Race of the Week 2017

Obviously Back On Downhill Course in San Simeon

Idle since running third behind eventual Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile (turf) Nov. 3, Irish-bred Obviously, a lightning-quick 5-year-old gelding, will make his 2013 debut for trainer Mike Mitchell in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.

Front-running Obviously fought gamely in the Mile, but was beaten two lengths by Wise Dan and just a half length by 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, who was a recent winner of the Group I, $10 million Dubai World Cup.

A winner of both the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap and the Grade II Arroyo Seco Mile, Obviously had a three-game winning streak snapped in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Based with Mitchell at Santa Anita, Obviously has six works on his tab for Saturday’s return, his most recent drill a half mile from the gate in 48.40 on April 13.

Owned by Fanticola and Scardino, Obviously has a win and a second from two starts down the hill. His overall mark stands at 12-6-3-2 and he has earnings of $558,361. He’ll again be ridden by Joe Talamo, who has been aboard for his last six starts.

With the exception of Obviously, the complete field for the San Simeon, which attracted seven horses, is as follows:


Idle since finishing a close third in the five furlong turf Green Flash Handicap Aug. 15 at Del Mar, Sirocco Strike has been lightly raced the past two years—making just two starts in 2012 and five trips to the post in 2011.

He’ll be making his third start for Jeff Mullins Saturday and will try Santa Anita’s hillside for only the second time. A 6-year-old gelding by Forestry, Sirocco Strike will get the services of the meet’s second-leading rider, Edwin Maldonado. Dating back to Feb. 23, he has had seven turf works for his return—the last three of which were at six furlongs.

Winless since June 10, 2010, Sirocco Strike figures to be a long price on Saturday. Owned by Truline Racing, he has earnings of $105,036, from an overall mark of 14-2-2-3.


Also trained by Jeff Mullins, Chips All In overcame a six month layoff to run a dazzling second, beaten a nose, by highly regarded Unbridled’s Note in the Joe Hernandez Handicap at 6 ½ furlongs down the hill Feb. 23. Ridden by Tyler Baze, he earned a lofty 104 Beyer Speed figure, the best “last-out” Beyer in the San Simeon field.

A winner of two Santa Anita stakes at one mile on turf; the 2011 Eddie Logan and the 2012 Pasadena, “Chip” need only run back to his Hernandez effort to make his presence felt in the San Simeon.

Owned by Everest, O’Brien, Valdez and partners, Chips All In has earnings of $267,955 from an overall record of 12-5-4-1. He will be ridden back by Tyler Baze.


The red-hot jockey-trainer combination of Rafael Bejarano and Jerry Hollendorfer will again team up in the San Simeon with Chosen Miracle. Through Sunday, Bejarano had won with 23 of 36 mounts trained by Hollendorfer—an astonishing 64 percent.

Ridden for the first time by Bejarano on March 28, Chosen Miracle was an impressive allowance winner down the hill, prevailing by 1 ¼ lengths. Blessed with a ton of early speed, he’s drawn immediately outside of Obviously and will likely try to press the favorite early and often.

A 5-year-old Florida-bred horse by Ghostzapper, Chosen Miracle has two wins and two seconds from five tries down the hillside. Owned by Abruzzo or Carver, he has earnings of $213,794 from an overall mark of 13-5-3-2.


A winner of the $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes versus statebreds on Feb. 24, Ain’t No Other was third in his next start, a statebred classified allowance going seven furlongs on the main track March 17. Also trained by Hollendorfer, Ain’t No Other was ridden in his past two starts by Bejarano, but will be handled for the first time Saturday by Corey Nakatani.

With a win, a second and a third place finish from six hillside tries, Ain’t No Other should be forwardly placed in the San Simeon. A 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Old Topper, Ain’t No Other is owned by his breeder, Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC. His overall record stands at 25-8-6-7 and he has earnings of $442,173.


Idle since running a close fourth behind multiple stakes winner Sahara Sky in the Grade II San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs on the main track Feb. 23, the Bob Baffert-trained Drill would appear to be fresh and dangerous in his first turf try on Saturday.

A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Lawyer Ron, Drill was a winner at two of the Grade I Del Mar Futurity and at three, of the Grade II San Vicente and Grade III Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes. With plenty of class in his corner, he figures to be attentive to the pace under Martin Garcia.

Owned by Pegram or Watson or Weitman, Drill has earnings of $449,960 from a career mark of 14-4-2-0.


Fourth, beaten 2 ½ lengths by Chosen Miracle down the hill on March 28, Koast had been idle since the Green Flash at Del Mar on Aug. 15 and could improve with a race under his belt.

A winner of two consecutive races down the hill at last year’s winter/spring stand, Koast, a 4-year-old colt by Lawyer Ron, will be making his fourth career start over Santa Anita’s one-of-a-kind Camino Real Turf Course.

Based at Betfair Hollywood Park, he is trained by John Sadler and owned by Hronis Racing. Koast is 9-3-0-2 overall, with earnings of $132,346.

The complete field for the San Simeon, to be run as the eighth on a nine race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Sirocco Strike, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Chips All In, Tyler Baze, 118; Obviously, Joe Talamo, 123; Chosen Miracle, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Ain’t No Other, Corey Nakatani, 118; Drill, Martin Garcia, 120, and Koast, Victor Espinoza, 118.



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Boo. Good race, though.
Went with Chosen Miracle to win. 3,4,6,7 used. Hopefully the longshot and Chips All in Don't finish in the super.
There it is Cool Frenchy at BHP--see him there.
No scratch yet.
Or. here's a better example, and y'all know where to find this pic, see the photo of him and me and City? Big guy.
Wrong; He is the big guy. Look at the two guys. See? Big guy. Right about the other(jk) :o)
Chosen Miracle; Obviously; Koast; Sirocco Strike. Now watch Chips All In win. Don't like his recent works, but I'm probably just overanalyzing as usual. It's not "the big guy" amino. Sending no negative vibes or anything, just not what you're thinking. Just as good inside info though, but Mary doesn't like me. :o)
Or maybe not so useful :) Thanks.
Only discussed Skipshot once, just before his final race, the Charles Town Classic. They knew he'd be leaving their barn. I asked if he had a photo of Skipshot because of the horse's unusual coat color. Answer was yes. Otherwise, no other comments to share here, because the comment was too funny/ a little scathing.
Did you ever have the occasion to hear his opinion of the useful runner and 1st year stallion Skipshot?
Ms Mary>>You appear to be closely connected to the "big guy". Looks like he has a good shot here along with Obviously (obviously) and I think Drill might take to the downhill course.
Ms Mary>>You appear to be closely connected to the "big guy". Looks like he has a good shot here along with Obviously (obviously) and I think Drill might take to the downhill course.
Ms Mary>>You appear to be closely connected to the "big guy". Looks like he has a good shot here along with Obviously (obviously) and I think Drill might take to the downhill course.
This is an approximately 6 1/2 f downhill race, Lenny, for which Ain't No Other is well-suited, however, look for him to run in a few weeks, not Saturday.
Is he sprinter or miler? ..... ain't no other over his head
Not this time, just Chosen Miracle.
I'd love to see an exacta of Ain't No Other and Chosen Miracle.

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