first_imgBilly Batts Rallies To Win $75,000 Baffle Stakes By 1 ½ Lengths As Rispoli Notches First-Ever Santa Anita Stakes Win; Miller Trainee Gets 5 ½ Furlongs On Turf In 1:03.37ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2020)–With a hot pace to exploit, classy Billy Batts rallied strongly through the lane to take Friday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf by 1 ½ lengths while providing jockey Umberto Rispoli with his first-ever Santa Anita stakes victory.  Trained by Peter Miller and owned by Rockingham Ranch, Billy Batts got the distance in 1:03.37.Idle since running a close second in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at one mile here Nov. 1, Billy Batts broke sharply and was fourth, about three lengths off the lead heading into the far turn.  With his stablemate Bullet Proof One, the lone filly in the race, carving out fast fractions, “Billy” reeled her in leaving the furlong pole and won in very impressive fashion.“It was a great opportunity to ride a horse like him,” said Rispoli, a 31-year-old Italian native who began riding at Santa Anita on Dec. 28.  “He comes from the Breeders’ Cup, so people were expecting a lot and Peter was confident in the run.  He broke quite sharp and for the first couple of furlongs, he was asking me to (be into the race).  When we swung out, he was full of run.“I’m very happy for that and I’m very happy that my first stakes win didn’t take so long.  I love this place.  I love the people, I love the weather, I love everything.  Every time my boy (Hayden, 2 ½) comes out, I win!”Stakes placed in his last three starts, Billy Batts, a Kentucky-bred ridgeling by City Zip, was the second choice in a field of six sophomores at 2-1 and paid $6.80, $4.20 and $2.80.“I thought (Bulletproof One) had a better chance at five and a half, but they pressed her pretty hard the whole way and it took its toll,” said Miller.  “Billy is a good horse and we needed to get a prep into him to get him ready (for a one mile dirt race in Saudi Arabia on Feb. 29).”Out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Down to Hearth, Billy Batts, in registering his first stakes win, is now 8-2-3-1 and with the winner’s share of $48,120, he increased his earnings to $302,560.Last early, Rager rallied well to be second by a half length under Drayden Van Dyke.  Off at 9-1, he paid $10.20 and $5.20.Rookie Mistake, no match for the top two, was third by a length over Bulletproof One and paid $2.80 to show with Mario Gutierrez up.Fractions on the race were 22.75, 45.38 and 57.19.Note:  Baffle, a multiple stakes winner on turf and dirt, was owned by Canadian timber magnate Frank McMahon (who also owned Majestic Prince, winner of the 1969 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies, as well as the Preakness Stakes) and trained by Johnny Longden.  Baffle, who was effective sprinting and at middle distances, set the hillside turf course record for 6 ½ furlongs on Feb. 7, 1970, when he stopped the clock in 1:11 4/5 under Wayne Harris, a mark that stood for more than 20 years.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

first_img RelatedSingapore’s best late-night restaurantsGot the midnight munchies in Singapore? Whether you’re hungry for a curry after the Night Zoo or want to catch up on that dessert you skipped earlier, check out these best late-night restaurants, cafes and dessert bars in the city-state that barely sleeps.Top places to eat and drink in Brighton for rugby fansBrighton could claim to be England’s coolest city. Energetic local student population? Check. Thriving gay scene? Check. Innate holiday spirit? Check. Brighton is certainly a vibrant place: the ancient lanes of this ex-fishing village centre are now strung with quirky shops and one-off bars, its exuberant Royal Pavilion and unapologetically…10 of the best European city breaks for Easter weekendIf you’re wondering where to go for that long Easter weekend, how about four days in Paris, Copenhagen, or Berlin? Here are the best destinations to fly away for this Bank Holiday weekend, from Good Friday (April 14th) to Easter Monday (April 17th). Photo credit: Bollywood VeggiesSet within its own farm at Kranji, it is no surprise that the cheap and cheerful Poison Ivy Bistro excels in fresh local farm produce. As Singapore’s largest producer of organic bananas, its Bolly Banana Curry is not to be missed, while the Warriors Tofu special is another veggie delight.Where: 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026 Chilli crab is one of Singapore’s national dishes and as such can be found in restaurants all over the island. However those looking for a contemporary take on the traditional dish should head to the Blue Lotus, situated on the idyllic Sentosa Cove. Here giant Sri Lankan crab is bathed in an aromatic lemongrass gravy, quite unlike the ketchup taste usually associated with this dish.Where: 31 Ocean Way, Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove, #01 -13, Sentosa IslandBest for vegetarians: Poison Ivy Bistro Best for brunch: Symmetry With a seafood ice bar, a giant chocolate fountain and 30 chefs in show kitchens, Melt – the world café, is a delight for all the senses. As the name suggests, this restaurant offers dishes from around the globe, including the ever popular Royal Tandoori menu. Meat lovers are well-catered for with wagyu beef burgers, beef carpaccio and an alfresco barbeque terrace.Available: 6.30am – 10.30 am (breakfast), 12pm – 2.30pm (lunch), 6.30pm – 9.30pm (dinner)Best for chilli crab: Blue Lotus This stylish café, located deep inside the Kampong Glam Quarter is a delight for the senses. Treat your taste buds to brunch staples like The Big Breakfast or Eggs Benedict or try the amazing flan – a delicious combination of eggs, mushrooms and pork confit. What’s not to love?!Where: 9 Jalan Kubor, #01-01Tel: 6291 9901Best for bar nibbles: Mad Men Attic BarThis buzzing bar is a popular after work haunt with live music, good drinks and cool views of glittering skyscrapers. However the real treat here is reserved for foodies who can dive in to some great alternative bar snacks including miso butter prawns and luncheon meat fries.Where: 11 North Canal Road, #03-02Opening Hours: 5pm – 1am (Mon – Thurs), 5pm – 3am (Fri – Sat)Best for decadent desserts: 2am: dessertbar photo credit: 2amdessertbar.comFor foodies with a sweet tooth there is only one place to go in Singapore – 2am: dessertbar. Desserts here are no afterthought, they are the star attraction with a menu stuffed full of decadent delights. Options include classics such as chocolate tart and cheesecake, while those looking to overindulge can treat themselves to an 8 course dessert degustation menu, no doubt with enough sugar to keep you going til 2am when, as the name suggests, this sweet treat of a restaurant closes.Where: 21A Lorong Liput, Holland VillageOpening Hours: 6pm – 2am (Monday to Saturday)Best all you can eat buffet: Melt ~ The World Café, Mandarin Orientallast_img read more