Vagabond Shoes , will take a smallish field of 5 to the gates this Saturday in the $200,000, GII San Luis Rey Stakes, for 4yo and up long distance turfers at 12f”s over the Santa Anita turf course looking for his 2nd graded turf win of the season out here on the left coast.
Vagabond Shoes , at 4/5, won the GII San Marcos Stakes here last out by 1 1/4 length in a fine 5w, in the lane, rally covering that 1 1/4 mile turf course in a fine 1:58.4. and 2 back was a very fine 5th in the B/C Turf just 2 1/4 length off a star-studded european finish. Dead closer here and a probable short price by post time, too!
Lucayan , at 5/2, was 3rd in that same GII San Marcos Stakes here last out was back just 1 1/2 length last time but was coming from way back in that race. 2 back he won the GII Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes by 1/2 length over Temeraine , going that 1 1/2 mile in 2:26 Flat last Dec 14th. Another dead closer here but does a 1 1/2 mile race really need an early speed?
Temeraine , at 4/1, was 2nd in that same GII Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes 2 back after surrendering the stretch lead. Looked really off last out in that same GII San Marcos Stakes here where he finished a distant 8th and never found his feet that day. He did stalk the leaders 2 back in that GII Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes only to get gunned down in the stretch otherwise he is a closer too as you expect in a long distance turfer!
Fire With Fire , at 9/2, won the $75k Fitzsimmons Hcp last out at Turf Paradise by just a neck to hold on for the win. It was a 1-mile turfer run in an Ok 1:35.4 winning time. He can go this distance but will probable be an early pace setter.
Niagara Falls , at 10/1, finished 4th in the GII Charles Wittingham last summer at BHP but was a last out 7th by 5 1/2 lengths in a $62.5 Oc turfer here at Santa Anita on Mar 6th where he showed nothing at all in that race. Closer type but should only be a marginal player in this one!
Got long distance turfing in your blood this Saturday, then check out the $200k GII San Luis Rey Stakes as this compact field of 5 will start this one way up on the hill!
|1.||Vagabond Shoes||V Espinoza||123||J W Sadler||4/5|
|2.||Niagara Falls||R Bejarano||118||P L Biancone||10/1|
|3.||Lucayan||M E Smith||123||N D Drysdale||5/2|
|4.||Fire With Fire||T Baze||118||N D Drysdale||9/2|
|5.||Temeraine||G L Stevens||118||T F Proctor||4/1|
Picks are – 1,3,5 exacta box, with the 4 at the back of a box tri play!