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Reigning Juvenile Champion Storm the Court heads a field of six sophomore Derby hopefuls going seven furlongs Sunday as he makes his 3-year-old debut in the Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
An upset winner of the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile at 1 1/16 miles Nov. 1, Storm the Court, who is conditioned by Peter Eurton, will be making his fifth career start and will again be ridden by Flavien Prat.
Although Storm the Court is the marque horse of the moment, Bob Baffert's Nadal, an ultra impressive first-out maiden winner going 6 1/2 furlongs here on Jan. 19, could well be the post time favorite. Baffert will also send out Ra'ad, a handy six furlong Los Alamitos maiden winner in early December.
Race 7 at Santa Anita on Sunday, February 09 - Post 6:30 PM
|1||Fast Enough||12-1||Tiago Pereira
|2||Ra'ad||8-1||Drayden Van Dyke
|3||Party Town||20-1||Jorge Velez
|5||Storm the Court||9-5||Flavien Prat
A $60,000 Ocala Sales April 2-year-old in Training Sale purchase, this colt by Court Vision continued to exceed all expectations with a game head victory at odds of 45-1 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Nov. 1. Out of the Tejano Run mare My Tejana Storm, he was a first-out maiden winner going 5 1/2 furlongs Aug. 10 and subsequently lost all chance in the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Futurity Sept. 2, when Prat was unseated shortly after the break.
A well beaten third at 19-1 by highly regarded Eight Rings in the Grade I American Pharoah Stakes Sept. 27, Storm the Court has been double digits in the wagering in all four of his starts, but figures to go favored on Sunday. Although he's already got $1,172,951 in the bank, a win in the San Vicente would undoubtedly further enhance his Derby status.
Owner: Exline Border Racing, LLC, David Bernson & Dan Hudock | Trainer: Peter Eurton
A Kentucky-bred colt by Blame, he was an awesome first-out maiden winner, driving to the lead after the first half mile and winning as much the best by 3 ¾ lengths under J.C. Diaz, Jr., while earning a San Vicente-best 98 Beyer Speed figure. A $700,000 Fasig Tipton March 2-year-old in Training Sale graduate, Nadal will get the services of leading rider Joel Rosario as he starts down the Derby trail.
Owner: George Bolton, Arthur Hoyeau, Barry Lipman & Mark Mathiesen | Trainer: Bob Baffert
An impressive gate to wire maiden winner in his second start going six furlongs, Ginobili got an 83 Beyer Speed figure for his efforts, which ranks third among San Vicente starters. Subsequently fourth, beaten five lengths in the Del Mar Futurity, Ginobili was then a close fourth in the five furlong turf Speakeasy Stakes as the 5-2 favorite here on Oct. 6.
Although he's got plenty to prove against solid competition, Ginobili has plenty of natural speed and looms dangerous as a fresh horse in what will be his fifth start.
Owner: Slam Dunk Racing, Richard Baltas, Jerry McClanahan & Michael Nentwig | Trainer: Richard Baltas
A well beaten fourth in his debut by last Saturday's Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Thousand Words, this colt by Twirling Candy was a solid 2 1/2 length maiden winner at 3-5 going six furlongs over a wet track at Los Alamitos on December 7.
A $500,000 Ocala Sales 2-year-old in Training Sale graduate, Ra'ad is out of the Suave mare Tough Market and like so many in Baffert's care, appears to have a very bright future. Fitted with blinkers in both of his starts, Ra'ad will be ridden back by Drayden Van Dyke.
Owner: RRR Racing, Inc. | Trainer: Bob Baffert
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