In addition to a blockbuster 11-race card that will include four graded stakes and a $500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool, the first 15,000 fans through the turnstiles on Saturday, will each receive a complimentary ticket good for free admission on Breeders’ Cup Day One, Friday, Oct. 31.
Agent Richie Silverstein says Martin Pedroza is expected to visit Santa Anita tomorrow as he recovers from broken shin bones in his left leg suffered in a starting gate mishap on Feb. 7. “Everything’s going well,” Silverstein said. “It’s healing naturally and no surgery is needed at this time. A target date for his return is May 1.”
Agent Tony Matos reports that Corey Nakatani will again ride New York-bred Uncle Sigh in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 5 after finishing second by a neck in the Grade III Gotham last Saturday.
“She got a little excited before the work,” trainer Richard Mandella said in explaining the quick move, “but she’s coming along nicely.”
He went the first quarter in 28.40. “It was just an easy half; he got some air in his lungs,” said Dennis O’Neil, brother of Doug O’Neill, who trains the son of Into Mischief.
Kentucky Derby winning trainer Barclay Tagg is at Santa Anita with his multiple stakes winning mare, Munnings Sister, who will be ridden by Luis Saez in Sunday’s Grade III Las Flores Stakes.
Deteriorating weather has forced Oaklawn to cancel after the fourth race Sunday. The jockeys met after the race and the decision was made to err on the side of caution and cancel.
Agent Sarah Wolfe reports that leading apprentice Drayden Van Dyke will ride Please Explain for Tom Proctor Saturday at Oaklawn Park in the Grade III, $150,000 Honeybee for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.
Richard Mandella said two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder had her first breeze as a 4-year-old on Feb. 26, going three furlongs in 38.40 seconds.
This report from Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward on 2013 male 2-year-old champion Shared Belief, recovering from a quarter crack on his right front foot at Golden Gate Fields: “He’s doing well. He was training at Golden Gate before, so we already knew he liked it. There’s never any problem with the weather up there (because of the synthetic Tapeta surface) and that’s one of the reasons we took him back up there. He was having foot issues here and he never did up there, so we’re going day to day with him. He’s doing well.”
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