2016 Lazaro Barrera Stakes Preview, Entries & Odds

Dave Bond | OTB Writer

OffTrackBetting.com - Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California will be the scene of the Grade 3 Lazaro Barrera Stakes on Saturday, May 14. A group of three year olds have been assembled to race seven furlongs on Santa Anita's dirt track for a purse of $100,000.

A field of seven will give it a go in the Lazaro Barrera Stakes - race 6 on Santa Anita's Saturday card. Post time is 4:30 PM. Here is a peek into the past performances of all seven combatants for this intriguing Grade 3 stakes.

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2016 Lazaro Barrera Stakes Race Preview at Santa Anita Park

I Will Score - has five career starts for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer with two wins and a third place finish. He made his stakes debut February 6 and finished a close third behind Mor Spirit and Uncle Lino on the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes here February 6 and has two starts since - a disappointing sixth in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes here March 12 and an OK second as 3-2 favorite last time out in the minor Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park April 15. He had an Allowance Optional Claiming score on this track January 3 and a maiden score at first asking September 11. I Will Score has been OK so far against some pretty good competition but will be looking for his first stakes score - from the outside post 7 with Martin Garcia in the reins.

Smokey Image - impressive Carla Gaines trained colt has seven career starts with six wins - at five different tracks. He made his graded stakes debut two starts back and stumbled badly to a fifth place finish in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes and was another ugly seventh last time out in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby April 9. He had wins in the minor California Cup Derby by an impressive 8 1/2 lengths in gate-to-wire fashion here January 30, the minor $200,000 Golden Gate Juvenile at Del Mar in October, the minor I'm Smokin Stakes at Del Mar in September, the minor Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes at Santa Rosa in August and the minor Everett Nevin Stakes at Oak Tree at Pleasanton in July to go along with a maiden score at first asking. He hopes to rebound after two uncharacteristic efforts and for his first graded stakes score Saturday. Victor Espinoza rides from post 5.

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Iron Rob - has 10 career starts already for trainer George Papaprodromou with three wins and two second place finishes. He arrives off a disappointing eighth after being eased in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby April 9 which followed a two race win streak (both minor stakes) - the San Pedro Stakes March 20 and the Baffle Stakes February 21 - both results on this track. Those wins followed a seventh in an Allowance Optional Claiming in January and a MSW score in December. Iron Rob has won three of his last five starts but looks for a strong bounce back from gate 2 Saturday with Stewart Elliot in the irons.

Denman's Call - has four career starts for trainer Doug O'Neill with a win, a second and a third place finish - all on this track. Last time out was his only off-the-board finish - a sixth in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby April 9 which followed a runner-up finish behind Iron Rob in the minor San Pedro Stakes March 20, an OK third behind Nyquist in the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes February 15 and a maiden score at first asking in January. Denman's Call had been in the mix in his first three starts and hopes for a bounce back Saturday from gate 4. Rafael Bejarano gets the call.

Mrazek - has been good in his five race career for trainer Doug O'Neill - two wins and three runner-up finishes. Last time out was a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Los Alamitos April 12 after a good win in the minor Graduation Stakes at Del Mar August 5 and consecutive runner-up finishes in minor stakes action last summer. He makes his graded stakes debut Saturday in good form and will have Mario Gutierrez in the saddle from post 3.

Bistraya - has just one win and a second place finish in seven career starts for trainer Ricky Agarie. Last time out was a fifth in an Allowance Optional Claiming here March 27 after a ninth in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds February 20 and a maiden score here January 24 in his seven career starts. His other graded stakes result was a fourth in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar in August. Bistraya hasn't been all that impressive so far but will be out to make some noise from the rail. Santiago Gonzalez has the mount.

Westbrook - will make just his second career start for trainer Mike Puype having posted an impressive maiden score at Los Alamitos April 17. He steps up looking to make a statement Saturday from post 3 with Tiago Josue Pereira aboard from gate 6.

2016 Lazaro Barrera Stakes Entries & Odds

Race 6 on Santa Anita's Saturday card with a Post Time of 7:30 PM.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Bistraya 15-1 Santiago Gonzalez Ricky Agarie
2 Iron Rob 4-1 Stewart Elliott George Papaprodromou
3 Mrazek 7-2 Mario Gutierrez Doug O'Neill
4 Denman's Call 3-1 Rafael Bejarano Doug O'Neill
5 Smokey Image 4-1 Victor Espinoza Carla Gaines
6 Westbrook 12-1 Tiago Pereira Mike Puype
7 I Will Score 5-2 Martin Garcia Jerry Hollendorfer