first_imgMark Casse61106816%$798,378 Brice Blanc5973412%$332,530 Flavien Prat14815172010%$882,334 Santa Anita Employees — MenJesus Camacho Racing 20:56Rene Henriquez Starting Gate 21:44Tony Ortega Parking 22:25Jorge Mier Laborers 24:36Joe Chile HRTV 26:27Alec Jimenez Corp Yard 27:19Jerry Gutierrez Janitors 31:40 Joe Morris TOC 37:17Raymundo Franco A-Gate 49:19 Hector Palma3475221%$190,850 John Sadler13421181716%$1,415,184 -30- Peter Eurton8615131517%$878,506 A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Mike Smith11121211719%$2,494,491 Rafael Bejarano27566413524%$3,283,536 Ron Ellis63145922%$481,840 Jeff Bonde3692425%$346,840 Philip D’Amato7618121224%$902,970 Drayden Van Dyke20923262411%$1,452,387 MEXICAN STANDOFF LOOMS IN KENTUCKY DERBYLUZZI TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD NEXT SUNDAYSANTA ANITA DERBY DAY 5K RUN A SUCCESSESPINOZA, SADLER BASK IN FOUR-WIN SATURDAY Edwin Maldonado11916111413%$553,154 ESPINOZA, GARCIA ON KENTUCKY DERBY FAVORITESIn a setting as American as apple pie, Twin Spires and all, a Mexican mano a manobattle looms at storied Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May between Victor Espinoza and Martin Garcia, natives of Mexico and the regular riders of the two favorites for the 141st Kentucky Derby, American Pharoah and Dortmund.Espinoza, 42, from the metropolis of Mexico City, and Garcia, 30, from the touristy beach town of Vera Cruz, some 500 miles away, could decide not only which is the best 3-year-old trained by Bob Baffert, American Pharoah ridden by Espinoza or Dortmund ridden by Garcia, but also who wins the Run for the Roses.Dortmund’s smashing victory in Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby only added to his wow factor. Should this red Mack truck of a horse–call him The Diesel–win the Kentucky Derby, it would mark the third time in the last four years the Santa Anita Derby winner had done so, I’ll Have Another winning in 2012 and California Chrome last year.American Pharoah, meanwhile, is poised to capture the $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, which would set up a match between two stablemates that harkens back to those thrilling days of yesteryear when the entry of Citation and Coaltown fromlegendary Calumet Farm ran one-two at 40 cents to the dollar in the 1948 Derby.All was fine Sunday with Dortmund, said Baffert, who watched American Pharoah work six furlongs with Garcia up in a bullet 1:11.60. “That was perfect,” Baffert said. “I got him galloping out (seven furlongs) in 1:24.80. He’s right on schedule. He does everything real easy. He’ll leave Wednesday for Oaklawn.”Thus the countdown diminishes, for the racing world as a whole, and for two jockeys from south of the border, who, before gaining prominence at the top of their profession, were eking out an existence, Garcia as a no habla ingles hash slinger in a Pleasanton deli and Espinoza as a bus driver in his native country.“He was so small,” said his agent, Brian Beach, “he could hardly see over the steering wheel.”Espinoza made light of the fact that he was from a big town and Garcia was not.“We’re all Mexicans,” Espinoza said. “It’s all the same.”Now the Kentucky Derby, less than a month away, grows ever larger in importance, with all prospective participants focused on keeping their charges fit and healthy. They know full well that anything can happen in the world of sports, horse racing no exception.After all, Kentucky’s Wildcats fell after a 38-0 start.But they were human. American Pharoah and Dortmund are not.MIKE LUZZI TO ACCEPT WOOLF AWARD NEXT SUNDAYMike Luzzi will accept Santa Anita’s 2015 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award next Sunday, April 12, in a ceremony between races.Sidelined because of a broken leg and a fractured pelvis sustained in a paddock accident last Nov. 2 at Aqueduct, Luzzi has undergone reconstructive surgery and is going through rehabilitation for a return to the saddle at some point this year.Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most coveted honors in racing, as it recognizes riders whose careers and personal character have earned esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.Luzzi, who has won 3,420 career races, is expected to be accompanied by his wife, Tania, and children Larue and Lane. Eddie Truman2373230%$325,690 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Martin Pedroza17117262210%$756,334 Martin Garcia14228191620%$2,660,510 Richard Mandella6814101321%$909,846 Santa Anita Employees — WomenNorma Ramirez Parking 24:08Nancy Ramirez Parking 29:35Sandy Hoar Hospitality 31:19Christine Beer Racing 35:39Jennifer Cirillo Accounting 36:55Lisa Bisgaard Stable Café 49:22Maria Bisgaard Stable Café 53:21Voni Walker Parking 58:35Terri Hanks Accounting 1:02:55 (Current Through Saturday, April 4) Doug O’Neill17523162513%$1,105,560 CAMACHO, RAMIREZ SISTERS, FLORES TOP DERBY DAY 5K RUNSOn a day when Bob Baffert’s Dortmund and One Lucky Dane punched their tickets to the Kentucky Derby, Santa Anita employees and jockeys showed their own athletic prowess in the Derby Day 5K Run & Walk yesterday.Even prominent trainers like John Sadler (30:46, 1245th overall) and Dan Blacker (19:30, 39th overall) showed they know a little about running themselves.Outrider Jesus Camacho, who ran a close second to Autopark’s Tony Ortega, turned the table to finish first among male Santa Anita employees with a respectable time of 20:56, good for 87th overall in field of more than 5,700 participants. Rene Henriquez, a perennial DD5K contender, finished second, with Ortega completing the trifecta.Autopark’s Norma and Nancy Ramirez made the 5K a family affair, taking the top two spots, with Sandy Hoar, who works on the Inner Mezz, taking third.Eswan Flores won the jockeys division in 20:20 and 65th overall. Victor Espinoza18035342519%$2,417,496 Jack Carava51710814%$222,370 Bob Baffert10725191323%$2,899,552 Agapito Delgadillo4966512%$165,778 Felipe Valdez9013121514%$424,471 Peter Miller15529271819%$1,434,506 Tiago Pereira1201691513%$490,982 Joseph Talamo25226274310%$1,854,118 FINISH LINES: Simon Callaghan, trainer of Sunland Derby winner Firing Line, twice beaten a head by Dortmund, on the latter’s Santa Anita Derby romp: “It was definitely nice to see Dortmund win as impressively as he did. Firing Line, Dortmund and American Pharoah seem to have similar front-running styles, but in the Kentucky Derby, you’ve got to get a good post position, and that determines a lot of things, but I like the way our horse is doing.” Callaghan said Firing Line is scheduled work “either Friday or Saturday.” . . . Victor Espinoza was back to work Sunday morning after winning four races Saturday, including the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on Stellar Wind for John Sadler, who also won four races, three of them with Espinoza. It was not Espinoza’s greatest day. He won seven races, the first six in a row, to set a Del Mar record in 2006. “We’ve won four in one day before,” said Sadler, “so it was a big day, no question. We thought we were pretty well-spotted with the last three. Kristo (nose winner of the fifth race at $25) was a little more of a pleasant surprise, but we thought we were running the favorite in the Oaks and the other two were short prices. We looked to have a good day, but a lot of times it doesn’t go that way. Yesterday everything went really well.” . . . Scott McClellan has Joe Talamo booked on Home Run Kitten for David Hofmans next Friday in the Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland . . . Legendary Hall of Fame jockey Manuel Ycaza will visit the Great Race Place for the first time in many years next weekend as the fiercely competitive Panamanian will be on-hand for the 66th George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award presentation on Sunday . . .The 20 cent Golden Pick 6 Jackpot at Golden Gate Fields went down again Saturday at a $280,459 payout. It was the second time this meet it’s been hit. On Feb. 20, the 20 cent payoff was $363,424, quite a bonanza. James Cassidy70981213%$395,490 Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 Steven Miyadi4296421%$299,780 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Tyler Baze30940393513%$2,422,374 Mark Glatt8214161217%$618,482 Fernando Perez1971624248%$822,208 Jerry Hollendorfer16729212417%$3,259,252 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Elvis Trujillo22326302112%$1,473,420 Santa Anita JockeysEswan Flores 20:20Joe Steiner 21:59Aaron Gryder 22:38Elvis Trujillo 23:19Alex Solis 24:34Tiago Pereira 30:01Kayla Stra 30:10Omar Figueroa 1:05:26 Santiago Gonzalez13017152013%$749,934 Thomas Proctor5386315%$564,378 Mike Puype101915149%$467,486 Mario Gutierrez110101699%$552,122 Michael Pender5078614%$203,780 Kent Desormeaux20234352417%$2,047,560 Brandon Boulanger11565105%$213,346 Gary Stevens9717141818%$1,534,578 Steve Knapp3872318%$287,140 Richard Baltas821714721%$740,135last_img

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