FLORIDA INVADER TIZCANO ALSO LIKELY TO GENERATE SIGNIFICANT INTEREST IN SO CAL DEBUT
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2014)–Lord Nelson, a first-out maiden special weight winner who subsequently ran fourth behind undefeated top 2-year-old American Pharoah in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles FrontRunner Stakes, heads a field of 10 juvenile colts and geldings going six furlongs in Monday’s $100,000 Speakeasy Stakes at Santa Anita.
Trained by Bob Baffert, Lord Nelson drew well, as he’ll break from post 10 with regular rider Martin Garcia. A Kentucky-bred colt by Pulpit, he earned a Speakeasy-best last out Beyer Speed figure of 90 in the Frontrunner and he fetched $340,000 as a Keeneland September yearling last year. Owned by Peachtree Stable, he has one listed work since the FrontRunner, a half mile in 46.60 at Santa Anita on Oct. 8, second best of 49 at the distance.
Trainer Dan Hendricks will also be well represented in the Speakeasy, as he’ll send out stakes winning Story to Tell. A first-out maiden winner on May 23, he took the $98,000 Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes in his third start July 13 at Los Alamitos. He comes off a last place finish at 2-1 on synthetic Polytrack in the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Best Pal Stakes Aug. 3 and will be out to make amends on natural dirt in his fifth career start.
Owned by Cecil Peacock, Story to Tell is a Kentucky-bred colt by Bluegrass Cat who was purchased for $200,000 out of the Barrretts March 2-year-old in training sale five months ago. With two wins and a second from four starts, he has more seasoning than any of his rivals and his bankroll of $118,850 is almost double that of his nearest money-won competitor, Lord Nelson, who has banked $63,000.
Purchased privately after breaking his maiden in his only start on June 22 at Gulfstream Park, Tizcano was a runaway 6 ½ length winner over a track labeled “good” and will make his Southern California debut for trainer Peter Miller in the Speakeasy. A Kentucky-bred colt by Tiznow, Tizcano was sold for a whopping $710,000 this past February at Fasig Tipton’s Kentucky Horses of Racing Age sale.
Owned by Rockingham Ranch, Tizcano has a steady work tab to his credit at San Luis Rey Downs, his most recent work a five furlong move in 59.60 from the gate on Oct. 7–best of eight at the distance.
Ridden by the recently injured Kent Desormeaux, ITA Thoroughbreds’ All Indians comes off an impressive maiden special weight win Sept. 3 and will get the services of Rafael Bejarano. Trained by Bob Hess, Jr., the son of Latent Heat got a 77 Beyer in the win and will make his third career start on Monday. He worked a bullet half mile Oct. 7 in 47.60–best of 22 at the distance.
Trainer Robertino Diodoro will saddle a pair of Minnesota invaders, stakes winning Grand Full Moon and first out winner Outdated.
Grand Full Moon, a Kentucky-bred gelding by Malibu Moon, comes off a 4 ½ length win in Canterbury Park’s Shakopee Juvenile and will be making his fourth career start for Mercedes Stables, LLC. He has two wins and a second, all coming at Canterbury.
Outdated, who is owned by Garvey and TG Racing, LLC, comes off a first-out maiden score going 5 ½ furlongs on Sept. 13 and will break from post eight.
Kiezcka and Warren’s Bluegrass Sight was a first out winner going 5 ½ furlongs on Sept. 5 at Los Alamitos and will again be ridden by Kayla Stra. A Florida-bred gelding by Bluegrass Cat, he’s trained by Phil Oviedo.
Truely Quick, a California-bred colt by Yes It’s True, was a first out maiden winner versus statebreds at Santa Rosa on July 31, and defeated open company in winning Santa Rosa’s six furlong Cavonnier Juvenile Aug. 10. He was subsequently beaten 14 ½ lengths in Del Mar’s six furlong I’m Smokin Stakes on Sept. 1, his most recent start. Owned by his breeders, George Schmitt and Philip Lebherz, Truely Quick is conditioned by Jeff Bonde.
The complete field for Monday’s Speakeasy Stakes, to be run as the seventh race on a nine-race card, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Grand Full Moon, Fernando Perez, 120; Sebastian’s Heart, Corey Nakatani, 118; Social Request, Martin Pedroza, 118; Tizcano, Tyler Baze, 122; Story to Tell, Joe Talamo, 122; All Indians, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Truely Quick, Alonso Quinonez, 120; Outdated, Edwin Maldonado, 120; Bluegrass Sight, Kayla Stra, 120, and Lord Nelson, Martin Garcia, 120.
First post time at Santa Anita on Monday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.