ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2015)–Gary Mandella’s No Silent heads a packed field of 14 runners in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Daytona Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s Camino Real hillside turf course.
No Silent comes into Santa Anita’s Winter Meet Opening Day off a sixth place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint running over a ‘good’ course going 5 ½ furlongs at Keeneland. A winner of three in-a-row going into the Breeders’ Cup, No Silent won the Grade III, Eddie D. Stakes here on Oct. 3 for his first-ever win down the hill.
Owned by Double JH Stable Inc. No Silent is 6-year-old gelding by Silent Name and is 24-7-8-1 overall with earnings of $389,877.
Multiple graded stakes winner Alert Bay will attempt to win his first sprint down the hillside in his first attempt. A winner of Grade II, City of Hope Mile on Sept. 27 at Santa Anita, Alert Bay dominates on turf and has a record of 5-4-0-1 when running on it at here at The Great Race Place. Though he disappointed in his last out, the Grade II Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar on Nov. 27 in which he ran seventh, the 4-year-old by City Zip went into the Seabiscuit off a three race win streak.
Alert Bay is trained by Blaine Wright and owned by Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd and is 21-11-4-2 overall with earnings of $980,485.
Trained by James Cassidy and owned by Class Racing Stable, Holy Lute comes into Saturday’s Daytona with a solid record when running down the hill. Though winless in his last three outings, Holy Lute has one win and four seconds from five starts down the hill and comes off a solid pair of seconds in two out of his last three races. Holy Lute returns to both the track and the course that he seems to thrive on and will attempt to win his first graded race.
Holy Lute is 21-4-6-3 overall with earnings of $401,542.
The complete field for the Grade III Daytona Stakes, to be run as the 4th race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Richard’s Boy, Victor Espinoza, 117; Big Cazanova, Joel Rosario, 119; Mystery Train, Martin Pedroza, 119; Rocket Heat, Edwin Maldonado, 117; Big Bane Theory, Flavien Prat, 119; Plainview, Joe Talamo, 119; Alert Bay, Martin Garcia, 124; Bench Warrant, Abel Lezcano, 117; Holy Lute, Santiago Gonzalez, 119; The Great War, Kent Desormeaux, 117; Somethings Unusual, Drayden Van Dyke, 119; No Silent, Gary Stevens, 124; Toowindytohaulrox, Tiago Pereira, 119; Coastline, Tyler Baze, 119.
First post time on Opening Day is at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.