Old Trainers Never Die, They Just ‘Smile’ On

Smiling Tigress lit up the tote board with a $54.60 mutuel after winning Saturday’s eighth race at Santa Anita by a half length under Tyler Baze for trainer David Bernstein.

It was a feel good story all around.

The three-year-old California-bred daughter of the late Smiling Tiger was coming off four straight races in which she was beaten a combined 32 lengths. Bernstein removed the blinkers for the optional claiming race for fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs.

That helped, but it wasn’t crucial, said the 78-year-old Bernstein, who conditioned 1994 champion older male The Wicked North.

“She didn’t need the blinkers: she loves this track,” Bernstein said. “Her races here are all good. Her only bad races are at Del Mar, which she despises. She works good there, but she won’t run.”

Baze has ridden Smiling Tiger in 11 of her last 12 races. He has been aboard in all three of her career victories, each at Santa Anita where she also has two seconds and a third.

“He really likes her,” said Bernstein. “He loves to work her because she’s so easy. He works her frequently and he loves to ride her.”
Smiling Tigress rallied wide from seventh to win, “and when those three horses were ding-donging out front going 21 and change and 44 and change, I thought, ‘How sweet it is. There’s no way they’re going to finish.’

“Down the lane I thought she was going to be at least third, then second, then she’s going to win. We were hollering like crazy. She tries hard and loves this track.”

Otherwise, it was business as usual Sunday morning for Bernstein, whose barn consists of only four horses.

“That’s what happens when you get old,” he lamented. “Nobody wants you.”

Save for Santa Anita and Smiling Tigress.

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