A tip of the cap to assistant starter Tim Craigmyle, who Drayden Van Dyke was quick to credit following Improbable’s stirring win in Saturday’s Grade I Awesome Again at Santa Anita. Craigmyle kept the horse calm and along with starter Jay Slender, helped to ensure that he broke well from the gate.
Congratulations to jockey Juan Hernandez on winning the Rodeo Drive Stakes yesterday aboard Mucho Unusual for his first Grade I victory. The George Krikorian California-bred homebred is trained by Tim Yakteen. Hernandez won two other races on the card.
Trainer Richard Baltas has four horses nominated for Saturday’s Grade II City of Hope Mile on turf at Santa Anita but likely will enter two, Wicker winner Bob and Jackie and One Bad Boy, winner of a restricted stakes at Woodbine in June of 2019. Bob and Jackie worked five furlongs on the training track this morning in a bullet 1:02.20.
Grade I winner Ollie’s Candy worked five furlongs yesterday in a minute flat for John Sadler, who has the Candy Ride mare ticketed for the Grade I Spinster at Keeneland this Saturday. Joel Rosario has the call.
City of Hope nominee Bowies Hero, who remarkably has run in 24 consecutive stakes since his maiden victory July 16, 2016 at Lone Star Park, will pass the Grade II race here next Saturday to seek a repeat victory in the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland the same day, trainer Phil D’Amato reports. Joel Rosario rides the son of Artie Schiller, a full horse at age six who boasts an 8-2-3 record from 25 starts with earnings of $1,580,970.
Photo: Ollie’s Candy. Credit: Benoit Photos