HOLY LUTE AND ACCEPTANCE HEAD A FULL FIELD OF 14 IN THE GRADE III, $100,000 SAN SIMEON STAKES OPENING DAY AT SANTA ANITA

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2016) – Though not a victor in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, Holy Lute is still a force to be reckoned with down the six and-a-half furlong Camino Real hillside turf course and will head a competitive field of 14 in Monday’s $100,000, Grade III, San Simeon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up.

Trained by Jim Cassidy and owned by Class Racing Stable, Holy Lute ran his best-ever Beyer Speed figure, a 102, in the Grade III Eddie D. down the hillside Sept. 30, thus giving his connections every confidence to run in the Breeders’ Cup. Though he finished sixth, it was by a beaten margin of only 3 ½ lengths in a field of 14 world class runners. An intact horse at the age of 6, Holy Lute is by Midnight Lute out of the Holy Bull mare, Holy Christmas. With 10 races down the hillside turf since the beginning of 2015, Holy Lute has a record of 10-2-4-0 for the course.

Though third in his last outing at Del Mar in the seven furlong (dirt) Carey Grant Stakes on Nov. 20, trainer Kenny Black said Acceptance stumbled badly that day and looks to be running in very similar company on Monday as he did in the California Flag Handicap, a race in which he won by head on Oct. 22 down the hill.

Owned by Finish Line Racing and the Ellwood Johnston Trust, the 4-year-old bay colt by Vronsky has a record of 12-4-1-1 and overall earnings of $378,803.

The full field, including jockeys and weights, for the Grade III San Simeon

Race 6 – Approximate post time of 2:30 p.m.

  1. Jimmy Bouncer, Mario Gutierrez, 123
  2. Hobbits Hero, Rafael Bejarano, 121
  3. Stormy Liberal, Norberto Arroyo, Jr., 121
  4. Drummer, Tyler Baze, 121
  5. Ohio, Drayden Van Dyke, 121
  6. Acceptance, Stewart Elliott, 123
  7. Cape Wolfe, Santiago Gonzalez, 121
  8. Richard’s Boy, Victor Espinoza, 121
  9. He Will, Flavien Prat, 121
  10. Tough Sunday, Chantal Sutherland, 121
  11. Bettys Bambino, Joel Rosario, 121
  12. Holy Lute, Jamie Theriot, 125
  13. Horse Laugh, Luis Contreras, 121
  14. Iron Rob, Corey Nakatani, 121