Track Notes

Santa Anita pick six jackpot hit for $109,000

ARCADIA, Calif. - There was one winning ticket in Monday’s pick six at Santa Anita, which paid $109,742 including the single-ticket jackpot.

Going into the final race on the 11-race card, four horses were covered in the pick six, all to one ticket. The Monday program began without carryovers in the pick six.

I'm a Chatterbox's agenda wide open

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Fair Grounds: I'm a Chatterbox's agenda wide open
Barbara D. Livingston
The only race on I'm a Chatterbox's calendar is the Delaware Handicap in summer.

NEW ORLEANS – I’m a Chatterbox came out of her second-place finish in the Houston Ladies Classic last month in good condition, but beyond a repeat bid in the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap this summer, there are no set plans for the 5-year-old mare.

“We’re just twiddling our thumbs,” trainer Larry Jones said. “We’re going to keep her going. We’ll spot around, look and see. We’re still going to get her on grass at some point.”

Jenda's Agenda handles routing with ease

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Fair Grounds: Jenda's Agenda handles routing

NEW ORLEANS – Two 3-year-old fillies showed off their talent in dirt-route races at Fair Grounds over the weekend.

Valadorna ready to fire best shot in Rachel Alexandra

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Fair Grounds: Valadorna ready to fire best shot

NEW ORLEANS – Trainer Mark Casse hopes one established 3-year-old he trains, Valadorna, can live up to her promise when she makes the second start of her season Saturday at Fair Grounds. And the way another Casse-trained 3-year-old, Souper Tapit, ran in his career debut here last Saturday gives Casse plenty of hope for races later this winter and spring.

Yockey's Warrior possible for Count Fleet

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Yockey’s Warrior, who was a powerful allowance winner Feb. 17 at Oaklawn in his first start since winning the Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds, could be back for a major sprint stakes. Trainer Al Stall Jr. said Monday that Yockey’s Warrior is possible for the Grade 3, $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap on April 15.

Caldwell dominates owner standings going into second half

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Danny Caldwell took quick command of the owner standings at Oaklawn Park by winning two races on the first card of the meet Jan. 13, and little has changed approaching the second half of the season. Caldwell had 15 wins through Sunday, eight more than second-leading owner Muddy Waters Stables.

Gormley gets back on the work tab

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Santa Anita: Gormley gets back on the work tab

ARCADIA, Calif. – Gormley, a winner of two graded stakes in his last three starts, worked a half-mile in 47.80 seconds on Monday for a scheduled start in a major stakes for 3-year-olds in March.

Cuddle Alert gives trainer Melissa Saldana her first stakes win

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Santa Anita: Cuddle Alert gives trainer a first
Shigeki Kikkawa
Cuddle Alert, a $10,000 claim in August, stands in the winner's circle with trainer Melissa Saldana (right) after winning the Spring Fever Handicap on Sunday.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Trainer Melissa Saldana’s routine did not change after her first stakes win, which came with Cuddle Alert in Sunday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap at Santa Anita.

She had too much to do on Monday.

Aside from looking after Cuddle Alert, Saldana is an assistant to trainer Mark Glatt, overseeing his division a Los Alamitos. On Monday, approximately 10 2-year-olds were scheduled to arrive there. With them in the barn, Saldana would have 25 horses for Glatt.

Getting a stakes win is not changing her job.

Parlor back from layoff for allowance turf mile

OLDSMAR, Fla. – Parlor raced only twice as a juvenile last year, but he made a big impression, winning his career debut and then coming within a neck of winning a rich stakes race at Kentucky Downs. On Wednesday at Tampa Bay Downs, the son of Lonhro will try to pick up right where he left off when he makes his 3-year-old debut in a first-level allowance.

Saez extends lead in jockey standings

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Gulfstream: Saez extends lead in jockey standings
Lauren King/Coglianese Photos
Luis Saez won two stakes on Saturday, including guiding Moment of Delight to victory in the White Pearl Stakes.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Moment of Delight posted her third stakes victory in her last five starts, outlasting Distinta by a neck in Saturday’s White Pearl Stakes. Moment of Delight, a 5-year-old daughter of A.P. Warrior trained by David Fawkes, gave leading rider Luis Saez a sweep of the afternoon’s two stakes. He also won the Grade 2 Royal Delta aboard Curlin’s Approval.

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