Irish-Bred Prince Abama Heads Monday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes
IRISH-BRED PRINCE ABAMA HEADS MONDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SAN GABRIEL STAKES AS TURF VETS GO 1 1/8 MILES ON GRASS
EARLY FIRST POST AT 11 A.M., RACE IS ONE OF SIX STAKES ON CLASSIC MEET OPENING DAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2022)—Trainer Phil D’Amato, who has become a dominant force on turf while relying heavily on Irish-bred imports, will send out likely post time favorite Prince Abama, a 4-year-old Irish-bred gelding in Monday’s Grade II San Gabriel stakes at Santa Anita. One of six graded stakes on an 11-race opening day card, the San Gabriel has attracted a field of seven 3-year-olds and up.
Twice second from as many tries at one mile on turf, Prince Abama comes off a three quarter length win going a mile and one half on grass in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar Nov. 25, a race in which he sat a close second and won as best at odds of 5-2 with Flavien Prat up.
With Prat reengaged, Prince Abama, who is owned by Michael House, should be plenty tough to beat on Monday.
D’Amato will also saddle classy turf veteran Masteroffoxhounds, a neck winner going a mile and one quarter in the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship here two starts back on Oct. 1, just missed taking the Grade II Seabiscuit Stakes in gate to wire fashion at Del Mar on Nov. 26, finishing third by a neck at a mile and one sixteenth on grass under Mike Smith, who rides back in the San Gabriel.
Off the board in two tries at one mile on grass, Masteroffoxhounds, a 5-year-old full horse by War Front, is owned by Rockingham Ranch and is 20-4-3-4 overall.
A gate to wire winner of last year’s San Gabriel, the George Papaprodromou-trained Bob and Jackie has been idle since well beaten over the course in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile March 5. Owned by Calvin Nguyen and Joey Tran, Bob and Jackie, a 6-year-old full horse by Twirling Candy, will be handled by regular rider Jose Valdivia, Jr.
THE GRADE II SAN GABRIEL STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 3 of 11 Approximate post time 12 noon PT
- Rip City—Edwin Maldonado—121
- Masteroffoxhounds—Mike Smith—125
- Dicey Mo Chara—Juan Hernandez—121
- Go On—Mario Gutierrez—121
- Bob and Jackie—Jose Valdivia, Jr.—121
- Prince Abama—Flavien Prat—125
- Flashiest—Joel Rosario—121
Special early first post time for an 11-race card that includes six graded stakes is at 11 a.m. Admission gates open at 9 a.m.