6 35% 16 36% Bob Baffert77 49% 24% 5 9% $393,166 15% 8 Mark Glatt75 ITM% 38% 9 17 Doug O’Neill99 29% 15 6 Richard Mandella38 17 Joel Rosario141 $175,343 Win% $778,851 Jeff Mullins52 10% 9 8 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 20% $1,050,322 12% 50% 25% Philip D’Amato81 34% $903,459 $1,767,252 10 46% Money Won 8 30% $206,921 41% 6 13% $192,221 $2,266,516 12 29 26% 7 19% 14 $843,817 61% 65% 46% 19 $913,042 15% 5 4 5 65% $1,473,476 23% (Current Through Sunday, March 8) 11 5 7 $331,582 33% 12 3 6 6 $357,021 $1,453,222 21% Mike Puype41 Mike Smith51 10 8 9 52% 6 7% Edwin Maldonado78 8 Rafael Bejarano73 5 7 11 12 7 39% 17 13 9 Agapito Delgadillo66 Brian Koriner41 J.C. Diaz, Jr.71 10 6 Richard Baltas104 Aaron Gryder53 33% Ryan Hanson17 22 22 18% 9 11 39% $218,912 14% 43% 2 Robert Hess, Jr.38 9% 21% Steve Knapp48 22 33 John Sadler77 10 Andrew Lerner30 Mario Gutierrez84 Flavien Prat161 $284,415 $2,138,180 $385,662 5 9 $258,340 7 41% $440,305 9 16 6 53% 14 7% 36 61% J. Eric Kruljac35 1st ITM% Drayden Van Dyke112 VAN DYKE HOMEWARD BOUND FOR THE DERBY? 21 16 7 20% 13 38% 20 16% 42% $1,533,201 17 TOP SIRES CONSIDERED FOR QUEEN BEE TO YOU $744,236 Peter Miller69 19 2nd 5 4 $1,108,976 3 29 1st LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on March 14th, 2020WORKOUTS:Zest (Outside) and Hollywood Girl (Shirreffs) 03/09/20Storm The Hill (Outside) and Mirth (D’Amato) 03/09/20Oiseau de Guerre (O’Neill) 03/09/20Eight Rings (Inside) and Ax Man (Baffert) 03/09/20Warren’s Empress (Outside) and Down Home (Lewis) 03/08/20Charlatan (Outside) (Baffert) 03/08/20Nadal (Outside) (Baffert) 03/08/20 $281,142 $682,805 10% $783,141 12 12 $634,201 6 16% 51% $530,141 11 66% 6 Jorge Velez162 20 41% JockeyMts Umberto Rispoli143 2nd 46% 28% 5 59% Ruben Fuentes81 5 $388,947 8 6 10 12 12 Tiago Pereira121 5 9 28% 14% 9 11 33 44% Abel Cedillo236 4 39% 3 34 11 HARD NOT TO LOVE TACKLES RAIL, ROUTE FOR FIRST TIMEToday’s Beholder Mile will mark a first for Hard Not to Love.In six career races, the one-eyed wonder filly trained by John Shirreffs has never started from the gate without one horse on either side of her.In the Grade I Beholder, she breaks from the rail, meaning there will be nothing but the turf course and the Infield on her left, or blind, side (she lost her left eye when kicked by another horse as a youngster).“Because she’s never broken from the rail, I have no idea how she’ll react,” Shirreffs said. “But under normal circumstances, you’d like a horse on each side, whether a horse has one eye or two eyes, just so they have a horse next to them, so I hope it goes well.”As for going two turns for the first time, Shirreffs wasn’t overly concerned.“I think a mile should suit her,” he said, “especially with her style, because she comes from off the pace.”Hard Not to Love, a four-year-old daughter of Hard Spun, won her two previous races at seven furlongs, rallying from last each time, in the Grade I La Brea to score by 2 ¼ lengths on Dec. 28, and the Grade II Santa Monica by 3 ½ lengths on Feb. 15.The Beholder, race seven of eight: Hard Not to Love, Mike Smith, 8-5; Der Lu, AbelCedillo, 5-1; Zusha, Umberto Rispoli, 15-1; Kaydeitre, Brice Blanc, 30-1; Ollie’s Candy, Flavien Prat, 3-1; and Ce Ce, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1. Mother Mother was scratched.VAN DYKE COULD RETURN TO HOMETOWN FOR DERBYMay 2 could be a happy homecoming day for Drayden Van Dyke.Currently the 25-year-old native of Louisville is the regular rider of prime Kentucky Derby candidate Authentic, who won last Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes in impressive front-running fashion to remain unbeaten in three starts by a combined margin of 11 ½ lengths.Van Dyke also rode current Kentucky Derby flavor of the month Charlatan to a smashing debut victory at six furlongs on Feb. 16, earning an eye-catching 105 Beyer Figure, and is back aboard to ride the odds-on favorite in today’s sixth race at one mile for Bob Baffert.“It was a great performance,” Van Dyke said of Authentic’s San Felipe victory. “The horse was more mature this time. I’m thankful to be where I am and to have a chance to ride a horse like this.“Being born in Louisville and going back to my hometown where the Kentucky Derby is run would be huge. I spent my summers at Churchill Downs when I was growing up as a little kid and I’d visit the jocks’ room with my (late) Dad (Seth), so to win for all the people back there would be special.”Van Dyke has been a go-to guy for Baffert working horses in the mornings, and the two-time Triple Crown winner took the occasion of his San Felipe triumph to recognize his efforts.“Drayden has been doing a magnificent job and I’m happy for him,” Baffert said after winning the San Felipe for a record seventh time. “He works hard as does all my team. A lot of sweat and hard work goes into our program and we’re fortunate to have a horse like this.”As to Charlatan’s race today, Baffert said, “We’re looking to see what he can do going long. We’re trying to squeeze in a distance race to see if he continues on.”SANTA ANITA, GOLDEN GATE FIELDS TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLICWith the utmost regard for the safety and well-being of our customers and employees and in following the best available guidance from local and international health authorities, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields is temporarily closed to the public.Both tracks will continue live racing as scheduled with personnel licensed by the California Horse Racing Board in attendance which will provide our fans at home with the opportunity to stay connected to the action via our 1/ST BET and Xpressbet apps.We will continue to monitor the situation and will look forward to welcoming our fans and guests back again soon.FINISH LINES: Rags-to-riches Queen Bee to You has been retired and will be sent to Kentucky to be bred, trainer Andrew Lerner said. Claimed by Michael Pender for $50,000 in December 2016, the California-bred daughter of Old Topper would go on to win four stakes under the 30-year-old Lerner, the last three in a row at three different tracks, including the Bayakoa and the La Canada, each a Grade III event. “She’ll leave for Kentucky next week,” Lerner said. “We haven’t decided who she’ll be bred to yet, but we have Speightstown, Curlin and Uncle Mo in mind. “We’re going to miss her. She’ll be hard to replace.” A six-year-old bay mare, Queen Bee to You had a career record of 8-11-5 from 33 starts with earnings of $658,770 . . . On-track patrons or no, Santa Anita’s popular horn blower Jay Cohen will be on the beat as usual today to the delight of fans watching via simulcast. 5 Victor Espinoza54 3 9% 16% 4 8 3 8 10 4 5 Assael Espinoza58 48% 46% 2 12% 43% $384,441 Geovanni Franco88 7 4 Jeff Bonde22 43% Michael McCarthy42 $714,680 38 8% 19 Craig Anthony Lewis43 27% 50% 20% 38 $1,233,719 12% 14% 32 9 Money Won 46% $219,510 4 3 3rd $327,261 $328,600 24% 32 18 10% 1 19% 56% 20% 5 8 Win% 43% 28% 8 20% $259,135 10 3rd $2,402,514 $337,700 19% Hector O. Palma33 TrainerSts $455,421 3 15% 5 SANTA ANITA, GOLDEN GATE CLOSED TO PUBLIC 4 FAIL ON THE RAIL? NOT THIS ONE-EYED FEMALE 4 Jose Valdivia, Jr.54 Carla Gaines31 Simon Callaghan27 $146,010
ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s central bank took action Monday to free up cash for banks as the country grapples with a currency crisis sparked by concerns over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s economic policies and a trade and diplomatic dispute with the United States.The Turkish lira has nosedived over the past week, accelerating a months-long decline, and tumbled another 7 per cent on Monday as the central bank’s measures failed to restore market confidence.Investors are worried about a confluence of factors: the country’s reliance on foreign loans that may stop flowing in as interest rates rise in other economies, like the U.S.; Erdogan’s insistence that the central bank not raise interest rates, as most independent analysts say it should; and a spat with the U.S. that has led to sanctions and the fear of greater isolation from longtime allies in the West.The uncertainty pushed down world stock markets and briefly caused a sharp drop in the currencies of other emerging countries, like South Africa and India, amid concerns that investors might see similar problems in their economies.The lira hit a record low of 7.23 per dollar late Sunday after Erdogan remained defiant in his economic policies and the standoff against the United States, a NATO ally.“Turkey is faced with an economic siege,” Erdogan said Monday, in the latest of a series of speeches. “We are taking the necessary steps against these attacks and will continue to do so.”He has threatened to seek new alliances — a veiled hint at closer ties with Russia — and warned of drastic measures if businesses withdraw foreign currency from banks.Erdogan also ruled out the possibility of higher interest rates, as they can slow economic growth. But independent analysts say higher rates are needed urgently to stabilize the currency and Erdogan’s hard line is one of the reasons investors are worrying.Erdogan won a second term in office in June under a new system of government that gives him sweeping powers. He has used his new power to put pressure on the central bank to not raise rates.On Monday, the central bank announced a series of measures to “provide all the liquidity the banks need” — but offered no hint of a rate increase.The moves are meant to grease the financial system, ease worries about trouble at banks and keep them providing loans to people and businesses.In times of high uncertainty, banks tend to shy away from lending to each other. A so-called credit crunch, a lack of daily liquidity, can cause a bank to collapse.Simon Derrick, chief currency strategist at BNY Mellon, said the central bank’s measures are unlikely to be enough. In the absence of a decisive rate increase, he said, “it is…hard to look at these announcements as being anything more than temporary calming measures, rather than solutions to the problems at hand.”The lira has now dropped some 45 per cent this year.Part of the concerns about Turkey are the same as other emerging markets. As interest rates rise in the U.S., investors pull their money out of countries that had enjoyed strong economic growth but are perceived as somewhat riskier.Turkey’s situation is among the most precarious among emerging markets because so much of its growth was fueled with debt in foreign currencies. That makes the currency drop so much more painful as it will increase the cost of servicing debt for Turkish companies and banks and could lead to bankruptcies.So far, the impact on developed economies has been relatively contained. Stocks have fallen modestly in the U.S. and Europe since last week, but analysts do not see a big risk of financial turmoil. A few European banks have business there that could lead to losses, but that is not expected to pose a systemic danger to the region.Among the most important things investors are watching out for is whether Turkey, in an effort to stymie the outflow of capital from the country, puts limits on money flows.Berat Albayrak, Turkey’s finance chief — and Erdogan’s son-in-law — said Sunday that the government had no plans to seize foreign currency deposits or convert deposits to the Turkish lira. He said it had readied an “action plan,” without elaborating.The country’s economic trouble has been heightened by a dispute with the U.S. that has centred on the continued detention of an American pastor who is on trial for espionage and terror-related charges. The U.S. has responded by slapping financial sanctions on two ministers and later doubled steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey.Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Monday that the United States would not achieve aims by exerting pressure and imposing sanctions on Turkey.Addressing a conference in Ankara gathering Turkish ambassadors, he called on Washington to “remain loyal to ties based on traditional friendship and NATO alliance” with Turkey.Meanwhile, Turkey moved to take legal action against hundreds of social media accounts it accused of provoking the lira’s plunge.The Interior Ministry said it initiated legal investigations against 346 social media accounts “which posted content provoking the dollar exchange rate.”It did not provide information on the accounts but said they aimed to “manipulate the dollar rate and form negative perceptions” concerning the Turkish economy.The Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s office announced it had begun investigating “those who had taken actions which threatened economic stability.” The Capital Markets Board of Turkey issued a similar warning to those who spread “lies, false or misleading information, news or analysis.”___AP Business Writer David McHugh in Frankfurt and Cinar Kiper in Istanbul contributed to this report.