EDWARDS GOING LEFT, HECK YEAH & RICHARD’S BOY ALL PROMINENT IN SATURDAY’S $150,000 CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT AT SIX FURLONGS

 EDWARDS GOING LEFT, HECK YEAH & RICHARD’S BOY ALL PROMINENT IN SATURDAY’S $150,000 CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT AT SIX FURLONGS

RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS; SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME FOR AN 11-RACE CARD AT SANTA ANITA IS AT 11:30 A.M. 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2019)–A group of six top older California-bred or sired sprinters will square off at six furlongs in Saturday’s $150,000 California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita, headed by last year’s winner Edward’s Going Left, newly turned 4-year-old Heck Yeah and leading money earner, Richard’s Boy.

EDWARDS GOING LEFT

Owner:  Hronis Racing, LLC

Trainer:  John Sadler

Most recently second, beaten 6 ¼ lengths as the 8-5 favorite in the state-bred Cary Grant Stakes going seven furlongs at Del Mar Nov. 18, this 5-year-old Midnight Lute gelding was a respectable fourth behind repeat Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Roy H two starts back in the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 6.  Although winless in five starts since winning the Cal Cup Sprint a year ago, Edwards Going Left rates a huge chance for a repeat on Saturday with Tyler Baze back aboard.

HECK YEAH

Owner:  Michael Pageler, Dr. Michael Sigband & Bob Baedeker

Trainer:  Bob Baffert

Nearly unbeaten with four wins from five starts, this 4-year-old colt by Acclamation would appear to have more upside than anyone else in the field as he faces older horses for the first time.  A three-time stakes winner versus state-breds, Heck Yeah, who was bred by Pageler and is out of his Maria’s Mon mare Lutess, has been idle since breezing to a 2 ¼ length win in the 6 ½ furlong Echo Eddie Stakes here on April 7.  With Drayden Van Dyke set to ride, Heck Yeah come into the Sprint with a solid work tab to his credit and hails from a barn internationally renowned for “getting ’em ready.”

RICHARD’S BOY

Owner:  Rockingham Ranch

Trainer:  Peter Miller

The leading money earner in the field with $947,355, this 7-year-old Idiot Proof gelding is thought to be at his best on turf, as six of his nine wins have come there.  However, he comes off a big second, beaten a head by veteran St. Joe Bay in a five furlong classified allowance Dec. 14 at Los Alamitos, earning a Cal Cup Sprint best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 99.  With Flavien Prat away to ride at Gulfstream on Saturday, hot apprentice Heriberto Figueroa will ride for the first time.  With two wins from five Santa Anita starts, venerable Richard’s Boy is 35-9-11-5 overall.

THE $150,000 CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER

Race 4 of 11                                          Approximate post time 1 p.m. PT

  1. Edwards Going Left–Tyler Baze–122
  2. Minoso–Martin Pedroza–120
  3. Shades of Victory–Geovanni Franco–122
  4. Richard’s Boy–Heriberto Figueroa–120
  5. Heck Yeah–Drayden Van Dyke–122
  6. Touching Rainbows–Tiago Pereira–120

  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. with Early Bird Wagering available in the Top ‘O the Stretch area at 8 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.