ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2014)–Although entered to run on Saturday, trainer Peter Miller’s undefeated Red Outlaw will opt instead for Sunday’s $75,000 Uniformity Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course and thus looms a potential short priced favorite in a field of eight sophomores.
The early 2-1 favorite versus state-breds in Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Handicap down the hill, Red Outlaw has won three stakes in a row, including the $97,000 Baffle Stakes over the course three starts back on Feb. 16.
Drawn well Sunday in post position seven, Red Outlaw could show the way down the hill and pose an elusive target under regular rider Edwin Maldonado. A chestnut gelding by Tribal Rule, Red Outlaw is owned by Blinkers On Racing Stable, Aurelio, Bizovi and partners. Currently stabled with Miller at San Luis Rey Downs, Red Outlaw is unbeaten in five starts and has earnings of $285,200.
On connections alone, Florida invader Bolita Boyz merits serious consideration as he’ll make his first start for leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and be ridden by top jock Rafael Bejarano. Idle since running fourth as the favorite in a 1 1/16 miles turf stakes at Gulfstream Park Aug. 23, Bolita Boyz is a minor stakes winner on dirt and is 8-4-0-1 overall. Owned by Gatto, GZS Stables, LLC, Hollendorfer and Schlaich, the Florida-bred colt by the Mr. Prospector stallion Act of Duty has earnings of $156,231.
An allowance winner down the hillside course two starts back on Jan. 16, Street Icon was a close third behind highly regarded 3-year-old Indianapolis in a 6 ½ furlong dirt allowance at Santa Anita Sept. 26 and could prove tough in his first start for trainer Kristin Mulhall.
Previously trained by John Sadler and Jerry Hollendorfer, Street Icon is 5-2-1-1 overall and the Kentucky-bred gelding by Street Boss will be making his second start over the course. Owned by J.W. Singer, LLC, he’ll be reunited with Joe Talamo, who guided him to a first out maiden on May 9, 2013 when in the care of Sadler.
Trainer Victor Garcia will be well represented, as his Forever Juanito is a winner down the hill of the Desert Code Stakes five starts back on May 3. A Kentucky-bred gelding by Badge of Silver, he comes off an even fifth place run behind Indianapolis on Sept. 26 and should be better suited getting back on turf. With a win and a second over the course, he’s 8-2-1-2 overall with earnings of $127,956. Forever Juanito is owned by Garcia and Manuel.
Although winless in six starts this year, Irish-bred Home School was a close third in his only try down the hill, the Desert Code Stakes, on May 3. Owned by Keh, Pasqual, Ryan and Fedick, he shortens up off a fourth place effort behind Red Outlaw in the one mile El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar Aug. 29. Previously trained by Doug O’Neill, he’ll be saddled by Leandro Mora and ridden back by Elvis Trujillo.
Group III placed in his native France six starts back 13 months ago, Daraybi will make his U.S. debut for trainer Darrell Vienna and Red Baron’s Barn, LLC. A 3 ½ length minor stakes winner going 6 ½ furlongs on turf in France two starts back, Daraybi has been favored in half of his eight starts and has three wins, a second and a third, with earnings of $134,796. His running lines indicate he could be on the lead or close-up early under Brice Blanc.
Trainer Art Sherman’s Reno Rebel comes off a four length win in a six furlong minor stakes at Stockton on Sept. 27 and will try the hillside for the first time in the Uniformity. A Kentucky-bred ridgling by Big Brown, he has three wins, a second and a third from 10 starts. One for four on turf, he’s owned by Nevada Equine, LLC and Finch. He’ll be ridden by Victor Espinoza, who guided him to a seven furlong maiden win at Santa Anita seven starts back on April 5.
The complete field for the Uniformity Stakes, to be run as the sixth race on a nine-race card Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Bolita Boyz, Rafael Bejarano, 122; Forever Juanito, Tyler Baze, 122; Daraybi, Brice Blanc, 122; Dothraki, Kayla Stra, 116; Street Icon, Joe Talamo, 116; Reno Rebel, Victor Espinoza, 122; Red Outlaw, Edwin Maldonado, 122, and Home School, Elvis Trujillo, 116.
First post time at Santa Anita on Sunday is 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.