Race of the Week 2017

Proctor's Generous Win Doubly Sweet

Tom Proctor, who won Saturday’s Generous Stakes with the promising Galileo colt Global View, watched the race with an old friend.

Jerry Fanning, who is 19th on the all-time list among trainers with 381 wins at Betfair Hollywood Park, was a good friend of Tom’s father, Willard, and was also at Tom’s side for his first victory with I’m Smokin in 1978.

Meanwhile, Proctor reported that Global View came out of the race well and would be pointed for 3-year-old turf races in 2014 after a brief rest in Florida.  The trainer also said that Savings Account, second in The Miesque, came back in good shape and left open the possibility of a switch to the main track next year.

Trainer Jim Cassidy said that Full Ransom, who edged Savings Account in The Miesque, came out of the race “great.”

In other post-stakes news, Silentio and Summer Front, who staged a thrilling finish in the Grade II Citation Handicap Friday, both returned well, according to their respective connections. 

Gary Mandella, trainer of the winner, Silentio, said his runner’s ultimate goal is next year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile and that the Kilroe Mile (a Grade I scheduled for March 8, 2014)  “would be a good starting point.”

Chris Lorieul, assistant to Christophe Clemente, was still shaking his head over Summer’s Front’s tough beat.  “He was in front right before the wire and right after,” said Lorieul, “but he came back real good.”

Summer Front and Discreet Marq, scheduled to compete in the Grade I Matriarch, will ship back to Clement’s barn Sunday night.

John O’Donoghue, assistant to Neil Drysdale, said that Winning Prize, a close third in the Citation, also came out of the race well.




With a triple Saturday, Joe Talamo tightened up the jockey standings at Betfair Hollywood Park’s Autumn meet.

Talamo cut Rafael Bejarano’s lead in half and now trails by just three wins, 22-19.  Bejarano was in New York Saturday to ride Goldencents in the Grade I Cigar Mile.

Martin Garcia is third with 15 victories.

The trainer standings are a free-for-all, with just four winners separating the top eight.  Bob Baffert is currently in the lead with 10, followed by John Sadler and Peter Miller with eight apiece.  Next in line are Doug O’Neill and Jerry Hollendorfer with seven, then Tom Proctor, Mark Glatt and Jeff Bonde with six.




Yvonne Jacquez’ Appealing, beaten a head by Egg Drop in the Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap Sept. 2, heads the list of probables for the Bayakoa Stakes, a Grade II for older fillies and mares that will be run Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track.

Others considering the race are Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Charlie Em, winner of the Grade III Senorita Stakes on turf during the Spring/Summer meet, Deborah McAnally’s Charm the Maker, who won the Adoration Stakes at Del Mar, Warren Benjamin’s Warren’s Veneda, victorious in the Cat’s Cradle Handicap Nov. 17, and Hronis Racing’s Magic Union, an allowance winner earlier in the year at Del Mar. 

Rock and Glory, a romping winner here Nov. 16, is cross entered in a turf race Thursday, but may scratch to run in the Bayakoa. 

Mike McCartys Unbridled’s Note, second to Mizdirection in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and a close fourth to the same mare in this year’s renewal, is expected to make his next start in the $100,000 Hollywood Turf Express Sunday, Dec. 8. Regular rider Corey Nakatani will be aboard for Steve Asmussen.




Tony Matos, longtime jockey agent who currently books mounts for Corey Nakatani, is scheduled for surgery at Kerlin and Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic next week to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

“Dr. Tibone did the same procedure on my other knee five years ago,” said Matos, “and he’ll do this one, too.”

Matos is expected to be bedridden “just a few days.”




The top two post positions (with more than 10 starts) for Cushion Track sprints during the Autumn meet have been number seven (10-for-47, 21 per cent) and number four (13-for-66, 20 per cent).

The lucky number for Cushion track routes also has been seven (4-for-13, 31 per cent), followed by number three (6-for-23, 26 per cent) and one (5-for-23, 22 per cent).

In turf sprints, post six is high (3-for-11, 27 per cent), while in turf routes, number eight has been red hot (5-for-12, 42 per cent).




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