According to the Oak Tree Racing Association’s morning line odds, retired Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey will record one more victory, the 5,894th of his career, in the Oct. 18 unprecedented “Living Legends Race” at Santa Anita Park.
The unique competition, which brings eight Hall of Famers out of retirement for a single pari-mutuel betting race, will be presented as the fourth race on a ten-race program that begins at 12:30 p.m. PT
The sport’s Living Legends will compete in a $47,000 allowance race for California-breds at seven furlongs. Unlike other “Old-Timer’s Day” attractions, this is not an exhibition, but an official race that is counted as such statistically while offering a broad range of wagering options.
“This truly is an event that will be difficult to ever duplicate with such a distinguished, accomplished group of riders,” said Sherwood C. Chillingworth, Oak Tree’s executive vice president.
Mounts were drawn by lot, and Bailey wound up on the probable favorite, Dee Dee’s Legacy, in the judgment of Oak Tree oddsmaker Jeff Tufts. Dee’s Legacy just missed by a head in his last start when second at a similar level for trainer Mike Puype. He previously had gone unplaced in a pair of stakes races following a maiden victory.
Waafi, the second choice to be ridden by McCarron, has been facing tougher in most of his recent starts. His last was a sixth-place finish in the El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 29.
John Sadler, who is contesting the Oak Tree training title after being the leader at Hollywood Park and Del Mar, will saddle a pair of contenders: Tribal Chief and Swift Demand.
Immediately after the preceding third race, the competitors will be joined in a winner’s circle salute by fellow Hall of Famers and Living Legends Ambassadors Laffit Pincay Jr., Eddie Delahoussaye and Jorge Velasquez. Among them, the assemblage will have accounted for earnings near $2 billion from 71,872 combined racing victories with yet one more to follow.
The elite eleven will be on hand earlier to greet fans and sign autographs between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the track’s East Paddock Gardens.
The field in post position order with listings of horse, legendary rider, weight, age, career wins and morning line odds:
1. Dee Dee’s Legacy, (Jerry Bailey, 122. . .51. . .5,893. . .5-2)
2. Tribal Chief, (Sandy Hawley, 122. . .59. . .6,449. . .5-1)
3. Swift Demand, (Pat Day, 122. . .55. . .8,803. . .4-1)
4. Kalookan Event, (Jacinto Vasquez, 126. . .64. . .5,228. . .15-1)
5. Scandalous, (Gary Stevens, 122. . .45. . .4,888. . .6-1)
6. Waafi, (Chris McCarron, 122. . .53. . .7,141. . .3-1)
7. Major Smoke, (Julie Krone, 122. . .45. . .3,704. . .10-1)
8. Stathy, (Angel Cordero Jr., 126. . .65. . .7,057. . .12-1)