BAFFERT’S HIGH FLYING COLLECTED TAKES ON ACCELERATE, CAT BURGLAR & DONWORTH IN SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 PRECISIONIST STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (June 21, 2017)–Bob Baffert’s rapidly improving Collected seeks his third consecutive win on Saturday as he takes on solid group of five older horses, including Accelerate, Cat Burglar and Donworth in Santa Anita’s Grade III, Precisionist Stakes, to be contested at a mile and one sixteenth.  Named for Fred Hooper’s brilliant homebred son of Crozier, Precisionist was a striking chestnut who was equally effective sprinting and routing.  A winner of the 1985 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Aqueduct, Precisionist was the nation’s Eclipse Award winning Sprinter that year and was later inducted into Racing’s Hall of Fame.

 

COLLECTED: Primarily hand ridden, he opened up with eye-catching burst turning for home in the Grade II Californian at a mile and one eighth en route to a facile 3 ¾ length win as the 3-5 favorite here on April 22, a race in which he earned a career-top Beyer Speed figure of 104.  A 3 ¾ length winner of the Santana Mile two starts back on April 1, Collected, a 4-year-old Kentucky bred colt by City Zip, looms strictly the horse to beat in the Precisionist.  Owned by Speedway Stable, LLC, he went to the sidelines following a dismal effort in the Grade I Preakness Stakes in May, 2016, and has rewarded his connections with a pair of sensational races at age four.  Blessed with an abundance of natural speed, he’s now 9-6-1-0 with earnings of $600,500.

 

ACCELERATE: Although winless in his last four starts, this 4-year-old Lookin At Lucky colt earned a career best Beyer Speed figure in his most recent start, a second place finish to multiple graded stakes winning Danzing Candy in a one mile third condition allowance here on May 5.  Trained by John Sadler and owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, Accelerate won the Grade II Los Alamitos Derby five starts back on Sept. 24 and was subsequently third in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 4.  With ample class and a solid resume, Accelerate rates a huge chance Saturday and will likely get a stalking trip under regular rider Tyler Baze.  With an overall mark of 10-3-3-3, he has earnings of $415,480.

 

CAT BURGLAR: A full horse by Unbridled’s Song, he’s the elder statesman in the field at age seven.  Idle since running a close fourth in the Grade II Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 6, 2016, he came back running here on March 31, as he pressed the pace and went on to a convincing 1 ½ length win in a 6 ½ furlong classified allowance.  Although a bit long in the tooth, look for Cat Burglar to show plenty of speed as he stretches out for Bob Baffert in the Affirmed.  Owned by Michael L. Petersen, Cat Burglar is 18-6-4-3 with earnings of $465,500.

 

DONWORTH: Originally trained by eastern-based Graham Motion, this 5-year-old full horse by Tiznow has always been highly regarded since being purchased privately by Reddam Racing, LLC following a runaway minor stakes win going 1 1/16 miles at Delaware Park four starts back in June, 2015.  In his first start for Doug O’Neill, Donworth ran a huge third, beaten one half length by Hoppertunity, in his Southern California debut, the Grade II San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 6, 2016.  Bet to 5-2 in his next start, the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, he could make no impression when seventh to front running Melatonin on March 12, 2016.  Idle since third as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade II Charles Town Classic on April 23, 2016, his connections are hoping Donworth can come off the bench swinging on Saturday.  With earnings of $281,345, he has an overall mark of 7-2-1-3.

 

THE GRADE III PRECISIONIST STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER

Race 6 of 10                                                                                                        Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PT

 

  1. Donworth–Mario Gutierrez–122
  2. Keane–Tiago Pereira–124
  3. Accelerate–Tyler Baze–124
  4. Collected–Martin Garcia–126
  5. Cat Burglar–Rafael Bejarano–122

 

First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11 a.m.