Twentytwentyvision eyes return to turf in Thunder Road
April 23, 2017 10:17am

In hindsight, perhaps Twentytwentyvision should do his training on a couch, tutored by a Freudian psychiatrist, but since that’s out of the question, Richard Mandella will have to do.

The Hall of Fame conditioner has been trying to figure out the six-year-old son of Pollard’s Vision since he began training him 17 races ago, back in January of 2015.

Hopefully, he’ll find the answer in next Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Thunder Road Stakes for four-year-olds and up at a mile on turf.

Twentytwentyvision has been much more than an empty stall, however, with a 5-3-7 record from 17 starts and earnings of $425,208 for owners Ellen and Peter Johnson. The latter bred the bay gelding in Kentucky.

Twentytwentyvision finished seventh by more than 19 lengths last out on March 11 in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, only his sixth start on dirt.

“I took a little time with him,” Mandella said, adding, “he’s an odd-thinking kind of horse. He’s not bad but he’s odd and I think it’s done him good to back off and try and get his head together. I think he’s ready for a good effort.”

Flavien Prat reunites with Twentytwentyvision for the Thunder Road, which also could include Fabozzi, Farhaan, Mithqaal, Perfectly Majestic and Sawyer’s Hill.

Fabozzi (four furlongs in 49.20 for Mark Glatt) and Perfectly Majestic (five furlongs in 1:00 for Bob Hess Jr.) worked Sunday morning.



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Jockey Mike Smith was honored by the California legislature earlier this week with a special resolution recognizing his Hall of Fame career, along with his leadership and sportsmanship as a professional athlete.

ACR 63, introduced by Assemblymember Adam Gray of District 21 in California's Central Valley, also recognizes the history and importance of Thoroughbred racing in the Golden State, along with Santa Anita-based Arrogate, whose victories with Smith aboard in this year's Pegasus World Cup and Dubai World Cup made him the all-time leading money-winner among American Thoroughbreds with more than $17 million.

FINISH LINES: Ian Kruljac still has the door open for Eclipse Award winner Finest City to run in the Grade I Beholder Mile at Santa Anita June 3 as opposed to the Grade I Humana Distaff at seven furlongs May 6 at Churchill Downs. “We’re not 100 percent for the Humana,” the trainer of last year’s champion female sprinter said Sunday morning. “I do not want to ship on April 29, because I want to work her here again that day, meaning I would have to ship on May 1, which personally is not my first option, so we’ll see.” . . . Richard Mandella wasn’t overwhelmed when Paradise Woods won the Santa Anita Oaks on April 8 by 11 ¼ lengths, the largest winning margin ever in the prestigious Grade I race, but he was surprised. “Any horse that wins like she did surprises you,” he said, “but it did not surprise me that she was very good. She showed us that right from the start.” Paradise Woods ships May 1 for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks on May 5 . . . Victor Espinoza rides Mrs. Norris in quest of her first stakes victory in next Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Barbara Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at a mile and a half on turf. Other probables include Dressed to a T, Estrechada, Evo Campo, Hiking, Place des Vosges and Responsibleforlove. Estrechada worked five furlongs Sunday in 1:01.20 for Mike Puype, while Place des Verges went the same distance in 1:01.40 for Richard Baltas . . . Kilroe Mile winner Bal a Bali, a leading contender for the Grade I Shoemaker Mile June 3, worked seven furlongs in company Sunday in 1:24 for Mandella. Stablemate Blame It On Alphie was given a six furlong time of 1:12.40 . . . California Cup Turf Classic winner Ashleyluvssugar worked five furlongs in 1:02.20 for Peter Eurton, who has designs on the Grade II Charles Whittingham Stakes at a mile and a quarter on turf May 28 . . . Returning from a freshening the past few months, Om, runner-up by a nose in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, worked three furlongs for Dan Hendricks in 37 flat . . . Every Saturday and Sunday at Santa Anita, fans can enjoy Family Fun Zone, featuring an Infield full of activities. A special $40 online only discount package includes food for four, two racing programs, two unlimited jumper wristbands, two pony ride vouchers, two face painting vouchers and eight carnival game vouchers. The package can be purchased online at . . . Forget about the six degrees of separation involving actor Kevin Bacon. How about the six degrees of separation with the Thoroughbred Imperative, who won the $1,250,000 Charles Town Classic Saturday for the second time, this year, by a neck for trainer Bob Hess Jr. over an old-fashioned sloppy track. Previously, the seven-year-old Bernardini gelding was trained by Richard Baltas, who some 10 minutes prior to the rich West Virginia race, won the Grade III San Juan Capistrano Stakes at Santa Anita with Inordinate. Some 30 minutes earlier, George Papaprodromou, who trained Imperative when he won the Classic in 2014, captured the third race at Santa Anita with the filly Sooner Time, who was running for an $8,000 claiming tag.

Source: Santa Anita Park


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