Sahara Sky to meet Secret Circle in GII Palos Verdes Stakes shootout – Post Positions, Picks, M/L Odds, Free Past Performances

Secret Circle won Part 2 of today's GIII Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park
Secret Circle
Sahara Sky - the razor thin winner of today's GI Met Mile at Belmont Park
Sahara Sky

This Super Bowl Sunday, Santa Anita has a clash of sprinting giants for you as Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Secret Circle , takes on the 2013 GI Met Mile winner and defending champ for this GII title in Sahara Sky , as they will duke it out in the $200,000, GII Palos Verdes Stakes, for 4yo and up sprinters, at 6f’s over this fast Santa Anita main track on Sunday!

Free Past Performances,

Not only do we have a clash between 2 of the 3 finalists for the 2013 Eclipse award for male sprinter of the year, but a clash of polar opposite running styles, as well!

Secret Circle , at 4/5,  is the epitome of the stalking/pouncing type sprinter usually sitting off the early leader then pouncing in the stretch, much like his stretch run in the B/C Sprint back in Nov.

Sahara Sky , at 5/2, has epic closer’s speed as he’ll come storming down the center of the stretch like he was shot from a cannon with all the fire and fury of a horse possessed!

Truly, a Clash of Giants and racing styles here at Santa Anita this Super Bowl Sunday!

Jerry Hollendorfer has an additional pair in this GII sprint offering in Wild Dude, at 9/2,who won a $60k Alw dust-up here last out at 6 1/2 f in a mind-numbingly fast 1:14.3 by 3 plus lengths and after an early stumble, too! Moonshine Bay , at 12/1, who shipped in from Golden Gate Fields was 2nd by 3/4’s in the $75k Midnight Lute Stakes here last out to Cyclometer who ran a snappy 1:08.4 in that 6f dash!

So, plenty of speed here too in these 2 additional Hollendorfer entries!

Jeff Bonde’s Majestic Stride , at 4/1, rounds out this compact field of “5” and is coming off a 2 1/2 lengths win in the GIII Vernon Underwood Stakes over at BHP last out, clocking a speedy 1:08.4 winning time in that graded, 6f dash for the cash!

So, if you have a need for speed with a big kick finish, tune in this GII Palos Verdes Stakes shootout on Sunday and watch this heavyweight match up between a champion early speed demon trying to hold off the ultimate closing champion as sparks are sure to fly in the Santa Anita stretch this Sunday!

Race #4 – Post Time – 12:30 pm Pst

PP. Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L Odds
1. Wild Dude R   Bejarano 118 J   Hollendorfer 9/2
2. Sahara Sky C S Nakatani 120 J   Hollendorfer 5/2
3. Majestic Stride E A Maldonado 118 J   Bonde 4/1
4. Secret Circle M   Garcia 123 B   Baffert 4/5
5. Moonshine Bay G L Stevens 118 J   Hollendorfer 12/1

Picks are – 2,4 boxed exacta with the 1,3 or 5 in the back-end of a tri play!

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