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ROSENGOLD, PROCUREMENT TO MEET AGAIN IN FRIDAY’S $70,000 PASADENA STAKES AS 10 SOPHS CONTEST TURF MILE
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 24, 2013)—Rosengold, winner of the $79,000 Baffle Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course on March 2, and Procurement, a close fifth as the 5-2 favorite, stretch out a furlong and a half and head a field of 10 sophomores in Friday’s $70,000 Pasadena Stakes at one mile on grass.
Rosengold, trained by Julio Canani, showed good speed from the inside and took the lead for good under Martin Garcia, winning the Baffle by one length in his third career start. The Pasadena will mark the Kentucky-bred son of Stormello’s first try at a route of ground and he should show plenty of speed with Garcia at the controls.
Bred in-part and owned by William Currin, Rosengold broke his maiden on a wet fast main track on Jan. 26 and has two wins from three starts. His earnings stand at $80,290.
Procurement, who was bred in Florida by his owner, Glen Hill Farm, broke his maiden going a mile at Betfair Hollywood Park three starts back on Nov. 25 and won a first condition allowance down the hillside on Feb. 7—which bolstered his standing as the Baffle favorite.
Fifth, beaten 3 ¾ lengths in the Baffle, Procurement mounted a mild bid after trailing by 7 ½ lengths at the top of the stretch. Trained by Tom Proctor, he’ll again be handled by Garrett Gomez and will hope to have a fast pace to run at stretching out.
With two wins and a third-place finish from seven starts, Procurement, a bay colt by Milwaukee Brew, has $73,338 in earnings.
Swift Thoroughbreds’ Counting Days, who comes off a third-place finish in the Grade III El Camino Real Derby going 1 1/8 miles on synthetic Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields Feb. 16, figures to be well supported in the Pasadena.
Seventh, beaten 3 ¼ lengths in the Grade III Generous Stakes going one mile on turf Nov. 24, Counting Days, trained by Carla Gaines, has yet to finish in the money in three turf tries. A runaway maiden $50,000 claiming winner going six furlongs on Polytrack at Keeneland Oct. 20, Counting Days will be making his fourth start for Gaines on Friday.
With a win and a third (both on synthetic) from six starts, Counting Days has banked $42,510.
In search of his fourth consecutive win, the Adam Kitchingman-trained Miceli rates a big chance with upstart Edwin Maldonado aboard.
Bred by R Sher Family Farm and owned by Firsthome Thoroughbreds or R Cher Family Farm, Miceli comes off a game three quarter length allowance win going a mile on turf Feb. 1.
A Kentucky-bred colt by War Chant, Miceli pressed the pace under Maldnado at 4-1 and took the lead turning for home. Miceli has three wins and a third from four turf starts and has an overall mark of 7-4-0-1. He has earnings of $95,444.
Group III placed sprinting in Italy, English-bred Tiger Day, sixth at 7-1 in the Baffle, will make his second stateside start in the Pasadena and could improve with a race under his belt. Trained by Ben Cecil, he is owned by Triple B Farms and has two works over the course since his U.S. debut March 2.
With all of his lifetime starts coming on grass, Tiger Day is 6-3-1-0 overall with earnings of $61,083.
The complete field for Friday’s Pasadena Stakes, to be run as the seventh on an eight-race program, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Ebony Gold, Alberto Delgado, 115; Miceli, Edwin Maldonado, 117; Greeley Awesome, Corey Nakatani, 117; Counting Days, Rafael Bejarano, 115; Tiger Day, Victor Espinoza, 117; Rosengold, Martin Garcia, 117; Procurement, Garrett Gomez, 117; China Prince, Joe Talamo, 117; Little Jerry, Tyler Baze, 117, and Meringue Pie, Kevin Krigger, 117. ALSO ELIGIBLE: Dr. Spin, Tyler Baze (second call), 115.
First post time on Friday is at 1 p.m. For additional racing information, visit www.santaanita.com.