05/29/2016 9:37PM

Si Sage leads parade of longshots in Charles Whittingham

Benoit & Associates
Si Sage, under Mike Smith, pays $25 for his front-running win in the Grade 2 Charles Whittingham.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Si Sage was 15-1 on the morning-line for Sunday’s $201,725 Charles Whittingham Stakes at Santa Anita. To co-owner Jed Cohen, the price seemed a bit high.

“I was shocked when I saw the morning line,” he said.

Si Sage was sent off at 11-1, and earned the respect of everyone when he raced on the lead throughout the Grade 2 race at 1 1/4 miles on turf to score an upset. Ridden by Mike Smith, Si Sage ($25) won by 2 1/2 lengths over 32-1 Patentar. Montego Bay, a 20-1 outsider, finished third in the field of 10.

Bal a Bali, the 7-5 favorite, could only finish fourth after racing behind Si Sage for the first mile.

The presence of three longshots led to significant payoffs. The $1 trifecta paid $3,812. The 10-cent superfecta paid $21,343.

Si Sage was timed in 1:59.48.

Si Sage was fourth in the Grade 3 American Stakes on May 6, a race scheduled for turf but moved to a wet-fast main track because of a day of rain. The Whittingham Stakes was Si Sage’s third start of the year.

Smith had Si Sage in front by a half-length after a quarter-mile, the closest any of his rivals were to the front. Si Sage led by 1 1/2 lengths on the backstretch and by a length on the turn. He pulled clear in early stretch, leading by two lengths with a furlong remaining.

“It’s nice to have a nice horse and be able to show it,” Cohen said.

Patentar, who had his American stakes debut in the Whittingham, closed from fourth to be second in early stretch.

“We thought he’d run very well,” trainer Simon Callaghan said. “At one point, I thought…:”

In April 2015, Si Sage won the Grade 3 Last Tycoon Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on turf at 42-1, a race with similar conditions as the Whittingham Stakes. Cohen, who races as Red Baron’s Barn, co-owns Si Sage with Rancho Temescal and Vayaconsuerte, LLC. Si Sage has won 5 of 26 starts and earned $381,795.

The Charles Whittingham was Si Sage’s second stakes win. A 6-year-old French-bred by the Johannesburg stallion Sageburg, Si Sage was imported to the United States from France in the summer of 2013.

Si Sage was trained by Darrell Vienna until mid-April when the veteran trainer retired. The Whittingham Stakes was Si Sage’s second start for trainer Jim Cassidy.


Jason Perlmutter More than 1 year ago
Provide specific examples of suspicious rides or shut your flap hole.  
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Ok here's just one .i have many .but just for the blind like you im going to post one example daily. MANANDO at pimlico ridden by FEARGAL LYNCH .looking at the race anybody could see that this horse was not only the most talented horse in the race but he also had a huge pace advantage over his opponents. also he was drawn in the one hole and having always broken well it was expected he would again do so and take the lead on the way to an easy victory. Various public handicappers also commented on the fact that MANANDO was lone speed . and the public agreed he went of at 1/5 .so what happened he broke fine and then FEARGAL LYNCH decided to take the horse back .now this is a horse that has never passed another horse in his career a classic need to lead type.if you look at the replay you see the jockey clearly fight the horse who is resenting the restrain and starts to throw his head about. he finally stops fighting the rider and settles in on the fence behind horses .while going a full second or 5 lengths slower than what he is capable of. the jockey then takes him wide and pretends that this horse can rally .of course he cant  and he gets badly beaten finishing off the board. classic stiff job. but the reason that jockeys get away with rides like this is because of apologists like yourself .and there are many out there I've seen them out there loosing their shirts and liking it. without ever asking why it is they cant win .i do reasonably well because i understand the game and usually bet the stiffed horse next out and have done well doing that. the reason cheating pisses me off .is simple i believe i could do even better if there was no cheating. love the game and hate to see it going to extinction. Because the nonsense is so obvious now a lot of people wont bet on racehorses.there are still the hard core and the blind like you. but most people realize quickly what's going on. 
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
This was a pace less affair so it's not surprising . The 2nd horse also figured despite the odds . So Bal A Bali was never a true stayer not even when he was at his peak in Brazil. So I'm giving this race the benefit of the doubt. Unlike a lot of other races around the country that were criminal. In particularly in New York .some of the results were simply unbelievable and those jockeys must think the stewards are idiots to have such obvious cheating. At this rate they are going to kill the sport. It's a disgrace right now.