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Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes comes our way from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California this Saturday, September 26. A group of two year olds will be after the winner's share of the $300,000 purse when they go 1 1/16 miles in Santa Anita's dirt track.
A field of eight two year olds have been confirmed for the FrontRunner Stakes - race 5 on Santa Anita's packed Saturday card. Post time is 2:30PM. Let's take a look into the past performances of all eight combatants for this intriguing Grade 1 stakes -a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" event for the Oct. 31 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile and a race that some horse named American Pharoah won last year.
Nyquist - Doug O'Neill trained colt has been terrific in his three race career - he has won all. Last time out was in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity September 7 after wins in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes also at Del Mar August 8 and a MSW in June - his two stakes scored came by a combined nine lengths. He hasn't been touched so far in his career and is definitely the one to catch Saturday in his first try around two turns. Mario Gutierrez has the mount on the obvious favorite from gate 4.
Swipe - Kent Desormeaux trained colt has placed in all five career starts - a win, three seconds and a third place finish. Last time out was a second behind Nyquist in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity September 7 after another second behind Nyquist in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes and a win in his stakes debut - the minor Summer Juvenile Championship Stakes at Los Alamitos in July. Swipe has been competitive every time out and will try again to best his rival Nyquist when he leaves from post 7 with Kent Desormeaux guiding him.
Blameitonthelaw - John Sadler trained colt won his debut by 4 1/4 lengths at Del Mar August 2 and followed that with a respectable third behind Nyquist and Swipe in his stakes debut - the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity September 7. He has shown improvement so far in his young career and hopes to keep that trend going from post 3 with Tyler Baze guiding him in his first start around two turns.
Mt Veeder - Bob Baffert trained colt is undefeated in two career starts. Last time out the win came in his stakes debut - the minor Contender Stakes at Los Alamitos September 13 after a maiden score at first asking. Martin Garcia has been tabbed with keeping the impressive run going - from the outside post 8 Saturday.
Hollywood Don - finished seventh in his debut but has reeled off two straight wins since. He broke maiden two starts back August 12 and followed that with a good win in his stakes debut - the minor Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes at Del Mar September 5. Hollywood Don looks for a third straight win Saturday and enters in good form. Brice Blanc gets the call from post 5.
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Go Long - Keith Desormeaux trainee has three career starts with just one win - a maiden score two starts back at Del Mar July 18. He was sixth last time out in his stakes debut in the minor Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes September 5 and his other career result was a fourth in his debut on this track in June. Go Long has been just OK so far in his career and looks for his first stakes score from the rail with Fernando Hernandez Perez in the saddle.
On Fire - Simon Callaghan trained colt makes just his third career start. He broke maiden last time out in his second career start - at Del Mar August 26 after a third in his debut in July. On Fire will look to carry on the momentum Saturday when he departs from gate 2 with the legendary Gary Stevens aboard.
Rare Candy - has a win and a second place finish in three career starts for trainer David Hofmans. He enters off his career worst performance - a fourth in the minor Del Mar Juvenile Stakes September 5 after a maiden score in his second career starts and a second in his debut. Rare Candy will be looking for a strong bounce back in his graded stakes debut when he leaves from gate 6 with Joe Talamo aboard.
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