Juvenile Colts on Track at Santa Anita

By Ron Mitchell and
Margaret Ransom

James McIngvale's Consecrate, fifth in the Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita on Oct. 5, turned in a five furlong breeze in :59 at Santa Anita on Monday, indicating his readiness for the Oct. 25 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

Trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Pat Valenzuela both liked what they saw on the track Monday. Working in company with Exceeding, Consecrate was three lengths ahead of his older stablemate at the end of the work.

"I was going to work tomorrow but I decided to go ahead and work today so I could see tomorrow how he came out of it," Baffert said. "This horse is still real green. In his last race (Norfolk) he got to the rail and didn't like what was going on. The talent is there, but it is going to take some time."

Pat Valenzuela gave Baffert a favorable report on the demeanor of the 2-year-old son of Silver Charm. "He went easy," Valenzuela said. "He's learning more and more every day. He has got a good foundation under him. I guarantee he will get a check."

Produced from the Saratoga Six mare How So Oiseau, Consecrate has one victory in four career starts.

Another possible Juvenile starter who worked at Santa Anita Monday was B. Wayne Hughes' Siphonizer, who went a half-mile in :47 3/5 under Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone.

Trainer Richard Mandella was pleased with the move, but stopped short of saying if the bay son of Siphon would be in the gate on Racing's Championship Day.

"We'll have to see how he wakes up in the morning," Mandella said. "I just can't say for sure. I'm also going to have to talk to Julie and see what she says and go from there. The good news is that he didn't make any noise, so that's a big plus."

Siphonizer won the Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) in September before finishing fourth, beaten 18 ½ lengths, in the Oct. 5 Norfolk Stakes. Mandella thought the colt flipped his palate in his most recent race, which could explain his finish as the public's co-second choice at odds of 7-2.

Siphonizer, a Kentucky-bred son of Siphon produced from the Northern Prospect mare Thesky'sthelimit, has won two of his four career starts for earnings of $197,400.

Mandella said another 2-year-old in his barn, Action This Day, who worked six furlongs on Santa Anita's fast main track Monday in 1:12 with exercise rider Jenine Painter up, could run in the Juvenile

"The way he just worked, if I can get him in, I'll give it a shot," the Hall of Fame trainer said Monday morning after the $150,000 bay Kentucky-bred colt aboard. "Obviously, he went pretty good."

A son of Kris S., Action This Day rallied from last in a field of seven to win by a nose as the even-money favorite in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight race on opening day.