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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Gomez to Ride Out of Bounds in San Felipe

Out of Bounds by Discreet Cat breaks his maiden under Rafael Bejarano at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, CA. December 03, 2011

Sham Stakes winner Out of Bounds, one of the West’s major Triple Crown contenders, is scheduled to work five furlongs on Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track Monday in his final major drill for next Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.


“The horse is doing well,” trainer Eoin Harty said. “I’ve got to put one more work into him on Monday morning and if everything goes well, we should be over at Santa Anita at the end of the week.”


The San Felipe will mark the return of Eclipse Award-winning jockey Garrett Gomez, who piloted Out of Bounds to a half-length victory in the Grade III Sham on Jan. 7, but has been sidelined since Jan. 8 with a broken left heel suffered in a pre-post parade mishap prior to the Daytona Stakes.


The 40-year-old Gomez is one of four jockeys who are finalists on this year’s ballot for election to racing’s Hall of Fame, along with Calvin Borel, Alex Solis and John Velazquez.


The San Felipe is shaping up as the most contentious prep for the Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles on April 7 of any of the steppingstones to that Grade I race that offers $750,000 in purse money.


Out of Bounds, a chestnut homebred son of Discreet Cat owned by Darley Stable, will be making his first start in two months, but the 49-year Harty, a protégé of three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Baffert, exercises patience by design when it comes to his precocious 3-year-olds.


Out of Bounds made his first start last Oct. 22, broke his maiden Dec. 10, then won the Sham on Jan. 7.


“I just want to get to the (Kentucky) Derby with him (on May 5),” Harty said when explaining his regimen, “and I want to make sure I get him there in the best shape possible. I figured this was the best way to do it.”


If all goes well in the San Felipe, Harty plans to run Out of Bounds in the Santa Anita Derby prior to the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs.


Despite a strong lineup looming for the San Felipe, Harty is content with Out of Bounds.


“I wouldn’t change places with anybody right now,” the native of Dublin said.


Probable for the San Felipe: Fed Biz, Out of Bounds, Empire Way, Rousing Sermon, Liaison, Midnight Transfer, Blingo, American Act and Hometown Hero.


In other San Felipe news:


Mike Harrington said Sunday morning that Robert Lewis runner-up Empire Way is definite for the San Felipe, while San Vicente third-place finisher Creative Cause is “50-50,” adding that “Joel Rosario will ride one of them.”


Empire Way worked five furlongs on Hollywood’s Cushion Track Saturday in 1:01, while Creative Cause is scheduled to have “a short work” Tuesday.


Rousing Sermon worked four furlongs at Hollywood Sunday in a bullet 46.60 for Jerry Hollendorfer.


Bob Baffert was non-committal on whether he would run Fed Biz, Liaison and/or Bodemeister, saying only he would “run two in the San Felipe.” Bodemeister worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Sunday in company with Southwest division winner Secret Circle, who was ridden by Martin Garcia. Both were clocked in 1:00.40.


San Pedro winner Midnight Transfer worked four furlongs in 49 flat for Carla Gaines.


Delta Jackpot winner Sabercat worked six furlongs in 1:12.60, and while Scott Blasi, assistant to Steve Asmussen, said the drill was good, he added he thinks Asmussen is “leaning towards the Rebel” at Oaklawn Park on March 17.


Blingo worked six furlongs at Hollywood Saturday in a bullet 1:12 for John Shirreffs.



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Older Comments about Gomez to Ride Out of Bounds in San Felipe...

here we go again... injuries and more injuries hopefully this year is not like last year
that a shame...I wonder what Derby prospect mount Gomez might look for now.
I found out. Condylar fracture. He was in my top Derby hopefuls. Very sad for the horse. Hope he recovers.
What? Horrible. Brian, do you know why he is of the trail?
Sad news ... Out of Bounds off Derby Trail.

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