Bully Pulpit tries grass and a route for the first time when he runs in$100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes for two-year-olds at one mile on turf.
“We’re going to find out,” trainer Craig Lewis said when asked if the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit would be up to the assignment. “It’s all trial and error. He’s a nice horse, but we don’t know if he can run on grass and we don’t know if he can go two turns.
“But you never find out if you don’t try.”
Bully Pulpit has won two of five starts for owners Murray, Sue, Todd, Rick, Randy and Steven Seidner, who, appropriately enough, campaign as Six-S Racing Stable.
The Zuma Beach, race five of 10: Coach Q, Rafael Bejarano; Getoffmyback, James Graham; Go Long, Kent Desormeaux; Freedom Hill, Joe Talamo; Bully Pulpit, Tiago Pereira; Mighty Moses, Martin Garcia; I’malreadythere, Mike Smith; Phantom Heat, Gonzalo Nicolas; Dressed in Hermes, Gary Stevens; and Lucky Bryan, Iggy Puglisi.
MIRAGE MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN SURFER GIRL
Mirage makes her U.S. debut when she runs in$100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.
The Irish-bred daughter of Oasis Dream were her only start, a six furlong turf sprint in England last, and has been training forwardly under the care of Simon Callaghan since coming to him after that race.
“She’s been training well; she’s a straightforward filly,” Callaghan said. “It’s kind of a competitive race but we feel we’ve got a shot.”
The Surfer Girl, the seventh of 10 races: Do the Dance, Tiago Pereira; Stay in Vegas, Alex Solis; Mirage, Tyler Baze; Aguacate, Joe Talamo; Jakaby Jade, Rafael Bejarano; Sooner Time, Mario Gutierrez; Lucky Folie, Gary Stevens; Imflatoutsweet, James Graham; One True Kiss, Victor Espinoza; One Last Shot, Martin Garcia; and Optimism and Hope, Mike Smith.
SANTA ANITA WINS SIMULCAST AWARD HONORS
Santa Anita was declared winner of this year’s Simulcast Award at the 23rd annual International Simulcast Conference in Clearwater Beach, Fla. It previously won the award in 2000 and 2001.
The Simulcast Award honors excellence in the presentation of a racetrack’s live race product to its simulcast outlets. A panel of five judges selected the winners as best among the 14 North American racetracks entered for consideration.
The judges cited Santa Anita’s readable presentation, packed with information yet easy to read, along with its excellent display of results, payouts and fractions. One judge said, “It was a pleasure to watch,” while another noted it was easy for newcomers to grasp and understand the data. Multiple camera shots with virtually unobstructed views of the starters were also cited.
The 14 track entries were the simulcast audio and video transmission of a single race sent to wagering outlets. Each entry included the pre-race features, odds, will-pays, commentaries, the running of the race, the results, and post-race features. Santa Anita’s winning entry originally aired June 27, 2015.
The winning production had noteworthy competition from other tracks receiving votes including Saratoga, Keeneland, Hoosier Park, Los Alamitos and Woodbine. Each received first, second or third-place votes.
Previous winners of the award are Churchill Downs (1997), Turfway Park (1998), Penn National (1999), Santa Anita Park (2000-01), Hollywood Park (2002), Keeneland (2003, 2008-9, 2011-4), Los Alamitos (2007), Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (2005), and Woodbine Entertainment Group (2004, 2006-7, 2010, 2012).
The International Simulcast Conference is hosted by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations and Harness Tracks of America, in association with the American Greyhound Track Operators Association.
FINISH LINES: El Cajon Stakes winner Gimme Da Lute worked five furlongsin company with Waymond Boyd, but trainer Bob Baffert revealed no specific race for his next start. “I have options,” Baffert said. Gimme Da Lute was clocked in 1:01.20 under Martin Garcia, while Waymond Boyd went in 1:01.60 . . . Agent Tony Matos has Garcia booked to ride Mike Pegram’s Pretty N Cool for Baffert in the Grade II Matron Stakes at Belmont . . .Om, prepping for the Grade II Twilight Derby on , went five furlongs for Dan Hendricks in 1:03.20 . . . Grade I winner Warren’s Vendeda is scheduled to start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Keeneland after “running down bad” on her front legs when she finished seventh of eight in the Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 26. “You can’t be afraid to fail,” trainer Craig Lewis said. “If you are, you shouldn’t be in this game.” . . . Rollin’ Joe Talamo on his friendship with Angels’ second baseman Jonny Giavotella: “He’s my man! Italians from New Orleans do it right! I met him through a mutual friend. He came to Del Mar to watch me ride and I won. “Then I went to an Angels’ game and watched him win. He’s great.” Unfortunately, the Halos were eliminated from post-season play on the final day of the season . Talamo, meanwhile, won the Grade II Kelso Handicap on Appealing Tale at Belmont Park in New York, then took the redeye to California that night to win the $100,000 LA Woman Stakes on Ben’s Duchess at Santa Anita. No jet lag at 25 . . . Tom Quigley will have LA Newspaper Group turf writer Art Wilson and TVG analyst Matt Carothers as his guests and , respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens at . . . Santa Anita offers special holiday racing this , Columbus Day. It will also be Dollar Day on track with beers, hot dogs and sodas available throughout the day at the bargain price of a buck apiece. The feature race will be the $100,000 California Flag Handicap for California-bred or sired horses, age three and up, at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.
Source: Santa Anita Park