Strub Stakes at Santa Anita - $200,000 (G2)

Dave Bond

Las Vegas, NV -- The Grade 2 Strub Stakes comes our way from beautiful Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on Saturday, February 4th 2012. A field of eight horses will be chasing the $200,000 purse over 1 1/8 miles on Santa Anita's main dirt track. Four-year-olds will be featured in the last of the three Grade 2 races on Santa Anita's Saturday schedule. The Strub is the 8th race with a post time of 4:07 PM PST.

Strub Stakes horse race betting from Santa Anita at Off Track Betting

The Strub Stakes is a prep race for the Santa Anita Handicap that comes our way March 3rd. It features the first, second and third place finishers at the Grade 2 San Fernando Stakes that took place at Santa Anita on January 14th. In this race, two entries figure to duke it out for top spot - highly regarded Tapizar and Michael Pender trained Ultimate Eagle.

The Favorites:

Tapizar - Tapizar was a serious Triple Crown Contender last year before a knee chip all-but-ended his three-year-old aspirations. Still, Tapizar has to be the overwhelming favorite in the Strub after an impressive win at the Grade 2 San Fernando Stakes on this same track on January 14th. The only question is distance - the only time that Tapizar has raced 1 1/8 mile was a fifth place finish at the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Churchill Downs in November. However, the San Fernando was contested over a similar 1 mile.

Ultimate Eagle - Ultimate Eagle debuts on dirt on Saturday but holds surprising wins in the Grade 3 Oak Tree Derby and the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby in November. Last time out, Ultimate Eagle finished second in the Grade 2 Sir Beaufort Stakes at Santa Anita on December 26th. Ultimate Eagle figures to be Tapizar's only real challenge in this race despite only racing on synthetic surfaces.

The Others:

Prayer for Relief - Bob Baffert trained Payer for Relief most recently finished third in the San Fernando Stakes at Santa Anita but holds wins at the Grade 3 Iowa Derby, the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby and the Grade 2 Super Derby.

Jaycito - Another Bob Baffert trained entry; Jaycito is making a comeback after injury and breathing issues. Recently, Jaycito finished second at the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita back in March and finished fifth at an Allowance Optional Claiming race at Del Mar. Jaycito hasn't been seen in a while and is in tough in this race.

Clubhouse Ride - Clubhouse Ride has shown well in some fairly big races as of late - a second place finish in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita on January 15th and a third place finish in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity on December 18th. Clubhouse Ride could surprise.

Beer Meister - most recently won the Luke Kruytbosch Stakes at Turf Paradise on December 31st. Prior to that it was a seventh at the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park in May. Beer Meister looks to be outclassed in the Strub.

Balladry - most recently finished second to Tapizar at the San Fernando Stakes on January 14th.

Indian Winter - The longest shot in the Strub Stakes has a 4th in an Allowance Optional Claiming Race at Santa Anita on December 31st and a 3rd in an Allowance at Hollywood Park on November 27th.

The Strub Stakes is Race 8 on Santa Anita's Saturday card with a Post Time of 4:07 PM PST.







M. Garcia

B. Baffert


Prayer for Relief

R. Bejarano

B. Baffert


Beer Meister

G. Corbett

M. Ortiz, Sr.


Ultimate Eagle

M. Pedroza

M. Pender


Clubhouse Ride

V. Espinoza

C. Lewis


Indian Winter

J. Rosario

J. Hollendorfer



C. Nakatani

S. Asmussen



J. Talamo

E. Harty

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