Don­worth dives into deep wa­ters for San An­to­nio

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - Front Page - By Steve An­der­sen

AR­CA­DIA, Calif. – Don­worth will face the tough­est test of his ca­reer in his first start for Paul and Zil­lah Red­dam and trainer Doug O’Neill in the $500,000 San An­to­nio Stakes at Santa Anita next Satur­day.

A 4-year-old colt by Tiznow, Don­worth was pur­chased for $550,000 by the Red­dams at the Keeneland Novem­ber breed­ing stock sale, and has been with O’Neill since last fall.

“I think we have a nice horse for the hand­i­cap divi­sion,” O’Neill said on Fri­day.

The Grade 2 San An­to­nio Stakes is run at 1 1/8 miles on dirt and is a prep for the $1 mil­lion Santa Anita Hand­i­cap on March 12 or even for the $10 mil­lion Dubai World Cup in the United Arab Emi­rates on March 26.

O’Neill said plans for Don­worth be­yond the San An­to­nio are not clear.

“We need to see how he runs in the San An­to­nio,” he said.

Don­worth was pre­vi­ously trained by Gra­ham Mo­tion for Regis Rac­ing and won 2 of 4 starts last year on the East Coast and Ken­tucky. Don­worth has not raced since win­ning the Stan­ton Stakes by 11 lengths at Delaware Park last June.

The list of prob­a­ble starters for the San An­to­nio is led by Dort­mund, who has not raced since win­ning the Grade 3 Na­tive Diver Stakes at Del Mar last Novem­ber. Trained by Bob Baf­fert for Kaleem Shah, Dort­mund won the Santa Anita Derby last April and was later third in the Ken­tucky Derby be­hind sta­ble­mate Amer­i­can Pharoah.

Baf­fert plans to run three horses in the San An­to­nio, in­clud­ing Hop­per­tu­nity and El Kabeir. Other can­di­dates for the race are Blingo, Hard Aces, and Im­per­a­tive. Im­per­a­tive and Hop­per­tu­nity were se­cond and third be­hind Cal­i­for­nia Chrome in the Grade 2 San Pasqual Stakes here on Jan. 9.

The San An­to­nio is one of

four stakes on next Satur­day’s pro­gram, which is sched­uled to in­clude the 2016 de­but of Song­bird, the un­de­feated cham­pion 2-year-old filly of 2015. Song­bird is a can­di­date for the $300,000 Las Vir­genes Stakes for 3-yearold fil­lies at a mile. The other stakes are the $150,000 Robert Lewis Stakes and the $200,000 San Mar­cos Stakes.

Trained by Jerry Hol­len­dor­fer for Rick Porter, Song­bird has not raced since win­ning the Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies at Keeneland on Oct. 31.

The prob­a­ble field for the Grade 2 Las Vir­genes Stakes has one other Grade 1 win­ner

in Street Fancy, who won the Star­let at Los Alami­tos on Dec. 12. Other can­di­dates are Jade Princess, Land Over Sea, and Up­town Twirl.

Mor Spirit, the win­ner of the Grade 1 Los Alami­tos Fu­tu­rity on Dec. 19, will be fa­vored in his 3-year-old de­but in the Robert Lewis Stakes.

The Grade 3 Lewis Stakes is run at 1 1/16 miles. Other ex­pected run­ners are Dressed in Her­mes, I Will Score, Let’s Meet in Rio, and Path of David. Dressed in Her­mes was sched­uled to start in the $100,000 Sham Stakes on Jan. 9, but missed the race be­cause of ill­ness.

Let’s Meet In Rio, se­cond in the Sham Stakes, worked five fur­longs in 1:00.20 on Fri­day.

The Grade 2 San Mar­cos Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on turf is ex­pected to be led by Flam­boy­ant, the up­set win­ner of the Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes on Jan. 2. Trained by Paddy Gal­lagher, Flam­boy­ant worked six fur­longs in 1:13.20 on Fri­day, the fastest of 11 works at the dis­tance.

Lobo gets Euro JFK

John F Kennedy, a Galileo colt who at one time was the fu­ture-book fa­vorite for the 2015 English Derby, has joined trainer Paulo Lobo’s sta­ble at Santa Anita for an ex­pected cam­paign this sum­mer.

Last month, John F Kennedy was sold as a stal­lion prospect by Su­san Mag­nier, Michael Ta­bor, Derrick Smith, and Flax­man Sta­bles to a South Amer­i­can group which in­cluded Ni­co­las Ojea Quin­tana of Ar­gentina, Lobo said. A 4-year-old, John F Kennedy has been in train­ing with Lobo for a month.

Lobo said John F Kennedy could race this spring and sum­mer and be sent to South Amer­ica for stud duty later this year.

“It de­pends on how he per­forms,” Lobo said. “If he does okay, maybe he’ll stay an­other year.”

John F Kennedy has won 2 of 6 starts, in­clud­ing the Grade 3 John Deere Ju­ve­nile Turf in Ire­land in 2014. He was win­less in three starts in 2015, and was taken out of con­sid­er­a­tion for the English Derby af­ter he fin­ished last of seven in the Group 2 Dante Stakes at York, Eng­land, last May. John F Kennedy made one more start in Europe, fin­ish­ing third in the Grade 3 En­ter­prise Stakes in Ire­land last Septem­ber.

Lobo, best known for train­ing 2002 cham­pion 3-year-old filly Farda Amiga, said he plans to tar­get turf races with John F Kennedy in Cal­i­for­nia.

KEENELAND/COADY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Don­worth, se­cond in the Grade 3 Lex­ing­ton at Keeneland last spring, will make his first start since June in the San An­to­nio.

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