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Headley Has M One Rifle Ready to Roll

The $100,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint is not lacking speed. That said, trainer Bruce Headley makes no bones about strategy for his charge, 2009 Malibu Stakes winner M One Rifle. The Sprint goes as the eighth of nine races.

“It’s perfect,” Headley said of drawing the No. nine post position. “There’s plenty of speed inside us, but he’s got plenty of speed, too. It’s going to be a speed race.”

Among the speed horses is Bob Black Jack, returning from an absence of nigh on to two years. The 6-year-old Stormy Jack horse will be ridden for the first time by Patrick Valenzuela, noted for his penchant for setting the pace. No bother to Headley.

“I’m speed,” he said, “so P. Val better have super speed. I’m going to go. I’m not bleeping around for nobody. I’m dead fit. My horse is ready to go. They better be ready to go from start to finish.”

Sounds like not only will the race be a survival of the fittest, it will be a survival of the fastest.

The field for the Sprint, the eighth of nine races: Mensa Heat, Joe Talamo, 5-2; Legal Separation, Victor Espinoza, 20-1; Cost of Freedom, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Chiloquin, Martin Pedroza, 10-1; Bob Black Jack, Patrick Valenzuela, 3-1; Courtside, Joel Rosario, 8-1; M One Rifle, Chantal Sutherland, 2-1; and Frumious, Martin Garcia, 20-1.

Dance With Gable and Warren’s Knockout were scratched.



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