ARCADIA, Calif. (May 6, 2015)–Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 American Stakes at a mile on turf for 3-year-olds and up has attracted a field of eight competitive older horses, headed by stakes winner Talco and multiple graded stakes winner, Winning Prize.
Winner of the Thunder Road Stakes in his last out on April 4, John Sadler’s Talco will be seeking his third win in a row at the American distance. Though winless in his first four tries at graded stakes once coming to the United States in August of last year, the French-bred Talco has started to figure it out and seems to love the mile distance.
Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, Talco will retain the services of recent Kentucky Derby winning jockey, Victor Espinoza. He is 13-4-3-3- overall with earnings of $231,123.
Though winless in his last four outings, Winning Prize was the winner of the 2014 Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf as well as the Grade II Arcadia in which he received his lifetime best, 105 Beyer speed figures in both. Second in the Thunder Road to Talco by only a head, the Neil Drysdale trainee will seek his first stakes victory since March 2014 on Saturday.
The Argentine-bred by Pure Prize raced and was a multiple Group I winner in Argentina at the American distance with trainer Nicolas Ferro before coming to the U.S. in the summer of 2013. He is owned by David Heerensperger and Jose Nelson and is 17-8-2-1 overall with earnings $637,013.
The Glen Hill Farm owned Enterprising will attempt to return to his winning form after a 10th place finish in the April 4 Thunder Road. Though winless in his last three outings, Enterprising was a winner of the Grade III La Jolla Handicap in August and besides his Thunder Road blemish is unbeaten at a mile on the grass.
Trained by Tom Proctor, Enterprising will break from the rail with Gary Stevens aboard. He is 12-5-1-2 overall with earnings of $335,400.
The complete field for the Grade III, American Stakes to be run as the 8th race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Enterprising, Gary Stevens, 121; War Academy, Corey Nakatani, 119; Winning Prize, Rafael Bejarano, 119; Gabriel Charles, Tyler Baze, 119; Talco, Victor Espinoza, 119; Little Jerry, Martin Pedroza, 119; Home Run Kitten, Joseph Talamo, 119; Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat, 121.
The first post on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.