EDDIE D HAS NERVES OF STEEL.
Eddie Delahoussaye's 5,992 winning rides include two Kentucky Derbies, two Belmonts, a Preakness, a Breeders' Cup Classic and a dozen other major horse races. The one this Eddie D fan remembers most fondly is his victory aboard Fowda in the 1991 Hollywood Oaks.
Fowda took a comfortable lead in the first turn of the 1-1/8-mile race. Then one of her opponents tried to quicken the pace, chased by a second and a third. So Delahoussaye did something that few jockeys have the confidence to try. He let all three horses pass him as they rushed to the far turn at Hollywood Park.
Fowda dropped nearly a length out of the lead before the new leaders tired and Delahoussaye wound up winning a stretch-long battle with Chris McCarron by a stylish nose. It just doesn't happen that way. Except in the movies, or when Eddie D's riding.
``My instinct is to let 'em go by me (when) they're moving sooner than I would move. Then, when I call on my horse, they come back,'' Delahoussaye, 47, said before the Santa Anita races Thursday. ``I picked that up from watching (Bill) Shoemaker a lot. But I learned it from riding and trying and getting that feel. It's hard to explain. It's a feel you get. I'm not sure too many riders ever get it.''
Fowda's victory wasn't just artistic, it was significant. It made Delahoussaye the seventh jockey to top $100 million in purses.
Now Delahoussaye is close to another milestone. Eight more victories and he'll be the 14th to ride 6,000 winners.
The ones he's proudest of aren't necessarily the Derbies (with Gato del Sol, 1982, and Sunny's Halo, '83), the Belmonts (Risen Star, '88, and A.P. Indy, '92), the Preakness (Risen Star) and the Classic (A.P. Indy, '92).
``I rode a horse one year at the Fair Grounds (in New Orleans). A Letter to Harry. He was one of my favorite horses,'' said Delahoussaye, a Cajun who joined the Southern California circuit after leading the nation in victories in 1978. ``Usually he's in mid-pack. One day we're on the lead at the five-eighths pole. And we're walking. But by the time I hit the three-eighths pole I'm last. All those jocks realize I'm going so slow they panic and rush their horses up.
``By the time they come to the stretch they're dead. I wheel him out at the head of stretch and win by five. The sportswriters freaked out.''
Delahoussaye would like to make his 6,000th memorable for more than the number.
``Just make it a little exciting,'' he said with a smile. ``Maybe we could have a couple (horses) pass us and come back and win. That'd top everything.''
The weekend: Delahoussaye likes his chances with Mail Coach in Saturday's San Fernando Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race that drew eight 4-year-olds. He calls Mail Coach ``The Left-Hander'' because of the Chile-bred's failure to change lead legs when he ran a closing fourth in the Malibu Stakes.
Mail Coach will have to beat the three horses who finished ahead of him in the Malibu: winner Run Man Run, Artax and Event of the Year.
Run Man Run would be the first to take the first two legs of the Strub Series since On the Line in 1988.
Later in the Martin Luther King weekend, Manistique goes for her fifth win in six starts in Sunday's El Encino for 4-year-old fillies, and River Bay carries a race-high 121 pounds when he faces the Ron McAnally-trained duo of Brave Act (120) and Fragrant Mix (120) in Monday's San Marcos Handicap on turf.
106 days to go: The long road to the Kentucky Derby begins Saturday at Gulfstream Park, which runs the 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull Stakes, and at Golden Gate Fields, which has the 1 1/16-mile Golden Gate Derby.
The eight-horse Holy Bull field includes three from Kentucky Derby-winning barns - Carl Nafzger's Vicar, Nick Zito's Doneraile Court and D. Wayne Lukas' Mountain Range. The eight-horse Golden Gate race is headed by the Golden Eagle Farms entry Voice of Destiny and Absolute Harmony.
As for higher-rated Derby contenders: Bob Baffert-trained Exploit makes his 1999 debut in the Feb. 6 San Vicente at Santa Anita. Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Answer Lively is scheduled for the Jan. 30 Lecomte at the Fair Grounds.
Heezstillaputz: The 6-year-old gelding Heezaputz was to make his first start under the cleaned-up name Samuel Alan in Thursday's fourth race. But he pitched a fit in the starting gate - where he's trouble under any name - and was scratched.
Samuel Alan is the name of trainer Roger Stein's 11-year-old son. Stein gave it to the horse after the Jockey Club, acting on complaints from fans about the old name's Yiddish meaning, asked for a change.
It's another proud moment for the prissy Jockey Club, which had no problem with Nice Assay, Isitingood, Bodacious Tatas, Wintercourse and Ben Dover, but couldn't put up with Heezaputz. In this case, the horse raced 40 times before the Jockey Club noticed.
A WEEK AT THE RACES
Santa Anita leaders: Jockeys (through Wednesday): David Flores, 14 wins; Kent Desormeaux, 13; Alex Solis, 12; Chris McCarron and Gary Stevens, 11; Garrett Gomez, 9. Trainers: Bob Baffert, 7; Bobby Frankel and Ron McAnally, 6; Wally Dollase, Richard Mandella, Clifford Sise and Jack Van Berg, 4.
Handicapper helper: Pat Day and Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Famers riding at Gulfstream Park, were a combined 2 for 21 aboard favorites in the first week at the Miami track. Also, the jockey nicknamed ``Wait All'' Day got three of his five victories in wire-to-wire style. Lesson for California handicappers learning about the new simulcast tracks back east: Don't bet on reputations.
On the stakes schedule: At Santa Anita: Saturday, $300,000 San Fernando, 4-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, and $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1-1/8 miles on turf; Sunday, $150,000 El Encino, 4-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles, and $100,000 Sensational Star Handicap, 4-year-olds and up, 6-1/2 furlongs on turf; Monday, $150,000 San Marcos Handicap, 4-year-olds and up, 1-1/4 miles on turf. At Gulfstream: Saturday, $100,000 Holy Bull, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles. At Golden Gate Fields: Saturday, $150,000 Golden Gate Derby, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles.
Mileposts: The state scheduled hearings before administrative law judges for eight California trainers whose horses tested positive last year for the prohibited drug clenbuterol: Paco Gonzalez on April 12; Vladimir Cerin, Peter Eurton, Bruce Headley, Declan Jackson and Darrell Vienna on June 7; Ted West on June 14, and harness trainer Lou Pena on April 26. All will be conducted in the L.A. area except for Pena's in Sacramento. . . . Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Escena was sold Tuesday by Allen and Madeleine Paulson to Guy Snowden for $3.25 million; that's a record price for a broodmare at the January auction at Keeneland. . . . Trainers Bob Baffert, Richard Mandella and Bobby Frankel received unraced 3-year-olds owned by Frank Stronach, the new Santa Anita chairman. With Stronach planning to race hard in California, his eastern trainer Pat Byrne intends to accept horses from other owners as well. . . . Silver Charm was reported in good shape after his San Pasqual Handicap victory, and aiming for the Jan. 30 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream. Runner-up Malek and stablemate Puerto Madero are shooting for the Feb. 7 San Antonio. . . . A 5-furlong workout in 59 3/5 Monday seemed to put Real Quiet ahead of his comeback schedule, but Baffert was quoted saying the '98 Kentucky Derby winner is 45 days from race shape. He could go to the Fair Grounds for the March 7 New Orleans Handicap. . . . Free House is scheduled to make his '99 debut in the San Antonio. . . . David Flores rode all three hillside sprint winners at Santa Anita last weekend, returning $22, $96 and $9. . . . Corey Nakatani starts a three-day suspension Monday. . . . Jockey Corey Black turned 30 Monday. . . . Apprentice Ariel Smith, 16, is doing better at Aqueduct - 10 winners Jan. 1-8. . . . Off to fast starts at Gulfstream are jockeys Shane Sellers and John Velazquez.
- Kevin Modesti
Box: A WEEK AT THE RACES (See text)
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|Date:||Jan 15, 1999|
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