DESORMEAUX’S IRISH HEATWAVE TAKES ON FAMILIAR RIVALS AS HE HEADS SATURDAY’S $100,000 CALIFORNIA CUP TURF SPRINT AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN SANTA ANITA’S HILLSIDE TURF
RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2019)–Trainer Keith Desormeaux’s late running Irish Heatwave will head a field of seven California-bred or sired sophomores at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in Saturday’s $100,000 California Cup Turf Sprint, which is a part of the lucrative Golden State Series.
Primary among his competition are Reddam Racing’s homebred Listing, Academic Farms’ homebred Teacher’s Treasure and trainer Doug O’Neill’s Takeo Squared.
Owner: Calumet Farm
Trainer: Keith Desormeaux
A colt by legendary late stallion Unusual Heat, he comes off a gutty nose win over Listing down the hillside turf on Jan. 1. A half length winner of a one mile turf maiden special weight versus state-breds two starts back on Nov. 3, he bids for his third consecutive win with apprentice Asa Espinoza up. A late runner who’ll be making his fifth career start, Irish Heatwave could be victimized by what appears to a lack of pace in the Turf Sprint lineup.
Owner: Reddam Racing, LLC
Trainer: Ben Cecil
By Paul Reddam’s Square Eddie and out of his Yonaguska mare Marquis Diamond, Listing is the only horse in the field to have defeated Irish Heatwave, as he prevailed over his rival by 7 ½ lengths in the state-bred I’m Smokin Stakes, which was Listing’s first start on Aug. 31 at Del Mar. By California’s current top stallion, look for Listing to bring his “A-Game” in the Turf Sprint, which will be his fifth career start.
Owner: Academic Farms
Trainer: Eddie Truman
A chestnut gelding by Square Eddie, he’s done little wrong, finishing no worse than third in four starts. Out of the Half Term mare Corissa’s Birthday, Teacher’s Treasure pressed the pace throughout and was third, beaten 1 ¼ lengths in a hillside turf allowance won by Irish Heatwave on Jan. 1 and certainly rates an upset chance with regular pilot Edgar Payeras back in the saddle.
Owner: EC Racing, LLC, MyRacehorse.com, Lyle Egan and Steve Rothblum
Trainer: Doug O’Neill
Fourth, beaten 2 ¼ lengths in the same hillside turf allowance that Irish Heatwave, Listing, Teacher’s Treasure and Offshore Affair exit, the same hillside allowance on New Year’s Da. Takeo Squared, who was bred by EC Racing and Rothblum, is yet another gelded son of Square Eddie. Devoid of early foot, he’ll hope to make his presence felt from off the pace in what will be his ninth career start.
THE $100,000 CALIFORNIA CUP TURF SPRINT WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 3 of 11 Approximate post time 12:30 p.m. PT
- Our Silver Oak–Drayden Van Dyke–120
- Teacher’s Treasure–Edgar Payeras–120
- Takeo Squared–Rafael Bejarano–120
- Irish Heatwave–Assael Espinoza–122
- Listing–Mario Gutierrez–124
- Tivan–Kent Desormeaux–124
- Offshore Affair–Tyler Baze–124
Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11:30 a.m. Admission gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and Early Bird Wagering will be offered in the Top ‘O Stretch area beginning at 8 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.comor call (626) 574-RACE.