Texas Ryano can atone in San Gabriel Stakes

Daily Racing Form Saturday Stakes Preview - - FRONT PAGE - – Steve An­der­sen – David Gren­ing – Mike Welsch

ARCADIA, Calif. – Gen­der Agenda gave trainer Carla Gaines a suc­cess­ful start to the Santa Anita win­ter-spring meet­ing with an up­set win in the Grade 3 Robert Frankel Stakes last Sun­day. Gaines is poised for an­other po­ten­tial up­set in a stakes if Texas Ryano can run to his early au­tumn form in Satur­day’s $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes at Santa Anita.

Texas Ryano won the King Pelli­nore Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on turf Sept. 27 but strug­gled at Del Mar, fin­ish­ing fifth in an op­tional claimer at a mile Oct. 30 and eighth of 14 in the Grade 2 Hol­ly­wood Turf Cup on Nov. 26.

“He ran ter­ri­ble,” Gaines said. “I have no ex­cuse for Del Mar.”

Owned by War­ren Wil­liamson, Texas Ryano won his first stakes in the King Pelli­nore and can win his first graded stakes in the Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf. De­spite his poor re­cent form, Gaines is op­ti­mistic about Satur­day’s race.

“He’s work­ing well, he’s gal­lop­ing well, and he’s very sound,” Gaines said. “I’m happy.”

The field in­cludes Bal a Bali, who won the Grade 3 Amer­i­can Stakes here last May and was sec­ond in the Grade 2 Se­abis­cuit Hand­i­cap at Del Mar on Nov. 27; Big John B, who was sec­ond in the Hol­ly­wood Turf Cup; and Chi­ro­prac­tor, who won the Grade 1 Hol­ly­wood Derby on Nov. 28.

There are three stakes Satur­day at Santa Anita, in­clud­ing the $200,000 Santa Ynez for 3-year-old fil­lies at 6 1/2 fur­longs and the $100,000 Mid­night Lute Stakes at 6 1/2 fur­longs.

Pretty N Cool, who won Grade 2 races at Del Mar and Bel­mont Park last year, and Trea­sur­ing, who was sec­ond in the Desi Ar­naz Stakes at Del Mar in Novem­ber, meet in the Santa Ynez. Pretty N Cool and Trea­sur­ing were fourth and fifth in the Grade 1 Star­let Stakes at Los Alami­tos on Dec. 12.

San Onofre, sec­ond in three con­sec­u­tive stakes from last Jan­uary to May, is a top con­tender in the Mid­night Lute. Trained by Karen Headley, San Onofre has not raced since fin­ish­ing fourth in the Grade 1 Triple Bend Stakes here last June.

Aqueduct: Jerome Stakes

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Though en­tered in Fri­day’s $125,000 Lost in the Fog Stakes at six fur­longs, Condo King is likely to scratch from that spot and at­tempt two turns in Satur­day’s Grade 3, $200,000 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct.

The Jerome is the first of four races on this cir­cuit for 3-year-olds with Ken­tucky Derby as­pi­ra­tions. The Jerome, at a mile and 70 yards, awards 17 qual­i­fy­ing points (10-4-2-1) to the top four fin­ish­ers to the May 7 Derby. A field of nine, led by Remsen Stakes run­ner-up Flex­i­bil­ity, was en­tered in the Jerome. King Kranz, like Condo King, was cross-en­tered in the Lost in the Fog and the Jerome.

Condo King, a son of Tiz Won­der­ful, is com­ing off a neck vic­tory over King Kranz in a 6 1/2-fur­long maiden race. Condo King set the pace that day, was passed by King Kranz, the 1-2 fa­vorite, then bat­tled back along the in­side to pre­vail by a neck be­fore gal­lop­ing out sev­eral lengths in front.

“I was try­ing to get him ready to run a mile, but I don’t think we had him ready to run a mile that day,” trainer Rudy Ro­driguez said. “With two races un­der him, I think he’s ready to stretch out a lit­tle bit.”

Condo King de­buted in May, fin­ish­ing sec­ond to Un­cle Vinny in a five-fur­long race at Bel­mont Park. He came out of that race with a shin is­sue and didn’t race again un­til Nov. 8, when he ran third be­hind Vor­tic­ity. That horse came back to win the Mary­lan­der Stakes and is en­tered in the Jerome. Condo King and Stradi­vari, third and fourth in that Nov. 8 race, each came back to win a maiden race next out.

Condo King drew post 7 and will be rid­den Satur­day by An­gel Ar­royo.

The Jerome field, from the rail out, is Silent As­sas­sin, In Equal­ity, Done­gal Moon, Flex­i­bil­ity, Vor­tic­ity, Bird of Trey, Condo King, King Kranz, and Let Me Go First.

Gulfstream: Hutch­e­son Stakes

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – The de­ci­sion to move the six-fur­long Hutch­e­son Stakes up on the cal­en­dar from the mid­dle of the win­ter gave horse­men a sec­ond op­tion to go with the one-mile Mu­cho Ma­cho Man for their 3-yearolds here Satur­day. And as a re­sult, the races split the avail­able tal­ent, with the Hutch­e­son get­ting the stronger field. The Grade 3 Hutch­e­son at­tracted the stakes win­ners Sheikh of Sheikhs and Full Salute along with the ex­tremely promis­ing Awesome Ban­ner.

Trainer Wes­ley Ward said the graded sta­tus of the Hutch­e­son lured Sheikh of Sheikhs, who closed his 2-year-old cam­paign with a half-length vic­tory over No­hold­ing­back Bear in the six-fur­long Ju­ve­nile Sprint at Keeneland on Breed­ers’ Cup week­end. No­hold­ing­back Bear also is en­tered in the Hutch­e­son.

The field for the $100,000 Mu­cho Ma­cho Man (pre­vi­ously known as the Gulfstream Park Derby) in­cludes Ag­gres­sive Driver, Awesome Speed, Bul­let Gone Astray, El Charro, Fel­low­ship, Golden Ray, and Pi­cadilly Road­ster.

Satur­day’s 11-race pro­gram also in­cludes three more stakes, all for 3-year-olds: the Grade 3 Old Hat for fil­lies over the main track and the Grade 3 Da­nia Beach and $100,000 Gin­ger Brew on turf.

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