CAUSEFORCOMMOTION, ANIMOSITY & LYNNE’S LEGACY PROMINENT IN MARATHON GRADE III, $100,000 SANTA BARBARA STAKES

first_imgCAUSEFORCOMMOTION, ANIMOSITY & LYNNE’S LEGACY PROMINENT IN MARATHON GRADE III, $100,000 SANTA BARBARA STAKES AT 1 ½ MILES ON TURF SATURDAY ARCADIA, Calif. (May 9, 2019)–In a race devoid of any clear-cut standout, trainer Eric Kruljac’s Causeforcommotion, Paddy Gallagher’s Animosity and Doug O’Neill’s Lynne’s Legacy loom prominently among a field of six fillies and mare three and up going a mile and one half on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Barbara Stakes at Santa Anita.A close second in last year’s Santa Barbara, Causeforcommotion went to the sidelines following a win here in the mile and one quarter turf Possibly Perfect Stakes June 3 and didn’t resurface until running third, beaten 3 ¾ lengths, in a mile turf classified allowance on April 14.In her second start of the year, Animosity, who was second in the Grade II Honeymoon Stakes in her third career start on June 9, 2018, was an impressive 1 ¾ length gate to wire winner of a 1 1/8 mile turf allowance on April 7 and could be sitting on a huge effort Saturday.Lynne’s Legacy would appear to be coming off the best race, as she was third, beaten one length, in the Grade III, mile and one quarter turf Santa Ana Stakes on March 30.Guiliana, a French-bred trained by Leonard Powell, showed ample promise, running a close second behind Animosity in her U.S. debut here on April 7 and would appear to have considerable upside.CAUSEFORCOMMOTIONOwner:  E. Dunham, Eric Kruljac, Jim Reed, J. Sondereker and D. & S. YipTrainer:  Eric KruljacA 5-year-old mare by the Dynaformer stallion Americain, Animosty’s only other graded stakes experience came in last year’s Santa Barbara, a race in which she attended the pace and finished second, beaten a half length.  With a recent race under her belt, she’s the likely favorite on Sunday as she’ll be reunited with Geovanni Franco, who was aboard in last year’s Santa Barbara and in his most recent pairing with her, guided her to victory in the ungraded Possible Perfect Stakes two starts back in June of 2018.ANIMOSITYOwner:  Eclipse Thoroughbred PartnersTrainer:  Paddy GallagherA sharp gate to wire classified allowance winner going 1 1/8 miles on turf April 7, this 4-year-old daughter of Animal Kingdom was completely dominant on the front end and appears poised to bring forth another big effort as she stretches out three furlongs in the Santa Barbara, which will be her third start of the year. With three wins from eight starts, she, like the remainder of the field, is looking for her first graded stakes victory.LYNNE’S LEGACYOwner:  Maureen Richardson, Ritchie Robershaw & Terri Tucker          Trainer:  Doug O’NeillThird, beaten 5 ¾ lengths in the Grade III, mile and one half turf Astra Stakes three starts back on Jan. 20, this 6-year-old California-bred mare by Unusual Heat was most recently third, beaten a length, in the Grade III Santa Ana Stakes at a mile and one quarter on turf March 30. Although her resume is devoid of a graded stakes win, she’s been consistent over parts of five racing seasons and if she gets a fast pace to run at, looms a very serious threat on Saturday. With an overall mark of 32-5-3-6, she has career earnings of $330,131.GUILIANAOwner:  Red Baron’s Barn & Rancho TemescalTrainer:  Leonard PowellA close second going a mile and one eighth on turf in her U.S. debut April 7, this 5-year-old French-bred mare would appear to have considerable upside as she retains the services of a high-riding Flavien Prat. Despite breaking slowly, she was only beaten 1 ¾ lengths and was highly regarded at 5-2 in a field of five. Unplaced in a one mile turf Group III stakes in Italy four starts back on Sept. 23, 11 out of her 14 European starts came in Germany. In what will be her second start for Powell, the tote board would certainly merit a discerning look.THE GRADE III SANTA BARBARA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 9 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PTAnimosity–Victor Espinoza–121                                          7-2Causeforcommotion–Geovanni Franco–121               9-5Kodiak West–Drayden Van Dyke–121                             6-1Lynne’s Legacy–Alonso Quinonez–121                            2-1Guiliana–Flavien Prat–121                                                      7-2Queen Bee to You–Ruben Fuentes–121                       15-1First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Press Talk Time to 30 the Prelude

first_imgEight years ago my 1986 Honda Prelude — already beaten and battered — was stolen out of my Salmon Creek driveway.I thought that would be it for my relationship with the lean, mean, red machine.Surely it would end up someplace in Atlanta, stripped down for parts or maybe at the bottom of a lake.And even if by chance it was recovered it likely would be beyond repair.But surprisingly the PD (Prelude Dream) was recovered and it was salvageable.Still, I wondered back in 2005 if it was worth putting the needed money in it to get ‘er fixed.Somewhat reluctantly, I did.Today, however, as you read this column, I am shopping for a car.The oil is leaking, I can’t keep power steering fluid in it, the tires are worn, the speedometer gave out, the mileage thingy doesn’t work and there’s one red light on the panel that never goes off. I bought it new. But now … it’s time.Back when it was stolen I wrote a column about it all. Today, to pay homage to my beloved car, the following is a shortened and edited version of that column, written through the eyes of my car:o o o Who the heck are these guys! Chief! Are you up there? I think someone’s trying to steal me. Can you hear these punks? No, no, no, don’t break the window. The Chief never locks me. Get in if you must, but get out. Chief! Help!I thought Quail Park was a good neighborhood. Salmon Creek was supposed to be a nice place to live.Do these guys have no respect? You’d think with the top cop in Clark County living down the block, these punks would at least be a little cautious. I guess not.Gawd, no!!!! Not the screwdriver! Stay away from the ignition! No, no, no!o o o I must have passed out there for a minute. But I’m hurt. Bad. Ripped the ignition right out. What punks. Chief! Are you coming? And what’s that bike doing in the back seat? And all that mail? Those CDs and that BB gun? Holy … these guys are using me to steal stuff.last_img read more