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Favorites give Jeff Mullins a pair of winners on Opening Day at Santa Anita – Orange County Register

Favorites give Jeff Mullins a pair of winners on Opening Day at Santa Anita – Orange County Register
  • Jockey Flavien Prat ridding River Boyne wins the Mathis Brothers Mile (Grade II) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Flavien Prat ridding River Boyne wins the Mathis Brothers Mile (Grade II) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • In a photograph offered by Benoit Photograph, River Boyne and jockey Flavien Prat, middle, outleg Desert Stone, left, with Geovanni Franco, and Combatant, with Jose Ortiz, to win the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile horse race Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photograph by way of AP)

  • In a photograph offered by Benoit Photograph,River Boyne and jockey Flavien Prat, left, outleg Desert Stone, proper, with Geovanni Franco, and Combatant, center, with Jose Ortiz, to win the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile horse race Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photograph by way of AP)

  • In a photograph offered by Benoit Photograph, River Boyne and jockey Flavien Prat, inside, outleg Desert Stone, with Geovanni Franco, to win the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile horse race Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photograph by way of AP)

  • Jockey Joel Rosario driving Present Field wins the San Antonio Stakes (Grade II) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith after driving McKinzie and profitable the Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith driving McKinzie wins the Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Followers look on throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • A Racing fan sits on a bench with give away plush horses surrounded by tickets throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Horn blower Jay Cohen throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Horn Blower Jay Cohen performs throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Horn Blower Jay Cohen performs throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith driving McKinzie reacts after profitable the Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith driving McKinzie reacts after profitable the Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Coach Bob Baffert after Jockey Mike Smith (not pictured) driving McKinzie wins the Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith, second from proper, driving Massive Scott Daddy wins the fifth race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith driving Huge Scott Daddy wins the fifth race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Ticket on the bottom throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • A person walks previous a poster of Willie Shoemake throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Flavien Prat, left, driving Spiced Perfection wins the La Brea Stakes (Grade I) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Flavien Prat, left, driving Spiced Perfection wins the La Brea Stakes (Grade I) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Flavien Prat driving Spiced Perfection wins the La Brea Stakes (Grade I) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • An outrider takes a break between races throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith driving McKinzie wins the Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith driving McKinzie wins the Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Race goers make their solution to the grandstands throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith driving McKinzie wins the Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith driving McKinzie reacts after profitable the Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith driving McKinzie reacts after profitable the Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Joel Rosario, left, driving Present Field wins the San Antonio Stakes (Grade II) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Joel Rosario driving Present Field wins the San Antonio Stakes (Grade II) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Joel Rosario driving Present Field wins the San Antonio Stakes (Grade II) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Flavien Prat ridding River Boyne wins the Mathis Brothers Mile (Grade II) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Libby Birmingham)

  • Jockey Flavien Prat driving Spiced Perfection wins the La Brea Stakes (Grade I) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Libby Birmingham)

  • In a photograph offered by Benoit Photograph, Present Field and jockey Joel Rosario, proper, overpower Battle of Halfway, center, with Flavien Prat, and Dabster, left, to win the Grade II, $300,000 San Antonio Stakes horse race Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photograph by way of AP)

  • In a photograph offered by Benoit Photograph,Present Field and jockey Joel Rosario win the Grade II, $300,000 San Antonio Stakes horse race Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photograph by way of AP)

  • In a photograph offered by Benoit Photograph, McKinzie and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes horse race Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photograph by way of AP)

  • In a photograph offered by Benoit Photograph, McKinzie and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes horse race Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photograph by way of AP)

  • Jockey Flavien Prat ridding River Boyne wins the Mathis Brothers Mile (Grade II) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

ARCADIA — You didn’t get wealthy for those who guess the winners of the $201,175 Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile and $75,000 Woman of Shamrock Stakes at Santa Anita on Wednesday, however Jeff Mullins doesn’t care.

Two stakes wins was a good method for the 55-year-old coach to open Santa Anita’s 82nd winter meet.Mullins started his memorable day within the fourth race when Amandine, a Three-year-old English-bred daughter of Shamardal, got here charging residence to win the ungraded Woman of Shamrock by 2-1/Four lengths beneath Drayden Van Dyke.

Amandine, the 9-5 favourite, returned $5.60 for each $2 wagered to win after debuting within the U.S. final month at Del Mar by profitable an optionally available claimer with Van Dyke within the saddle. She went postward at Four-1 that afternoon. She ran the 1-mile Woman of Shamrock on turf in 1:35.10.

Mullins was again at it once more three races later, saddling 2-5 favourite River Boyne after which watching the Dandy Man colt maintain off a fast-closing Desert Stone (10-1) to win the Mathis Brothers Mile by a head underneath Flavien Prat.

River Boyne, who returned $2.80, improved to six for six over Santa Anita’s turf course and has now gained three of 4 races, with a runner-up effort, at the Mathis Brother’s 1-mile distance. He ran the mile over a agency turf course in 1:34.52.

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“He’s solid,” Mullins stated of River Boyne. “You know when you lead him over here he’s going to give it to you. He might not get it every time, but he’s going to give it to you. I thought Flavien might have had him a little too far back, but he knows more of what he’s got under him than I do.”

PERFECTION, INDEED

Coach Brian Koriner is aware of all about getting off to fast begins, having gained 4 races on the primary weekend of Del Mar’s current fall meet.

Koriner shared middle stage once more Wednesday when he saddled Spiced Perfection, the third betting selection at 5-1, for a 1-1/Four-length victory within the $301,zero35 Grade I La Brea Stakes for Three-year-old fillies.

Spiced Perfection, one of solely two California-breds within the eight-horse subject, got here into the La Brea off a 2-1/Four-length victory within the restricted Betty Grable Stakes at Del Mar final month.

Koriner stated a deal was all finalized to promote Spiced Perfection, a Smiling Tiger filly, for $500,000 when the consumers backed out.

“It was a done deal and they backed out,” Koriner stated. “So it was good to see her win after somebody said, ‘No, we don’t want her.’ ”

Spiced Perfection ran the seven furlongs in 1:23.54 whereas profitable her first graded stakes.

POTENT COMBO

Newly-arrived jockey Joel Rosario and veteran coach John Sadler teamed up for the second time through the day to publish a victory, this time with Present Field within the $301,380 Grade II San Antonio Stakes for Three-year-olds and older.

Present Field, a 6-1 shot, outfinished the race’s two favorites, Battle of Halfway and Dabster, whereas scoring his first graded-stakes victory in 4 tries. The 5-year-old son of Twirling Sweet has now gained 4 of 14 races lifetime after making his first begin in California.

He ran the 1-1/16 miles in 1:43.88.

Rosario gained the meet’s first race for Sadler aboard Twentytwentyvision. Each Present Field and Twentytwentyvision are owned by Hronis Racing.

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