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!
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
|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!