Saturday, June 24, 2017

Precisionist winning '85 Breeder's Cup Sprint

Affirmed vs. Alydar

Affirmed vs. Alydar - 1978 Kentucky Derby (7th Meeting)





Bob Baffert has the 4-5 morning line favorite (Collected) and the 9-2 third choice (Cat Burglar) in Saturday’s Grade III Precisionist Stakes for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles, but the Hall of Fame trainer is not taking the race lightly.

“It’s a tough race,” Baffert said. “We’ll see how they stack up . . . It’s very competitive, so we’ll see what’s going on. I’d like to try Collected on turf, though.”

The breeding is there, and the son of City Zip did break his maiden on grass, winning by a nose on Santa Anita’s downhill course at about 6 ½ furlongs Oct. 12, 2015. He won the Grade III Cecil B. DeMille at a mile on turf in his next start, Nov. 29, 2015, at Del Mar.

Collected, a four-year-old colt owned by Speedway Racing LLC, has won six of nine career starts including the Grade II Californian last out on April 22.

Cat Burglar, a seven-year-old full horse by the same sire as Horse of the World Arrogate, Unbridled’s Song, won an overnight race on March 31, his first start in 11 months. He won the Santana Mile in April of 2016.

Accelerate, a gem of consistency in 10 starts for John Sadler with three wins, three seconds, three thirds and one fourth, is on point for the Precisionist.

            “He’s very consistent and he’s doing well for this race,” Sadler said. “He’s had high quality form every time and we’re expecting a big effort from him on Saturday.”

Like Baffert, Doug O’Neill has two horses entered in the Precisionist, Donworth and Keane, the latter an Argentine-bred making his U.S. debut.

A five-year-old full horse, Keane last raced Nov. 19, 2016, at La Plata in Argentina,

winning his fourth straight race, going a mile and a half on the main track under 131 pounds.

“We’ve had him since late February,” said Leandro Mora, assistant to O’Neill, who trains Keane for Zedan Racing Stables, Inc. “He came to us with the purpose of training him and taking him to the Dubai World Cup (last March), but thank God we didn’t go, because Arrogate would’ve kicked our butt.

“It looks like he’s acclimated pretty well. If he runs the way he’s been feeling these last two weeks, we’re going to have some fun.”

The field for the Precisionist, which is named for the 1985 Breeders’ Cup Sprint

champion trained by Ross Fenstermaker: Donworth, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Keane, Tiago Pereira, 8-1; Accelerate, Tyler Baze, 5-2; Collected, Martin Garcia, 4-5; and Cat Burglar, Rafael Bejarano, 9-2.


Like Collected in the Precisionist Stakes, morning line odds maker Jon White has Battle of Midway the 4-5 choice in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Affirmed Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.

A Smart Strike colt, Battle of Midway more than outran his odds of 40-1 when he finished third in the Kentucky Derby on May 6, beaten nearly eight lengths by Always Dreaming but holding his position through the stretch to earn $200,000.

Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Battle of Midway was second in the Santa Anita Derby prior to the Run for the Roses and has a 2-1-2 mark from five starts with earnings of $490,000.

The field for the Affirmed, named for the 1978 Triple Crown winner trained by

Laz Barrera: B Squared, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Battle of Midway, Flavien Prat, 4-5; $2,000 supplemental nominee Quiet Dude, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; Term of Art, Tyler Baze, 9-2; and Arms Runner, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 9-5.


            A treasured piece of racing history moved on to that Great Race Track in the Sky when Ivan Puhich died peacefully in his sleep Monday night in San Diego at the age of 89.

The longtime jockey’s agent would have been 90 on Dec. 22.

Stories abound about the long and lanky former Marine who fought on Okinawa in 1945, but perhaps none captures the essence of the man as the following excerpt recounted by one-time exercise rider and current assistant starter Huey Barnes, from the August-October 2016 issue of North American Trainer Magazine, written by yours truly:

“Ivan saved my life in a dice game at Washington Park in Chicago in the early 70s. I was working for a trainer called Buddy Hirsch at that time, and Ivan had jockey Bill Mahorney and we was just gambling, and I was winning probably 17, 18 hundred dollars.

“Those guys who were losing wanted me to keep gambling. They didn’t have nothing but nickels, dimes and quarters, but they wanted me to keep gambling so they could get their money back, but I said, ‘I’m not going to gamble here. You ain’t got no money to gamble with.’

“So one guy got mad at me and told me I couldn’t leave and he drew a straight razor on me. They were from East St. Louis and I knew they meant business. I saw Ivan and hollered for him and he came over, found out I was winning with their dice, grabbed a gun from his jacket and shot down in the ground and they all backed up . . . That’s how Ivan saved my life.”

Added Barnes Friday morning at Clockers’ Corner: “Everybody that I know loved Ivan. He treated everybody nice, he respected people, and that’s how Ivan was, but if you did something wrong to him, you lost a good friend, because he didn’t want to be around you no more. That’s just the kind of man he was, and I respected him for that.

“He never did anything to hurt anybody. Everything he tried to do, he tried to help people. He was a wonderful man as far as I know. If I asked him for something, he would do it, and if he asked me, I’d give him my opinion, and that’s the way it went.

“I feel sorry for Ivan, but he’s in a better place now.”

Trainer John Sadler said Friday morning that a remembrance for Puhich will be held at a date to be announced during the upcoming Del Mar meet which starts July 19.


The Southern California racing community continued to mourn upon the news of veteran jockey agent Ivan Puhich’s passing on Monday at age 89. “Big Ivan” as he was affectionately known from his early days at Longacres Race Course near Seattle to Agua Caliente south of the border, had been retired for several years and was living with his daughter in San Diego.

Born Dec. 22, 1927 in St. Helena, CA, and raised in Renton, WA, Ivan followed older brothers Nick and Stan to the track as a youngster, selling newspapers, mucking stalls and walking hots. With the outbreak of WW II, Ivan enlisted in the Marine Corps and saw combat in the South Pacific and later, in China.

Following the war and upon his return to base in San Diego, he obtained permission from his commanding officer to take leave in order to attend the 1948 Kentucky Derby.

“I’ll never forget it,” Puhich said in an interview 23 years ago at Hollywood Park. “I hitch hiked back there, in uniform and got in free. Calumet (Farm) ran one-two with Citation and Coaltown.”

Physically fit and an imposing figure at 6’5″ and 220 to 230 pounds, it was no secret that Puhich, who was gregarious by nature, was as adept with his oversized fists as he was with a condition book.

“When I got out of the service, I decided to box at Gonzaga (College, in Spokane, WA),” Puhich once related.  “They had a really good boxing program there and I did well, but that wasn’t what I wanted to do.” (A photo of a pugilistic Ivan Puhich, a member of the 1951 Zags Boxing Team, currently adorns the walls of the Gonzaga University Athletic Department).

A member of the starting gate team at Agua Caliente for a time in the early 1960s, Puhich unquestionably made his professional mark as a top agent for riders such as William Mahorney, Marco Casteneda, Tyler Baze (who Puhich guided to an Eclipse Award as America’s Champion Apprentice Jockey in 2000), and miraculously, 25-year-old Mario Gutierrez, with whom he won the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes aboard the Doug O’Neill-trained I’ll Have Another.

A dyed in the wool San Francisco 49ers fan, Puhich was a regular attendee, rain or shine, at both Kezar Stadium and Candlestick Park, where his all-time favorite “Niner,” Joe Montana, took the team to unprecedented heights, winning four Super Bowls following his graduation from Notre Dame in 1979.

“The greatest quarterback of all-time,” Puhich would readily testify on behalf of the irrepressible Montana.

Puhich was pre-deceased by his infant son, Ivan, Jr. and another son, Steven. He is survived by his daughter, Robin Freeman and three grandchildren, Jeanie Freeman, Kevin Freeman and Brad Puhich. Ivan is also survived by extended family that includes a nephew, trainer Michael Puhich.

FINISH LINES: There will be no simulcast wagering available at Santa Anita next Thursday, July 29. After this Sunday’s races, Santa Anita will resume live racing with a five-day week on Friday, June 30, and race through Tuesday, July 4 when the Spring portion of the current meet ends . . . Beholder Mile winner Stellar Wind is scheduled to work Sunday for the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on July 30, trainer John Sadler said . . . Champion Finest City, prepping for the Grade II, $200,000 Great Lady M Stakes at Los Alamitos July 8 worked four furlongs for Ian Kruljac Friday in 48.20. “She’s doing well,” the trainer said. The Great Lady M will be decided at 6 ½ furlongs. . . . Laz Barrera winner American Anthem worked four furlongs in company for Bob Baffert in 48.60 with Uninvited, who was clocked in 48.40 . . . Jockey Danny Vergara, closing in on 2,000 wins, will be represented by agent Craig Stephen, who plans to have Vergara ready to ride at Los Alamitos when the Orange County meet starts on July 5 . . . Indygo Bo, 2-1 morning line chance in today’s second race, has been claimed from his last three races and four of his last five . . . There is a single ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover Friday of $176,727 . . . Suspensions aplenty: Rafael Bejarano has waived his appeal of a suspension issued April 29 and will serve four days, June 23, 24, 25 and 30. Likewise, Flavien Prat has withdrawn his appeal of May 25 and will serve three days June 23, 24 and 25. The meet’s leading rider also has been handed four additional days (July 1, 2, 3 and 4) for causing interference on Spooky Woods in last Saturday’s ninth race, resulting in the disqualification of his mount from third to fifth. Additionally, Kent Desormeaux is serving a four-day ban (June 24, 25, 30 and July 1) for causing interference shortly after the start of last Saturday’s fifth race on Supreme Venture . . . Ed Golden, author of Santa Anita’s widely read Stable Notes, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest handicapper Saturday 11:50 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


The Breeders' Cup today announced its 2017 Breeders’ Cup Challenge series schedule, which will consist of 81 automatic qualifying stakes races into corresponding races of the Breeders' Cup World Championships. This year’s series, which includes 62 Grade/Group 1 events, will have 49 Challenge races held in the U.S. and Canada, and 32 races to be run outside of North America. (Complete 2017 schedule)

Horses from around the globe will be qualifying for the 34th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held, for the first time, at the Del Mar race track, near San Diego, California, on November 3 and 4, and televised live in the U.S. by the NBC Sports Group.

Del Mar will host five Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races during its summer meeting:

This year, the NBC Sports Group will also televise the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In Series presented by Lane’s End Farm and America’s Best Racing,” featuring Challenge races across 11 programs in the U.S. from June until the World Championships. (Full 2017 television schedule)

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, now in its 11th year, will be held at many of the world’s premier racetracks in 13 countries: U.S., Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, France, Japan, Germany, Ireland, Peru and South Africa.

7/29/17 Bing Crosby S. I 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP TwinSpires Sprint

7/30/17 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Longines Distaff

8/19/17 TVG Pacific Classic I 1 1/4 Miles 3 YO & UP Classic

8/19/17 Del Mar Handicap II 1 3/8 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Longines Turf

8/26/17 Pat O'Brien S. II 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP Las Vegas Dirt Mile

As part of the enhanced benefits to horsemen in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees and guarantee a starting position in a corresponding Championships race for winners of all Challenge races.

Breeders’ Cup will also provide travel allowances to all starters outside of California for this year’s Championships, including Challenge race winners. Breeders’ Cup will provide a $40,000 travel stipend to the connections of each Challenge winner from outside of North America and a $10,000 travel allowance for winners within North America that are stabled outside of California. The Challenge winner must already be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program or it must be done by the Championships’ pre-entry deadline of October 23 to receive the rewards.

Last year, 43 Breeders’ Cup Challenge winners participated in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, the second largest contingent of “Win and You’re In” starters to run in the two-day event. Two of those Challenge winners won Championships races: Classic Empire in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Highland Reel in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. Challenge winners were represented in 11 of the 13 Championships races last year.”

“We are very proud of the increased popularity and participation of horsemen around the world who take advantage of the benefits of an automatic berth and paid entry fees offered through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge as the best way to secure a starting position in the World Championships,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. “Our racetrack and racing association partners are also a major part of the success of the series and we thank them for their participation in the program.”

“We’re delighted, of course, to take part in a winning idea like the Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In’ program,” said Del Mar Thoroughbred Club president and CEO Joe Harper. “With us hosting the Breeders’ Cup this year, their series has taken on a very special meaning for us.”  

Some of the highlights of this year’s Challenge series are as follows:

There will be seven automatic berths awarded for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, all grade 1 races: Gold Dream (JPN) became the first horse to qualify for the Classic when he won the February Stakes at Tokyo Race Couse on February 19. The next automatic qualifier will be the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 17, followed by the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 30; the Whitney at Saratoga Race Course on August 5; the TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar on August 19; the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita Park on September 30 and The Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on October 7.
The series will include three new races: The Belmont Sprint Championship (G2) (TwinSpires Sprint), on June 10 at Belmont Park; the Highlander Stakes (G2) (Turf Sprint) on July 2 at Woodbine and the First Lady Stakes (G1) (Filly & Mare Turf) on October 7 at Keeneland.
For the eighth consecutive year, the Breeders’ Cup will pay foal nominators of Challenge winners a $10,000 award.
The international portion of the series began on January 7 in South Africa at Kenilworth Racecourse, when Bela Bela (SAF) won the Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes (G1) and qualified for an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, and Legal Eagle (SAF) captured the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (G1) and gained an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

In February, Gold Dream (JPN) won the February Stakes (G1) at Tokyo Race Course and earned free berth into the Breeders’ Cup Classic. This month, at Royal Randwick in Australia, Chautauqua (AUS) won the Darley TJ Smith Stakes (G1) (Turf Sprint), It’s Somewhat won the Star Doncaster Mile (G1) (Mile), and Foxplay (AUS) won the Coolmore Legacy Queen of the Turf Stakes (G1) on April 8.

The first North American race of the series will be the Shoemaker Mile (G1) at Santa Anita Park on June 3 for an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Mile, followed by the Metropolitan Handicap (GI) (Las Vegas Dirt Mile) and the Ogden Phipps (GI) (Longines Distaff) at Belmont Park on the June 10 Belmont Stakes day program.

Monday, June 19, 2017


Baffert indicated earlier in June that the Unbridled's Song colt could return to racing in the TVG San Diego Handicap (G2) July 22, which would serve as a prep for the TVG Pacific Classic (G1) Aug. 19 and the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 4. All three races are at Del Mar.


            MIKE SMITH, BENDABLE, WINNER: “She’s matured a whole lot. She was so much more mature today and more relaxed. She was aggressive leaving the gate but turned right off. She waited for me to call on her and when I did, man she really jumped into the bridle.

“She’s been training this way. Mr. Mandella had her ready. He’s done a tremendous job getting her back off the layoff. He’s just one of the greatest and done a really, really good job.

“I’ve come out to work her a couple of times and her works were just better and better and I knew from her last work that she’d run big today.”

KENT DESORMEAUX, CONIAH, SECOND:  “She slipped leaving the gate.  She broke so hard, the ground broke away.  She ran her eyeballs out.  She showed a new dimension today.”







   In the world of contemporary race horses, there is Arrogate and there is everybody else.

            The North American record holder in purse earnings with more than $17 million caught the attention of aficionados at his home base of Santa Anita 6:45 Sunday morning, working four furlongs with Martin Garcia aboard in a bullet 46.80 under the watchful eye of trainer Bob Baffert and an entourage that included wife Jill, son Bode, and Brad Pegram, agent for the colt’s regular rider, Mike Smith.

Arrogate worked with Faithfully, who was given 47.80. Arrogate’s clocking was the fastest of 105 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 49.04.

“He went nice,” Baffert said of Arrogate, the King Midas of Thoroughbreds who in his last three starts captured the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the $10 million Dubai World Cup.

“I gave him a little target . . . He’s doing really well.”

Asked if the 1 1/16-mile San Diego Handicap at Del Mar July 22 would be Arrogate’s next race, Baffert said, “It depends. I think he needs it.”

If all goes well for the four-year-old gray son of Unbridled’s Song owned by Juddmonte Farms, Inc., the $1 million Pacific Classic at 1 ¼ miles on Aug. 19 would be a major goal prior to the Breeders’ Cup Classic at the seaside oval on Nov. 4.


            Aflewency surprised most racegoers at Santa Anita Saturday with her three-quarter length win at 21-1 in the second race, but it was no shock to her trainer, Neil French, and her jockey, Hall of Fame member Gary Stevens.

Aflewency, a three-year-old Dixie Chatter filly owned and bred in California by Bob Frear, was beaten 9 ¼ lengths in her debut race at 5 ½ furlongs on dirt May 28, but had clear sailing over the downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs Saturday.

            “She might have needed her first race,” allowed French, who turns 65 on July 25. He has been training for 41 years and is down to just five horses these days. “Like some other first-time starters,” he said, “the filly didn’t appreciate the big kick back in her face first time out, and if a horse doesn’t have speed, that can happen.”

Stevens, who also won Saturday’s 10th and final race aboard 3-2 favorite Oregon for John Shirreffs, couldn’t have been more pleased winning for French.

            “I love riding for Neil,” Stevens said. “We’ve won a lot of races together over the years, and it’s been a lot of years. He’s a great horseman and fun to ride for.

“He gives me zero instructions, just tells me to ride ’em, and I know he’s got them prepared when he brings them over there, and I know he doesn’t call me unless he means business.

“It was a lot of fun winning for him. I wish he had more horses than what he has, but with what he’s got, he does a helluva job.”


When Bob Baffert gave seven-pound apprentice Evin Roman a leg up on first time starter Microrithms in Saturday’s third race, the three-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding owned by former CHRB Chairman David Israel and Michael and Nadia Sigband, won by 4 ¼ lengths as the odds-on favorite, but the win was the exception rather than the rule for the Hall of Fame trainer.

Roman, a 19-year-old native of Puerto Rico who is represented by veteran agent Tony Matos, is the meet’s leading apprentice rider with 26 wins, only eight behind leader Flavien Prat and four behind runners-up Joe Talamo and Rafael Bejarano.

Microrithms is a two-year-old son of Algorithms who broke from the two post position in the five furlong dash, getting the distance in 1:03.14 under 114 pounds.

“I rarely use bug riders,” Baffert said Sunday morning, “but Evin’s worked a couple horses for me, and Tony’s a good friend of mine so I try to help him out, and Evin is a good little rider.

“He zipped out there on the horse and after that it was more of a helicopter ride.”

FINISH LINES: With two wins Saturday, Flavien Prat opened a 34-30 lead over runners-up Joe Talamo and Rafael Bejarano in the race for leading rider at the Spring portion of the current Santa Anita meet that ends on Tuesday, July 4. Among trainers, Peter Miller leads Richard Baltas, 28-23 . . . Gold Cup at Santa Anita winner Cupid, bound for the Grade II, $750,000 Suburban at Belmont Park July 8, worked five furlongs under Bejarano in a bullet 59.20 for Bob Baffert, who also breezed Cat Burglar and Collected the same distance. Each is nominated to next Saturday’s Grade III Precisionist Stakes for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles. Cat Burglar equaled Cupid’s bullet clocking of 59.20, while Collected went in 59.60. The 59.20 time was the fastest of 67 at the distance. The average was 1:01.04  . . . Champion Stellar Wind, who ended Vale Dori‘s six-race winning streak by a neck in the Beholder Mile, worked four furlongs in 48.40 for John Sadler who is readying the daughter of Curlin for the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar July 30 . . . Santa Anita Oaks winner Paradise Woods worked four furlongs for Richard Mandella in 48.20. There were 238 recorded works at Santa Anita Sunday, 23 on the training track . . . Jerry Hollendorfer, who sent out unbeaten Sircat Sally to her seventh straight victory in Saturday’s Honeymoon Stakes, said the next race for Ogden Phipps winner Songbird is “undecided.”

(Current Through Saturday, June 17)
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won
Flavien Prat 142 34 19 25 24% 55% $1,686,383
Joseph Talamo 166 30 31 19 18% 48% $1,447,541
Rafael Bejarano 132 30 20 21 23% 54% $1,802,193
Evin Roman 127 26 14 13 20% 42% $760,960
Tyler Baze 145 19 28 24 13% 49% $1,010,448
Tiago Pereira 128 16 20 19 13% 43% $673,740
Gary Stevens 57 14 9 6 25% 51% $762,846
Santiago Gonzalez 114 12 13 20 11% 39% $578,571
Edwin Maldonado 92 11 15 15 12% 45% $577,148
Martin Pedroza 100 11 9 16 11% 36% $419,520
Norberto Arroyo, Jr. 67 10 11 11 15% 48% $637,299
Kent Desormeaux 58 10 11 8 17% 50% $738,187
Kyle Frey 68 10 6 11 15% 40% $266,204
Trainer Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won
Peter Miller 100 28 13 13 28% 54% $1,007,260
Richard Baltas 90 23 13 13 26% 54% $1,120,351
Philip D’Amato 100 19 17 12 19% 48% $1,224,850
Bob Baffert 42 14 8 6 33% 67% $1,251,235
Steven Miyadi 55 13 7 10 24% 55% $356,578
Doug O’Neill 79 11 20 12 14% 54% $651,899
John Sadler 56 10 10 8 18% 50% $665,733
Jerry Hollendorfer 70 9 10 11 13% 43% $583,100
Peter Eurton 36 9 6 5 25% 56% $477,763
Jack Carava 38 9 2 8 24% 50% $211,815
Hector O. Palma 42 7 8 5 17% 48% $286,861
Michael Machowsky 31 7 5 7 23% 61% $306,750
Simon Callaghan 26 7 3 3 27% 50% $319,101
Jeff Mullins 17 7 1 3 41% 65% $204,280
Mark Glatt 49 6 7 7 12% 41% $276,715
Eddie Truman 17 6 1 2 35% 53% $218,035

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: It Just Means More


The Bob Baffert-trained duo of Faypien and Noted and Quoted—the top two finishers in the May 14 Angels Flight Stakes—will stretch out and square off once again in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks (G2) June 17 at Santa Anita Park.

Baoma Corp's Faypien had the edge in the seven-furlong Angels Flight, as she prevailed over her stablemate by a half-length, but Speedway Stable's Noted and Quoted has the top-level back class at the Summertime Oaks' 1 1/16-mile distance.

Noted and Quoted, a filly by The Factor  , is the only grade 1 winner in the field, but she hasn't returned to the winner's circle since she took the Oct. 1 Chandelier Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita. Faypien, a Ghostzapper   filly, stepped up from maiden special weight to stakes company in the Angels Flight, but the Summertime Oaks will be her first start around two turns.

Another Summertime Oaks entrant who has graded success at 1 1/16 miles is Tommy Town Thoroughbreds' It Tiz Well—who, along with stablemate Spooky Woods, will seek a fourth win in the race for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Hollendorfer, Baffert, and John Sadler—who has Angels Flight third-place finisher Selcourt entered Saturday—have three wins each in the Summertime Oaks.

It Tiz Well won the March 11 Honeybee Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park before she finished a far-back third behind top fillies Paradise Woods and Abel Tasman last time out in the April 8 Santa Anita Oaks (G1).

Other intriguing fillies who also tested top competition are Majestic Quality and Mopotism. Both fillies are grade 2 placed, but have yet to cross the wire first at the graded level.

Majestic Quality ran second behind Farrell as a maiden in the Rachel Alexandra (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots before a fifth-place run in the Santa Anita Oaks, but the Quality Road   filly finally found her winning stride in her 10th start May 21, when she broke her maiden in a 1 1/16-mile special weight event by 6 3/4 lengths at Santa Anita.

Mopotism is a stakes winner—she won the Island Fashion Stakes at Sunland Park Feb. 26—but also ran second behind budding superstar Unique Bella in the Las Virgenes Stakes (G2) Feb. 5. Since those two February starts, however, she ran fourth in the Santa Anita Oaks and 10th in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) May 5.

Rounding out the field are maiden winners Goseecal and Sheza Chattykat.

Summertime Oaks (G2)

Santa Anita Park, Saturday, June 17, 2017, Race 9
1 1/16mDirt $200,0003 yo Fillies5:00 PM (local)

PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 Goseecal (KY)Keeneland Sales Graduate Martin A. Pedroza 120 Vladimir Cerin -

2 Spooky Woods (KY)Keeneland Sales Graduate Flavien Prat 120 Jerry Hollendorfer -

3 It Tiz Well (KY)Keeneland Sales Graduate Mike E. Smith 122 Jerry Hollendorfer -

4 Sheza Chattykat (KY)Keeneland Sales Graduate Corey S. Nakatani 120 Richard Baltas -

5 Selcourt (KY) Tyler Baze 120 John W. Sadler -

6 Faypien (FL) Rafael Bejarano 120 Bob Baffert -

7 Majestic Quality (KY)Keeneland Sales Graduate Kent J. Desormeaux 120 J. Keith Desormeaux -

8 Noted and Quoted (FL) Martin Garcia 122 Bob Baffert -

9 Mopotism (KY)Keeneland Sales Graduate Mario Gutierrez 120 Doug F. O'Neill -

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