- EYES OF THE RACING WORLD ARE ON TEXAS RED
- HOPPERTUNITY TO DRILL; SAN ANTONIO NEXT?
TEXAS RED STARTS DOWN KENTUCKY DERBY PATH
Kent Desormeaux has won the Kentucky Derby three times, but trainer Keith, his brother, has never started a horse in the Run for the Roses.
That could change if Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red makes it to Churchill Downs for the first jewel of the Triple Crown on May 2. But first things first, and that would be Sunday’s Grade II San Vicente Stakes in which Texas Red makes his 3-year-old debut.
“We’re ready to get the show on the road,” said Keith, who will give his younger brother a leg up on the son of Afleet Alex for the seven furlong race. “I’m happy with where he is right now, no doubt.
“I’ve said before that this is a building process towards the first Saturday in May. We’re prepared. I just think the sprint is the right thing for him. I’m sure that’s up for discussion, but it seems like the right thing to do.
“This is a building process and this is the first step. I’ve been to the Kentucky Derby before, but have never run a horse in the race. We’ve come close to getting there, winning a couple of prep races, but never actually participated.”
Texas Red and Eclipse Award winner American Pharoah were assigned co-highweight of 126 pounds in the Experimental Free Handicap announced Thursday by The Jockey Club.
The field for the San Vicente, which goes as the sixth race with an approximate post time of 1:30: Lord Nelson, Rafael Bejarano; Serbian Syclone, Elvis Trujillo; Jazzy Josh, Flavien Prat; Texas Red, Kent Desormeaux; Bench Warrant, Tyler Baze; and Sir Samson, Joe Talamo.
Punctuate and Magic Taste were scratched.
FINISH LINES: Hoppertunity is scheduled to work at Santa Anita Sunday after which Bob Baffert said he would have a better line on whether to run the San Pasqual winnerin nextSaturday’s $500,000 San Antonio Invitational against California Chrome and Shared Belief. Shared Belief, meanwhile,is slated to have his final major breeze for the race on Tuesday at Golden Gate, and will ship to Santa Anita Wednesday, Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward said . . .Trainer George Papaprodromou said Charles Town Classic winner Imperative is under consideration for the San Antonio after the son of Bernardini worked six furlongs Saturday in 1:13 . . . Zenyatta offspring Cozmic One worked six furlongs with Victor Espinoza up in company for John Shirreffs in 1:14. Stablemate Captain Tim was clocked in 1:13.80 . . . On a firm turf course, Abbey Vale worked five furlongs in 1:05 for Phil D’Amato; Quadrivium the same distance in a bullet 1:02.40 for Graham Motion; and Power Ped and Skyring six furlongs in 1:17.60 and 1:18.20, respectively, for Neil Drysdale. Each horse is nominated to the Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes at 1 ¼ miles on turf next Saturday. Impressive newcomer Flavien Prat, who has seven wins from just 39 rides this meet, has the mount on Power Ped in the San Marcos, agent Derek Lawson reports . . . Los Alamitos Futurity runner-up Firing Line worked five furlongs in 1:02.60 for Simon Callaghan in preparation for the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes next Saturday . . . Santa Anita invites fans to its Big Game Party Sunday in the Bud Light Lounge & Sirona’s. Enjoy a buffet, program, big screen HDTV’s, two full-size pool tables, and $3 Budweiser and Bud Light brews all day for only $20. Tickets are available online at santaanita.com/events. Must be 21 or older to enter this area on a first come, first served for seating. Call 626-574-6400 for group rates. First post time Sunday is 11 a.m. There will be no Early Bird Wagering at Clockers’ Corner Sunday due to the early post time . . . Through 23 racing days, perennial champion Rafael Bejarano holds a 28-19 lead over resurgent Kent Desormeaux in Santa Anita’s jockey standings, while Hollendorfer has a 16-12 advantage over runner-up Peter Miller among trainers, winning with 23 percent of his starters and leading in purse earnings with $1,363,004, some $640,000 more than Miller . . . Favorites are winning above the national norm of around 33 percent, at 38.95 (74 of 190). The average is even higher for winning favorites on dirt, 42.54 percent (57 of 134), but dips precipitously on turf to 30.36 percent (17 of 56). Odds-on choices are scoring at 58.14 percent (25 of 43); in the money favorites at 66.84 percent (127 of 190); and in the money odds-on favorites at 83.72 percent (36 of 43). (Statistics provided by Santa Anita Race Wire Operator Jason Hom).
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Friday, Jan. 30)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||88||9||9||15||10%||$540,426|
|A. C. Avila||14||4||0||1||29%||$83,160|