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Dreamologist wins Las Cienegas Stakes at Santa Anita

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Dreamologist won the $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths after the race was moved from turf to the dirt track because of the recent rain.

Ridden by Flavien Prat, Dreamologist ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.56 and paid $3.40, $2.60 and $2.20 as the 3-5 favorite in the field of seven fillies and mares.

Off the Road returned $7.60 and $4.40, while Fanticola was another nose back in third and paid $3 to show.

The victory, worth $60,000, increased Dreamologist’s career earnings to $203,710, with four wins in eight starts. It was the 4-year-old filly’s first stakes victory. The race was originally listed as a Grade 3, but its status is under review after change in surface.

“She looked comfortable, looked good,” trainer Richard Mandella said. “We entered for dirt only. She’s done so well on the dirt, we wanted to take a shot at it. This is a nice way to finish the meet.”

Rafael Bejarano won his 13th career riding title and fourth in a row at Santa Anita with 74 victories. Prat finished second with 51 winners. Bejarano also led in purse earnings with $3,527,071, and tied Gary Stevens with eight stakes victories.

Phil D’Amato overtook Doug O’Neill to win the trainers’ title, the 40-year-old’s first ever. D’Amato saddled 41 winners, seven more than second-place O’Neill during the 63-day meet. D’Amato had a leading eight stakes victories, and his horses earned a leading $2,133,810.

The track’s spring meet begins May 5.

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Bold Move Pays Off With San Juan Capistrano Victory

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Pablo Gomez’ Quick Casablanca made a striking move around the final turn to take Sunday’s historic Grade 3 San Juan Capistrano by 2 3/4 lengths on closing day of the Santa Anita winter meet. The 8-year-old son of Until Sundown covered the 1 3/4 miles over yielding turf in 3:19.58 for trainer Ron McAnally, who first won the race with the immortal John Henry in 1980.

“He’s an old horse, he’s a pro,” said McAnally. “He’s been around a long time. He’s been to Chile, he’s been to New York, he’s been to Florida. He’s one professional horse, and he’s old, like me (83).”

Typically run down the hill and then all the way around the turf course, the rain received on Saturday caused the race to be run at two laps around the flat turf course for the first time in it’s history. Quick Casablanca and Tyler Baze were far and away last in the early going while California-bred Cardiac came out of the gate to command the early lead. Tracked from second by Kenjisstorm who traveled wide on the first turn, Cardiac relinquished his lead to that rival the first time down the backstretch. Kenjisstorm made his way to the rail entering the home stretch for the first time and clocked the first mile in 1:47.71.

The order remained largely unchanged until the field entered the clubhouse turn for the second and final time, at which point Baze couldn’t hold off on Quick Casablanca any longer. The older gelding swept through the turn four-wide and blew past the leaders as if they were standing still, quickly pulling out to a 2 3/4-length lead and coasting in to the wire. Generosidade closed well to finish second, and Life’s Journey maintained his pace to hang on for third.

“To do it for Mr. McAnally is so great, it feels special,” said Baze, winning the San Juan for the first time in his career. “He got an unlucky trip last time and he’s a wonderful horse to ride, very talented and he loves long distance races and they’re my favorite. It’s a race you watch as a kid wondering if it’s a race you could ever win and to finally have the chance to do that . . . to win it, it’s fantastic.

“In the paddock the only thing Mr. McAnally told me was to just gallop him the first time around. That was no problem, he’s a real cool horse, push-button, like a pony. I galloped that first mile and picked it up from there and tried to figure out how I was going to push the button because with him, it’s all or nothing. He was really flying that last three-eighths of a mile.”

Bred in Chile by Haras Matancilla, Quick Casablanca marked only the fifth win of his career in the San Juan Capistrano. His total record stands at 5-8-6 from 28 starts, with earnings of nearly $750,000.

San Juan Capistrano: Wide Open Closing Day Feature Attracts Ten

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Separated by a length and a half when last they met, Uruguayan-bred Generosidade and Chilean-bred Quick Casablanca head a field of 10 older marathoners in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at a mile and three quarters on turf, Santa Anita’s traditional closing day feature.

GENEROSIDADE:  Trained by Paulo Lobo and ridden by fellow Brazilian, Tiago Pereira, this 7-year-old mare blew out the tote board when defeating Quick Casablanca and other males in the Grade II, 1 ½ miles turf San Luis Rey Stakes at 71-1 on March 13.  Although unplaced, she had been close in three stateside stakes assigments prior to annexing her first North American win in the San Luis Rey.  Lightly raced, Generosidade has five wins from 17 lifetime starts.  Owned by her breeder, Haras Phillipson, Generosidade surged from far back to win the San Luis Rey as she held a troubled Quick Casablanca at bay.

QUICK CASABLANCA:  Conditioned by Hall of Famer, Ron McAnally, who seeks his third lifetime win in the San Juan Capistrano, this 8-year-old full horse, who has been winless since taking his Southern California debut for McAnally 11 starts back on April 25, 2014, appears to be back on his game as he makes his fourth start of the current Winter Meet.  “The added distance should be a benefit,” said McAnally.  “In the San Luis Rey he kept coming even after he got in trouble turning for home.  He was still closing and wasn’t beaten that far.”  Best suited when allowed to settle and make a run from well off the pace, Quick Casablanca has an overall mark of 27-4-8-6 and he has earnings of $689,160.


Race 8 (of 11)

1.     A Red Tie Day—Mario Gutierrez—120—(6-1)

2.     Cardiac—Fernando Perez—120—(20-1)

3.     Energia Fribby—Rafael Bejarano—115—(4-1)

4.     Kenjisstorm—Edwin Maldonado—120—(8-1)

5.     Bourbon Soul—Flavien Prat—120—(6-1)

6.     Generosidade—Tiago Pereira—119—(4-1)

7.     Blingo—Alex Solis—120—(6-1)

8.     Quick Casablanca—Tyler Baze—120—(7-2)

9.     Life’s Journey—Kent Desormeaux—120—(20-1)

10.   Generoso—Martin Pedroza—120—(20-1)

First post time for an 11-race card on Sunday, closing day of Santa Anita’s current Winter Meet, is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.