STABLE NOTES BY MIKE WILLMAN – SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2017 – Santa Anita Park



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JerryHollendorfersnewestsuperstar,3-year-oldfillyUniqueBella,overcameagooddoseofadversityinwinningSaturdaysGradeIIISantaYsabelStakesat11/16miles,winningherthirdconsecutivegradedstakesandherfourthraceinarowunderMikeSmith。

Slowerintostridethanishercustom,thePennsylvania-breddaughterofTapitwasquicklyintocontentionwhilethirdattherailintotheClubHouseturn?

Atthatpoint,SmithmadethetacticaldecisiontosplithorsesatthesevenfurlongpoleandUniqueBellathentookcommand,buthadtorepelaseriouschallengeafurlongoutfromrunner-upAbelTasman,whowasriddenbyJoeTalamo。

Hatsofftothewinner,whataspecialfillysheis,becauselikeIsaid,Ireallyhadalotofhorseandwehadabeautifultrip,saidTalamo,currentlyfifthintheriderstandingswith18wins?

Thewinnerbrokealittleslow,whichIwashappytosee?

Iwassoproudofmyfilly?

Ithinkshesdefinitelygoingtomoveforward。

DespiterepeatedmediaqueriesregardingthepossibilityofhersteppingontotheSantaAnitaandKentuckyDerbytrail,HollendorferwasagainsteadfastinhisresolvetogetUniqueBellatotheGradeISantaAnitaOaksonApril8,withthenextobjectivetheGradeIKentuckyOaksonMay5。

Werejusttryingtodoourbestandshesrewardingus,saidHollendorferfollowingyesterdaysSantaYsabel?

Idonthaveanythoughtsaboutrunningheragainsttheboys,butsomeotherfolksdoIguess?

WhenIsawhercomingintothelane,Ifeltthatshewaswaitingonhorsesalittlebit?

Mikehadtowavethestickatheralittlebutsherespondedrightaway?

Iwasnttooworried。

SothestageisnearlysetforHollendorfer,whowonlastyearsSantaAnitaOakswithtwo-timeEclipseChampionSongbird,topursuehissecondconsecutivevictoryintheraceoriginallyknownastheSantaSusana。

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Winningatanastounding30percentclip,SanLuisReyDowns-basedPeterMillercontinuedhiswinningwaysinSaturdays$75,000JoeHernandezStakes,ashisStormyLiberalwasuptowinbynoseunderNorbertoArroyo,Jr。

whilegetting6?

furlongsdownthehillsideturfcoursein1:11。

89。

ClaimedfourstartsbackonOct。

16for$40,000,StormyLiberal,whogotacareerbest102BeyerSpeedfigureintheHernandez,isnowtwoforfourracingforMilleroutofSanLuisRey,havingwontherestrictedClockersCornerStakesdownthehillonJan。

29。

Through37daysofracing,Millernowholdsa26-19edgeoverJerryHollendorfer,and,intheall-importantstakeswoncategory,MillerleadsTheDorfninetofive。

BIGCAPTRIVIA?

TheGradeI,$750,000SantaAnitaHandicap,tobecontestedatamileandaquarteronSaturday,willberunforthe80thtime,datingbacktoAzucarswinwithGeorgeWoolfaboardin1935?

Inits79previousrunnings,howmanyhorseshavecarried130poundstovictory?

ANSWER?

AtthebottomoftodaysFinishLines。

FINISHLINES?

NotableSantaAnitaworksthismorning?

KobesBack,PeterEurton,49。

20,Accelerate,JohnSadler,1:01。

80,BattleofMidway,JerryHollendorfer,(bullet)1:00。

20,MidnightStorm,PhilDAmato,1:01。

20,Mastery,BobBaffert,(bullet)1:12。

60andArrogate,BobBaffert,1:24。

00Additionally,KaleemShahsDortmund,preppingfortheGradeIFrankE。

KilroeMile(turf)workedsevenfurlongsthismorningatLosAlamitosin1:25。

80?

TrainerArtShermanhadthe2015SantaAnitaDerbywinnergallopingoutamilein1:38。

40AllTHOROUGHBREDSmembersatSantaAnitaonBigCapDay,Saturday,March11,willwillreceiveafreeSantaAnitaumbrellawithpaidadmissionwhilesupplieslast?

Therewillbea$1millionguaranteedLatePick4anda$100,000guaranteedPickSix?

Firstposttimewillbe12noon,withadmissiongatesopeningat10a。

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OnSaturday,March18,SantaAnitaofferstheSt。

PaddysDayPitch,withthepersonwhotossesaringerwinning$1million!

Itsfreetoenter?

Justgetontrack,filloutacontestentrycardandyoucouldbeoneoffourentriesselectedtoparticipate,orsignuponlineatsantaanita。

com/eventsbeforeMarch18,asoneonlineentrywillalsobechosen。

BIGCAPTRIVIAANSWER?

Sevenhorseshavecarried130poundstovictoryintheBigCap?