San Pasqual Stakes 2020: Preview, Field & Odds

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Santa Anita Park Press Release | OTB Writer
Updated: January 30, 2020

In what shapes up as an outstanding prep to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap March 7, the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes has attracted a competitive field of 10 older horses at a mile and one eighth, with C R K Stable's Midcourt, Speedway Stable's Roadster and owner/trainer Val Brinkerhoff's versatile Restrainedvengence all prominent on Saturday, February 1.

Although he had a four-race winning streak snapped when third to top older horse Gift Box in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes Dec. 28, Midcourt will hope to mind his manners and break sharply with regular rider Victor Espinoza up.

Last year's Santa Anita Derby winner, Roadster stretches out off of a second place finish behind Omaha Beach in the opening day Malibu Stakes and speedy Restrainedvengence returns to Santa Anita following a smashing gate to wire win going 1 1/8 miles on dirt at Zia Park, New Mexico on Nov. 27.

2020 San Pasqual Stakes Odds & Entries

Race 8 at Santa Anita on Saturday, February 01 - Post 7:02 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Roadster 7-2 Joel Rosario
122 Lbs
Bob Baffert
2 Route Six Six 20-1 Jose Valdivia, Jr.
120 Lbs
Brian Koriner
3 Restrainedvengence 4-1 Abel Cedillo
120 Lbs
Val Brinkerhoff
4 King Abner 4-1 Flavien Prat
120 Lbs
Philip D'Amato
5 Midcourt 3-1 Victor Espinoza
122 Lbs
John Shirreffs
6 Instagrand 12-1 Umberto Rispoli
120 Lbs
Don Chatlos
7 California Street 12-1 Mike Smith
120 Lbs
Patrick Gallagher
8 Two Thirty Five 8-1 Ruben Fuentes
120 Lbs
Richard Baltas
9 Bold Endeavor 30-1 Mario Gutierrez
120 Lbs
George Papaprodromou
10 Combatant 10-1 Drayden Van Dyke
120 Lbs
John Sadler

MIDCOURT

A handful in the morning and quite often in post parade on race day, Midcourt has benefitted greatly from Shirreffs' patient handling which resulted in a four-game winning streak which culminated in a 5 3/4 length win two starts back in the Grade III Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 23.

Away slowly and shuffled back in the early going, Midcourt, a 5-year-old gelding by Midnight Lute, never seemed to get untracked in the opening day San Antonio while running an even third, beaten 7 1/2 lengths. With regular rider Victor Espinoza back aboard, Midcourt needs to break running and "get in the game" early in order to have his best chance on Saturday.

Owner: C R K Stable | Trainer: John Shirreffs

ROADSTER

Winless in five starts since winning last year's Santa Anita Derby, this 4-year-old Quality Road colt was a solid second, beaten 2 ¾ lengths by Omaha Beach going seven furlongs in the opening day Grade I Malibu Stakes. Never a factor in the Kentucky Derby five starts back, he came back to Santa Anita and posted a pair of second place finishes, in the Grade III Affirmed at 1 1/16 miles on June 16, and in the ungraded Damascus Stakes at seven furlongs Nov. 2-in which he was beaten a nose by highly regarded sprinter Flagstaff.

Fourth, beaten nearly 10 lengths versus Midcourt as the 4-5 favorite in the Native Diver Nov. 23, his second place run in the Malibu was a very encouraging effort and Roadster looms a dangerous horse with Joel Rosario back aboard.

Owner: Speedway Stable, LLC | Trainer: Bob Baffert

ROADSTER

A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by the Giant's Causeway stallion Hold Me Back, Restrainedvengence sped to a gate wire score in an ungraded stakes at Zia Park Nov. 27, winning by 4 ½ lengths. With outstanding recent races on dirt and turf at Longacres, Golden Gate Fields, Santa Anita and Zia Park, Restrainedvengence is beginning to take on the look of a major player in the Handicap division and will be ridden for the first time by a red hot Abel Cedillo on Saturday.

Owner: Kelly Brinkerhoff and Bob Grayson, Jr. | Trainer: Val Brinkerhoff

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