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OffTrackBetting.com - The G3 Precisionist Stakes comes our way this Saturday, June 24 from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. A purse of $100,000 will be on the line for horses three years old and upward willing to go 1 1/16 miles on Santa Anita's dirt track.
A short but quality field of five will give it a go in the Precisionist Stakes - race 6 on Santa Anita's Saturday schedule. Post time is 3:30 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all five entries for this G3 stakes.
Bob Baffert trained colt has been pretty good so far in his nine-race career - six wins and a second-place finish. He enters on the heels of a nice 3 3/4 length win as favorite in the G2 Californian Stakes with a lofty 104 Beyer Speed Figure on this track April 22 after another 3 3/4 length win in the minor Santana Mile Stakes here April 1. It followed nearly 11 months away, a tenth in the G1 Preakness Stakes last May and another two-race win streak - the G3 Lexington Stakes April 16, 2016 and the minor Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes last March. He also had a fourth in the G3 Southwest Stakes and another good win in the G3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita in January, 2016. Collected has won four of his last five starts overall (all stakes), has looked untouchable in his last two starts overall and should be a factor again Saturday with Martin Garcia in the reins from gate 4.
John Sadler trained colt has three wins, three seconds and three third place finishes in 10 career starts. He arrives in decent form - a second last time out with a career-best Beyer Speed Figure in an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track May 5 followed a third in the G2 San Antonio Stakes on this track February 4, a second in the competitive G2 San Pasqual Stakes here January 1 and a respectable third in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Before that was a nice three race win streak - in the G2 Los Alamitos Derby September 24 (his graded stakes debut), the minor Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar August 26 and a maiden score by a terrific 8 3/4 lengths on that track July 28. Accelerate has placed in eight straight races against pretty good company ahead of this weekend and will be after a first win in nine months Saturday from post 3. Tyler Baze gets the call.
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Intriguing Argentinean bred entry makes his North American debut for trainer Doug O'Neill having posted six wins and a third-place finish in nine starts at home. He won his last four starts at home including a group 1, Nov. 19 El Gran Premio Dardo Rocha at Hipódromo de La Plata and the Group 3 Organizacion Sudamericana de Fomento del Pura Sangre de Carrera in October. Keane was dominant at home and hopes his success there translates in American soil when he leaves from gate 2 Saturday with Tiago Josue Pereira in the saddle.
Has six wins, four seconds and three third place finishes in 18 career starts for trainer Bob Baffert. Last time out was a 1 1/2 length Allowance Optional Claiming score here March 31 which followed 10 months away, a fourth in the G2 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs last May 6, a good win in the minor Santana Mile in April, 2016, a fourth in the G2 San Antonio Stakes in February, 2016 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score in January of that year. Other results include a fifth in the 2015 G3 Cougar II Handicap in July another fifth in the G1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs June 13, 2015 and a respectable third in the G3 Pimlico Special in May of that year. Cat Burglar has alternated wins and fourths in his last five starts overall and hopes for a first ever graded stakes win Saturday. Rafael Bejarano has been tabbed to ride from the outside post 5.
Doug O'Neill trained colt has just seven career starts with two wins, a second and three third place finishes. He hits the track for the first time in 14 months Saturday after an OK third as favorite in the 2016 G2 Charles Town Classic last April 23. Before that was a very disappointing seventh as second choice in the Santa Anita Handicap March 12 of 2016, a respectable third after clipping heels in the G2 San Antonio Stakes here last February 6, a good win by 11 lengths in the minor Stanton Stakes at Delaware Park in June 20 of 2015, a third in the minor Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico in May of that year, a second in the 2015 G3 Lexington Stakes in April and a win at first asking in March of that year. Donworth has been a factor in all but one of his starts and hopes to be again in his return to action. Mario Gutierrez rides from the rail.
Race 6 on Santa Anita's Saturday card with a Post Time of 6:30 PM.
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