A winner of a Grade 3 stakes on Jan. 2, Bob Baffert’s gently raced Life Is Great heads an exceptional field of 7 sophomores going a mile and one sixteenth in Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita.
A crucial preparation for the Grade 1 Runhappy Santa Anita Derby on April 3, the San Felipe, which was won in 2015 by Baffert’s ultimate Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Genuine, will be objected to for the 83rd time, with Baffert bidding to win it for a record 8th time on Saturday.
Owned by CHC, Inc. and WinStar Farm, Life Is Great, a Kentucky-bred colt by Into Mischief out of the Distorted Humor mare Beach Stroll, was making his 2nd start in the Sham and was off as the 1-5 favorite. Although he opened a 4 length benefit at the top of the lane, he directly held sway by 3 quarters of a length over stablemate Medina Spirit, who assists offer Baffert with a strong one-two punch on Saturday.
A 9 1/2 length first-out first winner at 1-5 going 6 1/2 furlongs on Nov. 22 at Del Mar, Life Is Great, a $525,000 Keeneland September Yearling, has actually been clear and will likely go preferred in his 3rd start with routine rider Mike Smith up.
Baffert is likewise well-armed with Medina Spirit, who comes off a gutty neck win at even cash in the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at a mile and one sixteenth on Jan. 30. A deal $35,000 purchase at age 2, Medina Spirit set a fast lane and was additional video game in triumph while dominating both Roman Centurian and extremely concerned Racer Charlie on the gallop out also. A quick ending up 2nd, beaten 3 quarters of length by his stablemate Life Is Great in the Grade 3 Sham on Jan. 2, Medina Spirit has actually revealed incredible heart in his last 2 races.
Owned by Zedan Racing, Stables, Inc., Medina Spirit is a Florida-bred colt by the Giant’s Causeway stallion Prontonico, out of Mongolian Changa, by Fantastic Speed. A winner of 2 of his 3 starts, Medina Spirit will be ridden for the very first time by eastern-based John Velazquez.
2nd, beaten a nose by Baffert’s Spielberg while still a maiden in the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity Dec. 19, Doug O’Neill’s The Great One returned to blitz maidens by 14 lengths in a one mile maiden race here on Jan. 23. A Louisiana-bred colt by O’Neill’s 2016 Florida and Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, The Great One has the advantage of sufficient spices, as he’ll be making his 6th start and be going a path of ground for the 5th successive time.
A $185,000 purchase at age 2, The Great One, who runs out the El Corredor mare Little Ms Procedure, is owned by Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson’s ERJ Racing LLC, Train Wreck Al Racing Stables, Niall J. Brennan, Tom Fritz and William Strauss and is called for NHL hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.
A huge 2nd, beaten a neck by Medina Spirit in the Grade 3 Lewis Stakes Jan. 30, Simon Callaghan’s Roman Centurian, who was an excellent first winner at the San Felipe range 2 draws back on Jan. 3, rallied from well off the speed to come up a neck brief in a three-horse Robert B. Lewis image. Tractable early, this boy of Empire Maker offers every indicator he’ll enhance with included range as he attempts a mile and one sixteenth for the 3rd successive time.
Reproduced in Kentucky by Don Alberto Corporation, Roman Centurian runs out the Bernardini mare Spare Modification. Owned by Don Alberto and Qatar Racing Restricted, he’ll be making his 4th start and be dealt with by routine rider Juan Hernandez.
Although he’s just run when, Peter Eurton’s Dream Shake might not have actually been any longer outstanding in breaking his 6 1/2 furlong maiden by 4 3/4 lengths here on Feb. 7. Regardless of the reality he was ridden by Joel Rosario, Dream Shake, a Kentucky-bred colt by Twirling Sweet, was off at a massive 20-1, however won like an odds-on favorite.
Owned by Exline-Border Racing, LLC, SAF Racing and Richard Hausman, Dream Shake, who runs out the Street Cry mare Even Tune, would seem taking a huge leap in his 2nd start, however he keeps the services of Rosario and for that reason looms a severe danger with a 96 Beyer in-hand.
THE GRADE 2 SAN FELIPE WITH JOCKEYS & & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 6 of 11 Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PT
- Life Is Great– Mike Smith– 122
- Dream Shake– Joel Rosario– 120
- Medina Spirit– John Velazquez– 122
- None Above the Law– Flavien Prat– 120
- The Great One– Abel Cedillo– 120
- Govenor’s Celebration– Mario Gutierrez– 120
- Roman Centurian– Juan Hernandez– 120
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