LIEUTENANT DAN, PRINCE EARL & WARD ‘N JERRY HEAD SATURDAY’S $100,000 CRYSTAL WATER STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF
SPONSORED BY THE CTBA, RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 3, 2020)–Nick Alexander’s consistent homebred Lieutenant Dan, trainer Phil D’Amato’s comebacking Prince Earl and Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams’ classy Ward ‘n Jerry all loom large in Saturday’s $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes at Santa Anita. For California-bred or sired horses three and up going one mile on turf, the Crystal Water has attracted a competitive field of eight 3-year-olds and up.
Named for California Champion Crystal Water, who won both the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap and the Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup at age four in 1977, the Crystal Water is sponsored by the CTBA and is part of the lucrative Golden State Series for eligible horses bred or sired in California.
Owner: Nick Alexander
Trainer: Steve Miyadi
A close second on dirt in the Cal Cup Sprint two starts back on Jan. 18, this 4-year-old Grazen gelding was attentive to the pace en route to a three quarter length score versus statebreds in the 5 ½ furlong turf Sensational Star Stakes on March 22. Third, beaten a head in his lone try going one mile on turf, Lieutenant Dan, who is out of Alexander’s Indian Charlie mare Excusabull, has five wins, including three stakes from 12 starts, and has been out of the money just once.
Owner: Old Bones Racing Stable, LLC & Todd Marshall
Trainer: Phil D’Amato
Although he’s been idle since a non-threatening fifth in the Grade II Seabiscuit Handicap going 1 1/16 miles on turf at Del Mar Nov. 19, this lightly raced 5-year-old gelding by Paddy O’Prado is best suited at a mile on grass and has the resume to prove it. Third, beaten a head two starts back in the Grade II City of Hope Mile Oct. 5, he was all heart in winning the Grade II Del Mar Handicap at one mile three starts back on Aug. 18 and has two wins from four tries at the Crystal Water distance. Headquartered with D’Amato at Los Alamitos, Prince Earl, who has three wins from seven overall starts (all on turf), rates a huge chance on Saturday.
WARD ‘N JERRY
Owner: Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams
Trainer: Mike Puype
Seemingly better than ever at age seven, this Lucky Pulpit gelding will cut way back in distance off his 1 ¼ length victory in the Grade III San Luis Rey Stakes at 1 ½ miles on turf March 21. With two wins in his last four starts, Ward ‘n Jerry has a win, a second and a third in six lifetime tries at one mile on turf. Out of the William’s Dehere mare Tamarack Bay, he rates a huge chance with a lifetime scorecard that reads 20-6-2-3.
THE $100,000 CRYSTAL WATER STAKES, WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 7 of 11 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PT
- Cono–Mario Gutierrez–124
- Grinning Tiger–Heriberto Figueroa–122
- Prince Earl–Umberto Rispoli–126
- Brandothebartender–Victor Espinoza–124
- Oliver–Mike Smith–126
- King Abner–Abel Cedillo–124
- Ward ‘n Jerry–Flavien Prat–126
- Lieutenant Dan–Drayden Van Dyke–122
First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.