first_imgTHREE EMERGE FOR HORSE OF THE YEAR HONORS 46% Abel Cedillo121 24 $952,456 32% 3 JockeyMts 5 40% 16 11 $1,199,594 Money Won Drayden Van Dyke53 21 16% $241,219 36% 19% $338,014 6 5 9 41% 1 2 10 Jorge Velez98 Rafael Bejarano70 $122,504 Victor Espinoza53 1 2nd 9 7 5 4 13 11 6 $651,822 $260,090 11 38% 8 14% 44% $573,285 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 9 9% 7 16% 42% 34% 4 Jeff Mullins35 8 6 $1,279,215 21% 56% Tiago Pereira52 15 5 $247,063 13% FRANKLY SPEAKING, BREEDERS’ CUP GOT THE CALL John Shirreffs18 5 Edwin Maldonado39 4 (Current Through Saturday, Nov. 2) 17% 8 47% 2nd $778,789 6 3rd 1st 42% $229,671 Philip D’Amato49 21% 7 $4,820,430 16 10 3 Joel Rosario24 $1,254,575 17% 11 25% Win% 5 11 John Sadler59 7 $275,481 55% 4 13% Martin Garcia56 3 2 44% 18% $134,308 11% 5 Mike Smith36 16 $519,053 11 66% 6 29% $7,150,351 46% 37% $635,511 50% 33% Mario Gutierrez39 45% 15% 7 $438,501 17% 8 Irad Ortiz, Jr.14 2 15 Win% Tyler Baze45 10% $358,263 TrainerSts 3rd 9% 10% $461,639 $910,401 Money Won Doug  O’Neill80 7 21 $3,162,255 46% 49% 8 Peter Miller47 ITM% 7 Hector O. Palma26 $2,092,594 5 8 12 5 25% THREE FRONTRUNNERS FOR HORSE OF THE YEARVino Rosso, Bricks and Mortar or Mitole? Which will be Horse of the Year 2019?Each has credentials worthy of consideration. Vino Rosso captured Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic; Bricks and Mortar completed an unbeaten year on grass with his triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Turf; and Mitole, the fastest sprinter in the world, numbered four daylight Grade I wins among 2019’s six victories, the only flaw on his brilliant record showing in the Vanderbilt Handicap when he finished third after hitting the gate at the start.“In a year with no dominant three-year-old, and the older horses kind of taking turns beating each other, Bricks and Mortar was the king of the turf division from the time he won the Pegasus (World Cup Turf Invitational at Gulfstream Park last January) until yesterday, when he won the Breeders’ Cup Turf,” noted private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young.That completed a string of six straight victories, five of them Grade I’s. With yesterday’s decision, he earned $2,200,000 increasing his bankroll to $7,085,650 from 11 wins in 13 races.“Mitole would be in the mix, too,” Young said, adding the caveat “that it’s been a while since a sprinter got Horse of the Year, although he did beat McKinzie in the Met Mile.“Ghostzapper stretched out from being a one-turn horse to becoming Horse of the Year (in 2004) and Kotashaan (1993) was the last turf runner to be named Horse of the Year, so the race is pretty wide open among those three horses.” BREEDERS’ CUP BRINGS OUT BEST IN MIRAHMADIFrank Mirahmadi hit a grand slam as a rookie calling the Breeders’ Cup championship races for the first time.No flaws, no flubs, no flounders.His passion and love of the game is innate, but he raised the bar over the weekend.“It was just an unforgettable experience,” said the 52-year-old Mirahmadi, a local boy who grew up in Beverly Hills. “Many times people have asked what my favorite moments in race calling have been, and there have been some at various venues I’d consider close, but that’s no longer a question.“Calling the Breeders’ Cup races has been by far the highlight of my career and something I could have never dreamed of. My goal was to perform at my best, to do justice to the connections, the horses, the fans.“That was my priority. I felt a lot of pressure, but at the same time, I told myself to stay focused and do the best I can. I’m very pleased.”Ditto all around. $4 MILLION MANDATORY RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT PAYOUT POSSIBLE TODAYWith the prospect of a massive mandatory payout pool of $4 million a strong possibility, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot proved elusive yet again last Sunday, resulting in a Jackpot carryover of $395,207 into today’s nine-race program.As the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday and Saturday offered fans a separate Pick Six pool with a one dollar minimum, there is mandatory Jackpot payout today, closing day.FRIENDS WELCOME MOST COURAGEOUS BARRY ABRAMSThere were miles of smiles after yesterday’s third race.Barry Abrams was coming to the Winner’s Circle.The former trainer, who has gallantly battled throat cancer for 15 years, is part owner as Bardy Farm of Mo Forza, winner of the Grade II Qatar Twilight Derby at odds of nearly 19-1. Onofrio Pecoraro, who campaigns as OG Boss, also owns a share of the three-year-old colt.The throng waited anxiously but patiently for Abrams to amble down the Club House steps and the ramp leading to his destination.Upon arrival, emotional hugs and kisses beyond the norm were the order of the day. Abrams, who turns 66 come March 4, was 51 when stricken with inoperable throat cancer. Ten years later and 60 pounds lighter, some of it weight from the throat cancer doctors ultimately had no choice but to remove, Abrams was still doing what he loved best, coming to the race track and training Thoroughbreds.Now, though further diminished physically, the native of Minsk, Russia, once a bear of a man at 6-4, 315 pounds, is courageous beyond question, not given to soliciting sympathy for his plight, maintains his sense of humor, and is generous without making a fuss about it.Take it from trainer Richard Baltas, who assisted Abrams in his barn operation during Barry’s five-month recovery from surgery in 2011.“He’s very kind with a good heart,” Baltas recalled. “Years ago I wanted to leave Louisiana and come to California, but I needed a job. Barry didn’t quibble. He simply asked me, ‘How much do you want to make?’ and that was it.“He came to my wedding on Feb. 26, 2011, when he was sick with cancer. He’s done many kind and generous things for me. He took me and my wife (Debby) to Las Vegas, bought the plane tickets, even bought us tickets to shows. We saw ‘Jersey Boys.’”Adds Abrams’ wife, Dyan: “Barry is so kind and helpful. If you needed the shirt off his back, he’d give it to you . . . He’s one of the good ones. He’s got a good heart and a good soul.”     FINISH LINES: Joel Rosario, at the apex of a career that assuredly has him bound for   the Hall of Fame, will ride on a regular basis at Santa Anita’s Winter Meet that starts Dec. 26 before heading to Kentucky when the Keeneland meet begins in April, according to his agent, Ron Anderson.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on November 3rd, 2019FEATURES:A Candid Conversation With Trainer Peter EurtonWORKOUTS:Draft Pick (Outside) and Mo Mississippi (Eurton) 11-03-19Heros Reward (Outside) and Malibu Star (Baffert) 11-03-19Defense Wins (Outside) and Fore Left (O’Neill) 11-03-19Stackin Silver (Outside) and Gidgetta (Baltas) 11-03-19Eclair (Outside) and Map Maker (Baffert) 11-03-19 26% MANDATORY PICK SIX JACKPOT PAYOUT IS POSSIBLE 20 Richard Baltas59 $336,116 12 7 1 58% ABRAMS A WINNER IN SANTA ANITA WINNERS’ CIRCLE $316,951 12 47% J.C. Diaz, Jr.59 5 1st $1,447,591 $287,556 9 0 5 Bob Baffert42 42% Ruben Fuentes72 4 20 Mark Glatt45 8 Geovanni Franco58 42% 51% 7 ITM% 4 7 28% 1 20% Flavien Prat98 10 Richard Mandella32 24% 15% 5 7 Andrew Lerner22 51% 1 23% 46% 11 Evin Roman44 4 4 $1,711,510 5 13% 9 7 5 12 14% 56% 4 15% 12last_img