LONG FUSED CAUSEFORCOMMOTION TAKES ON MALES AT 1 ¾ MILES ON TURF IN SUNDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO STAKES
YA GOTTA WANNA, OSCAR DOMINGUEZ & ACCLIMATE ALL PROMINENT AMONG FIELD OF EIGHT
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 20, 2019)–In what appears to be a totally wide open fray at a mile and three quarters over Santa Anita’s storied Camino Real hillside turf course, trainer Eric Kruljac’s long fused 5-year-old mare Causeforcommotion would appear to rate a big chance versus seven male rivals in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes.
Prominent amongst her competition in Santa Anita’s traditional closing day fixture are the Phil D’Amato-trained Ya Gotta Wanna and Acclimate, along with Irish-bred Oscar Dominguez, who is trained by Richard Baltas.
Owner: E. Dunham, Eric Kruljac, Jim Reed, J. Sondereker and S. & D. Yip
Trainer: Eric Kruljac
A runaway nine length winner of the Grade III, 1 ½ mile Santa Barbara Stakes as the 6-5 favorite two starts back on May 11, this 5-year-old Americain mare was then eighth, beaten 5 ¾ lengths at 14-1 in the Grade I Gamely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf May 27. Although this will be her first time competing with males, she’s a two-time stakes winner over the course and brings perhaps the most consistent resume to the San Juan party, evidenced by her overall mark of 17-4-5-3 and top bankroll of $264,261. In what will be her fourth start of the year, she retains the services of Geovanni Franco, who guided her to victories in the Santa Barbara and in last year’s ungraded Possibly Perfect Stakes.
YA GOTTA WANNA
Owner: Mersad Metanovic Bloodstock, LLC, Michael House & Aaron Sones
Trainer: Phil D’Amato
A fast finishing sixth, beaten just 1 ½ lengths in the Grade II, 1 ¼ mile Charles Whittingham Stakes on May 25, this 5-year-old Proud Citizen gelding could pick up the pieces if the San Juan pace is hot early. Winless in his last 10 starts, he’s been close on occasion and has kept good company. D’Amato will look to Norberto Arroyo Jr. for the first time with Ya Gotta Wanna, who seeks his first win in career start number 18.
Owner: Nancy Messineo & Bruce Sands
Trainer: Richard Baltas
A 6-year-old Irish-bred gelding by Zoffany, he’s another that would benefit from a fast early pace, as he flew late to win a second condition allowance going 1 1/8 miles on turf here on May 25 by a head under leading man Flavien Prat, who rides back on Sunday. Popular at the claim box, he’s been haltered for $40,000 five times dating back to January, 2018, and was most recently claimed three starts back on Feb. 7. A winner going 1 ¼ miles on turf, he, like the rest of the field will be trying the demanding San Juan distance for the first time. With an overall mark of 33-5-4-4, he has earnings of $225,630.
Owner: The Ellwood Johnston Trust & Timmy Time Racing
Trainer: Phil D’Amato
A maiden $20,000 claiming winner Los Alamitos 10 starts back on Sept. 7, 2018, this 5-year-old California-bred gelding by multiple Eclipse Champion turf star Acclamation is a horse on the improve, evidenced by his 3 ¼ length gate to wire victory going 1 1/8 miles on turf here in a starter allowance on May 31. In a race that has seen many front-running victors over its long and storied history, Acclimate is a sharp horse with speed and is thus very dangerous stretching out to a mile and three quarters in what will be his first stakes assignment.
THE GRADE III SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 8 of 10 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PT
- Mongolian Groom–Mario Gutierrez–121
- Ground Attack–Tiago Pereira–121
- Ya Gotta Wanna–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–121
- Acclimate–Martin Garcia–121
- Original Intent–Ruben Fuentes–121
- Causeforcommotion–Geovanni Franco–121
- Red King–Aaron Gryder–121
- Oscar Dominguez–Flavien Prat–121
First post time on closing day, Sunday, is at 1 p.m., with admission gates opening at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.