PETRUCHIO RETURNS TO TURF & HEADS SUNDAY’S $100,000 SINGLETARY STAKES AS THREE-YEAR-OLDS GO ONE MILE ON TURF
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 22, 2021)–A graded stakes-placed runner on dirt and a winner on turf, Richard Mandella’s Petruchio returns to what may be his preferred surface as he heads a field of six sophomores going one mile on grass in Sunday’s $100,000 Singletary Stakes at Santa Anita.
Owned by his breeders, Perry R. and Ramona S. Bass, Petruchio broke his maiden three starts back going one mile on turf at Del Mar on Oct. 31 and was subsequently third, beaten 3 ½ lengths by Spielberg in the Grade II Los Alamitos Futurity at a mile and one sixteenth on dirt Dec. 19.
Off at 3-1 in the El Camino Real Derby at a mile and one eighth on Tapeta Feb. 13, Petruchio pressed the early pace and tired badly to finish sixth, beaten 13 ¼ lengths.
In what will be his second start of the year, Petruchio will be reunited with Mike Smith, who rode him in both his maiden win and in the Los Al Futurity.
A Kentucky-bred gelding by Into Mischief, out of the Distorted Humor mare Satirical, Petruchio, who was Triple Crown nominated, is 6-1-1-3, with earnings of $82,850.
John Sadler’s Irish-bred Sword Zorro, who was a fast finishing fifth on turf in his U.S. debut, the 6 ½ furlong Baffle Stakes here on Feb. 5, could show marked improvement with Umberto Rispoli climbing aboard for the first time.
A seven furlong turf maiden winner in his final Ireland start on Oct. 24, Sword Zorro was off at 7-1 in the Baffle and was taken back to last, 12 lengths off the lead after the first half mile. In a better-than-looked effort, he made up much ground in a fashion that suggested he could benefit considerably from the experience.
Second going one mile on turf in his second start on July 23 in Ireland, Sword Zorro, who is currently owned by Zhang Yuesheng, is 6-1-3-1 and perhaps primed for an upset.
Trained by Richard Baltas and owned by Sanjay Racing, LLC, Gator Shining has been off the board only once in five starts, that being an eighth place finish in the Feb. 5 Baffle. Away slowly and ridden to a third place finish in a six furlong turf allowance on March 13, Gator Shining earned a much improved 77 Beyer Speed figure and has attracted the services of leading man Flavien Prat.
A Kentucky-bred colt by Noble Mission, out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Underway, Gator Shining, who broke his maiden in his second start going five furlongs on turf at Del Mar Nov. 13, will be trying two turns for the first time.
THE $100,000 SINGLETARY STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 9 of 10 Approximate post time 5 p.m. PT
- Petruchio–Mike Smith–120
- Sensemaker–Kent Desormeaux–122
- Man Friday–Abel Cedillo–120
- Sword Zorro–Umberto Rispoli–120
- Gator Shining–Flavien Prat–120
- Coastal Kid–Tyler Baze–120
First post time for a 10-race card on Sunday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.