DOUBLE TOUCH, GHOUL & WHAT’SONTHEAGENDA ALL PROMINENT IN SUNDAY’S $70,000 CLOCKERS’ CORNER STAKES AT 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF
BAFFERT’S COMEBACK AX MAN LOOMS QUESTION MARK AS HE’S ALSO ENTERED TO RUN SATURDAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2020)–In what shapes up as an outstanding betting race, sharp turf sprinters Double Touch, Ghoul and What’sontheagenda rate huge chances in Sunday’s $70,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes, which has attracted a field of seven older horses and will be contested at 5 ½ furlongs over the Santa Anita turf. The biggest question mark(s) in the race would appear to be Bob Baffert’s comebacking Ax Man, who hasn’t run since March 30, would be trying turf for the first time, and, is also entered to run in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes.
Owner: Hronis Racing, LLC
Trainer: John Sadler
A fast finishing second, beaten three quarters of a length in the Grade II, 5 ½ furlong turf Joe Hernandez Stakes on Jan. 1, this 6-year-old English-bred gelding will be ridden back by Victor Espinoza in what will be his fourth start off of a $40,000 claim by Sadler on Sept. 1. A close fourth three starts back going five furlongs on grass in the Grade III Eddie D Stakes Sept. 27, Double Touch is on top of his game and would be flattered by a fast early pace on Sunday.
Owner: Gary Barber & Wachtel Stable
Trainer: Peter Miller
A 5-year-old gelding, Ghoul won five out of his first eight starts in his native Brazil, but was winless in five North American starts with top trainer Mark Casse and was sold privately following a fifth place allowance finish at Woodbine on Nov. 24. In his first start for Miller on Dec. 29, Ghoul rallied from off the pace to win a 5 ½ furlong turf allowance over a Santa Anita turf listed as “good” by a half length and like Double Touch, would benefit from a fast pace with leading man Joel Rosario riding him back in the Clockers’ Corner.
Owner: Beerman Family Trust, Greg Hall & Sajay Racing, LLC
Trainer: Doug O’Neill
Second, beaten a half length by Ghoul as the 5-2 favorite here on Dec. 29, this 6-year-old Dialed In gelding should once again press the early pace with Tiago Pereira engaged. Ridden last time by Flavien Prat, Pereira hasn’t ridden him since January of 2019. Winless with four seconds in nine tries at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, it’ll be up to Pereira to ration his speed and hold off the late closers on Sunday.
Owner: Patti & Hal Earnhardt
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Where will he run? That’s the question at entry time on Thursday, as this 5-year-old gelded homebred son of Misremembered, out of the Flying Chevron mare Shameful, has also been entered to run in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes here at six furlongs on the main track. Idle since March 30, when fifth as the 6-5 favorite in the Grade II San Carlos Stakes, Ax Man would be trying turf for the first time if he runs on Sunday. Favored in eight out of his nine career starts, he’s got four wins and two thirds to his credit and will no doubt command serious attention in the wagering should he suit up for the Clockers’ Corner.
THE $70,000 CLOCKERS’ CORNER STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 7 of 8 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PT
- Oiseau de Guerre–Rafael Bejarano–122
- Ghoul–Joel Rosario–122
- Lil Milo–Ruben Fuentes–122
- Ax Man–Drayden Van Dyke–122
- What’sontheagenda–Tiago Pereira–120
- Double Touch–Victor Espinoza–122
- Bay Muzik–Abel Cedillo–122
First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.