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OffTrackBetting.com - The G3 American Stakes will be run this Tuesday, July 4 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Horses three years old and upward will be featured when they take to Santa Anita's turf track and race one mile.
Nine older entries will line up in the American Stakes - race 6 on Santa Anita's holiday Tuesday schedule. Post time is 3:30 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all nine entries for this intriguing closing-day July 4 G3 stakes.
Has 16 career starts for trainer Dan Hendricks with five wins, four seconds and four third place finishes. He was last seen November 26 finishing third as favorite in the G2 Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar which followed three straight runner-up finishes - the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint - a nose behind Obviously, the G2 City of Hope Mile October 8 and the G2 Del Mar Mile August 21. Before that was a sixth in the 2016 G1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile March 12 at Santa Anita, a third in the G2 Arcadia Stakes here February 13 of 2016, a nice win in the 2015 G2 Mathis Brothers Mile, another third as favorite in the G1 Hollywood Derby November 28, 2015 and two good wins in the fall of 2015- the G2 Twilight Derby and in gate-to-wire fashion in the G2 Del Mar Derby. Om is one of two horses to ever beat American and has placed in three straight races ahead of this weekend - pretty good form. He shoots for his first win in 19 months in his first start of 2017 from gate 4 with Gary Stevens guiding him.
Won four straight turf races in 2014/2015 including the G3 British Columbia Derby and BC Premier's Handicap at Hastings, the G2 Mathis Brothers Mile at Santa Anita and California Cup in January, 2014. He also won the G2 City of Hope Miles at Santa Anita in September, 2015. Alert Bay has been good again lately as well - a third last time out in the G3 All American Stakes at Golden Gate May 29 followed a two-race win streak - the G3 San Francisco Mile April 29 (for the second year in a row) and an Allowance April 2 - both at Golden Gate. Before that were two straight fourths - the G3 Longacres Mile and the minor California Dreamin' Stakes at Del Mar July 24. He now has 14 wins, seven seconds and three third place finishes in 32 career starts and has placed in three straight ahead of this weekend with two wins over that span and has five wins and two seconds from seven tries at one mile on turf. Jockey Tyler Baze will try to keep the impressive run going from post 5 Tuesday.
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French bred Patrick Gallagher trained gelding has been up and down in his career and enters this week in typically inconsistent form. Last time out was a respectable second in the G3 All American Stakes at Golden Gate May 29 which followed an ugly twelfth in the G2 San Luis Rey Stakes at Santa Anita March 25 and consecutive thirds - the G2 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita February 4 and in the G2 Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar November 25. He wasn't great before that - consecutive eighths including the G2 John Henry Turf Cup at Santa Anita October 2 and the G2 Del Mar Handicap in August followed an OK third in the G3 Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar last July 17 and a quality fifth in the Group 1 Dubai Turf at Meydan March 26, 2016 against some of the best turf horses on the planet. He won the G2 San Marcos Stakes in February of last year and the 2016 San Gabriel Stakes at 46-1 odds last January as well but hasn't been the same since. Flamboyant now has five wins, four seconds and seven third place finishes in 27 career starts and has been OK in three of his last four starts overall. Brice Blanc will be in the irons hoping to gain a little momentum - from gate 8.
French bred James Cassidy trainee was at his best in the late 2013/early part of 2014 - a second in the G2 San Marcos Stakes followed a third in the G2 Sir Beaufort Stakes in December, 2013. He failed to place in six races after that but had a nice win April 25, 2015 in the G3 Last Tycoon at Santa Anita. Si Sage was sent to the sidelines for a year after that. Si Sage returns Tuesday after another year layoff, a close fourth in the G2 Eddie Read Stakes at Del May July 17, 2016, a good win in the G2 Charles Whittingham Stakes at Santa Anita May 29, 2016, a fourth in the last year's G3 American Stakes May 6 and an eighth in the G3 Thunder Road Stakes a month before that. He now has five wins, six seconds and two third place finishes in 27 career starts and has placed in just two of his last 11 starts overall - both of those being graded stakes wins. He tries to gain a little consistency Tuesday when he leaves from post 7 with Rafael Bejarano in the reins.
Has just four wins, four seconds and two third place finishes in 26 career starts for trainer Richard Baltas. Last time out was an Allowance Optional Claiming score here May 14 which followed consecutive runner-up finishes in similar races on this track earlier this year. He failed to place in his previous three starts. Kenjisstorm has three graded stakes starts in early 2016 - a fourth in the G3 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate April 30 followed a seventh in the G3 San Juan Capistrano Stakes April 10 and a fifth in the G1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile in March. He hopes to hit the board in graded stakes company for the first time in his fifth try when he leaves from post 3 with Flavien Prat in the irons.
Irish bred Phil D'Amato trained gelding has 20 career starts with five wins, five seconds and three third place finishes. Last time out was a fourth in the G2 Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar November 26 which followed a disappointing eighth in the minor Damascus Stakes at Santa Anita November 4, an OK third in the G3 Eddie D Stakes September 30, a sixth in the minor Green Flash Stakes at Del Mar August 12 and a three-race win streak - the best of which coming in the minor Siren Lure Stakes at Santa Anita last June. Hunt chases his first graded stakes score Tuesday having failed to place in three of his last four starts. Mike Smith will be in the irons hoping to change Hunt's fortunes around from the rail.
Has placed in nine of 13 career starts for trainer Carla Gaines - six wins and three third place finishes. He enters in the heels of consecutive thirds - the minor Crystal Waters Stakes last time out on this track May 20 and an Allowance Optional Claiming race here March 31. Before that was eight months away, a sixth in the minor Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar, a fifth in the minor Rainbow Stakes last June, an OK third in the G3 Lazaro Barrera Stakes here in May, 2016, a seventh in the G1 Santa Anita Derby in April, 2016 and a fifth one month before that in the G2 San Felipe Stakes. Smokey Image hopes to return o the form that saw him win his first six career starts when he leaves from gate 2 with Corey Nakatani in the saddle.
Lightly raced Phil D'Amato trained colt has four wins and two second place finishes in eight career starts. He makes his graded stakes debut Tuesday off a second in the minor Crystal Waters Stakes here May 20 and four straight wins including two Allowance Optional Claiming races on this track this past spring. Pee Wee Reese has been trending upward ahead of this weekend and hopes to make the most of his graded stakes bow. Joe Talamo will be in charge from the outside post 9.
French bred Simon Callaghan trainee had two wins and three third place finishes in 11 starts in Europe and has 10 starts in North America with limited success. Last time out was a disappointing eighth in the G2 Charles Whittingham Memorial Stakes on this track May 28 which followed an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Santa Anita April 23, a fifth in a similar race here March 30, a tenth in the G2 Del Mar Handicap in August and a disappointing sixth in the G2 Eddie Read Stakes here July 17. Before that was a respectable second in the 2016 Charles Whittingham Memorial Stakes and a good win in an Allowance Optional Claiming February 7. He has placed in just one of his last five overall and hopes for his first stakes score from gate 6 Tuesday. Martin Pedroza gets the call.
Race 6 on Santa Anita's Tuesday card with a Post Time of 6:30 PM.
|1||Hunt (IRE)||Mike Smith||Philip D'Amato|
|2||Smokey Image||Corey Nakatani||Carla Gaines|
|3||Kenjisstorm||Flavien Prat||Richard Baltas|
|4||Om||Gary Stevens||Dan Hendricks|
|5||Alert Bay||Tyler Baze||Blaine Wright|
|6||Patentar (FR)||Martin Pedroza||Simon Callaghan|
|7||Si Sage (FR)||Rafael Bejarano||James Cassidy|
|8||Flamboyant (FR)||Brice Blanc||Patrick Gallagher|
|9||Pee Wee Reese||Joseph Talamo||Philip D'Amato|
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