FAVORED AX MAN PROVES BEST ON LEAD AS HE TAKES $67,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER VAN DYKE; TRAINED BY BAFFERT, EARNHARDT HOMEBRED GETS SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:21.92 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2019)–“Bob told me the rail was golden and he wasn’t lyin.’” And so it was according to Drayden Van Dyke, as Hal and Patti Earnhardt’s homebred Ax Man powered to a convincing 1 ¼ length win in Friday’s $67,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Trained by Bob Baffert, Ax Man made every pole a winning one as he got seven furlongs in 1:21.92 over a main track that although listed as “fast,” had played slower than normal throughout the day.Head and head to the far turn with the Vladimir Cerin-trained Calexman to his immediate outside, Ax Man, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Misremembered out of the Flying Chevron mare Shameful, inched clear five sixteenths out and opened up a three length advantage turning for home while hugging the rail and was never threatened through the lane.Head and head as well with Calexman in the early stages of the opening day Grade I Malibu Stakes, a race in which Ax Man finished 12th, he was off as the 2-1 favorite today in a field of six older horses and paid $6.20, $3.40 and $2.80.A third condition allowance, today’s race was worth $40,200 to the winner. A dazzling 9 ½ length first-out maiden winner here on Jan. 1, 2018, Ax Man took a restricted stakes going a mile and one sixteenth at Pimlico in his fourth start on Preakness day, May 19. With today’s win, he now has four wins from eight starts and a bankroll that reads $206,445.Trained by John Sadler and ridden for the first time by Joel Rosario, Edwards Going Left, a California-bred gelding by Midnight Lute, added blinkers today, but didn’t show an abundance of early speed, and was hard ridden the final three eighths of a mile for the place.Off as the 2-1 second choice, he paid $3.60 and $2.60 while finishing 4 ¾ lengths in front of Calexman.Ridden by Geovanni Franco, Calexman tired through the drive but was easily third, finishing 2 ¾ lengths in front of Shivermetimbers. Off at 5-1, Calexman paid $3.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.06, 44.14 and 1:08.67.Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
24% Win% 11 Flavien Prat30 44% 53% JockeyMts 33% 1 4 14% $101,757 2 2 11% 6 7 BEJARANO TRIES TO WIN ONE FOR THE QUIPSTER 7 1st 7 1 4 0 39% 0 50% Abel Cedillo51 1 4 28% 50% ITM% Peter Miller17 53% 3rd 25% 2 John Sadler20 41% $411,282 Jeff Bonde4 22% 77% Money Won $56,545 0 3 Drayden Van Dyke32 2 3 2 Michael McCarthy9 41% $549,182 Ruben Fuentes12 $638,100 3 8 Umberto Rispoli17 25% Steve Knapp8 40% $239,359 2 $264,631 J.C. Diaz, Jr.18 38% 8 Craig Anthony Lewis8 7 1 53% 9 1st 50% 15% 2 18% 1 Richard Mandella12 38% 38% $271,568 44% Doug O’Neill27 Joel Rosario49 4 38% 36% 0 2 10% 5 38% 17% 3 HEFTY $319,307 RAINBOW PICK 6 JACKPOT TODAY 63% 15% 3rd 75% ITM% 2 4 $182,652 13% 13 5 TrainerSts 4 Bob Baffert22 (Current Through Friday, Jan. 10) 4 Edwin Maldonado13 1 22% 41% SENTIMENT RUNS DEEP FOR BEJARANO IN KALOOKAN QUEENRafael Bejarano will be riding Show It N Moe It for the 17th time in her last 19 races Sunday in the $75,000 Kalookan Queen Stakes for fillies and mares, three and older, at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track, but sentimental familiarity will be absent in the person of Gary Sherlock, the five-year-old mare’s veteran trainer who died at the age of 74 on Dec. 29.Sherlock, occasionally given to subtle quips, was a fixture at a table in the “Gary Section” of Clockers’ Corner, adjacent to a table where trainer Gary Stute holds court, smoke from his ever-present $12.99 Montecristo stogie wafting through the air.Show It N Moe It runs for the first time in the Kalookan Queen under Sherlock’s long-time assistant, 44-year-old Edwin Alvarez. Owned in part and bred by Terry Lovingier, the consistent Show It N Moe It has a 6-6-6 record from 27 starts with earnings of $511,541.“He was a really good trainer, at the track early, very thorough and caring about his horses,” Bejarano said of Sherlock. “He always brought the horses up to a race well and we always tried hard.“Gary had faith in me and I’ve won four races on her. She’s a nice mare and I think she’s going to run well tomorrow. We got a good draw so we should be OK.“I’d love to win it for Gary.”The Kalookan Queen, race eight of nine with a 12:30 p.m.; first post time: Exuberance, Abel Cedillo, 8-1; Flor de La Mar, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Show It N Moe It, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1 Mother Mother, Joel Rosario, 8-5; and Lady Ninja, Flavien Prat, 7-5.20 CENT RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $319,307 TODAYFor the seventh consecutive racing day, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six remained elusive, resulting in a Jackpot carryover into Saturday of $319,307.With a carryover of $292,520 from Sunday stimulating $116,997 in new money wagered, Friday’s total Rainbow Six pool reached $409,517. Although there were no single ticket winners, 119 consolation tickets each paid $525.A pair of graded stakes for fillies and mares highlight Saturday’s racing program. The Grade III, $100,000 Las Cienegas, at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, is the third race and the Grade III, $200,000 La Canada Stakes, at 1 1/16 miles on the main track is race eight.SIMULCAST WAGERING NOW OFFERED IN SANTA ANITA SPORTS BOOKIn addition to the Grandstand Paddock Room, Santa Anita is now offering free parking and admission on Wednesdays and Thursdays for fans attending its Sports Book, which adjoins the Turf Terrace on the Mezzanine level. State of the art in every respect, the Santa Anita Sports Book features wall to wall flat screen television monitors and plenty of betting windows. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com.FINISH LINES: Gift Box, who worked four furlongs Friday in 49.20, “might stay here” for the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, trainer John Sadler said Saturday morning. The six-year-old gray son of Twirling Candy won the Big ‘Cap by a nose last April but also has been listed as under consideration for the Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25, the $20 million Saudi Cup on Feb. 29 and the $12 million Dubai World Cup on March 28 . . . Trainer George Papaprodromou hopes to start American Theorem on the Triple Crown trail late tomorrow morning with his first workout since finishing second behind Eight Rings in Santa Anita’s Grade I American Pharoah Stakes last Sept. 27. Exercise rider Shane Conlon will be aboard the son of 2015 Triple Crown king American Pharoah . . . John Shirreffs reports X-rays were negative on Honor A.P. after he was “off in his right front” causing him to miss the Jan. 4 Sham Stakes, but the son of Honor Code is back jogging. “Maybe he wrenched it,” the trainer speculated . . . Heriberto Figueroa (Pubilius Syrus for Vladimir Cerin), Jose Valdivia Jr. (Ohio for Michael McCarthy), and Iggy Puglisi (River Boyne for Jeff Mullins) ride today in the $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile at Turf Paradise. Ohio won the race last year . . .Craig Stephen, agent for jockey Assael Espinoza, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest 11:20 a.m. Sunday in the XBTV studio . . . Johnny Podres, a three-year-old Grazen colt owned and bred by Nick Alexander, broke his maiden at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 5, storming from eighth and last to win the one mile race by five lengths at odds of 9-1. The horse is named for the great Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodger left-handed pitcher perhaps best remembered for being named Most Valuable Player of the 1955 World Series, pitching a shutout in Game 7 against the New York Yankees to help the Brooklyn Dodgers win their only World Series title before the team moved to Los Angeles after the 1957 season.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 11th, 2020Beloved Santa Anita Paddock Captain John Shear Turns 99 Years Old on January 17thQuick Questions With Cameraman Guy Stuttley at Santa Anita ParkWORKOUTS:Higher Power (Outside) and Horse Greedy (Sadler) 1-11-20Gift Box (Sadler) 1-10-20Cassie Belle (McCarthy) 1-10-20Madman (Baltas) 1-10-20Mucho Gusto (Outside) and Speed Pass (Baffert) 1-10-20Bristol Bayou (Shirreffs) 1-09-20Holy Ghost (Outside) and Dia De Pago (Cerin) 1-09-20Storm the Court (Eurton) 1-05-20 20% 3 2nd 0 $107,491 3 5 2 1 $571,980 $34,351 37% Jorge Velez28 Philip D’Amato24 1 43% 4 2 $51,191 Tiago Pereira21 1 Money Won 1 $259,257 25% $107,556 $279,465 0 3 $379,454 17% Mike Smith17 $483,009 GIFT BOX IS BEING CONSIDERED FOR THE BIG ‘CAP 6 $100,140 2 4 $857,932 2 1 4 $66,351 4 14% 7% 17% $52,015 27% Mario Gutierrez22 0 2 $399,262 7 Richard Baltas35 Win% 2 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 1 3 2nd 2