Angels’ Mickey Callaway brings a simple emphasis to improving pitching: throw strikes

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros After a nondescript pitching career that included a stop with the Angels and would eventually lead Callaway to pitch in Asia, he started a coaching career in the Cleveland Indians organization. He spent three years in the minors before being promoted to big league pitching coach, inheriting a team in 2012 had ranked 27th in the majors in strike percentage.The Indians had also posted team ERA’s over 4.00 for the previous six years in a row.In 2013, the first season under Callaway, the Indians jumped to 18th in strike percentage, and then fifth, third, seventh and second. Their cumulative ERA over those five seasons was 3.76, the best in the American League.Indians manager Terry Francona, who hired Callaway when he took over the club, was instantly impressed.“He’s an extremely confident person,” Francona said this week. “That’s what amazed me. His first year as a major league pitching coach and you look at him in the first week of the season and it was like he’d been there for 10 years. And I mean that as a compliment. Not that he’s arrogant. He’s just good.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Callaway’s prized pupil, of course, was Corey Kluber. In 2012, Kluber had posted a 5.14 ERA in 63 innings. The next season, under Callaway, he cut that to 3.85 in 147-1/3 innings. The year after that, he won the first of his two Cy Young Awards. Kluber improved his strike rate in each of his first three seasons under Callaway.“He may simplify it, but there’s a method to what he’s doing,” Francona said. “If not, everybody could do it. He tries to identify what you’re able to throw for strikes, and go from there.”It’s not as simple as telling pitchers to throw strikes, but it’s also not that complicated, Callaway said. Much of it is, in fact, an aggressive mentality, and constant reminders.“It’s something we have to preach every day,” Callaway said. “Are we going to worry about their spin rate and the shape of their pitches? Absolutely. We can help that. But the last thing I want them worried about is ‘I gotta shape this pitch this way when I’m on the mound.’ No, you have to throw a strike, with that ball that’s in your hand.”A few Angels pitchers have said that Callaway so far has done a good job of keeping things simple.“In this world of pitching where everybody is worried about movement and velocity and shape and all kinds of stuff, sometimes you do miss out on simple things,” Andrew Heaney said. “That’s not to say you can throw the ball down the middle and hope it goes well, but there is a mentality where even if you try to throw the ball down the middle and miss, you’re going to miss on the corners. If you start being too fine with stuff and start nibbling, that’s when you get in trouble.”Dylan Bundy, who has already had four pitching coaches in the big leagues, said so far he gets a “vibe” from Callaway that he won’t be bogging them down with analytics. He preaches sticking to what pitchers do best.“If you throw to your strengths, you’ll be consistently good,” Bundy said.Callaway recalled one year with the Indians when he went into a playoff advance scouting meeting and essentially ditched the scouting reports.“I walked in the room and I said, ‘I want you to deal with adversity better than anyone on the other staff,’” Callaway said. “That was our advance meeting. I didn’t go over the hitters. That’s how I view the mental side of the game. You watch Corey Kluber, Max Scherzer, the best guys. They don’t let anything bother them. You can’t tell if they’re pitching good or bad. And that goes a long way. You can control the opponent’s confidence by doing that sort of thing. We’re going to talk a lot about that.”All of which is not to say that Callaway doesn’t have a foothold in analytics. No pitching coach could get a job in this era without it. He said his normal strategy is to work with the front office’s analytics team to determine what information can help the pitcher the most, and only take that small fraction of the data to him.“When we go to the player, it’s one small nudge in the right direction that’s going to be impactful,” Callaway said.Callaway, 44, talks excitedly in his folksy Tennessee drawl about all things pitching. His passion for the job is evident after he spent two years away from it, as the manager of the New York Mets. Callaway joked that he has “PTSD” when thinking back to the tumultuous couple seasons in the fishbowl of New York. Aside from the team not playing up to expectations, he had a public confrontation with a reporter, one that was explained away later as a misunderstanding.It wasn’t long after the Mets fired Callaway in October that he heard from Joe Maddon, who had just been hired to manage the Angels. Maddon was the bench coach when Callaway pitched for the Angels.“Joe called me and I was like ‘Heck yes,’” Callaway said. “Absolutely. I am just elated to be back here.”Although Callaway is admittedly more comfortable back in the pitching coach role than he was as a manager, he said he took lessons from the manager’s chair that he can now apply to make him a better pitching coach.“There’s a lot of things that a manager has to think about that a pitching coach doesn’t think about, so what it’s going to do is allow me to help Joe out a little more,” Callaway said. “I probably wasn’t helping (Francona) in a lot of areas that didn’t really occur to me at the time.”For example, Callaway said as a pitching coach he didn’t appreciate the value of controlling the running game as much as he did as a manager.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Maddon, who had managed against Callaway in the National League, also sees that he’s grown from the experience.“A mind once stretched has a difficult time going back to its original form,” Maddon said.Maddon and Callaway have both spoken about their pitchers being aggressive in the strike zone, and hopefully getting an out within the first three pitches. That will help toward another priority, which is getting starters deeper into games.Callaway will be attempting that without the marquee names he had in Cleveland or New York, but with inconsistent veterans like Heaney and Bundy, and inexperienced young pitchers like Griffin Canning, Patrick Sandoval and José Suarez.“When I got (to Cleveland) it was very similar,” Callaway said. “Very good stuff. Pretty good strikeout numbers. The walks were too high. They weren’t willing to throw the ball over the plate. We talked constantly about throwing strikes. We just beat it into them, every single day.”NOTESThe Angels were scheduled to open Cactus League play with split-squad games on Saturday, but both were rained out. The game against the Chicago White Sox in Glendale was cancelled, but the home game against the Kansas City Royals was rescheduled for Mar. 6. The Angels were scheduled to play the Royals at Surprise that day, so now that will become a split-squad with games in both parks…The Angels last spring training rainout was Mar. 8, 2013. That game was called in the third inning…The Angels had been scheduled to wear Orange Coast College caps on Saturday in memory of coach John Altobelli, who died along with his wife and daughter in the helicopter crash that also killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter and four others. The Angels will now wear the caps on Tuesday, because that’s the day that most of the regulars will be playing…Ty Buttrey, who is out with a strained oblique, has continued to throw, and he said he is expecting to be able to throw off a mound by Thursday. Buttrey is expected to be ready for Opening Day. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter PreviousNew Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway watches spring training workouts next to his pitchers on Friday in Tempe, Ariz. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway talks with General Manger Billy Eppler during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway talks to his pitchers during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway speaks about his philosophies outside the clubhouse last week at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. After his difficult two-year tenure as the New York Mets’ manager ended last fall, Callaway says he is energized by his return to a familiar role as he becomes a key assistant to new Angels manager Joe Maddon. (AP Photo/Greg Beacham)New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway talks with General Manger Billy Eppler during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway watches spring training workouts next to his pitchers on Friday in Tempe, Ariz. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway talks with General Manger Billy Eppler during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 6New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway talks with General Manger Billy Eppler during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandTEMPE, Ariz. — Mickey Callaway’s strategy for fixing the Angels’ pitching staff is a simple one, the most basic idea that every coach tells his pitchers from Little League to the major leagues.“We have to throw strikes,” the Angels’ new pitching coach said. “That’s going to be our mission. We’re going to try to throw more strikes than anybody else in the league. If we can do that, we’re going to be where we need to be.”The Angels were dead last in the majors in 2019, throwing just 62.3 percent of their pitches for strikes. No surprise, then, that they were 25th with a 5.12 ERA.Callaway, however, has been here before. 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Gay, lesbian sports hall of fame honors athletes

first_imgIn this June 8, 2013 file photo, NBA veteran Jason Collins, left, the first active player in one of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay, shakes hand with Boston Marathon hero Carlos Arredondo, as they both participated in Boston’s gay pride parade, in Boston. On Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, Collins will be honored in Chicago in the first class of inductees of what organizers say is the first-of-its-kind National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File) CHICAGO (AP) — Dave Pallone, who was part of Chicago history when he umpired the first night game at Wrigley Field, is returning to Chicago to take part in another chapter of American sports history: His inclusion in the inaugural class of what organizers say is the first-of-its-kind National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.On Friday night, Pallone will be honored in the first class of inductees that includes tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King, Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis, and Jason Collins, who in April became the first active male professional athlete in a major team sport to publicly reveal he was gay.“It is a tremendous honor and … I hope it gives young people and adults alike who happen to be LGBT and want to be in professional sports another example of why they should continue to strive for their dreams,” Pallone said.Rick Garcia, a prominent Illinois gay rights activist agreed, saying he hopes the hall of fame encourages gay and lesbian youth to “have a career in sports and excel in that career and still be honest about who they are.”The events will include a dinner Friday night to honor the inductees at a ceremony at the Center on Halsted and an event on Saturday at Wrigley Field called “Out at Wrigley,” which organizers says is the largest “Gay Day’ at a major league sporting event.Executive Director Bill Gubrud said the decision to establish what he says is the country’s first hall of fame honoring gay athletes and their supporters is not tied to Collins’ announcement earlier this year. He said factors such as changing attitudes about homosexuals, particularly among young people, made him and others think this was the ideal time to create an institution that honors the contributions that gays have made in sports as well as the hardships many endured because of their sexual orientation.Among those being inducted is the late Glenn Burke.  An outfielder with the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1970s, Burke is widely believed to have delivered the first high-five. Though he did not publicly come out until two years after he left baseball, Burke maintained until his 1995 death from AIDs that he was run out of the game by “prejudiced and homophobic” managers and front offices that knew he was gay.“This will help preserve history,” said Gubrud. “You are not going to know where to go if you don’t know where you’ve been and many in the gay community don’t know Glenn Burke.”Gubrud also said that a number of the inductees who are not gay are being recognized for having “helped create safe environment for LGBTs to compete in sports at every level.” Among those is Ben Cohen, an English rugby player. “He founded a foundation to stop bullying against LGBTs,” Gubrud said.Gubrud said Chicago was chosen to be hall of fame’s home for a number of reasons, starting with the city’s place as a major gay tourist destination. Also, he said, “Chicago is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the United States.”He also said the Cubs hold a special place in the gay community, explaining that it was the Cubs more than a decade ago that became the first professional sports team to place an ad in a gay newspaper.Gubrud said a site for the actual hall of fame has not been selected, but that organizers are in the process of putting together a plan to raise money and find a building.last_img read more

Game Day Preview: Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers

first_imgDEFENDING J. J. WATT—Several Steelers offensive linemen try to keep J. J. Watt away from the quarterback. (Courier Photo by Julio Torres)The Steelers improved to 4-3 last week and now face one of the best teams and best quarterbacks in the NFL when Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts visit on Sunday afternoon.The Colts have been on a roll after losing their first two games to open the season and are favored by three points over the Steelers, at Heinz Field. That’s how far the Steelers have fallen, they are underdogs at home.The black and gold really want to get that 5th win to keep them alive in the playoff chase at the midway point. Do they have what it takes?Here are the Keys to A Steelers Victory:•    The best defense is a ball control offense. The Colts have a very potent offense and with Andrew Luck leading them, they are easily capable of putting up 30 points.  The Steelers must control the clock with their offense to keep the Colts off the field. That means LeVeon Bell and LaGarret Blount must get several carries and several yards to go with them.2. The defense must pressure luck and actually get into the backfield. If not, it will be a LONG day for the secondary.3. Special team sare going to need to make a big play. Antonio Brown may need to return a punt for a TD or the kicking team needs to force a turnover. Either way, special teams will be a key to victory.4. In a game against a quality opponent like the Colts, the penalties must be at a minimum. The black and gold cannot afford to provide the Colts with any extra yards.Here are a Few Things to Watch:•    Martavis Bryant-He made his NFL debut last week and he immediately made an impact by stretching the field and scoring a TD. How will he be used this week.2.  Trick Plays-Will the Steelers break one out as they did against the Texans with the Brown to Moore TD pass?3. Cortez Allen-He’s lost his starting job but with the Colts air attack he’ll need to play multiple downs and he will need to step up and make a play.4. Lawrence Timmons-He’s still the best player on the defensive side of the ball and I look for him to get close to 10 tackles and lead the young guys along with it.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at mike@steelnationassociation.com.last_img read more

US Forest Service Provides Paradise Fire Update

first_imgSubmitted by US Forest ServiceThe Paradise Fire continues to burn north of the Queets River in Olympic National Park. The west end of the fire is not moving and the wet line there is holding. The fire is located approximately 13 miles northeast of Quinault and has grown to 407 acres in size. It has moved into exceptionally steep terrain. Heavy mixed conifer fuels, snags, and the precipitous landscape pose a significant threat to firefighters. Rolling rocks, burning debris and falling snags are common in such areas. Smoke jumpers who had been staffing the fire were released today since the fire has spread into an area that is inaccessible. Firefighter safety remains a top priority, and crews will engage only when it is safe to do so.“We are doing everything possible to minimize the fire’s spread, but right now we do not have many options,” said Todd Rankin, the park’s Fire Management Officer. “Traditional suppression tactics do not work in this fuel type since the fire spread is occurring in the forest canopy, not on the ground.” Lichens, growing high in the tree tops, are catching on fire and carrying the flames from tree to tree. Fire behavior analysts have determined that this is the Olympic Peninsula’s driest year since 1951, the year of the Forks Fire.The weather forecast calls for continued hot and dry weather, and the Paradise Fire suppression efforts will likely get more complex. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered and is expected to arrive on Wednesday to assist the park. Current resources include two fire modules with 18 total firefighters, two helicopters, and numerous support personnel.If you have questions, please contact Fire Information at 360-565-2986 or click here for more updates. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Gas Hard to Find, Some Drivers Angry

first_imgBy Brian DeakyneSeveral things have improved since Monday when Hurricane Sandy left her vicious mark in the Two River area, but one thing definitely hasn’t gotten better.As of Friday afternoon, lines at gasoline stations were still miles long, leaving some residents distraught after sitting for hours and still far to go.“I went to get gas at the Wawa in Leonardo and was waiting for four hours,” said John Sykes of Atlantic Highlands. “I was waiting in my car, and they told me the car wait was longer, so I got out of my car and stood there” with gas cans.Some residents have suggested getting gas at odd hours, such as in the middle of the night, hoping that the lines might be less crowded and the wait would be shorter.While many residents were angry about the wait, Sykes noted that some people had joined together during the hour-long wait.“Surprisingly, people were in good spirits. They had State Troopers controlling the area, so it was pretty crazy,” he said.Many gasoline stations were closed down on Friday. Some never opened after the hurricane, others ran out of gas after begin able to open shortly after roads were re-opened Wednesday and Thursday.“I got pretty lucky, actually,” said Mary Chamerblin of Little Silver. “I had to get gas on (Thursday and Friday) and I never waited longer than an hour for either one.”Like practically everyone else on the line, Chamberlin had to get gas for two different things, her car and a generator. Also like others, she said her car was running on fumes by the time she reached the pump. She got gas at the BP gasoline station in West Long Branch and the Wawa in Tinton Falls.One of the few open stations Friday afternoon was the Shell Gas Station on Shrewsbury Avenue. At one point the line stretched from the station at the corner of Newman Springs Road all the way to the Red Bank railroad station. That forced police officers to divert other traffic to side streets and direct those trying to get into the gas line.Some residents, who did not want to give their names, were angry that so few gasoline stations were open four days after the hurricane. They were also unhappy that some stations ran out of gas even through they sat in line for hours.Throughout Red Bank and sections of Middletown, traffic was snarled as many people searched for gas that will be hard to come until power is restored.The Exxon station on Shrewsbury Avenue, across the street from Shell station, was closed Friday, along with the Exxon station and BP station at the corner of Swimming River and Newman Springs roads in Middletown.“I’m surprised a lot more gas stations don’t have generators to get going,” Sykes said. “They could be making bank.”last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JULY 9, 2016

first_imgTrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SONGBIRD IN ‘VERY GOOD’ WORK FOR EASTERN TRIPSuperstar filly Songbird, who reels off fractions with the rhythmical precision of a metronome, worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Saturday morning in 1:13.40, breezing, as the undefeated daughter of Medaglia d’Oro trained by Jerry Hollendorfer for Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms prepares for an East Coast campaign expected to lead back to Santa Anita on Nov. 4 for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff.“It was a very good work,” Hollendorfer said. “She galloped out nicely in 1:26 (for seven furlongs) and out a mile in (one) 39 point ninety.” Exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez was aboard.Songbird is scheduled to run in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga July 24 followed by the Alabama Aug. 20. While the $1 million Cotillion at Parx on Sept. 24 has been mentioned as the finale on Songbird’s Eastern junket, Hollendorfer allowed as to how that was not written in stone.“We’ll see what happens after those (first) two races,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “But we could possibly do that. She will leave Santa Anita on the 19th (of July) and she will not work at Saratoga.” Mike Puype54117620%44%$360,850 James Cassidy4574616%38%$427,845 Tyler Baze19231403516%55%$1,559,532 Flavien Prat15038242325%57%$1,856,795 HALL OF FAME JOCKEYS TO SIGN ONE-OF-A-KIND POSTER TOMORROWTomorrow, closing day of the Spring Meet, Hall of Fame jockeys Gary Stevens and Mike Smith will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to sign one-of-a-kind posters featuring three-time champion mare Beholder and the undefeated filly Songbird.Signings will take place in the shaded saddling enclosure. Families are invited to bring the kids, as Santa Anita mascots, Winnie and Lucky, will be on-hand to greet fans and offer Beholder peppermints, her favorite treat. Philip D’Amato992520925%55%$1,606,938 SLUGO RACING & PUYPE ‘TOUCHING RAINBOWS’ IN JULY            From the National Hot Rod Association to the Santa Anita Winner’s Circle, Steve Gasparrelli’s Slugo Racing is a good fit, as once again evidenced by Touching Rainbows’ impressive maiden $30,000 claiming win in last Saturday’s fifth race. Owned by Slugo, Esembee, Inc. or Strauss, the three-year-old Touching Rainbows is trained by Mike Puype and is a California-bred gelding by Aragorn who was making his third career start. Off at 5-2 in his first try around two turns, he won by 4 ¼ lengths under Flavien Prat and paid $7.80.Steeped in the vagaries of nitro, burning rubber, leaking oil and the inherent life- threatening danger of racing Funny Cars, Gasparrelli’s late father, Lou, was a nationally prominent Funny Car owner and driver who won 11 division titles before succumbing to cancer in 2011, his victories including Funny Car scores in the prestigious Winternationals in 1986 and 1993.“My dad’s business was automotive, but he loved horse racing as well,” said Steve, who grew up in nearby Monrovia and himself drives the Gasparrelli family Funny Car on the NHRA circuit. “We’ve got about 16 horses now–yearlings, two-year-olds and horses of racing age, and Mike’s become a great friend. We enjoy this so much and it is such a thrill to come to the races when we have a horse running.“I love coming out here in the mornings to watch the horses train and just about everything about the racing experience. Like drag racing, there’s a lot competition, but there’s also a lot of comaraderie and that’s what makes it fun.”(And, whether it’s on turf, dirt or a quarter mile strip of asphalt, it doesn’t hurt to win every now and again, either). Doug O’Neill10112212112%53%$829,076 Kent Desormeaux61119618%43%$484,775 Fernando Perez10113111113%35%$557,713 Mark Glatt7113151118%55%$485,036 Chad Lindsay691171216%43%$248,830 John Sadler63971314%46%$742,733 Peter Eurton4586518%42%$488,880 Santiago Gonzalez18023243113%43%$1,124,768 Tiago Pereira10812161611%41%$535,187 SONGBIRD BREEZES FOR EAST COAST TOURBEHOLDER WORKS FOR HIRSCH AT DEL MARD’AMATO CLINCHES SECOND STRAIGHT TITLE BEJARANO ZEROES IN ON ANOTHER CROWNSLUGO RACING IS AT HOME ON ANY SURFACE Stewart Elliott959879%25%$394,355 Mike Smith45158133%53%$1,014,947center_img Edwin Maldonado15026221517%42%$1,001,870 Martin Garcia781261315%40%$650,094 Joseph Talamo13926192019%47%$1,527,073 BEJARANO NEARS ANOTHER RIDING TITLELike Old Man River, Rafael Bejarano just keeps rolling along.A change in agents a year ago didn’t impair the success of the 34-year-old native of Peru, who is about to capture his 15th riding title at Santa Anita, his 27th in California and his 32nd overall.With two days left in the 40-day Spring Meet, Bejarano held a 43-38 lead over runner-up Flavien Prat. Bejarano is named on six horses Saturday and five on Sunday.Prat is named to ride in eight of the nine races Saturday and in six of nine on Sunday, so mathematically, the title is still up for grabs, although Prat would appear to have a steep hill to climb.As for Bejarano, he loves his job.“I like the competition and I like to be No. One,” he said. “Like every jockey, my dream is to one day win the Kentucky Derby, but that’s the most difficult thing to achieve, because you only get one chance a year, if you’re lucky.”Bejarano’s agent is Tora Yamaguchi, a former member of the racing department who has represented Bejarano for about a year, following the retirement of agent Joe Ferrer.“I’ve had his book since the end of the Santa Anita meet last year, July of 2015,” said the soft-spoken Yamaguchi, who maintains a relatively low profile for such a high profile gig.“It’s always tough to stay on top,” he said, “but it’s always nice to stay on top. That’s what we strive for.” D’AMATO ROLLS TO SECOND TRAINING CROWNPhil D’Amato has clinched his second straight Santa Anita training title, having won the Winter Meet crown with 41 victories. He now stands nine ahead of runner-up Bob Baffert at 25-16 with two racing days left in the 40-day Spring Meet.D’Amato also is the runaway leader this meet in purse earnings with $1,606,938, more than $600,000 in front of runner-up Jerry Hollendorfer. With 23 wins from 96 starters, D’Amato is winning at a 24 percent clip. Baffert, with 16 wins from 55 starters, leads in that category with 29 percent. D’Amato and Hollendorfer are tied for most stakes wins at four each.D’Amato won his first-ever title when he captured Santa Anita’s Winter Meet crown.“Everything’s been firing,” said D’Amato, who won two races Friday. “I’ve got great stock across the board, from younger horses to older horses, and most importantly, I’ve got owners who let me pick the spots to run them in and it’s working out great.”D’Amato has no horses entered at Santa Anita today and four on Sunday, including two in the seventh race. Baffert has one horse entered today and two on Sunday. (Current Through Friday, July 8) Peter Miller581014717%53%$479,865 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Martin Pedroza831391216%41%$403,100 Mario Gutierrez78916612%40%$695,300 Rafael Bejarano18443413023%62%$2,421,245 Richard Mandella4195722%51%$724,512 Jerry Hollendorfer751481419%48%$989,943 Richard Baltas6110121316%57%$466,765 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS FINISH LINES: Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator worked a leisurely half mile this morning at Belmont Park in 51.63 under Kent Desormeaux in preparation for the Grade II Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 30 . . . California Chrome worked a mile in company Saturday in 1:39.60 at Los Alamitos as the 2014 Horse of the Year readies for the San Diego Handicap July 23 at Del Mar. California Chrome broke well behind workmate Mishegas but was two lengths in front at the wire . . . Jockey Norberto Arroyo is back in California and expected to resume riding when Del Mar opens next Friday, July 15. The 37-year-old native of Puerto Rico renewed his California license yesterday. He will be represented by his 35-year-old brother, Nelson, who also handles Abel Lezcano . . . There will be mandatory payouts in the Pick Six and Super High Five at Santa Anita on closing day Sunday. Patrick Gallagher2972224%38%$266,100 Bob Baffert551612629%62%$861,603 BEHOLDER IN ‘TYPICAL’ WORK THIS MORNINGThree-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked seven furlongs in company Saturday in 1:26.20 for trainer Richard Mandella with regular rider Gary Stevens aboard in preparation for the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on July 30.Stablemate Volume was given a six furlong clocking of 1:14.40.“My company was supposed to go (five furlongs) in 1:01. I stayed four lengths off him, and Beholder did her thing through the lane,” Stevens said of the six-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes, a champion at two, three and five whose ultimate goal is the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.“It was just a nice, steady work, nothing fancy,” Stevens said. “She ships Monday so Richard didn’t want anything too fancy. It was good, a typical Beholder work.”last_img read more