WAR OF WILL, RIVER BOYNE & RAGING BULL HEAD MONDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 SHOEMAKER MILE (TURF)WINNER GETS AUTOMATIC BERTH & FEES PAID INTO TVG BREEDERS’ CUP MILE THIS FALLARCADIA, Calif. (May 22, 2020)–Gary Barber’s War of Will, a winner of last year’s Grade I Preakness Stakes and idle since well beaten in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic, squares off with sharp veteran turf miler River Boyne, top French-bred miler Raging Bull and others, as they head an outstanding field of 11 three-year-olds and up in Monday’s Grade I, $300,000 Shoemaker Mile (turf) at Santa Anita.The Shoe Mile is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race, which enables the winner to receive an automatic berth and fees paid into the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile Nov. 7 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY. Named for the legendary Hall of Fame jockey, Bill Shoemaker was Santa Anita’s leading rider for an unprecedented 17 consecutive Winter/Spring Meetings, from 1950-51 through 1966-67.Headquartered with soon-to-be Hall of Famer Mark Casse at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida, War of Will ships west and will be trying turf for the first time since late in his 2-year-old campaign, while Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal’s Irish-bred River Boyne, a recent winner of Santa Anita’s Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, seeks his third consecutive win over the course for trainer Jeff Mullins.Most recently a troubled third in the Grade I Woodbine Mile Sept. 14, French-bred Raging Bull ships west from Palm Meadows for Chad Brown and will get the services of Joel Rosario. A bona fide deep closer, Raging Bull should be on the move late.WAR OF WILLOwner: Gary BarberTrainer: Mark CasseA much troubled eighth, beaten 4 ½ lengths in last year’s Kentucky Derby, War of Will took the Preakness Stakes five starts back on May 18, 2019 and was subsequently well beaten in the Grade I Belmont Stakes. Winless in four starts since his Preakness victory, the 4-year-old colt by War Front made his first four career starts on turf, his most recent a close fifth place finish in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf as a maiden on Nov. 2, 2018. Winless in four tries on turf and 14-4-1-2 overall, War of Will arrived at Santa Anita on Tuesday and Casse has been bullish about his return to turf at one mile. Ridden in his last 10 starts by Tyler Gaffalione, he’ll be ridden for the first time by leading man Flavien Prat, who won six races here this past Sunday. Casse will also be represented by Florida-bred longshot March to the Arch, who comes off a third place finish as the 7-2 favorite in a Grade III one mile turf stakes March 28 at Gulfstream Park.RIVER BOYNEOwner: Red Baron’s Barn, LLC & Rancho Temescal Trainer: Jeff MullinsA phenom at age three, this 5-year-old Irish-bred was winless in seven starts at age four, but has enjoyed a resurgence this year when paired with an aggressive Abel Cedillo, who pointed him to a 2 ½ length score two starts back in the Grade III, one mile turf Thunder Road Stakes on Feb. 8 at 9-2 and a neck victory at 4-1 in the Grade I Kilroe Mile on March 7. A winner of eight out of his 13 starts over the Santa Anita turf, River Boyne, who is 24-9-5-4 with earnings of $1,211,918, has never been better as he bids for his sixth graded turf stakes win on Monday.RAGING BULLOwner: Peter BrantTrainer: Chad BrownLast seen in Southern California winning the Grade I Hollywood Derby Dec. 1, 2018 at Del Mar, Raging Bull is winless in five subsequent Grade I assignments, but was only beaten 1 ¼ lengths in the Woodbine Mile after getting bothered badly at the break. All five of his wins (from 12 starts) have come in combination with Rosario and it would appear all systems are “Go” off a lengthy freshening with three-time Eclipse Award winner Brown, who will also send out English-bred Without Parole, who was well beaten as the 3-1 favorite in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Jan. 25 at Gulfstream.THE GRADE I SHOEMAKER MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 9 of 11 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PTWithout Parole–Irad Ortiz, Jr.–122True Valour–Jose Valdivia, Jr.–124Next Shares–John Velazquez–124Voodoo Song–Mike Smith–122War of Will–Flavien Prat–122Blitzkrieg–Drayden Van Dyke–122Majestic Eagle–Jorge Velez–122Raging Bull–Joel Rosario–122March to the Arch–Victor Espinoza–124Neptune’s Storm–Umberto Rispoli–124River Boyne–Abel Cedillo–126First post time for an 11-race card on Monday is at 12:30 p.m. While there is no public admittance, fans are encouraged to wager via 1stBet.com or Xpressbet.com. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
View comments BALLOON vendors yesterday pleaded for Agustinian priests to reconsider a decision to ban the sale of balloons inside the Sto. Niño basilica and along the procession route, a safety measure agreed by fiesta organizers to avoid an accidental power outage.Vendors look forward to peak sales in the annual fiesta of the Sto. Niño, patron of Cebu, which covers a nine-day period.ADVERTISEMENT Kids Festival Shooter in California Took Gun Illegally Bigger, better hospital eyed for Cebu City Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege Read Next The proposed ban of balloons and vendors along the procession route was one of them.While the city government can prohibit vendors, he said the regulation of balloon vendors is up to the basilica rector who also heads the execom.Balloon vendors belong to an association that is regulated by the basilica, he said.“I don’t see any problem doing this because we still have a week to disseminate the information,” Yap said.Roads along the procession route will be closed starting 10 a.m. of January 18, a Saturday.Citom and the city’s anti-squatting team will check the 5.7 kilometer route to make sure that it is free of obstruction.A medical van parked akong Panganiban Street also has to be removed as well as parked vehicles with construction materials.When Fr. Mejares met yesterday with Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, he asked for assistance in crowd control.The mayor offered the use of monoblock chairs to seat devotees who overflow the packed basilica grounds where 11 daily masses are held in the Pilgrim Center.Part of Plaza Sugbu near the Magellan’s Cross was designated a sitting area for Mass goers who can no longer be accommodated in the church grounds. “We can’t allow that to happen again this year. As much as possible, we want to clear the procession route of any kinds of obstruction,” said Rafael Yap, executive director of the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management, who heads the procession committee of the fiesta.“It was decided upon by the executive committee to totally ban the selling of balloons within the vicinity of the basilica and along the procession route in light of the dangers posed by balloons,” said Yap.On Jan. 18 hundreds of thousands of devotees make the annual prayer walk following the carroza of the Sto. Niño down the city’s main streets.Another reason for discouraging balloons has to do with protecting wildlife, especially sea animals.Basilica fathers stopped the practice of sending off balloons with prayer notes attached in response to the call of environment advocates who said research showed that balloons that end up in the sea are eaten by marine animals like whales and dolphins, who mistake them for food. The synthetic material ends up in their stomachs undigested, causing the animals’ death.But it’s up to the basilica rector whether to enforce a ban since the baloon vendors are regulated by the Agustinian order.The route this year for the January 18 solemn foot procession excludes Leon Kilat Street which gets flooded when it rains.This shortens the route by 200 meters to 5.7 kilometers compared to last year’s path.Yap told CDN his committee asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to declog drainage along the procession route to prevent flooding and repair damaged manhole covers. Most of them are along Magallanes and Borromeo Streets in the downtown area.Yap presented suggestions for a better flow in the religious procession during a January 4 meeting of the fiesta executive committee. Show me the money: Price-tagging Enrique Gil’s photos NAFTA: Democrats Leveraging the Trump Administration Capital One Data Breach The president of the vendors association was set to meet last night with the rector Fr. Jonas Mejares. Balloon vendors were still seen inside the basilica grounds yesterday.MORE STORIESnewsinfoPCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspensionnewsinfoSan Francisco is 1st major US city to ban e-cigarettesnewsinfoNashville bans all electric scooters following rider deathMORE STORIESnewsinfoPCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspensionnewsinfoSan Francisco is 1st major US city to ban e-cigarettesnewsinfoNashville bans all electric scooters following rider deathMejares told Cebu Daily News it was a difficult decision.“While I am for the environment, I also understand the plight of our balloon vendors. Of course, we could not avoid opposition from the balloon vendors to the plan. But we’re looking at the livelihood of these vendors versus majority of the people who may be affected due to the risks posed by the balloons,” he said.The decision to ban the sale of balloons was announced in Tuesday’s press conference of fiesta organizers.A power transformer exploded along M.J. Cuenco Avenue when it was hit by a flying balloon in last year’s procession. It caused a temporary power outage.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES ACLU: 911 Toddlers and Babies Separated from Parents PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. They can earn as much as P1,500 a day or triple what they make an ordinary day, said Benjamina Bacho, a member of the Basilica United Vendors and Photographers Association (BUVPA).“If they don’t let us inside, this would be the first time we won’t be allowed to sell,” she said in Cebuano.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortionThe mother of eight, who’s been selling at the basilica for over 30 years, said small vendors who sell balloons for P40 to P50 each have no other means of livelihood.“Dili mada nga dili mi papabaligyaon dinhi kay unsa man tawn ang among ipalit og bugas og sud-an. (If they ban us here, what will we use to buy rice and viand),” said Bacho. 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