Harris Farms’ John Scott, who has been facing top horses in his last
two starts, takes a notable drop in class as he tries turf for the first
time in Saturday’s $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes for older horses bred
or sired in California at 1 1/8 miles.
Third at 7-2 in the Grade II San Pascual Stakes on Jan. 5, the
6-year-old gelded son of Bertrando should be very tough on or near the
early lead in the Crystal Water. A winner at 1 1/16 miles, he’s never
been as far as a mile and one eighth.
With a record of 11-5-1-2, John Scott has earnings of $400,304.
Bred in California by Harris Farms, Inc., and Scott Gross, he’s trained
by Carla Gaines and will be ridden for the first time by Martin Garcia.
Like John Scott, Big Bane Theory exits a graded stakes race—in
his case the Grade II Sir Beaufort at one mile on turf on opening day, a
race in which the lightly raced 4-year-old by Arte Schiller ran fourth,
beaten three lengths.
A winner over the course at the Crystal Water distance on Nov.
2, Big Bane Theory is 5-2-0-1, with earnings of $102,720. He’s owned by
his breeders, Mark Devereaux or Scott Gross. Like John Scott, he’s
also trained by Carla Gaines.
Idle since Aug. 3, the John Sadler-trained Stoney Fleece would
be appear to be a major player in the Crystal Water. A winner at two of
the Grade III Generous Stakes, he is also a winner of the 1 1/16 miles
turf Alcatraz at Golden Gate Fields and is multiple stakes-place.
He has an outstanding record of 15-5-3-2, with earnings of $317,058.
The Crystal Water, which has been carded as Saturday’s ninth
race, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Jules Journey,
David Flores, 118; Swift Eagle, Garrett Gomez, 116; Big Bane Theory,
Julien Leparoux, 118; Huntsville, Juan Hernandez, 118; Circle the Moon,
Alonso Quinonez, 116; John Scott, Martin Garcia, 123; Stoney Fleece, Joe
Talamo, 120, and Thrityfirststreet, Rafael Bejarano, 116.