SANTA ANITA’S TRADITIONAL CLOSING DAY FEATURE WILL BE CONTESTED FOR THE 76TH TIME
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 26, 2015)–Brazilian-bred Going Somewhere, who made an impressive U.S. debut at a mile and a half on turf May 24, heads a field of seven 3-year-olds and up in Sunday’s Grade III, $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at Santa Anita. The track’s traditional closing day feature dating back to 1935, the San Juan Capistrano will be run for the 76th time and be contested at the marathon distance of a mile and three quarters on turf.
Trained by Neil Drysdale and owned by his breeder, Haras Phillipson, Inc., Going Somewhere, who was fitted with blinkers for the first time in his 22nd career start, was sent to the lead by Mike Smith in the Grade II, 1 ½ miles Charles Whittingham Stakes on May 24 and fought back gamely late to be beaten one length.
A Group I winner in Argentina at a mile and a half on turf, Going Somewhere, a 6-year-old horse, was winless in 11 starts in France prior to making his first start for Drysdale in the Whittingham. With Smith back in the saddle on Sunday, classy Going Somewhere appears to be the only speed in the San Juan Capistrano and as a result, has been installed as the heavy even money favorite by line maker Jon White. Along with the rest of the field, Going Somewhere will be making his first start at 1 ¾ miles on Sunday. With an overall mark of 22-3-4-7, he has earnings of $452,268.
Patriots Rule and Decisive Edge each come off sharp recent wins over the course and have been installed as co-second choices at 4-1.
Patriots Rule, a 4-year-old California-bred gelding by Tribal Rule, rallied from off the pace to win the one mile turf Crystal Water Stakes versus state-breds by 1 ¼ lengths on June 6 and will again be ridden by Fernando Perez. Trained by Robertino Diodoro, Patriots Rule is 17-5-2-3, with earnings of $335,480.
Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Decisive Edge looked good coming from off the pace to win a first condition allowance at 1 1/8 miles on turf May 8 and will be ridden back by Flavien Prat. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Bernardini, he’s owned by Nancy Favreau and Kathy Psoinos and will try stakes competition for the first time in the San Juan Capistrano. Decisive Edge is 14-2-6-1 overall with earnings of $162,820.
Charles Fipke’s homebred Golden Soul, who is one of many who prefers to run from off the pace, ships in from Churchill Downs following a third place finish in the Grade III, 1 ½ miles turf Louisville Handicap on May 23. Trained by Dallas Stewart, Golden Soul was second in the 2013 Kentucky Derby, but is winless in 14 stakes–13 of them graded. A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by the Sadler’s Wells stallion Perfect Soul, his overall mark stands at 23-3-3-2 and he has earnings of $633,085.
The complete field for the Grade III San Juan Capistrano Stakes, to be run as the fourth race on a 10-race closing day program, with jockeys and weights in post position order with morning line: Patriots Rule, Fernando Perez, 119, (4-1); Decisive Edge, Flavien Prat, 119, (4-1); Golden Soul, Joe Talamo, 119, (9-2); Crucero, Kent Desormeaux, 119, (15-1); Customer Base, Drayden Van Dyke, 114, (8-1); Going Somewhere, Neil Drysdale, 119, (even), and Tiz Futurity, Alex Solis, 119, (30-1).
First post time on closing day, Sunday, is at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.