CLASSY IMPROBABLE TAKES ON ‘NOW HORSE’ KERSHAW IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 SANTANA MILE AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 26, 2020)–A Grade I winner at two and the beaten favorite in last year’s Kentucky Derby, Bob Baffert’s classy Improbable heads a field of seven older horses in Sunday’s $75,000 Santana Mile at Santa Anita.
While Improbable has been idle since well beaten in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile here Nov. 2, Phil D’Amato’s speedy Kershaw is the “now” commodity, as he enters Sunday’s Santana Mile fresh off of a big second condition allowance mile win on Feb. 23.
Owner: China Horse Club International, Ltd., SF Racing, LLC and Winstar Farm, LLC
Trainer: Bob Baffert
An unbeaten winner of the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity in December, 2018, this 4-year-old City Zip colt tasted defeat for the first time in his fourth start, when second beaten a neck in the Grade II Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 16, 2019. Second to Omaha Beach in the Grade I Arkansas Derby, he was then fifth as the 4-1 favorite in the Kentucky Derby on May 4, 2019. Favored in eight out of his 10 career starts, including a much troubled fourth place finish two starts back in the Grade I Pennsylvania Derby, Improbable has trained well for his return following a near five month absence and will be handled by Drayden Van Dyke, who has guided him to four wins from five assignments, dating back to his debut here on Sept. 29, 2018. The leading money earner in the field with $919,520, Improbable is two for three at a flat mile and he has an overall mark of 10-4-2-0.
Owner: Jay & Julie Manoogian
Trainer: Phil D’Amato
In his most impressive win to date, this 5-year-old gelding by Run Away and Hide blasted off to a big gate to wire one mile allowance win on Feb. 23, winning by 3 ½ lengths while ridden for the first time by Abel Cedillo. Claimed out of a 13 ¼ length one mile maiden $40,000 claimer 11 starts back on July 28, 2018, Kershaw appears ready for his first stakes assignment in what will be his 15th career start. In terms of pace however, Cedillo may have his hands full if he again opts to gun for the early lead, as Baffert’s Ax Man, who will be making his second start off a long layoff, is extremely quick early.
THE $75,000 SANTANA MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT
- Two Thirty Five–Flavien Prat–124
- Heartfullofstars–Iggy Puglisi–120
- Improbable–Drayden Van Dyke–124
- Synthesis–Rafael Bejarano–120
- Lord Guinness–Ruben Fuentes–120
- Ax Man–Mike Smith–124
- Kershaw–Abel Cedillo–122
First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Santa Anita Park remains closed to the public due to state and federal public health dictates. For updates, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.