ARCADIA, Calif. (May 29, 2014)–Trainer Jeff Mullins’ Chips All In, a two-time graded stakes winner down Santa Anita’s unique 6 ½ furlong hillside turf course, heads a field of six 3-year-olds and up in Sunday’s $75,000 Siren Lure Stakes to be run over the Camino Real Turf.
Second, beaten 5 ½ lengths in the Grade III American Stakes going one mile on turf May 17, Chips All In will cut back in distance and hope to improve in his second start of the year.
A downhill winner of both the Grade III San Simeon Stakes on April 20, 2013 and the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes on Sept. 27, 2013, the 5-year-old horse by North Light also has a second place from five starts down the hillside. Owned by Jean Everest, John O’Brien, Valdez and partners, he was supplemented at a cost of $120,000 to the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint four starts back on Nov. 2, and ran a close ninth, beaten 3 ¾ lengths by multiple Turf Sprint Champ Mizdirection.
Chips All In has demonstrated an ability to stalk or press the pace and is 20-7-7-1 overall, with earnings of $449,279.
Trainer Kristin Mulhall will be represented by Artest, who although never a factor when running fifth in the San Simeon on April 13, altered tactics and was an impressive 1 ¼ length allowance winner down the hill at odds of 25-1 on May 11 when ridden for the first time by Edwin Maldonado.
A 5-year-old gelding by Hard Spun, Artest pressed the pace through splits of 22.00, 43.80, 1:05.40 and came home in 1:11.20–earning a high Beyer Speed figure of 92. Owned by Dennis Narlinger, Artest had been based in the East and Midwest prior to making his Southern California debut in the San Simeon for trainer Al Stall. With an overall mark of 20-4-3-2 and earnings of $230,626, he’ll make his second start for Mulhall in the Siren Lure.
Although winless in his last five starts, trainer Julio Canani’s Rosengold has kept good company and was a winner of the minor Baffle Stakes down the hill in his third career start on March 2, 2013. A subsequent winner of two one mile turf stakes–the Pasadena at Santa Anita on March 29, 2013 and the Tsunami Slew at Hollywood Park on June 23, Rosengold figures to once again be on or near the lead on Saturday.
Owned by the estate of William Curlin, the 4-year-old Stormello colt is 10-4-1-0 and has earnings of $188,520.
A sharp second down the hill two starts back in the Joe Hernandez Stakes Feb. 23, trainer Tom Proctor’s Zimmer was eased down the hill in the San Simeon on April 13 and will hope to rebound Saturday. Owned and bred in part by Jack Mandato, the 8-year-old horse by Empire Maker was a handy $50,000 claiming winner down the hill three starts back on Jan. 23. With an overall record of 25-6-4-3, he has earnings of $275,809.
The complete field for the Siren Lure Stakes, to be run as the seventh race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Artest, Edwin Maldonado, 122; Rosengold, Kent Desormeaux, 122; Pure Tactics, Mike Smith, 122; County Lineman, Corey Nakatani, 122; Zimmer, Drayden Van Dyke, 124, and Chips All In, Joe Talamo, 124.
First post time on Saturday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11 a.m.