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
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
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
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
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.