Horse Racing

Mandella seeks support from San Felipes

Hall of Fame coach Richard Mandella can win consecutive San Felipe Stakes (G2) games at Santa Anita . Parkdespite his promising first winner, Ride the rocket rocket Geaux will face the onslaught of horses previously trained by Bob Baffert.

Mandella took the 2022 edition of San Felipe 1 1/16 mile with Forbidden Kingdom , who had just captured the San Vicente Stakes (G2). On March 4 in San Felipe, the trainer carried the Geaux Rocket Ride. Even though he’s the son of candy ride having only started once, he impressed onlookers by surging a first course 5 3/4 under jockey Flavien Prat, who will be back on board from post 8.

However, the Geaux Rocket Ride doesn’t just jump from first win to level 2 company. The four horses that have been moved from Baffert’s stables to trainer Tim Yakteen will provide formidable competition, including bookings. classified bets National treasures , Hejazi And Fort Bragg .

National Treasure finished second in the 2022 American Pharoah Stakes (G1) against trainee Baffert stone cave only in his second start. He followed with a third in the Breeders’ Cup for Minors (G1) and another third in the January 8 Sham Stakes (G3). In the latter part, National Treasure had a difficult time and collided with an opponent in the quarterfinals. John Velazquez has ridden the pony in every start and will return to it from #2 in San Felipe.

Mike Smith has driven the Hejazi in all four of his races and will return to San Felipe from 7th place. Second in his first two outings, Hejazi finished third in American Pharoah, his bet debut. he. As the 1-2 favorite in the first race on January 15, Hejazi scored 1 1/2 lengths.

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Fort Bragg (Juan Hernandez, 9th place) hasn’t raced since he finished third on Dec. 17 Los Alamitos Futurity (G2). Yakteen is trained Realistic move won Los Alamitos Futurity and also entered San Felipe, with Ramon Vazquez up from 3rd place. Prior to that, Practical Move finished third in Bob Hope Stakes (G3) for Yakteen.

John Shirreffs, who coached the 2006 San Felipe winner AP Warriors Have peeler (Victor Espinoza, lesson 10) in this year’s edition. Skinner finished third in Del Mar Futurity (G1) in 2022 as a teenager and beat a girls arena 3 1/4 lengths on February 12 at Santa Anita.

Chasing the chaos , the only participant other than the actual Motion to win the bet, which is fascinating. He broke his maidenhood at Canterbury Park and then transferred to coach Ed Moger Jr. and start four times at Golden Gate Fields. After finishing third in the Golden Nugget Stakes and second in the Gold Rush Stakes, he has won consecutively: score of 7 1/2 length allowance claimants on December 30 and won 1 1/2 the length in the El Camino Real 1 1/8 mile Derby on 11 February.

Jockey Armando Ayuso has partnered with Chase the Chaos on all of his Golden Gate appearances and will be riding from the tracks again. After the El Camino Real Derby, Ayuso called Chase the Chaos “a horse making progress in every race.”

Item: San Felipe S. (G2)

Santa Anita . ParkSaturday, March 4, 2023, Race 6

  • Class II
  • 1 1/16m
  • dust
  • 400,000 USD
  • 3 years old
  • 2:30pm (local)


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