first_imgDoug O’Neill312286%39%$135,062 John Sadler121218%33%$70,880 -30- FINISH LINES: Dressed in Hermes, 7-2 second choice on the morning, was scratched from today’s Sham Stakes due to a fever . . . Leading trainer Richard Baltas plans to enter three horses in the Grade III Megahertz Stakes on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday card Monday, Jan. 18: Beat of the Drum (Flavien Prat), Journey On (Mario Gutierrez) and Tiz a Kiss (Santiago Gonzalez). Named for the diminutive stretch-running mare trained by the late Bobby Frankel, the Megahertz is for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf . . . Triple Crown-winning jockey and Eclipse Award finalist Victor Espinoza hopes he’s on another Triple Crown candidate next Saturday at the Fair Grounds when he pilots impressive maiden winner Z Royal in the Grade III LeComte Stakes at a mile and 70 yards for D. Wayne Lukas and Ahmed Zayat, who campaigned American Pharoah to Triple Crown glory last year . . . Award-winning author Gary West will be on hand at Clockers’ Corner Sunday morning to sign “Ride to Win, An Inside Look at the Jockey’s Craft.” Proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund (PDJF) . . . On Monday, Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Santa Anita offers another of its popular Dollar Days, with draft beers, hot dogs and sodas on sale for just a buck. TOEWS ON ICE WORKS FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUTToews On Ice (pronounced Taze), winner of three straight stakes for Bob Baffert before running second to stablemate Mor Spirit in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity, worked five furlongs in company Saturday morning in 1:01.20 for his three-year-old debut in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 6.With Martin Garcia up, Toews On Ice worked with Undeniable U and set fractions of 24.80, 37.40 and 49.20, with a six furlong gallop-out time of 1:14, according to Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson.Undeniable U was given the identical time of 1:01.20.Also prepping for the Lewis Saturday was Delta Jackpot and Saratoga Special winner Exaggerator for trainer Keith Desormeaux. The Curlin colt was timed in 1:01.40 under Keith’s brother Kent Desormeaux.Beset with an erratic weather pattern that has brought recent rains, horsemen took advantage of a fast track Saturday morning, with 262 recorded workouts, including 11 on the dirt training track. Steve Knapp820025%25%$46,590 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Joseph Talamo3467318%47%$308,930 Patrick Gallagher1031130%50%$206,684 Rafael Bejarano45128427%53%$581,110 Michael Machowsky612017%50%$53,120 Tiago Pereira211505%29%$109,952 Steven Miyadi1033130%70%$75,730 Brice Blanc1010110%20%$131,210 Ty Kennedy171226%29%$55,330 Santiago Gonzalez51108320%41%$410,350 Martin Pedroza2431113%21%$58,310 Jeff Bonde921022%33%$64,860 Kent Desormeaux232459%48%$235,590 Tyler Baze413787%44%$202,918 Jorge Gutierrez420050%50%$32,410 Mario Gutierrez353639%34%$140,874 Drayden Van Dyke1821011%17%$86,360 Philip D’Amato2235714%68%$277,350 Craig Dollase411125%75%$48,120 Abel Lezcano1221017%25%$77,340 GONZALEZ ATTEMPTS TO DETHRONE BEJARANOTOEWS ON ICE PREPS FOR ROBERT B. LEWISBALTAS HAS THREE FOR GRADE III MEGAHERTZ Jack Carava720029%29%$32,500 Martin Garcia211255%38%$130,044 Jose Verenzuela710114%29%$14,930 Kristin Mulhall831138%63%$133,550 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Baltas1752129%47%$301,080 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Gary Stevens1431021%29%$358,270 Edwin Maldonado3161419%35%$175,820 Agapito Delgadillo911111%33%$39,020 Bob Baffert2231414%36%$209,310 Mike Smith2042220%40%$380,790 Victor Espinoza181216%22%$106,300 Richard Mandella1011210%40%$58,138 Peter Eurton1325115%62%$79,970 GONZALEZ CONTINUES ON A ROLL AT SANTA ANITAIt’s not a stretch to call Santiago Gonzalez an overnight sensation, at least since he began riding in the United States just over a year ago.The 32-year-old native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, has made an impact with bettors and horsemen alike, and early on is giving perennial Southern California kingpin Rafael Bejarano a run for the money nine days into Santa Anita’s Winter Meet where he is second behind Bejarano in the standings with 10 victories, only two behind the front-runner.“This kid will ride the card,” said his agent, former trainer Craig Stephen, alluding to the fact that Gonzalez will ride all eight races if the opportunity presents itself. To date, he leads all jockeys in mounts accepted this meet with 51, six more than Bejarano.“And,” Stephen was quick to add, “he’ll work 10 horses in the morning. He’s that hungry. The success we’ve had together so far has been a huge surprise to me. When he first came out here, I thought I was really up against it.“I thought the odds were stacked so far against me. He wasn’t a bug boy, he didn’t speak English, and nobody knew his name. He had a great reputation in Venezuela, but that doesn’t transfer to the U.S.“Thanks to all the trainers and owners who have helped us along the way, especially Jim Cassidy. We couldn’t have done it without them.” Fernando Perez362186%31%$128,858 Alex Solis520140%60%$103,424 Karen Headley430075%75%$127,450 Peter Miller2541116%24%$124,630 Clifford Sise, Jr.612117%67%$53,340 Flavien Prat2732511%37%$181,552 Alonso Quinonez1424114%50%$83,100 Robertino Diodoro312033%100%$28,600 Jerry Hollendorfer272447%37%$155,122 David Lopez2552620%52%$159,820 William Spawr842050%75%$101,100 (Current Through Friday, Jan. 8)last_img read more