Shakin It Up
, a sharp third in the Grade III Hollywood Prevue on Nov.
22, heads a field of six Triple Crown hopefuls going seven furlongs in
Sunday’s Grade II San Vicente Stakes, and important steppingstone to the
Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 6.
One of three Bob Baffert entrants, Shakin It Up, a 3-year-old
Kentucky-bred colt by Midnight Lute, was only beaten three quarters of a
length in the Prevue, earning him a Beyer Speed figure of 96, which is
the top last-out figure for those entered in the San Vicente. Two
starts back, he was an impressive maiden special weight winner going six
furlongs at Santa Anita on Oct. 27, winning by 4 ½ lengths.
In all three of his (sprint) starts, Shakin It Up has rallied
strongly from off the pace, suggesting that he’ll be well suited to run
two turns in the near future. Veteran David Flores, who rode him in his
first two starts, has regained the mount for the San Vicente.
Bred by Mike Pegram, he is owned by Pegram and Dennis Cardoza.
Second in his debut going six furlongs on Oct. 7, Shakin It Up has
$49,600 in earnings.
In addition to Shakin It Up, Baffert will also send out maiden winners Belvin and War Academy.
“The horses haven’t run in a while but they’re all doing well
and they’ve worked well,” said Baffert on Thursday morning. “There
weren’t any allowance races, so I went here.”
Belvin, who will break from the rail, broke his maiden at Santa
Anita in his second start, on Dec. 26. Breaking from post position 10
in an 11-horse field, Belvin was attentive to a fast early pace and drew
clear to win by a length, getting 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14.80 and earning a
Beyer figure of 90.
Owned and bred in Florida by Don Dizney, Belvin, a son of Empire
Maker, was second in his debut going six furlongs on Nov. 25 at Betfair
Hollywood Park. He’ll be ridden back by Rafael Bejarano and has
earnings of $42,600.
A first-out maiden winner at even money on Nov. 9, War Academy, a
Kentucky-bred colt by Giant’s Causeway, will stretch out a sixteenth of
a mile off of his 1 ¾ length tally going 6 ½ furlongs. Martin Garcia
will ride back for owners Magnier, Tabor and Smith.
A rousing seven furlong maiden winner in the slop on Dec. 8 at
Aqueduct, Mudflats tired badly in his next start at a mile and 70 yards
in the Grade II Jerome Stakes on Jan. 5. Sold privately prior to the
Jerome, Mudflats will make his Southern California debut and his second
start for trainer Doug O’Neill in the San Vicente.
A Kentucky-bred gelding by Tapit, Mudflats will be making his
fifth career start and will be ridden for the first time by Edwin
Maldonado on Sunday. He is owned by Little Red Feather Racing, Steve
Keh, the Pinner Family Trust or Pike Place Racing and partners. With a
win and a third from four starts, Mudflats has earnings of $49,234.
Caballo Del Cielo, a handy 4 ¼ length maiden winner on Jan. 5
going 5 ½ furlongs at Santa Anita, will be making his fifth start as
well in the San Vicente.
Fifth, beaten 3 ¼ lengths in his second start, the Grade I Del
Mar Futurity at seven furlongs on Sept. 5, the 3-year-old colt by
Songandaprayer has been trained by Steve Asmussen in his last two outs.
Second to Shakin It Up on Oct. 27, Caballo Del Cielo, who has
shown good speed in all of his races, will be ridden for third time by
Corey Nakatani. Owned by Jerry Durant, Caballo Del Cielo has a win and
two seconds and earnings of $63,000.
Owners Gary and Mary West will be represented by Treasury Bill, a
Kentucky-bred colt by Lemon Drop Kid who was third in his first start,
beaten 3 ¼ lengths by War Academy going 6 ½ furlongs on Nov. 9. Trained
by Ron Ellis, he comes off a solid length and a quarter maiden win
going the same distance over a wet fast track on Jan. 27—a race in which
he broke slowly and rallied from far off the pace.
Treasury Bill will break from the outside and be ridden again by Joe Talamo. He has $39,000 in earnings.
The complete field for the San Vicente, which will be run as the
seventh race on a nine-race program Sunday, with jockeys and weights in
post position order: Belvin, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Shakin It Up, David
Flores, 118; War Academy, Martin Garcia, 118; Caballo Del Cielo, Corey
Nakatani, 118; Mudflats, Edwin Maldonado, 118, and Treasury Bill, Joe