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Baffert's Comebacking Mucho Gusto Heads Solid Field Of Eight In Saturday's Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio At Santa Anita
A winner of more than $3.1 million this year, Bob Baffert's Mucho Gusto, idle since Feb. 29, heads a field of eight 3-year-olds and up going a mile and one sixteenth in Saturday's Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
One of five graded stakes on an 11-race program, the San Antonio, long a traditional prep to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, will be contested for the 83rd time on Saturday.
Race 7 at Santa Anita on Saturday, December 26 - Post 5:09 PM
|1||Take the One O One||15-1||Jose Valdivia, Jr.
|2||Kiss Today Goodbye||15-1||Mike Smith
|3||Extra Hope||5-1||Juan Hernandez
|4||Sharp Samurai||5-2||Flavien Prat
|5||Combatant||12-1||Ricardo Santana, Jr.
|8||Mucho Gusto||2-1||John Velazquez
A winner of the Grade I Pegasus World Cup Invitational two starts back at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25, Mucho Gusto was a respectable fourth behind stablemate Maximum Security in the Group I, $20 million Saudi Cup on Feb. 29 and will be ridden for the first time on Saturday by eastern-based John Velazquez.
Jay Em Ess Stable's homebred Extra Hope comes off an emphatic gate to wire score in the Grade III Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar and seeks his third consecutive win for Richard Mandella and jockey Juan Hernandez.
Mark Glatt's versatile Sharp Samurai, an earner of more than $1.1 million, comes off a solid third place finish in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile and rates a huge chance at age six.
Fourth, beaten 2 ¾ lengths in the Saudi Cup, Mucho Gusto is 12-6-2-2 overall. A 4-year-old colt by Mucho Macho Man, he should show plenty of his customary early zip in his first start in nearly nine months as Baffert seeks his record seventh San Antonio win.
Owner: HRH Prince Faisal Bin Khaled | Trainer: Bob Baffert
Unbeaten in two starts with hot-riding Juan Hernandez, Extra Hope, a 4-year-old colt by Shanghai Bobby, certainly rates as a "now" commodity. A gate to wire winner of the Native Diver, he'll no doubt be forwardly placed as he cuts back in distance a sixteenth of a mile. The San Antonio will be Extra Hope's fourth start of 2020 as he tries to improve upon an overall mark of 14-4-2-3.
Owner: Jay Em Ess Stable | Trainer: Richard Mandella
A winner of seven of 18 turf starts while second five times and third twice, Sharp Samurai will be making his second consecutive start on dirt, a surface that he's now 5-1-1-1 over. A solid second two starts back in the Grade II City of Hope over the Santa Anita turf Oct. 3, he was beaten 3 ½ lengths in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile Nov. 7 and with his class and tactical speed, rates a big chance in the San Antonio.
Owner: Red Baron's Barn LLC, Rancho Temescal LLC and Mark Glatt | Trainer: Mark Glatt
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