CONQUEST TSUNAMI, EDDIE HASKELL, HUNT & SECRETARY AT WAR HEAD FIELD OF NINE IN SUNDAY’S $70,000 CLOCKERS’ CORNER STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS OVER DOWNHILL TURF COURSE
FIRST POST TIME FOR A 10-RACE CARD ON SUNDAY IS AT 12 NOON
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2019)–Owner Gary Barber’s Conquest Tsunami heads a solid field of nine older horses in Sunday’s $70,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes, to be contested at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.
A two-time winner over the unique downhill layout, Conquest Tsumami’s primary threat could be the Mark Glatt-conditioned Eddie Haskell, who although winless in six tries down the hill, comes off a pair of impressive allowance wins at five furlongs over the Del Mar turf. Throw in turf specialists Hunt and Secretary At War, and the Clockers’ Corner shapes up a deep and competitive betting race.
Owner: Gary Barber
Trainer: Peter Miller
A hillside winner of the Grade III Daytona Stakes seven starts back on Feb. 18 of last year,this 7-year-old Stormy Atlantic gelding comes off a big third place finish, beaten 1 ¾ lengths, in the Grade III Joe Hernandez Stakes down the hill on Jan. 1. A bare-knuckled front running sprinter, he showed the way in the Hernandez prior to being collared by a pair of top horses–Caribou Club and Stormy Liberal. With a 4-2-1-1 mark over the course, Conquest Tsunami is 28-8-4-4 overall with earnings of $715,411.
Owner: Philip J. Wood & Jim Hailey
Trainer: Mark Glatt
A 6-year-old gelding by Square Eddie, he’s the lone California-bred in the lineup. Idle since taking a 5 furlong classified turf allowance on Dec. 1 at Del Mar, “Eddie” bids for his third win in a row and his fourth in his last five starts. Claimed six starts back for $50,000 in April of last year, he’s got three third place finishes from his six hillside starts.
Owner: Michael House
Trainer: Phil D’Amato
The leading money earner in the field with $909,454, this 7-year-old Irish-bred gelding has been idle since running sixth in the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap on Aug. 19. A winner of five out of 11 hillside starts, he’s also the only Grade I winner in the field, having taken the Grade I Shoemaker Mile (turf) here three starts back on May 28. Reunited with leading rider Flavien Prat, who has guided Hunt to eight wins from 16 tries, Hunt exudes class and looms dangerous as a fresh commodity.
SECRETARY AT WAR
Slam Dunk Racing
Trainer: Richard Baltas
Second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles turf Seabiscuit Handicap Nov. 24 at odds of 72-1, this 5-year-old full horse by War Front seemed to blossom in four starts last year for Baltas. Originally based on the East Coast with Jimmy Jerkens, Secretary At War stalked the pace en route to half length one mile turf allowance in his first start for Baltas Aug. 18 and matched his 94 Beyer Speed figure in running second last time out. With an overall mark of 18-3-3-3, he’ll be trying the hillside for the first time and be ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano.
THE $70,000 CLOCKERS’ CORNER STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 8 of 10 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT
- Regal Born–Mario Gutierrez–120
- Cistron–Aaron Gryder–120
- Eddie Haskell–Tyler Baze–120
- Secretary At War–Rafael Bejarano–120
- Hunt–Flavien Prat–124
- Pubilius Syrus– Geovanni Franco – 124
- Conquest Tsunami–Drayden Van Dyke–124
- Blended Citizen–Joel Rosario–124
- Calculator–Brice Blanc–124
First post time for a 10-race card on Sunday is at 12 noon. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.