Fight Night at Santa Anita

Saturday, November 12 will be Fight Night at Santa Anita, with four bouts scheduled:

Kicking off the card is what’s being billed as “The Battle of the Baldies” between Gary Stevens and Peter Miller.

This is a continuation of what started last Sunday following the first race. Stevens and Miller got into a verbal altercation that escalated to the point that the pair had to be separated by track security and other track personnel.

Las Vegas has installed Stevens as the 1-2 favorite, but word is that Miller has been turning in some impressive a.m. work at his San Luis Downs base in preparation for the this match.

Up next will be the only heavyweight battle of the evening between Anthony “The Hurt” Stabile and Tom “The Corner” Quigley.

These two have been having a well-documented East Coast/West Coast war on Twitter, reminiscent of the Tupac Shakur/Notorious B.I.G. feud in the 90’s.

Las Vegas has not posted a line, but there is a prop bet where you risk a dollar to win $10 if you think the fight will actually go beyond the first round.

The most recently-added bout is being called “The No-so Pharoah Rumble” between Victor “The Luckiest Mexican” Espinoza and Ahmet “Thrown Under the Bus” Zayat.

A recent article quoted Espinoza as saying Zayat wanted to take him off Triple Crown winner American Pharoah at one point, while Zayat and trainer Bob Baffert have confirmed it was Baffert who was thinking of replacing Victor and Zayat who wanted to keep him aboard.

Espinoza is the heaviest favorite of the night at 2-5 on the Vegas line, but many people may not know that Zayat went 21-3 as an amateur in Egypt while fighting under the name “The Hebrew Hammer”.

The main event is the “Battle at Clocker's Corner II” between Steve “The Positive” Miyadi and Alex “The Commish” Solis.

This all got started one morning last month at Santa Anita when Solis’ agent Vic “The Lip” Lipton approached Miyadi about possible mounts soon after the trainer had returned from a suspension. He didn’t take to this well, considering Solis is a commissioner on the CHRB, and somehow it got physical.

Despite the apparent one-sidedness of what happened in their first match-up, Vegas has this pick’em as Solis will no doubt be more prepared this time around and will reportedly have fellow commissioner Madeline Auerbach among those working his corner.

The card will be televised live on TVG2, all proceeds will go to the Pegasus World Cup Fund and the referee will be Ken Bone.

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