ARCADIA Here’s a novel thought to assistance urge equine racing’s image: How about relating adult a game’s best and some-more renouned horses frequently for some peculiarity racing.
With a stallion marketplace down right now, we’re expected going to see some-more and some-more 4-year-olds and ceiling using and confronting any other.
That’s what Saturday is all about as dual of a country’s many rarely rated 4-year-olds, Horse of a Year California Chrome squares off opposite 2013 2-year-old Eclipse Champion and TVG Pacific Classic leader Shared Belief in a Grade II, $500,000 San Antonio Invitational to be run during 1 1/8ths miles Saturday during Santa Anita. Throw in upsetter probability Hoppertunity, who recently won a San Pasqual Stakes during Santa Anita, and this should figure adult as a best competition of a immature racing season.
The competition is a featured eventuality on a deteriorate premier of a “Jockey Club Tour on Fox Sports 1,” that will embody a Donn Handicap and a Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap as good as a San Marcos Stakes during Santa Anita. The two-hour promote will start during 2:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.
California Chrome and Shared Belief go in a categorical bout, though a undercard of a San Marcos Stakes and a Robert B. Lewis Stakes, that rewards Kentucky Derby subordinate points to a tip 4 finishers. Two colts, Dortmund and Firing Line, will competition in a rematch of a Grade we Los Alamitos Futurity in that Dortmund edged Firing Line by a head. The competition also is an critical steppingstone to a Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on Apr 4.
But a large competition with a many hum is a San Antonio.
“I consider you’ll see a lot of people during Santa Anita Saturday,” pronounced Art Sherman, a 77-year-old Rancho Bernardo proprietor who trains California Chrome. “Being Horse of a Year now and being as renouned as he is here in California, we consider you’ll see one of a biggest crowds you’ve seen during Santa Anita in a prolonged time. My good friend’s horse, Shared Belief, is in there and he’s a good horse. I’m unequivocally vehement to offshoot adult again. It’s an old-timer’s thing with me and him (Jerry Hollendorfer).”
Hollendorfer pronounced he’s blissful a dual 4-year-olds are assembly during this time in their careers. He pronounced Shared Belief, who is owned in partial by TV and radio horde Jim Rome, has been training brilliantly.
“I consider that a stress of a competition is that this is what a fans wanted to see,” Hollendorfer said. “They would’ve been even happier if Bob Baffert’s equine (Bayern) would’ve been in there.”
California Chrome, listed as a 6-5 favorite, drew a 8 post in a nine-horse San Antonio. Shared Belief, ridden by Mike Smith, drew No. 5 and is listed as a second-favorite during 7-5. Hoppertunity, lerned by Bob Baffert, is listed as a third-favorite during 4-1.
“For once we have a good post,” pronounced Del Mar’s Victor Espinoza, who rode and won on Chrome in a Kentucky Derby and Preakness final year. “I’m vehement and unequivocally looking brazen to it. we consider it will be an sparkling competition for California Chrome and a good day for racing. The competition isn’t that easy, though California Chrome is doing good, and we’ll see what happens.”
The San Antonio field, from a No. 1 post out: Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Tonito M., Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; You Know we Know, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1; Imperative, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Shared Belief, Mike Smith, 7-5; Clubhouse Ride, Aaron Gryder, 30-1; Bronzo, Gary Stevens, 20-1; California Chrome, Victor Espinoza, 6-5; and Alfa Bird, Tyler Baze, 30-1.