BOURBON BAY (Sligo Bay [Ire]) and CHAMP PEGASUS (Fusaichi Pegasus), the West Coast's foremost turf marathoners, renew their rivalry in Santa Anita's $150,000 San Luis Obispo S. (G2) going 1 1/2 miles on Saturday. It is the third such time the pair have met, with each taking a win in their prior two appearances.
Bourbon Bay got the better of favored Champ Pegasus most recently in the January 17 San Marcos S. (G2) going 10 furlongs. Before that, Champ Pegasus made good on his 8-5 favoritism when besting third-place Bourbon Bay by one length in Oak Tree's Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship S. (G1) over 1 1/4 miles at Hollywood Park on October 3.
It is expected that the more recent San Marcos result, which separated the pair by 1 3/4 lengths, will elevate Bourbon Bay to slight favoritism when attempting to defend his title among 13 entrants in the 55th running of the San Luis Obispo.
Although inclement weather is a distinct possibility on Saturday, it is hoped the San Luis Obisbo will remain on Santa Anita's Camino Real Turf Course. First run on turf in 1954, a surface switch has occurred just three times in San Luis Obispo history, most recently in 2005.