2017 FrontRunner Stakes Preview, Entries & Odds

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Dave Bond | OTB Writer

OffTrackBetting.com - The G1 FrontRunner Stakes takes place this Saturday, September 30 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Horses two years old will line up on Santa Anita's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles for the winner's share of the $300,000 purse.

A field of nine juveniles have been confirmed for the FrontRunner Stakes - race 8 on Santa Anita's impressive Saturday schedule. Post time is 4:00 PM. Let's take a look into the past performances of all nine entries for this intriguing G1 stakes - a "Win and You're In" for the 2017 $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Nov. 4 at Del Mar .

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2017 FrontRunner Stakes Entries at Santa Anita Park

Bolt d'Oro

Mick Ruis trained colt has two career starts and they have been a resounding success. First was a decisive maiden score as 8-5 favorite at Del Mar August 5 and last time out was a successful step up into stakes company - an impressive three-quarter length win in the G1 Del Mar Futurity September 4. He has looked good in works leading up to this weekend and hopes to make it three-for-three to start his career. Corey Nakatani gets the call in Bolt d'Oro's two-turn debut from gate 4.


Will hit the track for the third time for trainer Bob Baffert hoping to build on a respectable second behind Bolt d'Oro - 4 3/4 lengths clear of third in the G1 Del Mar Futurity September 4 which followed a nice win in his first career start - by 1 1/2 lengths at Del Mar August 20. Zatter has been a factor every time out and hopes to be again Saturday from the rail. Rafael Bejarano will be in the saddle in Zatter's first race around two turns.

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Bob Baffert trained colt has one career starts and it was a good one - a maiden score by 1 3/4 lengths in a 6 1/2-furlong race at Del Mar September 2. Solomini was impressive in that race and will be out to make another statement in his step up in company. Flavien Prat will be in the irons from gate 8.


Has three career starts for trainer Simon Callaghan with two wins. He steps into graded stakes company for the first time Saturday on a nice two-race win streak - the listed Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes last time out September 3 and a maiden score on that track July 30. He was fourth in his debut in the listed Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes. Encumbered steps up in good form and hopes to make it three straight wins from post 7. Mario Gutierrez rides.


British bred Keith Desormeaux trained colt has a win in his two career starts. He got that win last time out at Del Mar August 25 after a fourth in his debut on that track July 29. Ayacara looked good last time out and steps up in decent form with Kent Desormeaux in the irons from post 3.

City Plan

Eoin Harty trained colt has two career starts with one win - that coming last time out at Los Alamitos September 7. He was sixth in his debut at Del Mar August 20. City Plan failed to fire in his first start but looked good last time out. He hopes to make it two straight wins Saturday with Drayden Van Dyke aboard from post 5.

Texas Wedge

Will hit the track for the second time for trainer Peter Miller looking to remain undefeated. His first start resulted in a maiden score at Del Mar July 21. Texas Wedge steps up off a nice effort and hopes to make some noise Saturday. Evin Roman is scheduled to ride from gate 6.

Continental Divide

Has one win and one second-place finish in three career starts for trainer James Cassidy - all at Del Mar. Last time out was a fourth in the minor I'm Smokin Stakes September 1 which followed a good win in the minor Graduation Stakes August 6 and a second in a MSW to start his career July 21. Continental Divide has been OK so far and will be after a career-defining win from the outside post 9 Saturday.

Take the One O One

Has three career starts for trainer Brian Kornier with a win and a second-place finish. He makes his graded stakes debut Saturday off a seventh in the listed Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes September 3 which followed a maiden score on that track August 6 and a second in his debut - at Los Alamitos July 13. Take the One O One has been a tad tough to figure out but shoots for a career-best win from gate 2 Saturday. Joe Talamo has the mount.

2017 FrontRunner Stakes Odds & Entries

Race 8 on Santa Anita's Saturday card with a Post Time of 7:03 PM.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Zatter 5-2 Rafael Bejarano Bob Baffert
2 Take the One O One 15-1 Joseph Talamo Brian Koriner
3 Ayacara (GB) 10-1 Kent Desormeaux J. Desormeaux
4 Bolt d'Oro 2-1 Corey Nakatani Mick Ruis
5 City Plan 20-1 Drayden Van Dyke Eoin Harty
6 Texas Wedge 6-1 Evin Roman Peter Miller
7 Encumbered 8-1 Mario Gutierrez Simon Callaghan
8 Solomini 4-1 Flavien Prat Bob Baffert
9 Continental Divide 15-1 Victor Espinoza James Cassidy