While the major Triple
Crown action has split off this weekend to Oaklawn Park, Gulfstream Park and Turfway Park, let's not forget the 3-year-old turf division taking shape out
in the west.
The $100K Pasadena
Stakes is a one-mile turf race at Santa Anita, restricted to three-year-olds
scheduled for Saturday at 4:26 PM PT.
We have an invader. Red
Flag hops off the Kentucky Derby trail to try his heels on the grass once more.
He registered a win over this course, surface and distance back when he broke
his maiden back in September 2020.
At one point, RED FLAG
looked like a promising Kentucky Derby candidate. He won the $100K Bob Hope
Stakes (G3) by more than seven lengths, beating a talented Derby prospect in
SPIELBERG while at it. Then RED FLAG ran in the $200K Los Alamitos Futurity (G2)
but suffered a troubled trip. He had to "check" halfway through the race. He
got shuffled back, lost interest, finished on the wrong lead, and failed to hit
the board. Well, that was two months ago. He's aiming for redemption.
RED FLAG is the son of
TAMARKUZ out of SURRENDER by STORMY ATLANTIC. The Pasadena's one mile distance
suits his endurance; his sire won the Breeder's Cup Dirt Mile. RED FLAG is the
third betting choice at 3-1. He gets a new rider in Ricky Gonzales, who takes
over from Victor Espinoza.
There are two favorites
ahead of RED FLAG in the morning line. They are CATHKIN PEAK and ROCK YOUR
Here's the field:
- MAC DADDY TOO
- CATHKIN PEAK
- RED FLAG
- COMMANDER KHAI
- ROCK YOUR WORLD
- HARLAN ESTATE
CATHKIN PEAK is the top
choice at 8-5 for trainer Philip d'Amato. CATHKIN PEAK was last seen on Dec.
27th winning the Eddie Loegan Stakes, which is contested at one mile on the
turf, same as the Pasadena Stakes.
In the Eddie Loegan,
CATHKIN PEAK broke a bit slow, moved up to rate in mid-pack, then unleashed his
rally through the stretch. He won by a comfortable length and registered a 97
Equibase Figure, which is just one point below RED FLAG's highest figure of
Moreover, that was only
CATHKIN PEAK's second start; he has more experience to win with for his third.
Please note, a horse CATHKIN PEAK defeated in the Eddie Logan Stakes, BIG FISH,
came back to win the Cal Cup Derby.
ROCK YOUR WORLD is the
second betting choice at 2-1 for trainer John Sadler. ROCK YOUR WORLD won his
debut race at the $61K MSW level, earning a 94 Equibase Figure for it. Based on
that figure, he is competitive with the two horses we've discussed.
With original rider Joel
Rosario out of town for the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, ROCK YOUR WORLD
will be ridden by Umberto Rispoli.
Rounding out the field
are: MAC DADDY TOO, COMMANDER KHAI, and HARLAN ESTATE.
Post Time is 4:26 PM PT.
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