J P’s Gusto, a four-time stakes winner last year, is expected to make
his 3-year-old debut in the $250,000 Southwest Stakes over a mile at
Oaklawn Park on Feb. 21 and will be ridden by Ramon Dominguez, according
to Steve Bajer, racing manager for owner John Waken.
Trainer David Hofmans said last week that he was leaning toward the
$150,000 San Vicente Stakes over seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Feb.
20, with the Southwest Stakes as a back-up. Bajer said the priority of
the two races has been reversed.
“We like the distance and we like the spot,” Bajer said of the
Southwest. “We’d like to showcase him for the rest of the country.”