Jorge Periban is on a roll these days, a far cry from his plight last summer at Del Mar, when he was down to only three horses.
The affable 57-year-old trainer has won with five of his last seven starters and sent out 5-2 morning line chance Preordained to finish second in today’s first race and had 5-1 Oh Brother Go in the eighth.
“I had five wins and two thirds,” Periban said. “I won three races from five starts at Del Mar, and I only had three horses. Now, thanks to the opportunity given to me by my owners, I have 12 horses, some I had before.
“Things are coming around. You just need time and patience.”
BUCK STOPS WITH EXERCISE RIDER SALAS AT TRUMAN BARN
There is more than meets the eye when fans see smiling faces and high fives in the winner’s circle after a victory—much more.
No one recognizes that more than trainer Eddie Truman, who sends out Go West Marie in quest of her fourth straight victory Saturday in the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes for older fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.
Truman credits exercise ride Joel Salas, who has been with him for 12 years, for turning the California-bred daughter of Western Fame into a win machine.
“She just made the turnaround this year when we got her to settle down,” Truman said. “Now she can do anything, win at a mile or 6 ½. When Joel first got her, she’d run off or lug out in the mornings.
“He got her going so good and that’s when we decided she could wait and not have to be on the lead. He’s done a great job.”
Bred by Summer Mayberry for owner Peter Redekop, Go West Marie has six wins from 18 starts with earnings of $462,520.
The chestnut filly came from well off the pace twice in two races prior to taking the Irish O’Brien last out, overcoming a nightmarish trip in deep stretch to get up by a half-length.
The field for the Las Cienegas: Theatre Star, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Home Journey, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Living the Life, Flavien Prat, 9-2; Salsita, Felipe Valdez, 50-1; Blingismything, Elvis Trujillo, 4-1; Go West Marie, Gary Stevens, 2-1; Unforgettable U, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; and Heavens Stairway, Tyler Baze, 5-2.
FINISH LINES: Steve Gasparelli is a newcomer to Thoroughbred racing but not Funny Car racing. The 50-year-old Monrovia native won his first race Sunday when Hawkedon took the sixth by a length and a quarter for trainer Mike Puype.
It was Gasparelli’s first win from only his third starter. He has been
with Puype for a year, and has nine horses in training. “Sunday’s
win was pretty exciting,” said Gasparelli, a 1982 graduate of Monrovia
High School who owns medical disposable plants in Chino and Singapore.
“I own and drive Funny Cars and we race at Pomona here in Southern
California, but we also race all over the country. I’ll be driving at
the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.” . . . Rafael Bejarano, having withdrawn his appeal of a three-day suspension issued on March 22, will serve his ban on April 18, 19 and 24 . . . Streaking stakes winner Warren’s Veneda, ticketed for the Grade I Vanity Stakes on May 9 and a possible meeting with Beholder, is scheduled to breeze Friday. Looking ahead to the Vanity, it brought to mind memories of the 1995 Santa Anita Derby, when Larry the Legend, trained by Lewis, hung a head defeat on 7-5 favorite Afternoon Deelites, trained by Richard Mandella, who also Beholder . . . David Flores,
going through litigation contesting a one-year suspension issued
recently by racing officials in Singapore, was a Clockers’ Corner
visitor Thursday morning . . . On Sunday, April 19,
Santa Anita celebrates Hispanic music and culture with a Latin music
festival in the Infield. Enjoy Los Ramones and other top musical acts.
For concert admission of just $5. Parking is free through Gate 6.
Source: Santa Anita Park