In Saturday's $250,000 Bob Benoit Cal Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park, which was the day’s
fifth race, trainer John Sadler ran one-two with Monument and Ballard
Ruler. Monument, a 2-year-old colt by Cindago, won by 2 ¾ lengths and
although he won easily, he was very erratic late under Martin Garcia and
nearly brushed the inner rail inside the sixteenth pole.
Monument sat second to Strong Wind and Joe Talamo, who set
fractions of 22.83, 46.72, 1:10.72 and 1:37.70 Monument took the lead
inside the eighth pole and got the 1 1/16 miles in l:44.84.
Bred in California by Lee and Susan Searing and owned by their
CRK Stable, Monument banked $137,500 for his win, boosting his earnings
to $195,500, from a 4-3-1-0 mark.
“He was back and forth today,” said Garcia. “I think he looked
too much at the people in the grandstands. I had a lot of horse, that’s
why he had time to look around. This was the first time he’s run at a
distance, and it looks like he likes it.”
Sadler was quick to acknowledge the man for whom the Juvenile is named.
“I want to recognize Bob Benoit, who was as good a guy as there
was to have at a racetrack in California,” said Sadler. “I want to say
hello to Lee and Susan (who, according to Sadler, are vacationing in
Napa, Calif). This horse is a true homebred. This is really exciting.”
Monument paid $12.00, $5.80 and $4.80. Ballard Ruler, who
bobbled at the break with Joel Rosario, split horses in deep stretch and
was up for the place, three-quarters of a length in front of Star
Rocker and Mario Gutierrez. Ballard Ruler paid $5.80 and $4.20. Star
Rocker paid $6.80 to show.
The first division of the $100,000 John Deere Cal Cup Distaff,
for fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, was
run as sixth race and was taken by 7-2 favorite Tiz Flirtatious, who
mounted a furious stretch rally under Joel Rosario, winning by 1 ¾
lengths and getting the distance in 1:11.70.
“She’s a pretty nice filly,” said Rosario, who was in to ride on
Saturday from his New York base. “I’ve rode her before and she acted
really good last time I rode her. Today she was really relaxed and she
covered a lot of ground when I asked her to run.”
Trained by Marty Jones, the 4-year-old filly by Tizbud is owned
by her breeder, Pamela C. Ziebarth. She paid $9.20, $5.80 and $3.60.
With the winner’s share of $60,000, Tiz Flirtatious boosted her bankroll
to $194,800 as she notched her fourth win in just five starts.
Best Present Ever, also off at 7-2, was the second choice in the
Distaff wagering under Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze. The
3-year-old daughter of Unusual Heat put a head in front in deep stretch,
but ended up second, three-quarters of a length in front of Unusual
Hottie. Best Present Ever paid $5.40 and $3.00.
Unusual Hottie, ridden by Garrett Gomez, finished well and paid $3.00 to show.
The $100,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint, for
3-year-olds and up at six furlongs, was carded as race seven and it went
to longshot Maui Mark and Garrett Gomez, paying $19.00, $10.20 and
Maui Mark, a 7-year-old gelding by Unusual Heat who had been
idle since running poorly at Saratoga on July 25, rallied five-wide in
deep stretch to prevail by one-half length, getting the distance in
“It wasn’t the smoothest of trips,” said Gomez. “Once I got him
lined up and started focusing on making some kind of run, I pointed him
where I wanted to go and his confidence started growing because he knew
he was getting out from behind the dirt. He made a huge run and
finished up well.”
Maui Mark is trained by Bob Hess Jr. and is owned by Michael
Carter and Charles Galea. Off at odds of 8-1, he paid $19.00, $10.20
and $6.80. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he boosted his earnings
to $364,568 from a 26-10-0-6 record.
Ain’t No Other finished willingly under Rafael Bejarano at 5-1
and paid $6.20 and $4.40. Joe Talamo and 21-1 shot Obsess dueled inside
through splits of 21.52, 44.00 and 56.26, and finished a game third, 1 ¼
lengths behind the second-place finisher. Obsess paid $8.00 to show.
Derby Gold, the 8-5 favorite in the 10-horse field, made the
early lead with Martin Garcia, but was a pace casualty, finishing
seventh, beaten 4 ¼ lengths by the winner.
The second division of the $100,000 John Deere Cal Cup Distaff
was carded as race eight and it attracted a field of nine fillies and
mares at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf.
The Mike Puype-trained Bella Viaggia, off at 9-1 with Joe
Talamo, sat close to the pace and won easily by two lengths, getting the
distance in 1:12.02. A 3-year-old filly by Good Journey, Bella Viaggia
tried the turf for the first time Saturday and registered her third
Although he had never ridden her in the afternoon, Talamo was well acquainted with Bella Viaggia.
“Before she actually ran I worked her about seven or eight times
so I was very familiar with her,” said Talamo. “We had a great trip.
Mike had her ready to go today. The rail opened up good and we just
Owned by SLO Racing Stable, Bella Viaggia sat just off early
splits of 21.88 and 43.69. She took the lead entering the stretch, with
six furlongs timed in 1:05.83. She paid $21.40, $9.60 and $6.40.
“She has a great future,” said Puype. “When horses want to win
like that, and they come out running, those are seasoned horses…Let me
tell you, she works on this main track like no other. She runs on
synthetic too, and trains on the dirt better than both of them so I
think I can go anywhere where there’s a race.”
With three wins and a second from four starts, Bella Viaggia added $60,000 to her bank account, boosting it to $155,000.
Missdealornodeal loomed boldly off the turn but had to settle
for second with Kevin Krigger up, 1 ¼ lengths in front of Cayanna and
Mario Gutierrez. Missdealornodeal paid $21.40, $9.60 and $6.40.
Cayanna, off at 13-1, paid $5.80 to show.
The Keith E. Card Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies was carded as the
day’s 10th race and it produced a formful result, as 2-1 favorite Tilde
and Rafael Bejarano prevailed by a half-length in the field of ten
2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles, getting the distance in 1:45.56.
Owned and bred by trainer Mike Harrington and his wife,
Patricia, Tilde, a daughter of Swiss Yodeler, exited consecutive stakes
wins at Del Mar and was trying two turns for the first time on Saturday.
“I was concerned about the distance, but I thought her heart
would carry her through and it did,” said Harrington. “She’s a really,
really game filly, but she showed that to me at Del Mar, which is really
interesting…I wasn’t real excited about the job I did coming into this
race and she still won. It just goes to show you good horses will
overcome their trainers.”
Tilde, who drew post position nine, was hustled from the gate by Bejarano and was three-wide around the Club House turn.
“When I found my position, I just tried to get her comfortable
and not rush her too much,” said Bejarano. “As soon as I came to the
stretch I let her go and she came running. She was flying in the end.
This is a good filly. She’s getting better. This was her first time at
a distance and I had so much horse in the end.”
Tilde stalked fractions of 22.48, 46.56, 1:12.28 and 1:38.77.
She paid $6.20, $4.40 and $3.20. With the winner’s purse of $137,500,
she increased her earnings to $332,560 from a 5-4-0-1 mark.
Doinghardtimeagain, with Martin Garcia, sat second early and
made the lead midway around the far turn, but ended up second-best at
13-1. She paid $11.00 and $6.80. Cotton’s Point and Mike Smith came
running from far back and finished third, 5 ¼ lengths behind the
second-place finisher, and paid $6.00 to show.
There is a 50 cent Pick 5 carryover at Santa Anita on Sunday of
$207,240, and it is expected Sunday’s total pool will exceed $1.5