ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 3, 2016) – Trainer Paddy Gallagher will send out French-bred Flamboyant in the Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes going 1 ¼ miles over the Santa Anita turf course Saturday.
A winner of his most recent outing, Flamboyant took the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes, running late to beat Grade I winner Obviously by a neck. “He’s been working really, really well and I think he cares for this course,” said jockey Brice Blanc after the San Gabriel win. “I speak to him in French, it must work!”
With a Beyer Speed Figure of 104 for the San Gabriel win, Flamboyant registered his highest Beyer figure ever. Owned by David Bienstock and Charles Winner, Flamboyant is a 5-year-old gelding by the Sunday Silence stallion Peer Gynt. He is 18-4-3-4 overall with earnings of $398,368.
Owned and bred in Florida by Glen Hill Farm, Chiropractor, a 4-year-old gelding by Kitten’s Joy will look to return to form Saturday after a disappointing seventh place finish in the San Gabriel, his most recent outing. Up late to win the Grade I (turf) Hollywood Derby at Del Mar on Nov. 28 over favorite Om by a head, Chiropractor will be hoping for the same pace scenario as Flamboyant on Saturday.
Chiropractor is 8-3-2-0 overall with earnings of $273,350.
The complete field for the Grade II San Marcos, to be run as the 8th race on a nine race program Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Gaga A, Mario Gutierrez, 114; Class Leader, Kent Desormeaux, 119; Chiropractor, Drayden Van Dyke, 124; Southern Freedom, Martin Garcia, 119; Power Foot, Tiago Pereira, 119; Ganesh, Flavien Prat, 119; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 124; Hay Dude, David Lopez, 119; Abbey Vale, Rafael Bejarano, 119; Quick Casablanca, Tyler Baze, 119; Big Cazanova, Santiago Gonzalez, 119.
First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.