ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2014)–Santa Anita’s $75,000 Lure Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at one mile on turf Sunday has attracted a field of nine, headed by Nita Winner’s Pure Tactics and Rodney Orr’s Boyett.
Currently trained by Leandro Mora, Pure Tactics broke a bit awkwardly and finished a close fourth in the Grade III Eddie Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course Sept. 26 and he has two wins and two seconds from five tries at one mile on grass.
A winner of the downhill Siren Lure Stakes four starts back on June, 1, Pure Tactics also has a third place finish to his credit from four tries over the course. A 5-year-old horse by Pure Prize, Pure Tactics is 18-7-2-2 overall and retains the services of Rafael Bejarano. He has earnings of $267,166.
Owned and bred by Rodney Orr and trained by Mark Glatt, Oregon-bred Boyett returns to turf following a close second in the Grade III Longacres Mile Handicap at Emerald Downs on Aug. 24. Blessed with an abundance of tactical speed, Boyett has a win and a second going a mile on grass and is 6-2-2-2 over the Santa Anita turf at distances ranging from a mile to a mile and a quarter.
A 4-year-old gelding by the Distorted Humor stallion Sharp Humor, Boyett will be handled for the first time on Sunday by Mike Smith. He’s 15-4-4-4 overall with earnings of $204,136.
Fifth, beaten 2 ½ lengths in the Eddie D. Stakes on Sept. 26, trainer Kristin Mulhall’s Artest pressed the pace and was an impressive 1 ¾ length one mile turf allowance winner two starts back at Del Mar Sept. 26. Fourth, beaten 2 ¼ lengths by Pure Tactics in the Siren Lure four starts back on June 1, Artest could be on the early lead Sunday with new rider Martin Garcia.
Owned by Dennis Narlinger, Artest, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Hard Spun, has one win from four tries at a mile on turf and is 24-5-3-2 overall with earnings of $290,006.
Owned and bred by Glenn Hill Farm in Florida, trainer Tom Proctor’s Old Time Hockey rallied late but finished sixth, beaten 3 ¼ lengths, in the 1 1/6 miles turf Rolling Green Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Sept. 1. A winner of the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles turf La Jolla Handicap in Aug. 2012 at Del Mar, Old Time Hockey is a 5-year-old gelding by Smarty Jones who has two turf stakes wins to his credit from an overall mark of 25-5-3-3. He is 5-1-1-1 going a mile on grass and has earnings of $343,125.
A mile and 70 yards turf allowance winner as the 5-2 favorite two starts back at Kentucky Downs Sept. 13, trainer Neil Drysdale’s Power Ped caught a yielding turf course in his last start, a 1 1/8 miles allowance Oct. 10 at Keeneland, and never threatened while running ninth, beaten five lengths. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Powerscourt, he has a win and a third from two tries at a mile on turf. Owned by Stepaside Farms, LLC, he’s 14-3-3-1 overall with earnings of $177,777.
A winner of the Grade III, seven furlong Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes in May, 2012, the Bob Baffert-trained Drill has been winless in 16 subsequent starts and will be guided for the first time by Elvis Trujillo in the Lure.
The complete field for the Lure Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race program Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Drill, Elvis Trujillo, 118; Old Time Hockey, Drayeden Van Dyke, 123; Starspangled Heat, Corey Nakatani, 118; Hay Dude, Joe Talamo, 118; Pure Tactics, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Smart Ellis, Alex Solis, 118; Power Ped, Tyler Baze, 120; Artest, Martin Garcia, 123, and Boyett, Mike Smith, 120.
First post time on Sunday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.