The $1,000,000, GI Santa Anita Hcp (“The Big Cap“) where Shared Belief is expect to run should draw most of the media hoopla this Saturday.
But don’t look for that natural rematch with HOY California Chrome this time, as The Chrome is packing for an overseas adventure to Dubai and a start in the $10,000,000 Grp 1 Dubai World Cup slated for March 28th, next!
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Santa Anita Park’s Saturday offerings,
Santa Anita H (gr. I) $1,000k 4&up 10f Dirt
along with Shared Belief, look for Big Cazanova, Bronzo, Imperative, Hard Aces, and the 2015 Sunshine Millions Classic winner Sr. Quisqueyano, plus another possible run at Shared Belief from Hoppertunity!
San Felipe S (gr. II) $400k 3yo 8.5f Dirt
look for, Bolo, Dortmund, Lord Nelson, Prospect Park, and the 2015 debut of the 2014 $1,000,000 GIII Delta Downs Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho!
Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. I) $400k 4&up 8f Turf
Probable top 1-mile turfers are – Kaigun, Silentio, Winning Prize, Holy Lute, and Pure Tactics
San Carlos S (gr. II)$250k 4&up 7f Dirt
The speedsters to look for in here are - Conquest Two Step, Chitu, Kobe’s Back, and Masochistic
More top-flight 3yo graded action is in the offing this coming Saturday as the 2015 Derby Trail rolls onto Aqueduct in the $400k GIII Gotham Stakes.
Gotham S. (gr. III) $400k 3yo 8.5f Dirt
El Kabeir, is coming out here looking to put a lock on one of this year’s derby gates with a top 3 finish on Saturday, but will probably be facing Classy Class and the up and coming Ocean Knight, others in here will be Blame Jim, Combat Diver, Dontbetwithbruno, Lieutenant Colonel and Tencendur
Tom Fool H. (gr. III) $200k 4&up 6f Dirt
where Palace and Dads Caps will tie-up at 6f’s along with West Hills Giant, Schivarelli, and Maleeh, who look be the supporting cast!
Tampa Bay Downs closes out its leg of this year’s Derby Trail with their annual 3yo grand finale in the $350k, GII Tampa Bay Derby.
Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) $350k 3yo 8.5f Dirt, where Carpe Diem looks to make his 2015 debut in here, but he’ll have to deal with the very tough Divining Rod, Danzig Moon, Ami’s Flatter, and maybe the speedy Souper Colossal.
Florida Oaks (gr. III) $200k 3yo f 8.5f Turf
Feathered, Include Betty, Quality Rocks, and Callisto, in this 2-turn turfer for the 3yo ladies!
Hillsborough S (gr. III)$150k 4&up f/m abt 9f Turf
look for the likes of Testa Rossi, Hard Not To Like, Ball Dancing, and Stephanie’s Kitten, to duel in the stretch of this 1 1/8 mile Ladies Hcp Divisional turf tilt!
Gulfstream Park, offers 3 graded stakes this Saturday in the . . .
Gulfstream Park H (gr. II) $300k 4&up 8f Dirt
Looks like a match up between some solid older middle distance heavyweights in Valid, Liam’s Map, Private Zone, Honor Code, Wicked Strong, and the venerable Pants On Fire!
Added attractions from last Saturday’s deluge washout will be the Redrawn and Rescheduled Swale S. (gr. II), $200,000, 3yo, 7f and Palm Beach S. (gr. III), $150,000, 3yo, 8.5f, with pretty much the same casts originally slated for those races, making it another big day of graded racing at Gulfstream this Saturday!
So, another busy weekend of great graded horse racing is at hand as we begin to quickly transition now to more a spring-like racing schedule all across the “fruited – plain”!