Coastline Back on Dirt in San Carlos
March 11, 2016 10:07am
Coastline wins 2016 Clockers' Corner
Photo: Benoit Photo/Santa Anita

Trainer Phil D’Amato had been considering either the Kilroe Mile on turf or the San Carlos on dirt for Coastline before deciding on the Grade II sprint at seven furlongs for the gray son of 2004 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Speightstown.

Seven of Coastline’s 19 career races have been on grass, including a victory last out in the Clockers’ Corner at about 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside course on Jan. 24.

“We know he likes the hill, but when we claimed him, he won on the dirt that day pretty impressively at Keeneland,” D’Amato said of a victory in a $62,000 claiming race Coastline won in the mud last Oct. 3.

“The sprint division isn’t the strongest here, so we’re taking a shot on the dirt and seeing if he likes it. If he doesn’t, we can always run him back in the San Simeon
 three weeks later (a Grade III race at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf April 2).”

The San Carlos: Calculator, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Coastline, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; San Onofre, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1; Cautious Giant, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; Mystery Train, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Outside Nashville, Martin Garcia, 20-1; and Kobe’s Back, Gary Stevens, 2-1.



Neil Drysdale entered four horses in Sunday’s Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes at a mile and a half on turf, two of them females: Energia Fribby and Gaga A.

“There is nowhere else to run them,” the Hall of Fame trainer answered when asked why he has four of the 12 horses entered in a race he has won six times. “What am I going to do? I’ve got to run the horses.

“We’ve run against males before.”

And he’s won the San Luis Rey before, in 2014 with Fire With Fire (he also saddled runner-up Lucayan); Bourbon Bay (2012 and 2010); Fourty Niners Son (2007); Single Empire (1999); and Prized (1990).

The lineup: Southern Freedom, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Quick Casablanca, Tyler Baze, 6-1; Power Foot, Gary Stevens, 8-1; Going Somewhere, Mike Smith, 5-1; Life’s Journey, Jose Verenzuela, 50-1; Energia Fribby, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; Havanna Belle, Brice Blanc, 6-1; Highball, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Generosidade, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; Gaga A, Mario Gutierrez, 4-1; Big John B, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; and Patentar, Alonso Quinonez20-1.



You can’t keep a good man down. So goes the adage and it more than applies to trainer Barry Abrams, who has battled the effects of cancer with quiet resolve and steely tenacity for more than 10 years now.

Abrams, who has limited use of his esophagus due to radiation therapy, underwent an out-patient procedure yesterday morning at Arcadia Methodist Hospital and returned home early last evening.

“Everything went good,” said Abrams by telephone this morning. “They had to do a procedure on my prostate and there’s no cancer. I should be okay to come back to the track in a couple days, but I’ve got a little fever and I don’t want to risk getting an infection with rain coming. I’ll stay here and keep dry and hopefully I’ll be feeling strong enough in a couple days.”

Best known for claiming perennial California leading sire Unusual Heat for an $80,000 tag on June 10, 1996, Abrams has won three races from 27 starts at the current Winter Meet.

Born in Minsk, Russia, Abrams turned 62 on March 4.

FINISH LINES: Three-time champion Beholder worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday in 49.20. “She couldn’t look better,” trainer Richard Mandella said of the daughter of Henny Hughes who is about to embark on her campaign as a six-year-old. “Everything’s just perfect.” . . . San Gabriel and San Marcos winner Flamboyant worked six furlongs for Paddy Gallagher in 1:14.20 under Brice Blanc, who rides the French-bred gelding in the $6 million Dubai Turf on March 26. Blanc departs for the Middle East on March 23 . . . Santa Maria winner Tara’s Tango went six furlongs for Jerry Hollendorfer in 1:11.80 with Martin Garcia aboard . . . Trainer Simon Callaghan said Kentucky Derby runner-up Firing Line “is just about ready to start galloping” after being on the shelf since last year’s Preakness Stakes . . . The main track closed for training at 9 a.m. due to impending rain, but not before 243 workouts were recorded after 201 were on the tab Thursday . . . Apprentice Brayan Pena has been suspended three days (March 17, 18 and 19) for an infraction aboard One Bye Two in Thursday’s eighth race . . .Illuminant, impressive allowance winner of yesterday’s seventh race, is headed back to graded stakes competition, according to her trainer, Michael McCarthy . . . The Medication and Track Safety Committee will conduct a public meeting March 16 in Santa Anita’s Baldwin Terrace Room at 10 a.m. The agenda and package of materials, which are for discussion only, focus on horse welfare and expanded out-of-competition testing, including a ban on anabolic steroids. The horse welfare items would mandate the transfer of records pertaining to joint injections for claimed horses, require trainers to maintain records of veterinary treatments, and insure that all treatments are justified by a medical condition and based on advice from a veterinarian . . .Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.

Source: Santa Anita Park


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