ARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2016)–Front running Lieutenant Colonel and late running Big John B head a field of seven older horses in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita, which will be contested at the marathon distance of 1 ½ miles on the main track.
LIEUTENANT COLONEL: A gate to wire winner of his last two starts; allowance races at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 15 and 1 1/8 miles on March 6, this 4-year-old gelding has come to hand for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who has saddled him in his last three outs. Well beaten in both the Grade III Gotham Stakes and the Grade I Wood Memorial when trained by Chad Brown a year ago, Lieutenant Colonel faces his first stakes assignment for Hollendorfer. With Rafael Bejarano opting to ride Big John B, he’ll be ridden by Mike Smith, who was aboard for his first southern California start, as he tries to stretch his speed to the unknown depths of a mile and one half. Owned by Harvey Clarke and Paul Braverman, Lieutenant Colonel has three wins from six overall starts and has earnings of $116,650.
BIG JOHN B: The class of the field, “Big John” has 13 wins from 34 starts on grass, but has only run three times on dirt, with his lone win coming at a mile and one half, in Del Mar’s Grade III Cougar II Handicap seven starts back on July 24. A dedicated deep closer, Big John B, a 7-year-old gelding by Hard Spun, never threatened when seventh as the 2-1 favorite here in the Grade II, 1 ½ miles turf San Luis Rey Stakes on March 13. Trained by Phil D’Amato and owned by Michael House, Big John B is 39-14-6-5 overall with earnings of $789,770.
THE GRADE III TOKYO CITY CUP IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS
Race 8 (of 10) Approximate post time, 4:05 p.m. PDT
- Big John B–Rafael Bejarano–122
- Class Leader–Victor Espinoza–120
- Ike Walker–Edwin Maldonado–120
- John’s Success–Tyler Baze–120
- China Girl Lover–Drayden Van Dyke–120
- Blingo–Alex Solis–120
- Lieutenant Colonel–Mike Smith–120
First post time for a 10-race program on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.