IRISH-BRED RIJEKA & SHINING THROUGH MEET AGAIN IN WIDE OPEN $100,000 SINGLETARY STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF SUNDAY
NEPTUNE’S STORM, BIG SCOTT DADDY & IRISH NEWCOMER JASIKAN ALL RATE BIG CHANCES
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 25, 2019)–In what appears to be an evenly matched test for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf, the Richard Baltas-trained Rijeka, who finished a nose in front of Jerry Hollendorfer’s Shining Through when last they met, would appear to head a field of seven at Santa Anita on Sunday.
Baltas will also send out talented Neptune’s Storm, who was most recently a well beaten second over a sloppy main track in the one mile Pasadena Stakes here on March 2.
Throw in trainer Mike Puype’s Big Scott Daddy, who finished fourth as the 4-5 favorite in the Pasadena and Irish-bred Jasikan, who will be making his U.S. debut for John Sadler, and the Singletary is devoid of any clear cut standout.
Owner: Slam Dunk Racing and Michael Nentwig
Trainer: Richard Baltas
Following a creditable fifth place finish going seven furlongs on turf in his Irish debut May 25, he was an impressive 2 ¾ length one mile maiden turf winner at Del Mar Aug. 12 and has now run at a mile on turf in all seven of his Southern California starts, with two wins, as many seconds and one third place finish to his credit. Off at 3-1 in his nose allowance victory over Shining Through at a mile on turf here April 4, he’ll be ridden back by Kent Desormeaux and looks like the top selection.
Owner: Michael Stinson
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer
Off at 5-1 in his nose defeat April 4, this Kentucky-bred colt by Malibu Moon was rallying well at the finish in a big effort. A half length one mile maiden turf winner two starts back on Jan. 19, Shining Through, who was well beaten in a pair of main track sprints in September, has definitely found a home on turf and would be flattered by a fast pace on Sunday with Flavien Prat riding back.
Owner: Cybertec International, Saul Gevertz, Lynn Gitomer, Mike Goetz & Daniel Weiner
Trainer: Richard Baltas
Well accomplished, this Kentucky-bred gelding by Stormy Atlantic, who will be making his first start for Baltas, broke his maiden going one mile on turf here four starts back on Nov. 4 and then pressed the early pace en route to a solid 1 ¼ length one mile allowance score over a “good” turf two starts back on Feb. 1. Most recently second, beaten eight lengths over a sloppy track in the one mile Pasadena Stakes, Neptune’s Storm, who had been trained through all of his seven previous starts by William Morey, will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke, as it appears Kent Desormeaux opted to stick with Rijeka on Sunday.
BIG SCOTT DADDY
Owner: Paymaster Racing, LLC and Slugo Racing
Trainer: Mike Puype
A half length first out maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs on dirt Dec. 26, this Kentucky-bred colt by Scat Daddy came back to run a respectable third at 3-1 going a mile on a sloppy surface behind highly regarded Extra Hope Jan. 31. Subsequently dispatched as the 4-5 favorite in the one mile Pasadena, he was never a factor in the slop and finished fourth, beaten 12 lengths. With regular rider Mike Smith unavailable, Aaron Gryder takes the call in what will be “Big Scott’s” turf debut.
Owner: Hronis Racing, LLC
Trainer: John Sadler
Sixth in his seven furlong debut at The Curragh in his native Ireland on Aug. 26, Jasikan resurfaced going a mile on synthetic Nov. 9 at Dundalk, and responded with a half length win in a field of 13. With that victory in-hand, he was purchased by Hronis Racing, which has had tremendous success in similar situations the past few years in combination with Sadler. With Rafael Bejarano engaged, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of pari-mutuel interest Jasikan is able to generate in his U.S. debut.
THE $100,000 SINGLETARY STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 5 of 9 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PT
- Rijeka–Kent Desormeaux–122
- Jasikan–Rafael Bejarano–120
- Shining Through–Flavien Prat–120
- Big Scott Daddy–Aaron Gryder–120
- King of Speed–Victor Espinoza–124
- Urban Light–Tiago Pereira–120
- Neptune’s Storm–Drayden Van Dyke–122
First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.