- SHEER FLATTERY SET FOR ROBERT B. LEWIS
- HOPPERTUNITY EYES SAN ANTONIO REPEAT
- STORMY LIBERAL 9-5 IN CLOCKERS’ CORNER
SHEER FLATTERY ON COURSE FOR LEWIS STAKES
Jerry Hollendorfer takes what he hopes will be the first step on the Triple Crown trail with Sheer Flattery when the Kentucky-bred son of Flatter runs in next Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.
The chestnut colt, owned in part by Hollendorfer, got up by a nose under Mike Smith to break his maiden going a mile and a sixteenth at Santa Anita last Dec. 31.
Doug O’Neill, who won the Lewis in 2007 with Great Hunter, plans to enter two in the Lewis, Cecil B. DeMille winner Term of Art and the Into Mischief colt Dangerfield, named for the late, great “no respect” comedian Rodney Dangerfield.
Dangerfield was a distant third behind Mastery and Irap last out in the Grade I Los Angeles Futurity on Dec. 10. Dangerfield worked six furlongs on the main track Saturday in a bullet 1:12.20, fastest of 24 drills at the distance.
The Lewis offers 17 qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby, 10 to the winner, four for second, two for third and one for fourth.
HOPPERTUNITY SEEKS REPEAT WIN IN SAN ANTONIO
Hoppertunity, who won the San Antonio Stakes last year, is expected to defend his title next Saturday in the 80th edition of the Grade II San Antonio, a major steppingstone to the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap at a mile and a quarter on March 11.
A six-year-old full horse trained by Bob Baffert, Hoppertunity won the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park last October and was fourth in two subsequent Grade I races, the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Clark Handicap.
Also expected for the 1 1/16-mile San Antonio are Accelerate, Dalmore, El Huerfano and Point Piper.
STORMY LIBERAL CHOICE IN SUNDAY’S CLOCKERS’ CORNER
Stormy Liberal, second in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on a “good” turf course last out on Dec. 26, is the 9-5 morning line favorite in Sunday’s $75,000 Clockers’ Corner, for four year olds and up on Santa Anita’s unique downhill course.
A five-year-old gelded son of Stormy Atlantic trained by Peter Miller for Rockingham Ranch, Stormy Liberal has been second in two starts since being claimed by Miller for $40,000 last Oct. 16.
The field for the Clockers’ Corner, the ninth of nine races: Horse Laugh, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Blameitonthelaw, Luis Contreras, 15-1; Snow Cloud, Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1; McHeat, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; Cape Wolfe, Stewart Elliott,12-1; Forever Juanito, Agapito Delgadillo, 8-1; Moonlight Drive, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Stormy Liberal, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 9-5; Tribal Fighter, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Aotearoa, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1.
Stylistics United and Indriya were scratched.
FINISH LINES: Midnight Storm worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main
track Saturday morning in 1:01.40. The multiple graded stakes winner, seemingly at home on turf or dirt, is being considered for the Santa Anita Handicap on March 11. “Perfect” is how trainer Phil D’Amato termed the move. “I wanted one oh one and change and out in 14 or 15 (1:14 or 1:15 for six furlongs) and that’s what I got. The Handicap is on our radar but we’re keeping our options open.” There were 257 recorded works at Santa Anita Saturday, 28 on the training track . . . Santa Anita hosts the Dumpling and Wonton Festival next Saturday, Feb. 4. Patrons can snack on scrumptious Asian and Asian-inspired dumplings and wontons on Santa Anita’s trackside apron. Buy online and save at www.santaanita.com/events . . . On Sunday, Feb. 5, the day of The Big Game, live racing at Santa Anita begins at 11 a.m., allowing fans to watch The Big Game at Sirona’s Sports Bar after the races or to be home in time to view it. General admission to the track that day is only one dollar.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Friday, Jan. 27)|
|Norberto Arroyo, Jr.||55||7||4||3||13%||25%||$338,085|
|Drayden Van Dyke||51||5||9||2||10%||31%||$319,786|
|J. Keith Desormeaux||17||6||2||4||35%||71%||$368,675|