American Act is stepping up from a maiden win to a Grade II stakes
race Sunday when the son of Quiet American runs in the Grade II San
Vicente Stakes against 3-5 morning line favorite Creative Cause and four
other 3-year-olds with Triple Crown aspirations.
Trainer Jack Carava feels the bay gelding deserves the chance.
“It’s a step up, but we’ve got to find a spot to run him,” Carava
said. “He’s actually an improving horse, he’s doing well and we’ll kind
of see what we’ve got.
“This is obviously a lot deeper water than he’s come out of, but
the horses behind him when he broke his maiden were all pretty nice
That would include Bodemeister, smashing winner by more than nine lengths in his next start on Feb. 11.
“The San Vicente is a short field and we’ve got a good draw, so
we’re hoping for the best,” Carava added. “We haven’t had that many
3-year-olds of American Act’s caliber in the past. We’ve bought mainly
older horses and never focused on the young horses in the past.
“This year we bought a couple yearlings and he’s one of them. When you buy yearlings, you hope for the best.”
The field for the San Vicente, race seven of nine: Let’s Get
Crackin, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Creative Cause, Joel Rosario, 3-5; Drill,
Martin Garcia, 9-2; Smoking G, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; American Act,
Martin Pedroza, 4-1; and Captain Obvious, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1.