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OffTrackBetting.com - Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California will be the scene of the G3 Affirmed Stakes on Saturday, June 24. Horses three years old will line up and go 1 1/16 miles on Santa Anita's dirt track searching for the winner's share of the $100,000 purse.
A field of five will take to the track in the Affirmed Stakes - race 4 on Santa Anita's Saturday card. Post time is 2:30 PM. Let's take a brief glance into the past performances of all five entries for this intriguing G3 stakes.
Has placed in all five career starts for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer - two wins, a second and two third place finishes. Last time out was a respectable third in the Kentucky Derby May 6 which followed a good second in the G1 Santa Anita Derby April 8 and one of his wins - an Allowance Optional Claiming March 9. He started his career with a third in the G2 San Vicente Stakes February 12 and a win at first asking - January 21. Battle of Midway has been a factor every time out and hopes to get his fist graded stakes score Saturday with Flavien Prat in the saddle of the obvious favorite from gate 2.
Has placed in three of four career starts for trainer Doug O'Neill - two wins and a second-place finish. He makes his graded stakes debut Saturday off a disappointing sixth as favorite in the minor Snow Chief Stakes on this track May 29 which followed a nice1 1/4 length win in the minor Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate April 30, an OK second in the minor Echo Eddie Stakes here April 8 and a maiden score at first asking on this track March 4. B Squared has been competitive so far but will be after a bounce back off a career-worst effort from the rail. Mario Gutierrez rides.
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Doug O'Neill trained colt has placed in five of 10 career starts - two wins, a second and three third place finishes. He enters off a disappointing last of 10 finish in the Preakness Stakes May 20 which followed a seventh in the G1 Santa Anita Derby April 8, an OK third in the G2 San Felipe Stakes March 11, a fourth in the G3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes here February 4, a disappointing fifth in the G3 Sham Stakes here January 7 and a career-best effort - a win in the G3 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes at Del Mar November 27. Before that was a ninth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and a maiden score on this track October 8. Term Of Art has been inconsistent so far, was well-beaten in his last five starts overall but hopes for a second graded stakes score Saturday. Jockey Tyler Baze will try to accomplish that goal from gate 4 Saturday.
Will hit the track for just the third time for trainer Peter Miller looking to remain undefeated. He arrives at his graded stakes debut off a win in the minor Desert Code Stakes here May 13 and a maiden score at first asking April 20 - both of his races sprinting down the Santa Anita hillside turf course. Arms Runner has been impressive so far and will try to keep his roll going in his dirt debut from post 5 Saturday with Norberto Arroyo Jr. aboard.
Jorge Periban trained gelding has just one win in his 11 career starts to go along with three seconds and two third place finishes. He makes his stakes debut Saturday off a third in a Starter Optional Claiming here June 17, an eighth in an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track May 18 and a Maiden Claiming score also on this track April 21. He posted consecutive seconds in a pair of Maiden Claiming races before that this past spring. Quiet Dude has been OK against lesser company but takes a major step up in competition Saturday. Tiago Josue Pereira has been tabbed to ride from post 3.
Race 4 on Santa Anita's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:30 PM.