2nd 2 17% $491,027 5 4 EIGHT RINGS HAS FINAL WORKOUT FOR BC JUVENILEWorking in company with Azul Coast, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile contender Eight Rings this morning had his final breeze for Saturday’s $2 million race at a mile and one-sixteenth, going four furlongs in 47.20. Azul Coast, inside of Eight Rings throughout, was timed in 47.60.“I wanted to give him a target,” Bob Baffert said of Eight Rings, six-length winner of the Grade I American Pharoah Stakes on Sept. 27. Evin Roman was aboard for the 7:45 a.m. drill.“He’s healthy and he looks good,” Baffert said of the $520,000 Empire Maker colt. “The track’s pretty deep today. It’s different, a lot deeper, than it was yesterday . . . overall, it was a very good work.“Now we just wait, buy our tickets, enter and hope we get a good draw.”Juvenile Fillies contender Bast, winner of the Grade I Chandelier, worked five furlongs in company with Hot Sean, for Baffert in 1:01.60 for Friday’s $2 million test at 1 1/16 miles. Hot Sean was given a four furlong time of 49 flat.Dirt Mile contender Improbable, meanwhile, went “five-eighths in 59 and one,” Baffert said of the son of City Zip, who had Rafael Bejarano in the irons. Santa Anita clockers had an official time of 59.20, fastest of 42 drills at the distance.Classic favorite McKinzie is scheduled to have his final major breeze tomorrow morning for the $6 million race on Saturday.IN OTHER BREEDERS’ CUP NEWS:Additional Breeders’ Cup works recorded this morning included those by Elate (Classic), three furlongs in 36.80 for Bill Mott; Awesome Again winner Mongolian Groom, five furlongs in 1:02 for Enebish Ganbat; and Zenyatta Stakes winner Paradise Woods (Distaff) five furlongs under Abel Cedillo in a minute flat for John Shirreffs, while on the training track, Mirth (Filly & Mare Turf) went five furlongs in 1:01.80 for Phil D’Amato.Dan Blacker was pleased with Hit the Road’s four furlong work on the training track in 49.80 for the Juvenile Turf on Friday.“Everything went very well,” the trainer said. “He’s doing great. He’s as good as I can have him. I’m very pleased.”TRAINER HAS ‘GIANT EXPECTATIONS’ FOR START IN DIRT MILEGiant Expectations has nickeled and dimed his way into millionaire status.A rarity in the sense that he’s a New York-bred based at Santa Anita throughout his lengthy career with trainer Peter Eurton, the son of Frost Giant has a 4-5-4 record from 22 starts and earnings of $1,336,600.A chunk of that was gleaned through minor awards, but Eurton is hopeful the versatile chestnut, still a full horse at age six, can alter his modus operandi with a victory in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile on Saturday.“He loves to run second and third,” Eurton said. “He got beat a nose in New York at a mile (in a $200,000 stake restricted to state-breds on May 27) when he stepped on himself leaving the gate, then went five wide.“After that he got beat a head in the (Grade II) Pat O’Brien (at Del Mar Aug. 24). A mile should suit him and I’m not that concerned about how close the start is to the Club House turn.“For him it’s all about the break.” He’s got that right.A sample of some of his “trouble lines” from Daily Racing Form reads like a glossary of balked beginnings: “Hesitated, off slowly, off bit slow, stumbled, off slow, fractious gate, off slow, hopped, bobbled start, slow start, awkward start and stumbled.”Seems if Giant Expectations didn’t have bad luck, he’d have no luck at all.“Going a mile, if he breaks well, he can be there hanging out with anybody,” Eurton said. “Going seven-eighths, he tends to close.” Asked who rides the reluctant runner, Eurton said, “Ortiz.” Pressed on which brother, Jose or Irad Jr. , Eurton cagily replied, “Either one.” Pressed further, he put it to bed with “Jose.”LADY’S SECRET CEMENTED HORSE OF THE YEAR HONORS 33 YEARS AGOAlthough she had already won nine graded stakes, seven of them Grade I’s, from 14 starts in 1986, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Klein’s Lady’s Secret didn’t have Horse of the Year honors firmly in her grasp until she demolished seven rivals going a mile and one quarter in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 1, 1986 at Santa Anita.And although some may downplay the significance of final time, her 2:01 1/5 was a tick faster than Skywalker’s 2:02 2/5 an hour and 15 minutes later in the $3 million Classic.Trained by D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by Pat Day, Lady’s Secret, a grey daughter of Secretariat, out of Great Lady M., by Icecapade, was foaled in Oklahoma on April 8, 1982. Off as the 1-2 favorite along with stablemate Twilight Ridge, she won by 2 ½ lengths and paid $3.00 to win in what was her 15th and final start of the year.As was her custom, the diminutive Lady’s Secret, who broke from post position five, darted to the front heading into the Club House turn, with California-bred Fran’s Valentine and Bill Shoemaker in hot pursuit. Passing the half mile pole, Lady’s Secret had opened up a five length advantage and the Distaff was essentially over.“I was a really good passenger that day,” said Day by telephone from his home in Louisville. “I let her come away from there, took a long hold and let her do her thing. She always wanted to drift just a little bit and Wayne reminded me of that. He said if she wanted to drift out coming off the turn, ‘Go ahead and let her and come on home.’”With Horse of the Year very much on everyone’s mind, Day was scheduled to ride the Gary Jones-conditioned Turkoman, who would square off with another HOY candidate, Precisionist, two races later in the $3 million Classic. Turkoman would finish second and Precisionist third, behind Skywalker. And although he would be named Eclipse Award Champion Older Horse, Turkoman’s prospects for Horse of the Year were effectively tanked.“I knew they were both in the running, but I really wasn’t thinking along those lines,” said Day when asked if he was aware of the fact that both of his prized mounts were leading candidates for the same award. “I knew they both had had great years and I wanted to win both of those races and leave the results in the hands of those that had a vote.”A self-made mega millionaire who had parlayed his ability to sell cars in the post war era into becoming one of America’s most recognizable sportsmen, three-time Eclipse Award winner Eugene Klein, who also owned the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, redefined “high-profile connections” when teamed with Lukas and racing’s “Iron Lady” on the sport’s biggest stages.“It wasn’t one of those years where a particular horse had dominated,” said Lukas from Louisville, where he is recovering from back surgery. “So, it got down to what the Breeders’ Cup is supposed to do, crown a champion and make it so if you do crown one Horse of the Year, you don’t have to explain it to everybody.“Lady’s Secret was so typical of Gene himself. Very brassy. ‘To hell with ’em, let’s take ’em on. We’ll run anywhere, get ’em in the gate, let’s go.’ That’s the attitude, you know? And that’s how she was . . . She was bred in Oklahoma and she was so small, but so tough, so tough. Gene was an ideal owner, really. He knew how to win and he knew how to lose. He knew that you could draft the best players and not all of them were going to play in the NFL. He knew that you could give x-dollars for a yearling and it wasn’t always gonna be a Grade I Santa Anita Handicap winner.“He was just wonderful as far as dealing with him as a client. He didn’t want to know how fast they worked in the morning and ‘What’s the plan?’ He wanted to know, ‘What the hell’s the purse and where do we go? We’re gonna have some fun and let’s do this.’”Lukas, who has gone on to win 20 Breeders’ Cup races and five Eclipse Awards, was in the midst of a reign of dominance in which his late son Jeff was an integral part.“Jeff was a stellar horseman,” said Day. “Jeff and Wayne did a tremendous job overseeing Lady’s Secret every day and bringing her up to that race. If she got beat that day, it was gonna be because she got outrun. It wasn’t gonna be because she didn’t have enough gas in the tank.”With Easy Goer ranking as the best horse he ever rode, where does Lady’s Secret, who retired the following year with 25 wins (11 of them Grade I) from 45 starts and earnings of more than $3 million and, along with Day and Lukas, be enshrined in racing’s Hall of Fame, fit on Pat Day’s all-time list?“She’d have to be right up there, close to the top.”RESTRAINEDVENGENCE SHARP FOR LURE STAKESDespite drawing the outside post in a field of 10 going a mile on turf, Val Brinkerhoff is optimistic Restrainedvengence will dance the dance in Thursday’s $70,000 Lure Stakes.“He’s training great,” the hard-working trainer said of the four-year-old gelding that was second by a head at 43-1 in the Grade II City of Hope Mile on Oct. 5.“He’s ready to go,” said Brinkerhoff, who has had the son of Hold Me Back for all 17 of his races. “I bought him when he was a yearling at Keeneland for $67,000 and he’s more than paid his way, earning $265,860, and we’re going to make more.”The Lure, race eight of nine: River Boyne, Lanfranco Dettori; Declarationofpeace, Joel Rosario; Tule Fog, Tiago Pereira; Double Touch, John Velazquez; Brown Storm, Javier Castellano; Ritzy A.P., Flavien Prat; Lil Milo, Tyler Baze; Ronald R, Drayden Van Dyke; Andesh, Abel Cedillo; and Restrainedvengence, Martin Garcia.EDUCATION A PRIORITY FOR TEAM GLATTTrainer Mark Glatt won three races Saturday to give him eight for the meet, moving him into a tie for third with Richard Baltas and Bob Baffert through 18 days of the 23-day Autumn Meet that concludes next Sunday, Nov. 3.The 43-year-old conditioner comes from a third-generational racing family, as his father, Ron, is a former trainer of note in the northwest, and Ryan, Mark’s 17-year-old son, is currently perpetuating the vocation by providing welcome assistance to his father.“He loves the horses and loves the game,” Mark said of Ryan, “but he’s still in school (Monrovia High). His future might be in racing, but his education comes first, so he has to get through school and college, then decide if he wants to be with the horses or not.“He needs to have some kind of a backup plan.”LIVE RACING RESUMES AT SANTA ANITA ON THURSDAYSanta Anita is dark for live racing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Live racing resumes 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. There is simulcast racing Wednesday in the Paddock Room with free General Admission and parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.Post time for the first live race on Friday, Nov. 1, inaugural day of the Breeders’ Cup championships, will be 10:45 a.m., with admission gates opening at 8:30 a.m. Post time for the first live race on Saturday, Nov. 2, day two of the Breeders’ Cup, is 10 a.m., with admission gates opening at 8 a.m.Early reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends next Sunday, Nov. 3. Turn your clock back one hour on Saturday night, Nov. 2.CARMA STAGES AFTERCARE AWARENESS EXPO BETWEEN RACES TODAYRepresentative of the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) will be participating in Aftercare Awareness Day today between races with two equine demonstrations on the main track.The first demo will feature barrel racing following race three and the second will feature jumpers following race five. Each demonstration will take five to six minutes. CARMA will also staff a tent in the East Paddock Gardens that will also include reps from aftercare charities.FINISH LINES: A racing rarity in California occurs in today’s third race when Bob Baffert sends out an Iowa-bred filly, Auburge. Owned by Speedway Stable, LLC, the bay daughter of Palace is the 2-1 second choice on Jon White‘s morning line . . . Parity for favorites is similar across the board through 18 racing days: winning favorites overall, 38.67 percent (58 out of 150); winning favorites on dirt, 39.08 percent (34 of 87); and winning favorites on turf, 38.10 percent (24 of 63) . . . Friday’s $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies at seven furlongs is expected to attract a full field, among them Almost a Factor, Been Studying Her, Bella Renella, Cholula Lips, Homehome, Smiling Three, Stradari, Warm Summer, Warren’s Showtime and Wicked Fresh. Win% Abel Cedillo102 $463,137 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 27th, 2019FEATURES:Breeders’ Cup Memories: Beholder Noses Out Songbird in the Epic 2016 Breeders’ Cup DistaffBreeders Cup Memories: Arrogate Runs Down California Chrome in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup ClassicBreeders’ Cup Memories: Beholder Leads All the Way in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile FilliesBREEDERS’ CUP WORK OUTS:Omaha Beach (Mandella) 10-26-19Bolo (Gaines) 10-26-19Selcourt (Sadler) 10-26-19Improbable (Baffert) 10-26-19Hit the Road (Blacker) 10-26-19Secret Spice (Baltas) 10-26-19Shancelot (Navarro) 10-25-19Mongolian Groom (Ganbat) 10-25-19Blue Chipper (Young) 10-25-19Dennis’ Moment (Romans) 10-25-19War of Will (Casse) 10-25-19Donna Veloce (Callaghan) 10-25-19 49% Money Won 19% 1st ITM% 13 Jorge Velez84 45% 13 5 59% JockeyMts 6 (Current Through Saturday, Oct. 26) 9 9 $564,467 45% 25% 11 EURTON SEEKS A ‘BIG ASS’ GOOD START IN DIRT MILE 19% 13 8 11 TrainerSts Mark Glatt37 28% GLATT WINS THREE TO CLIMB IN TRAINER STANDINGS ITM% 22% Win% 1st 3rd Money Won 7 17 Flavien Prat69 49% 35% 5 19 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $281,512 26% 3rd 43% $811,754 14 $297,284 10 17% Bob Baffert29 $688,673 8 Doug O’Neill66 3 CARMA STAGES ITS AFTERCARE AWARENESS TODAY Rafael Bejarano54 14 J.C. Diaz, Jr.52 10 29% 68% BAFFERT BREEZES EIGHT RINGS, BAST, IMPROBABLE $934,027 56% TRAINER HAS UNRESTRAINED HOPE FOR LURE STAKES 19 Richard Baltas46 5 DAY & LUKAS RECAL LADY’S SECRET 1986 DISTAFF WIN Drayden Van Dyke42 17% 8 Philip D’Amato43 57% 11 17 4 4 19% 44% 52% Peter Miller33 $470,001 John Sadler43 51% 10 6 10 $773,963 8 2nd 8 $1,103,672 $372,488 5 8 5 8 18% 14% $328,370
Stay on target ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero Who Are They?With Pokemon so popular, does it really surprise you that out of the nearly one thousand current pocket monsters a couple of them are basically “Pikachu With A Twist?” Introduced in the second generation Pokemon Gold and Silver games, Pichu is a younger, weaker, cuter pre-evolution of Pikachu. Its cheeks are pink instead of red. Its tail is less spiky. It can’t even say its own full name yet.Smash HistoryAnother of the questionable secret clone characters, Pichu first appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee representing the new Johto region Pokemon. But while Pikachu was pretty okay in that game, Pichu was far worse. This was intentional, reflecting the canonical gap in power between the two electric mice. Pichu then vanished from the series and everyone was cool with it.What Looks New in Ultimate?Pichu’s whole gimmick is that it’s a baby Pikachu. It’s smaller, making it tougher to hit, but lighter, making it easier to smash. More importantly, Pichu’s lightning attacks, while possibly stronger than Pikachu’s in some instances, also hurts Pichu itself. So to use your best attacks, pretty much any of your attacks with range and killing power, you also have to constantly hurt yourself. Pichu may have some better stats in Smash Ultimate but this sad fundamental characteristic is unchanged.Our Hopes?Everyone thinks Pichu was meant to be a joke character in Melee, and that’s fine if that’s the case. Pichu is like Dan from Street Fighter but adorable instead of annoying. But if everyone is going to be viable in Ultimate, we say really make Pichu a glass cannon. If the lightning hurts you make sure it hurts the other player a lot more! We also like the theory that current Smash Pikachu is evolved from Melee Pichu because of the outfits it carries over. So a confirmation on that, modern Donkey Kong is Donkey Kong Jr. style, would be great.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. 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Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Pichu Hurts Us Both!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Pichu.