Actually, Graham Motion rules. Big day and big KEE meet for him!
Jockey Rosie Napravnik is featured in the May issue of O, The Oprah Magazine in the article “Off to the Races.” Napravnik, who has five wins during the Keeneland Spring Meet, was the 2013 Fall Meet’s leading rider with 17 victories.
California Chrome is scheduled to have two workouts at his Los Alamitos headquarters before leaving for the Kentucky Derby, one next Saturday and the final on April 26 before shipping to Churchill Downs on April 28 for the Run for the Roses on May 3. Regular rider Victor Espinoza will be aboard ‘Chrome” for his final local drills.
Game On Dude ships Tuesday for West Virginia where he’ll defend his crown in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic next Saturday under regular rider Mike Smith.
Exercise rider David Neusch was aboard Beholder. “She went a nice, easy seven eighths and galloped out a mile,” trainer Richard Mandella said. “We’re still shopping (for a race).”
Following tomorrow’s races, Santa Anita will be dark next Monday through Friday, and resume racing next Saturday, April 19, with a first post time of 12:30 p.m.
Bright Thought, third in the Thunder Road last Sunday, is ticketed for the Grade I Woodford Reserve at Churchill Downs on May 3, trainer Jorge Gutierrez said.
Simon Callaghan reports Fashion Plate doing well as she prepares for her third straight Grade I victory, this in the Kentucky Oaks on May 2. Fashion Plate already has the Grade I Las Virgenes Stakes and the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on her resume.
Ten-pound apprentice rider Brandon Chance Boulanger, 20-year-old son of jockey Gary Boulanger, is expected to make his Santa Anita debut soon. Born in San Ramon but raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, “Chance,” as his friends call him, has one victory and tacks 111 pounds. His mother, who rode under the name of Julie Griffith, was a leading rider at Beulah Park. Chance will be represented by agent Corey Black.
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