09/27/2013 3:52PM

Santa Anita notes: Quinonez waits on doctors for return to saddle


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ARCADIA, Calif. – Jockey Alonso Quinonez will learn in coming days how long he will be sidelined after suffering a fracture near his tailbone in a spill at Barretts at Fairplex on Sept. 21, the rider said Friday.

Quinonez said he plans to visit doctors Monday and Tuesday to assess his condition.

“I’ll learn how long it will be,” he said. “I don’t want to say next week or two weeks. It depends on the fracture.”

The injury occurred in the 12th race on Sept.  21, a $20,000 claiming race for maidens over six furlongs. Quinonez rode Bright Town, who clipped heels and fell in the final quarter-mile. There was immediate concern that Quinonez had suffered a head injury, which resulted in him being airlifted to a hospital in Los Angeles.

Friday, Quinonez, 29, said that he has been able to sleep and sit without discomfort.

“I’m fine,” he said. “It could have been worse. I saw the replay, and it could have been bad. I’m waiting to come back.”

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Quinonez won seven races at the Barretts at Fairplex meeting. In 2013, he has won 26 races from 380 mounts, including three stakes.

Alberts Hope getting some time off

The 2-year-old stakes winners Alberts Hope and Kobe’s Back are being prepared for sprint stakes in coming months.

Alberts Hope, winner of the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes in August under Quinonez, is not in active training, according to trainer Mike Puype. Alberts Hope finished fourth in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 4 and was found to have lost weight in the race, Puype said.

“After the race, he didn’t look as good physically,” Puype said. “I felt he needed a breather.”

Puype said that Alberts Hope will be pointed to the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting.

Kobe’s Back won his debut in the Willard Proctor Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park in June and has not started since because of concern over a knee.

Kobe’s Back has returned to training – he worked a half-mile in 48.80 seconds Wednesday – and could start in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes over seven furlongs at Betfair Hollywood Park on Nov. 10, trainer John Sadler said.

Goldencents drills for Sprint Championship

Goldencents, winner of the Santa Anita Derby in April, worked six furlongs in 1:11.40 on Friday, preparing for a start in the $250,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship next Saturday.

Trained by Doug O’Neill, Goldencents was second in two sprints at Del Mar – the Grade  1 Bing Crosby Stakes and Grade 2 Pat O’Brien Stakes.

In the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship over six furlongs, Goldencents is part of a field expected to include Trinniberg, winner of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Sprint; Points offthebench, who won the Bing Crosby; as well as Centralinteligence and Gonna Fly Now.

Obviously, the leading turf miler in California, will be heavily favored to win the $150,000 City of Hope Mile on turf next Saturday.

Cassidy sending pair to Indiana Downs

Holy Lute, winner of the El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar in his stakes debut Aug. 30, will start in the $500,000 Indiana Derby at Indiana Downs next Saturday, trainer Jim Cassidy said Friday.

Cassidy had considered Holy Lute for the $250,000 Awesome Again Stakes against older horses at Santa Anita on Saturday before opting to wait a week and stay within the 3-year-old division. The Indiana Derby is run over 1 1/16 miles on dirt.

For the $200,000 Indiana Oaks over 1 1/16 miles on the same program at Indiana Downs, Cassidy intends to start Oscar Party, who was fifth in the Sandy Blue Handicap on turf at Del Mar on Aug. 16. The Sandy Blue was Oscar Party’s first start for Cassidy and owner Deron Pearson since being purchased for $510,000 at the Paddock Sale at Del Mar in July.

Friday at Santa Anita, Oscar Party worked five furlongs in 59.40 seconds.