SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES - Sat 10/24

December 10, 2019

• LAST CHANCE TO SEE PHAROAH AT SANTA ANITA • SONGBIRD, WILD DUDE HEAD MANY BC WORKERS

PHAROAH TO HAVE FINAL SANTA ANITA DRILL MONDAY

Fans will have their last opportunity to see American Pharoah at Santa Anita Monday

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morning when the Triple Crown winner is scheduled to work a half-mile under jockey Martin Garcia at 7:45 a.m. before leaving Tuesday for Keeneland and the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31, his final race before going to stud.

American Pharoah had his usual gallop on the main track Saturday morning. He worked six furlongs Tuesday in a bullet 1:10.80.

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In other Breeders’ Cup news:

Undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile contender Nyquist worked five furlongs at 12:15 p.m. Friday, 45 minutes before the first race, in 1:02.09 for Doug O’Neill under regular rider Mario Gutierrez, who had pacesetting Semper Fortis as a target with Jonny Garcia up.

Owned by Reddam Racing, the two-year-old son of Uncle Mo, winner of the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes on Sept. 26, was given fractional times of 24:94 and 49.68, with a gallop out time of 1:15.70 for six furlongs.

Santa Anita Sprint Championship winner Wild Dude (Sprint) and unbeaten Chandelier Stakes winner Songbird (Juvenile Fillies) worked four furlongs and five furlongs, respectively, Saturday before leaving early Sunday for Kentucky.

Wild Dude went five furlongs under Rafael Bejarano in 1:03.20, while Songbird was clocked in 47.40 under Mike Smith. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer termed the drills “very good.”

Grade I winner Big Macher (Sprint) went five furlongs in company with Majestic City, getting a time of 1:01.60 to Majestic City’s 1:02.20.

“It was a little slower than I wanted,” said Richard Baltas, who saddled two winners Friday to move into a second-place tie in Santa Anita’s trainers’ standings with eight wins.

“I got him galloping out in 1:27 and he finished good.”

Eddie D. Stakes winner No Silent (Turf Sprint) worked five furlongs under Gary Stevens in 1:01.20. Trainer Gary Mandella called the move “perfect.”

Stevens also was aboard Raven Run winner Taris (Filly & Mare Sprint) for a five furlong drill in a bullet 59 flat for Simon Callaghan. It was the fastest of 84 works at the distance, the average time of which was 1:02.20.

Kobe’s Back, who won the Grade III Commonwealth at Keeneland last April, worked four furlongs for the Sprint in 47 flat for Peter Eurton.

Agent Mike Ciani reports that Kent Desormeaux will ride Landaluce winner Right There in the Juvenile Fillies and Saratoga Special winner Exaggerator in the Juvenile for brother and trainer Keith, who also has FrontRunner runner-up Swipe entered in the Juvenile.

Kent had ridden Swipe in each of his six career starts, but Exaggerator only twice in his four races, winning once and finishing second on Oct. 3 in the Grade I Breeders’ Futurity on a muddy track at Keeneland.

Swipe worked five furlongs at Santa Anita Saturday in 1:01.20.

Agent Scotty McClellan has Joe Talamo on Appealing Tale (Dirt Mile), Obviously (Mile) and Hard Aces (Classic) for the Breeders’ Cup.

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