ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 2, 2019)–Glen Hill Farm’s homebred Chicago Style, who comes off a solid Grade II win and has made the most of limited career opportunities, heads a field of 10 older horses in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes at a mile and one eighth on turf. Trained by Tom Proctor, Chicago Style has won six of his 11 starts, with all of his dances coming on grass.
Off to a fast start at the current meet, trainer Richard Baltas will be well represented by Next Shares, who ran the best race of his career two starts back when taking the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland Oct. 6.
Michael McCarthy’s Liam the Charmer, last seen here winning the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship two starts back on Sept. 30, never got untracked when eased going a mile and one half in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Nov. 3 and will try to bounce back over a course he’s done very well on.
Owner: Glen Hill Farm
Trainer: Tom Proctor
This 6-year-old Kitten’s Joy gelding displayed a terrific turn of foot when rallying to take the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes going 1 ½ miles over the Del Mar turf Nov. 23 and was a respectable fifth, beaten 1 ½ lengths, two starts back in the one mile (restricted) turf Lure Stakes here on Nov. 2. With Drayden Van Dyke set to ride him back, Chicago Style would appreciate a lively pace as he bids for his seventh win from 12 career tries.
Owner: Michael Iavarone, Jules Iavarone, Jerry McClanahan, Christopher Dunn, William Marasa, Ritchie Robershaw & Mark Taylor
Trainer: Richard Baltas
With the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile looming as his crowning career achievement, Next Shares comes off the best year of his career, winning $903,890 while compiling a 10-2-2-2 mark for 2018. His San Gabriel candidacy gets a big boost with the addition of Joel Rosario, who last rode him 11 starts back on Nov. 10, 2017–a six furlong turf allowance win at Aqueduct. Well beaten but not disgraced when 13th, beaten six lengths in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile Turf Nov. 3, this 6-year-old Archarcharch gelding has two seconds and as many thirds from four local turf tries.
LIAM THE CHARMER
Owner: Madaket Stables, LLC
Trainer: Michael McCarthy
With his John Henry score two starts back providing additional proof, this 6-year-old Smart Strike gelding adores the Santa Anita turf, evidenced by his 8-4-1-1 local resume. A dedicated deep closer, he’ll get the services of Kent Desormeaux, who will hope to have some pace to run down late.
THE GRADE II SAN GABRIEL STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 7 of 10 – Approximate post time 3 p.m. PT
Liam the Charmer–Kent Desormeaux–124
Platinum Warrior–Shane Foley–122
Cleopatra’s Strike–Flavien Prat–120
Oscar Dominguez–Rafael Bejarano–120
Chicago Style–Drayden Van Dyke–124
Next Shares–Joel Rosario–124
Big Score–Mike Smith–120
Big Bend–Joe Talamo–120
Arms Runner–Martin Pedroza–120
Special early first post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 12 noon. For additional information, please visit www.santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.