NINE-RACE CARD INCLUDES FOUR GRADED STAKES WITH FIRST POST TIME AT 12:30 P.M.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2016)–There is a Pick Six carryover of $40,671 into Saturday at Santa Anita and it’s expected Saturday’s total Pick Six pool should approach $400,000 as four graded stakes will be included in an outstanding nine-race program.
With the Grade III, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis carded as race four on Saturday, the Pick Six will get off to a classy beginning as Bob Baffert’s talented Mor Spirit, to be ridden by Gary Stevens, has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite in a field of seven 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.
Saturday’s fifth race, the Grade II, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes, will mark the 3-year-old debut of undefeated Eclipse Champion Filly Songbird, who will be ridden by Mike Smith and is a prohibitive 1-5 morning line favorite for Jerry Hollendorfer.
An important steppingstone to the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap, the Grade II, $500,000 San Antonio Stakes, which is carded as Saturday’s seventh race, is headed by 5-2 morning line favorite Imperative, who is trained by Richard Baltas and will be ridden by Mike Smith.
The Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes, at a mile and a quarter on turf for older horses, has been carded as the eighth race and offers fans a field of 11, with English-bred Hay Dude serving as the 5-2 morning line choice. Trained by Phil D’Amato, Hay Dude will be ridden by apprentice David Lopez.
First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m., admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For complete morning line information and late changes, please visit santaanita.com.