21% Philip D’Amato37 3rd 2 TrainerSts 46% 2 2nd 3 4 Craig Anthony Lewis16 7 31% 28% 3 Money Won ITM% Michael McCarthy14 6 41% $695,149 $101,715 40% 1 $135,560 7 1 JockeyMts 36% 1 $178,342 3 74% 6 33% 1 21% 14% 4 28% 4 Agapito Delgadillo29 32% 3 6 9% Assael Espinoza19 31%last_img

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