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From the Santa Anita Media Team:
MAXIM RATE SEEKS G2 GOLD IN GOLDIKOVA
Maxim Rate, a consistent daughter of Exchange Rate, seeks her first Grade II victory when she runs in next Sunday’s $200,000 Goldikova Stakes for fillies and mares three and up at a mile on turf.
The four-year-old Kentucky-bred gray trained by Simon Callaghan for owners Slam Dunk Racing and James Branham was second in the Grade I Rodeo Drive at a mile and a quarter on Sept. 26, and while she seems to have few distance limitations, a mile appears to be right in her wheelhouse.
In six starts at that distance (all 12 of her career races have been on turf), Maxim Rate has three wins and a second. She won the Grade III Senorita at one mile on Santa Anita’s turf course on May 4, 2019, and her debut race at Santa Anita on Feb. 16, 2019 also resulted in victory at a mile.
Maxim Rate has a 4-3-0 record from 12 starts with earnings of $282,185. Umberto Rispoli, who won two races on her at Del Mar, will be back aboard in the Goldikova, named for the Irish-bred filly who is the only horse to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile three times, in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
UNBEATEN GLATT CLAIM MOVES UP TO GRADE III MADDY
Mark Glatt’s keen eye for a horse and astute knowledge of bloodlines has proved perfect so far for Magic At Midnight.
The 47-year-old trainer, four shy of 1,000 career victories, claimed the four-year-old filly for $30,000 out of a 13-length debut victory at Los Alamitos on July 14, 2019.
She has since moved up the ladder to win her next four starts by a combined margin of 12 ½ lengths, all sprints, one on grass, and Glatt hopes she can add to the streak in this Saturday’s Grade III Senator Ken Maddy Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 5 ½ furlongs on turf.
“I remembered her dam was a pretty strong racehorse, a good allowance-type filly,” Glatt said when asked why he made the claim for the daughter of Midnight Lute out of the Dixie Union mare Magical Band.
“I like Midnight Lute fillies. I’ve had a couple of others that were nice enough, so I decided to make a claim out for her and if she looked the part, take chance.
“She certainly looked the part. She’s a very nice-looking filly.”
Abel Cedillo, who has been aboard in her last two victories, retains the mount in the Maddy.
Glatt also has Sharp Samurai, Tartini and Zestful nominated to next Sunday’s $70,000 Lure Stakes for three-year-olds and up at a mile on turf and said “they’re all possible” starters.
The Maddy is named for the late California State Senator who was a dedicated and passionate proponent of racing. He died in 2000 after which the Oak Tree Racing Association named this race in his honor. (Trivia question: what was it called prior to being changed to the Maddy? Answer below).
The Lure Stakes is named for Lure, back-to-back winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 1992-93. Trained by Shug McGaughey, the son of Danzig had a 14-8-0 record from 25 starts.
LEWIS CELEBRATES MILESTONE 1,000TH VICTORY
Craig Lewis did a little bit of celebrating last night after Warren’s Showtime won Saturday’s Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes to give the 73-year-old trainer career victory No. 1,000.
He watched a baseball game and a boxing match on TV, then it was business as usual and he was back on the beat early Sunday morning.
“I stayed up till 10 o’clock,” said Los Angeles native Lewis, who began training in 1978 and who holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Cal Berkeley.
“I was a little disappointed early yesterday when we ran second with the first two horses I ran (Warrens Candy Man in the first race and Dancing Dana in the fourth), but I guess we won the one that mattered and it kind of worked out well.”
Lewis started in racing as a teenager, learning the ropes under legendary Hall of Fame trainer Hirsch Jacobs, who claimed the iron horse Stymie for $1,500 as a two-year-old. Stymie would go on to run in an amazing 135 races, winning 35 and also earn Hall of Fame recognition.
Not only did Lewis win a graded stakes for his milestone victory, he trained both the sire (Clubhouse Ride) and the dam (Warren’s Veneda) of Warren’s Showtime, both multiple stakes winners in their own right.
“I’ve been very fortunate,” Lewis said after the victory. “I’ve had a lot of great horses in my career. Cutlass Reality beat back to back Derby winners Alysheba and Ferdinand in the (1988) Hollywood Gold Cup, Music Merci, winner of the (1988) Del Mar Futurity and (1989) Illinois Derby, and many other big races, and of course Larry the Legend (game winner of the 1995 Santa Anita Derby).
“I’ve had multiple other good horses and a lot of great owners. I’m very thankful and feel very fortunate, very grateful, to be in this situation.”
Said winning owner/breeder Benjamin Warren: “This is just wonderful and it’s great that this is Craig’s 1,000th win. This puts her at $500,000 in earnings at age three and that’s pretty good . . . I went partners with (former Major League baseball star) Irv Noren on my first horse in 1980, so to have this filly doing this well is tremendous.”
Warren’s Showtime was fifth of seven early in the Autumn Miss but responded to strong urging by Flavien Prat to win by a neck as the 7-10 favorite. Victory didn’t come easy.
“What was going through my mind was she might not get there,” Lewis admitted. “But as usual she did not disappoint. She’s really a genuine filly who gives it every time.”
That usually results in a happy ending, none so happy as yesterday.
SERVICES FOR BARRY ABRAMS AT 3 P.M. MONDAY
Services for Barry Abrams will be held 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19 at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills.
The popular former trainer passed away last Friday at the age of 66.
Forest Lawn is located at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, 90068, telephone 1-800-204-3131,
NEW $1 GOLDEN HOUR PICK 4
Santa Anita now offers a comprehensive betting menu including the new $1 Golden Hour Pick 4. The wager, which features a low 15% takeout popular with players, links the last two races from Santa Anita and the last two races from Golden Gate Fields each racing day.
It complements the popular $5 Golden Hour Double, which premiered earlier this year during Santa Anita’s winter-spring season.
While Santa Anita remains closed to the public due to Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 restrictions, fans can watch the live races streaming in HD free of charge on santaanita.com. There are several on-line wagering options available, including 1stBet.com, Santa Anita’s official wagering platform, which can be downloaded for free at the App Store. All of Santa Anita’s races also will be shown live on TVG.
The heart of Santa Anita’s player friendly program belongs to the early Pick 5, linking the first five races offered each day. At 14%, the popular wager features one of the lowest takeout rates in the country on a multi-race wager. Bookending the card is a late Pick 5, featuring the last five races each day.
Santa Anita’s 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot returns, consisting of the final six races each day. The 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six has developed a following as it has the propensity to grow into a massive jackpot pool of millions of dollars, paid only to a single ticket with all six winners.
All bets, including the Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, have mandatory payouts on closing day, Oct. 25.
Santa Anita’s betting menu is rounded out by numerous wagering opportunities that players have come to expect from The Great Race Place, including $2 Win, Place and Show wagering featuring the lowest takeout of any major racetrack in North America, plus $1 Exactas, $2 rolling Daily Doubles, 50 cent rolling Pick 3s, early and late 50 cent Pick 4s, early and late 50 cent Pick 5s, the $1 Super High 5 and 10 cent Superfectas on all races with a minimum of six runners.
FINISH LINES: Hard Not to Love and Midcourt each worked Saturday but trainer John Shirreffs said this morning he was “not sure” whether they would be entered in Breeders’ Cup races . . . This morning, Bob Baffert sent Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Maximum Security five furlongs in 59.80 and Juvenile contender Spielberg the same distance in a bullet 59.20, fastest of 33 drills at the distance. There were 96 recorded works Sunday, 15 on the training track . . . Live racing resumes at Santa Anita 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. The Autumn Meet concludes Sunday, Oct. 25 . . . Early reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 1. Turn your clocks back one hour Saturday night, Oct. 31 . . . Trivia answer: The Autumn Days Handicap.