by Aubrey BruceFor New Pittsburgh CourierHey, I don’t know about “you’s” guys but when I think of Wounded Knee it is not the left knee that I injured falling on the ice on New Year’s Day 2013. Do not let your imaginations run wild because no, my slip and fall was not because of too much merlot; it was because of not enough salt in my walkway. However contrary to popular belief, life may in many cases imitate art; in my case my “distressed” knee did not cause distress for anyone but me. But that was not the case for the Washington Redskins this past weekend.There are all sorts of unacceptable caricatures of native Americans with sports franchises being named the “Redskins” and “Indians.” However, when the Seattle Seahawks faced the Redskins in an NFC wildcard round in Washington, D.C. it was a “wounded knee” that disarmed the “Skins” and was pivotal in the outcome. This game was filled with so many social variables and contrasts that it would take a lot more space than I have here so please bear with me. First, the “Skins”All-Galaxy rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was poised to face off against the now All-Universe rookie quarterback for the “Hawks,” Russell Wilson. Wilson was drafted two rungs lower than Andrew Luck, the first overall pick of the 2012 draft, and second pick RG III. Regardless, there were no “tomahawk chops” or any other signs that could have stopped the “little big man” from Seattle from climbing the ladder of legend. First and foremost there were many opinions as to why RG III should not have been starting the game in the first place. Doctor James Andrews, the knee specialist who also helped Adrian Peterson’s return to the gridiron for the 2012 season is not quite seeing eye to eye with Redskins head Coach Mike Shanahan’s assertion that he had Andrews’ okay to put Griffin back in the game after he was injured against the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 9. “He’s on the sidelines with Dr. Andrews. He had a chance to look at him and he said he could go back in,” Shanahan said the day after the Ravens game. “(I said) ‘Hey, Dr. Andrews, can Robert go back in?’ Yeah, he can go back in. ‘Robert, go back in.’ That was it,” Shanahan said. Dr. Andrews did not quite agree with coach Shanahan’s observation. “[Griffin] didn’t even let us look at him,” Andrews said. “He came off the field, walked through the sidelines, circled back through the players, and took off back to the field. It wasn’t our opinion. We didn’t even get to touch him or talk to him. Scared the hell out of me.”Mr. Wilson performed as though he was the one who should have gotten the serious “cheese.” Wilson was the first rookie quarterback to win a playoff game after his team trailed by as many as 14 points, leading the Seahawks to a 24-14 victory over the Redskins. RG III also played a gutsy game. Did you guys and gals know that this was the first time that two “rookie” quarterbacks of “color” faced off in a playoff game? The NFL has come a long ways in regards to the skill positions but there seems to be a long way to go before there is a resolution in regards to folks being comfortable with “colored” field generals. When it comes to quarterbacks, they should just be quarterbacks. A few weeks ago I severely criticized Ben Roethlisberger for his horrendous performance against the Cincy Bengals that knocked the Steelers out of the postseason. I received a caustic anti-minority email from [email protected] that said, “Translation: I don’t like the 6’-5” cracker with two Super Bowl rings. What a load of garbage your article is. How many turnovers did the Steelers offense have in three games WITHOUT Ben? Funny, how those games didn’t get mentioned. Including the game when Byron Leftwich sucked or the three pick game that Charlie Batch threw in a 6 point loss to the Browns. We both know why those games were omitted don’t we? Funny how the defense crapping the bed in Oakland and Tennessee didn’t get mentioned either. It’s OK Aubrey, we both know why.” Hey Keith J. Fro, translation: you don’t know what the he-l you’re talking about. Did you ever read any of the articles I wrote criticizing the Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin? Did you glance across the piece I penned several weeks ago in which I said that Charlie Batch did not deserve an NFL paycheck as a result of his terrible performance against the Browns in Cleveland? Or that as a result of his many injuries that back up QB Byron Leftwich should have been cut long ago? Get a life, Keith. Translation: it’s okay to beat up on the Black guy that many “folks” in the Steelers nation chop up on a daily basis as an example of the “Rooney Rule” gone terribly, terribly wrong. Secondly, Mr. “Fro” mostly all of my media and sports journalism buddies are White (I don’t care they are still my brothers and I love them and their families dearly) but less than 5 percent of Black journalist’s cover the NFL for AP and the other dailies, yet more than 75 percent of the players are Black. Does that make sense, Brother “Fro”? Just because an athlete is White does not mean that he is right and just because he is Black does not mean that he has to step back…peace, I’m out.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.) AUBREY BRUCE
JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE PEGRAM, PART-OWNER, HOPPERTUNITY, WINNER: “He’s a damn good horse. Martin had to use him to get a position and when he pushed the button, he went. This horse has proven he can ship, so we know he can travel and he likes it here. It’s nice to have options.” MARTIN GARCIA, HOPPERTUNITY, WINNER: “I rode him with a lot of confidence; I knew I had the best horse. I just let him break, I saved ground on the rail and I knew they were going fast up front so I just had to wait. I expected that and more.” TRAINER QUOTES BOB BAFFERT, HOPPERTUNITY, WINNER: “He was training well but I worry about him on this track because (Martin Garcia) has to ride the horse, let him just pick it up and build it up and he’ll come running late.“He saved ground with him, he didn’t panic. He rode a really smart race today; it was good. I haven’t been able to run a lot of horses, and finally, I ran a couple live horses and we won, so it’s good to get back in the Winner’s Circle.“We had this race in mind. We know every race is going to be different, so we’ll just let him space his races out. He could show up anywhere; I don’t know yet.”Asked if the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7 could be a consideration: “It could be. Anything’s a consideration. He’ll be nominated everywhere and we know he ships well.” NOTES: The winning owners are Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman of Tucson. VICTOR ESPINOZA, APPEALING TALE, SECOND: “He got caught a little wide. The (nine) horse (Blue Tone) in front of me drifted out a little, but I was already there so there wasn’t much I could do; I just had to go with it. He ran great though. Coming off the layoff, he’s better then before. To be able to run like this just the second time off that layoff is a good race for him to have; he’s going forward. I think any little bit helps, so if he didn’t get carried wide maybe . . . ”
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2015)–Santa Anita’s Winter Meet Opening Day, Saturday, Dec. 26, will offer fans much more than just world class Thoroughbred action in American racing’s most beautiful winter setting. In addition to four graded stakes, all on-track fans will receive the track’s traditional full color wall calendar, free with paid admission and Mathis Brothers Furniture, sponsor of the opening day Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) will provide the first 20,000 fans with a $100 gift certificate, redeemable at Mathis Brothers, one of America’s leading furniture retailers. Additionally, the first 5,000 kids, 17 and under, will receive a miniature Thoroughbred plush toy, courtesy of Mathis Brothers Furniture.In addition to the Mathis Brothers Mile, Santa Anita will also present a pair of Grade I, seven furlong stakes worth $300,000 each; the Malibu and the La Brea. The Grade III, $100,000 Daytona Stakes, for 3-year-olds and up at 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course, will round out the opening day stakes action.Santa Anita’s Vice President of Marketing, Nate Newby, noted that the partnership forged between The Great Race Place and Mathis Brothers Furniture has become synonymous with Opening Day.“We are thrilled to continue to grow our Opening Day partnership with Mathis Brothers,” said Newby. “They are (again) sponsoring the race but we’ve also developed a marketing partnership with promotions, contests, and giveaways that drive traffic to Santa Anita as well as to the Mathis Brothers flagship store just a few miles away in Ontario.“Plus, we love working with people like Bill Mathis, who is a horse owner and enthusiastic racing fan. It makes these types of partnerships more fun and generally more beneficial for both companies.”Themed “What’s In a Name,” the 2016 wall calendar will no doubt be in keen demand among racegoers everywhere as fans will be treated to monthly depictions of how notable Thoroughbreds, who have competed at The Great Race Place over a period of nine decades, have come to be named.Opening Day attendees are also encouraged to come in their “Holiday Best,” and participate in Santa Anita’s “Passion for Fashion” contest, which will reward the winner with a $2,500 gift certificate redeemable at Mathis Brothers Furniture.All fans 18 and over are eligible to sign up for “Passion for Passion” in the East Paddock Gardens near Champions! Gifts and Apparel. The top 10 “Passion” finalists will be announced before the Mathis Brothers Mile, with the winner taking home the $2,500 Mathis Brothers gift certificate and six passes to Santa Anita’s popular Winner’s Terrace, which adjoins the Winner’s Circle.Santa Anita’s popular Guest Chef Series will also return on Opening Day, with LA’s hottest culinary event taking place in the track’s luxurious Chandelier Room. Fans are encouraged to experience some of LA’s most innovative restaurants steeped in the timeless tradition of Thoroughbred racing in this one-of-a-kind event.Fans can enjoy an amazing menu created by LA’s own, The Church Key, and experience live music provided by the mult-talented James Torme’. Guest Chef Series tickets are on sale now at santaanita.com/chefseries.For more contest information on opening day at Santa Anita, please visit santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-RACE. ‘PASSION FOR FASHION’ CONTEST TO OFFER WINNER $2,500 MATHIS BROTHERS GIFT CERTIFICATE
IN ANY LANGUAGE, CHAO CHOM’S A WINNERConsidering the owner doesn’t speak English and the trainer doesn’t speak Thai, S. Sandow, Inc. and Gary Stute have a business relationship made in heaven.Stute trains Chao Chom for Sandow, who plans to be on hand when the upstart daughter of Tizbud runs in the Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs on opening day, Dec. 26.“It’s a big step up for her but as long as I get (Kent) Desormeaux, I’ll be happy,” Stute said. It was Hall of Fame rider Desormeaux who piloted 8-1 Chao Chom to a 1 ¾-length upset over 1-9 favorite Enola Gray in the Betty Grable Stakes for California-breds at Del Mar Nov. 13.“He’s got those magic hands,” Stute said of Desormeaux, who was riding the filly for the first time. “He had a chance to ride another filly in the Betty Grable, but that owner wanted to try somebody else.”Stute said Chao Chom’s owner, who owns a business that collects trash in Bangkok, usually visits the United States later in the year but is coming in specifically to see Chao Chom run in the La Brea.“The difficult part of our relationship is, I don’t speak Thai and he doesn’t speak English, and I’ve been training for him 15 years,” Gary said. “My Dad (retired trainer Mel Stute) loves them. Every time they come here, his wife gives him a hundred-dollar bill.”Chao Chom worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Tuesday in a bullet 1:12.20 under jockey Juan Ochoa. STORYBOOK HORSE LEAVES BIG VOID FOR SHERMAN The penultimate chapter in California Chrome’s fairytale career is scheduled to unfold Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course, as the soon to be 6-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit readies for a highly anticipated rematch with Arrogate in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park–Chrome’s farewell race before being retired to stud at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky.“He looks very good,” trainer Art Sherman said three days after Chrome had his final workout for the Los Alamitos Winter Challenge. “He’s been training forwardly and I look for him to run a decent race.”If all goes well after Saturday, plans call for Chrome to leave for Florida on Jan. 6 “and train at Gulfstream prior to the race.”California Chrome will leave a gaping chasm not only in racing but in America’s mainstream. Winner of the Kentucky Derby in 2014 when he was named Horse of the Year, California Chrome won the $10 million Dubai World Cup last March, was second by a half-length to champion-in-waiting Arrogate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 5 and is North America’s all-time leading money earner with $14,452,650, boasting a 15-4-1 record from 25 starts.Chrome’s life as a stallion will require an adjustment for both horse and trainer.“When I look at that stall and see he’s not in there, it will be a void for me,” Sherman said. “But he’s got some great mares lined up, so I’m hoping he’ll be a really decent stud.”That, of course, remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Sherman can’t complain.“It’s been one helluva ride for me,” said the Brooklyn native who turns 80 come Feb. 17. “He’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse. Every trainer hopes he can have a horse like him and I was lucky enough to have him. It’s been great for me, my family and friends.”While the California Chrome story on the race track is due to end Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park, his untarnished tale of the turf could live on in perpetuity.Sherman said a book that would be authored by Daily Racing Form’s Eclipse Award-winning Executive Columnist Jay Hovdey has been discussed.“There are a lot of memories,” Sherman said. “I can tell you that.” SANTA ANITA OFFERS POPULAR WALL CALENDAR AND MUCH MORE OPENING DAY In addition to four graded stakes, Santa Anita Park will again treat fans to its popular 2017 wall calendar and much more with the beginning of its traditional Winter Meet on Monday, Dec. 26. A fan favorite for decades, the Santa Anita 2017 wall calendar will be given free of charge to all attendees with paid admission. With a pair of Grade I stakes, the Malibu and the La Brea leading the way, Santa Anita’s Winter Meet opener will again command center stage among racing fans nationwide.Mathis Brothers Furniture, for whom the opening day Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile is named, will provide a plush Thoroughbred toy to the first 5,000 kids 12 and under, as well as Mathis Brothers Gift certificates to all paid attendees. Santa Anita will also provide a Family Fun Zone in its spacious Infield Area. (General Admission and parking are free in the Infield, via Gate 6 off of Colorado Place).Santa Anita’s luxurious Chandelier Room will again play host to the highly acclaimed Guest Chef Series as one of LA’s hottest restaurants will provide contemporary cuisine and post-holiday celebration. Ticketing, available online, includes innovative signature dishes throughout the afternoon, six delicious whiskey tastings, live music, a racing program, a wagering tip sheet and more. To purchase tickets, please visit santaanita.com/events.With first post time set at 12 noon, admission gates will open at 10 a.m.Here’s a schedule of opening day events:–Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs. –Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs –Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds –Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, at 6 ½ furlongs down hillside turf –Free 2017 Santa Anita Wall Calendar –Free Mathis Brothers plush Thoroughbred toy to first 5,000 kids 12 and under –A Mathis Brothers Gift Certificate, free with paid admission –Craft Beer and Cider Festival on Grandstand Apron (packages available at santaanita.com/events) –Guest Chef Series in the Chandelier Room featuring a catered menu from one of LA’s hottest restaurants, delicious whiskey tastings, live music and more, visit santaanita.com/events for details –Infield Family Fun Zone featuring pony rides and much more, visit santaanita.com/events –Bud Light Lounge, all you can eat buffet, first beer included, racing program and more, visit santaanita.com/events Entries for opening day races will be taken Wednesday, Dec. 21. For more racing and event information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. CLASSIC WINNER ARROGATE DRILLS FOR 2017 DEBUTLANGUAGE BARRIER NO PROBLEM FOR GARY STUTESANTA ANITA WINTER MEET STARTS MONDAY, DEC. 26CHROME’S FAREWELL CALIFORNIA RACE SATURDAY ARROGATE COULD RUN IN SAN PASQUAL STAKES JAN. 1Juddmonte Farm’s Arrogate, who upset fan favorite California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 6, worked five furlongs Tuesday at The Great Race Place in a bullet 58.40, fastest of 77 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:01.39.Trainer Bob Baffert told bloodhorse.com that Arrogate could make his 2017 debut in the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 1, which could lead to the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28.Martin Garcia was aboard for the drill.“When he came back, he was just full of himself, it was like nothing for him,” Baffert said of Arrogate. “He’s so impressive. After retiring American Pharoah, I never dreamt I would be dealing with another horse of his caliber, but he’s just getting stronger and better every day.” FINISH LINES: As is its tradition, Santa Anita begins its Winter Meet at 12 noon the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, which falls on a Monday but is considered a holiday since Christmas is on a Sunday. Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 27 and 28, and resume live racing Thursday, Dec. 29, at 12:30 p.m. . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Los Alamitos Race Course. An audio-only webcast of the Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The public is encouraged to attend.
Joseph Talamo13019121815%38%$629,203 Steven Miyadi55814615%51%$374,333 Jerry Hollendorfer10219132119%52%$1,438,064 Peter Eurton48105621%44%$531,807 Flavien Prat18941303722%57%$2,743,674 Tiago Pereira9511111312%37%$380,035 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won 1940 BIG ‘CAP STARTING GATE IN PADDOCK GARDENSSanta Anita’s first-ever electronic starting gate, which housed the legendary Seabiscuit prior to his career-capping victory in the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap, has been completely refurbished and will be on display for fans to admire in the track’s East Paddock Gardens this Saturday, Santa Anita Handicap Day, at Santa Anita.De-commissioned for decades, the 15 ton gate had been relegated to Santa Anita’s own “battleship row,” according to assistant starter John Lopez, who headed the renovation project.“I had been looking at that gate since I was a little kid and I just decided this was something that needed to be done,” said Lopez, 59, who began working as an assistant starter in 1977. “It was just wasting away and I said, ‘You know what, I can do this.’ It’s like putting a model airplane or car back together.”With Lopez heading the project that began this past May, he was assisted by Santa Anita’s Carpenter and Paint Shops, as well as the track’s Director of Graphics, Candice Coder Chew.“The carpenters built the sign, the painters stripped everything down and brought it back to life and Candi was able to provide the numbers on top of the gate,” said Lopez. “I just put everything back together…It’s nice to see the ‘Old Lady’ come back to life again.”The vintage starting gate, which was originally assembled on-site prior to the 1939/40 meeting, provides a link to a legendary past that can be revisited by all on Santa Anita Handicap Day, this Saturday, at The Great Race Place.First post time on Big ‘Cap Day, this Saturday, is at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Stewart Elliott12914151811%36%$689,348 Rafael Bejarano10719161918%50%$1,060,623 Corey Nakatani64117617%38%$603,401 John W. Sadler478101017%60%$503,869 Philip D’Amato731591321%51%$896,630 Kristin Mulhall3176323%52%$213,230 FINISH LINES: California-bred Masochistic, idle since running second in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint here on Nov. 5, drew post position five with Mike Smith in a field of seven for Saturday’s Grade I Triple Bend Stakes and appears to be the speed of the race. “It looks good and he should be fit enough,” said trainer Ron Ellis…A winner of the 2015 Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, Ring Weekend, trained by Graham Motion, drew post five in a field of seven for Saturday’s Kilroe and will be ridden for the second time in a row by Rafael Bejarano. “He caught a sloppy track in the San Gabriel (Grade III, 1 1/8 miles, two starts back on Jan. 7) and he had a slow start in the Arcadia (Grade II, one mile turf on Feb. 11),” said Aimee Dollase, assistant to Motion. “Rafael kind of waited late to ask him in the Arcadia, but the horse is training good. Hopefully, he knows him better this time, we’ll get a good trip and get lucky.”…Trainer John Shirreffs, a recently announced finalist for the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame ballot, has opted to “stay home” and run in Saturday’s Grade II San Felipe Stakes with his prized Derby hopeful, Gormley. “The big thing was how well Gormley worked here when he went (six furlongs) in 1:11 and change (best of 14 at the distance on Feb. 27),” said Shirreffs…Trained by Phil D’Amato, speedy Midnight Storm, who drew the rail in Saturday’s Grade I Santa Anita Handicap with Rafael Bejarano, would appear to have limited options in terms of early strategy. “We’ve got the rail and we hope he gets out of there good,” said D’Amato. “I think Rafael’s going to try and control the race and we’ll see what happens.”…Jockey Edwin Maldonado reports agent Joe Griffin is “doing good” after undergoing open heart surgery at Arcadia Methodist Hospital on Monday. “He’ll probably be up and walking tomorrow,” Maldonado said. (Current Through Sunday, March 5, 2017 Inclusive) Jockey Standings Tyler Baze20334402317%48%$1,606,591 Martin Pedroza9913191713%49%$559,048 CLASSY DORTMUND GOES GREEN IN KILROE MILEFOUR-TIME ECLIPSE CHAMP CASTELLANO HERE ON SATURDAYVINTAGE 1940 STARTING GATE ON DISPLAY IN PADDOCK GARDENSTWO-TIME BIG ‘CAP WINNER JOHN HENRY BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1975SHIRREFFS ‘STAYS HOME’ WITH GORMLEY IN SAN FELIPE Kent Desormeaux11924151220%43%$1,403,077 OPPORTUNITY BRINGS ECLIPSE CHAMP CASTELLANO TO SANTA ANITAWith regular rider Gary Stevens, idle since undergoing right hip replacement surgery on Dec. 21, returning to action in today’s fourth race, trainer Peter Eurton opted to book four-time Eclipse Champion Jockey Javier Castellano to ride his late running grey, Kobe’s Back, in Saturday’s Grade I, Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs. Kobe’s Back, a multiple graded stakes winning 6-year-old by Flatter, has been idle since running third in last year’s Triple Bend on June 25 and had been ridden in 11 consecutive starts, dating back to March, 2015, by Hall of Famer Stevens.“Saturday is a big day of racing at Santa Anita and the Triple Bend has a $400,000 purse,” said Eurton. “I know Mike (Lakow, agent for Castellano and former Santa Anita Assistant Racing Secretary). There’s not much else on the East Coast this Saturday except maybe at Tampa Bay Downs, so I thought Javier might want to ride here that day.”And ride he will. In addition to Kobe’s Back, Castellano is named to ride Bal a Bali for Richard Mandella in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Stakes and Shaman Ghost, for Jimmy Jerkens, in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap. Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Trainer Standings SANTA ANITA STATISTICS GRASS IS GREENER FOR DORTMUND IN GRADE I KILROE MILE Saturday’s Grade I, Frank E. Kilroe Mile on grass will mark at least two firsts: The first time Dortmund runs on turf and the first time the 5-year-old son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown runs in a stakes for owner Kaleem Shah under his new trainer Art Sherman.Dortmund, a winner of five of seven starts on Santa Anita’s main track, including the Grade I Santa Anita Derby in 2015, has not raced since finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile here on Nov. 4, but even though the Kilroe attracted six graded stakes winners on turf, Sherman opted to go there rather than run seven furlongs on dirt in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes, for which Dortmund was also nominated.Overall, Dortmund has eight wins from 14 career starts, with earnings just under $2 million.“He left Los Alamitos on Wednesday for Santa Anita, where he’ll school for a couple days,” Sherman said. “If you really think about it, seven eighths is probably one of the toughest distances on a horse. You’ve got to run every inch of the way.“It’s just a hard, hard race to recover from, and Dortmund has some grass breeding and it’s an opportune time to try him on the grass. You don’t have to win, but if he runs a good race, it gives me another option.”Sherman, who along with Doug O’Neill, picked up several horses that had been previously trained by Bob Baffert for Shah in December, allowed that he likes the position he’s in.“I run a horse for Kaleem for the first time Friday (Besides the Point, in the seventh race), but the Kilroe will be the first time I’ve run in a stakes for him. I also have Klimt (a winner of the Grade I Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 5), but he won’t be ready until Del Mar this summer.“Kaleem is very nice. I don’t know what happened (between him and Baffert). I don’t get into any of that. I was just happy to get the horses.”As for two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, now at stud in Kentucky, Sherman says the California-bred son of the late Lucky Pulpit is enjoying life.“He’s really strong right now. He’s being bred to 130 mares, so he better be strong!” Peter Miller892721930%64%$1,330,356 Richard Baltas10719191718%51%$1,010,787 (Current Through Sunday, March 5, 2017 Inclusive) Doug F. O’Neill11815241913%49%$1,173,586 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.90188920%39%$790,821 Bob Baffert49106920%51%$966,131 Mike Smith421431233%69%$1,337,167 William Spawr27104337%63%$303,251 Mark Glatt65911914%45%$419,760 Vladimir Cerin46910620%54%$334,024 Edwin Maldonado61107916%43%$321,640 BIG ‘CAP TRIVIA: Two-time Horse of the Year John Henry, who was trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally, won the 1981 Big ‘Cap under 128 pounds and Laffit Pincay, Jr. The following year, he took the race via disqualification under Bill Shoemaker and 130 pounds, thus becoming the first two-time winner of the Big ‘Cap. Regarded as one of the greatest geldings of all time, John Henry, a son of Ole Bob Bowers, was foaled on this date in 1975. Santiago Gonzalez10912181311%39%$570,427 J. Keith Desormeaux3573520%43%$447,105