Santa Anita news: Former claim Ohio returns in 'deeper water'

Santa Anita Stable Notes
May 26, 2019 11:26am
Santa Anita news: Former claim Ohio returns in 'deeper water'
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A Grade 1 is a Grade 1 is a Grade 1, and although Ohio captured the Frank E. Kilroe Mile by a desperate nose on March 30, trainer Michael McCarthy takes little if anything for granted when the bargain claim runs in the Shoemaker Mile (G1) on Monday.

“Obviously, he’s in a little deeper water in the Shoemaker,” McCarthy allowed, speaking of the 8-year-old gelded son of Elusive Quality who was haltered for $50,000 last June and has earned $351,920 since. “But you can’t fault the horse.

“I’m looking forward to leading him over there . . . It seems like he’s training just as well as he had before the Kilroe.”

The Shoemaker is the first Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race run in the U.S. this year, providing the winner with a fees-paid berth to the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Mile to be run here at Santa Anita.

It also is one of three attractive Grade I races offering a total of $1.5 million in purses on Memorial Day, the others being the Gold Cup at Santa Anita and the Gamely.             

The Shoemaker is race nine of 10 with a 1 p.m. first post time: Ohio, Ruben Fuentes, 6-1; Sharp Samurai, John Velazquez, 4-1; Le Ken, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; River Boyne, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Catapult, Drayden Van Dyke, 3-1; Bolo, Florent Geroux, 20-1; Desert Stone, Geovanni Franco, 12-1; Delta Prince, Joel Rosario, 5-2; and Bowies Hero, Irad Ortiz Jr., 8-1.


Ahimsa steps up from a 3 ¼-length triumph against softer competition April 14 to Monday’s Gamely Stakes (G1). Peter Eurton looks forward to the opportunity.

"We’re looking to get some (black) type in a Grade 1,” the trainer said. “She’s doing very well and she won easily the other day. Of course, she had everything her own way (leading throughout) but was impressive enough for us to enter.”

Eurton also has Core Beliefs entered in Monday’s Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1). The 4-year-old Quality Road colt owned by Gary Broad won the New Orleans Handicap (G2) at 9-1 March 23 under Florent Geroux, who is back aboard in the Gold Cup.

“We’re giving him a good 60 days since that race,” pointed out Eurton, who sent out Core Beliefs to win the New Orleans Handicap after a six-month absence. “He’ll be going a mile and a quarter, which I think is right up his alley . . . He deserves the chance.”

The Gamely, which goes as race seven: Rymska, Irad Ortiz Jr., 5-2; Ollie’s Candy, Joel Rosario, 4-1; Meal Ticket, Florent Geroux, 20-1; Vasilika, Flavien Prat, 8-5; Ahimsa, Brice Blanc, 12-1; Streak of Luck, Mike Smith, 15-1; Elysea’s World, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; and$10,000 supplemental nominee Causeforcommotion, Geovanni Franco, 8-1.


Check out Horse Racing Nation's free PPs page for the Grade 1 trio Memorial Day at Santa Anita, featuring the Gold Cup, Race eight: Blitzkrieg, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Mongolian Groom, Martin Garcia, 20-1; Higher Power, Irad Ortiz Jr., 20-1; Lone Sailor, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Gift Box, Joel Rosario, 8-5; Core Beliefs, Florent Geroux, 4-1; and Vino Rosso, John Velazquez, 5-2.


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