Santa Anita news: Hollendorfer duo 'doing well' for American Pharoah

Ed Golden, for Santa Anita
September 27, 2018 05:10pm

Jerry Hollendorfer conditions two of the five horses entered in Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes, one with a maiden sprint win, the other with a maiden victory at one mile.

The Hall of Fame trainer is confident both will give a good account of themselves.

Roywaton, an Into Mischief colt, broke his maiden going five furlongs July 21, then was second in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity at seven furlongs Sept. 3. Gunmetal Gray, a gray son of Exchange Rate, broke his maiden over a flat mile, winning off by some seven lengths at odds of nearly 7-1.

“Both horses are doing real well coming into the race, training real well,” Hollendorfer said. “We’re looking forward to this meet. It’s nice to be at Del Mar, but it’s also nice to get back home and train at Santa Anita.”

The American Pharoah, race six: Rowayton, Florent Geroux, 5-2; Gunmetal Gray, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Jefe, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Game Winner, Joel Rosario, 6-5; and Sigalert, Tyler Baze, 15-1.



Trainer Simon Callaghan hopes better luck will bring victory for Beau Recall in Saturday’s Rodeo Drive Stakes.

The 4-year-old Irish-bred filly was wide in her last three starts, two of them graded stakes, but still showed her customary late surge.

“Things didn’t really pan out in those races,” said Callaghan, who trains the bay daughter of Prancealot for Slam Dunk Racing or Medallion Racing. “She had a bit of traffic and last time got too far back off a slow pace.

“We’re taking the blinkers off Saturday and she’s back with Joe Talamo who knows the filly really well. It’s a tough race but I think she’s going to be competitive. If she gets some pace we expect her to make her late run.”

The Rodeo Drive, race 10: Paved, Joel Rosario; Tisbutadream, Tyler Conner; Beau Recall, Joe Talamo; Queen Blossom, Florent Geroux; Amboseli, Stewart Elliott; Vasilka, Flavien Prat; Sophie P, Kent Desomreaux; and Cambodia, Drayden Van Dyke.



Gary Stevens has been an eventful third on Touching Rainbows in his last two races, but is optimistic a more fortuitous trip in Friday’s Eddie D Stakes will reverse the trend.

“I like him tomorrow,” Stevens said of the 5-year-old gelding, one of three Phil D’Amato trainees in the downhill race at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.

“He ran awfully well last time (going five furlongs on turf Aug. 17). He got pinched pretty hard at the start but came running, and he’ll come running again tomorrow. He hadn’t run on turf for a long time (since Dec. 1, 2016) and he handled it well. It was a good run last time.

“I think the 6 ½’s going to be perfect for him. We drew well (nine in a field of nine) and he’s going to run well. He’s a really neat horse who shows up every time and runs hard.

“It says he got off a bit slow in his last race, but I got annihilated.”

The field for the Eddie D, race six on a nine-race program that starts at 1 p.m.: Law Abidin Citizen, Tiago Periera, 12-1; Caribou Club, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Stormy Liberal, Drayden Van Dyke, 2-1; Threefiveindia, Geovanni Franco, 15-1; He Will, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1; Cistron, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Kenjisstorm, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; Conquest Tsunami, Flavien Prat, 5-2; and Touching Rainbows, Gary Stevens, 6-1.

FINISH LINES: Jockey Martin Garcia, injured in a training mishap Wednesday morning, was expected to be released from Huntington Memorial Hospital Thursday according to his agent, Thom Mitchell. When Garcia resumes riding could depend on the concussion protocol for horse racing, Mitchell said.


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