EIGHT YEAR OLD VETERANS WHAT A VIEW & TRIBALIST SQUARE OFF IN $100,000 CALIFORNIA FLAG HANDICAP AT 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF SATURDAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 16, 2019)–A pair of classy 8-year-old geldings, What a View and Tribalist, head a field of eight California-bred or sired horses going 5 ½ furlongs on turf in Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Handicap at Santa Anita.
Idle since beaten 3 ½ lengths in the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap Aug. 18, What a View, who is closing in on $1 million in earnings, will be making his third start for trainer Phil D’Amato and the speedy Tribalist, most recently fifth in the Grade II Eddie D Stakes at five furlongs on turf Sept. 27, will be making his 14th career start for trainer Blake Heap.
WHAT A VIEW
Owner: Finish Line Racing LLC, the Ellwood Johnston Trust and Taste of Victory Stables
Trainer: Phil D’Amato
Now in his sixth racing season, this Grade I winning son of Vronsky has been based at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center since his last race and his connections are hoping he’ll be able to show sprinter speed off the bench. Bred in California by the Johnston family’s Old English Rancho and Patsy and Sal Berumen, What a View, who is out of the Manila mare Oceans N Mountains, is winless in his only career turf sprint–a sixth place finish in the Grade III Daytona Stakes eight starts back on Feb. 24, 2018. A winner of the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) here in March of 2016, What a View has earnings of $922,057 from an overall mark of 29-8-5-1.
Owner: Robert Abrams, Mitchell Duko & Michael Paran
Trainer: Blake Heap
A sharp second, beaten a neck by talented Eddie Haskell in a five furlong turf classified allowance two starts back at Del Mar July 24, this Tribal Rule gelding was not as quick away from the gate in finishing fifth, beaten 2 ½ lengths by Pee Wee Reese in the Grade II Eddie D here on Sept. 27. Considered one of the top turf sprinters on the circuit when he’s on his game, Tribalist, who is out of the Cee’s Tizzy mare Ultimate Summer, will be ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat in what will be his 14th career start. A close third in the 2017 California Flag at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, Tribalist will need to show his customary early zip on Saturday.
THE CALIFORNIA FLAG HANDICAP WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 6 of 8 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PT
- What a View–Tyler Baze–122
- Tribalist–Flavien Prat–121
- King Abner–Martin Garcia–119
- General Interest–Rafael Bejarano–116
- Castle–Abel Cedillo–117
- My Friend Emma–Silvio Amador–121
- Portando–Ruben Fuentes–116
- Grinning Tiger–Heriberto Figueroa–117
First post time for an eight-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.