Idle since running third behind eventual Horse of the Year Wise Dan
in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile (turf) Nov. 3, Irish-bred Obviously
lightning-quick 5-year-old gelding, will make his 2013 debut for
trainer Mike Mitchell in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon
Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf
Front-running Obviously fought gamely in the Mile, but was
beaten two lengths by Wise Dan and just a half length by 2011 Kentucky
Derby winner Animal Kingdom, who was a recent winner of the Group I, $10
million Dubai World Cup.
A winner of both the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap and the
Grade II Arroyo Seco Mile, Obviously had a three-game winning streak
snapped in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
Based with Mitchell at Santa Anita, Obviously has six works on
his tab for Saturday’s return, his most recent drill a half mile from
the gate in 48.40 on April 13.
Owned by Fanticola and Scardino, Obviously has a win and a
second from two starts down the hill. His overall mark stands at
12-6-3-2 and he has earnings of $558,361. He’ll again be ridden by Joe
Talamo, who has been aboard for his last six starts.
With the exception of Obviously, the complete field for the San Simeon, which attracted seven horses, is as follows:
Idle since finishing a close third in the five furlong turf
Green Flash Handicap Aug. 15 at Del Mar, Sirocco Strike has been lightly
raced the past two years—making just two starts in 2012 and five trips
to the post in 2011.
He’ll be making his third start for Jeff Mullins Saturday and
will try Santa Anita’s hillside for only the second time. A 6-year-old
gelding by Forestry, Sirocco Strike will get the services of the meet’s
second-leading rider, Edwin Maldonado. Dating back to Feb. 23, he has
had seven turf works for his return—the last three of which were at six
Winless since June 10, 2010, Sirocco Strike figures to be a long
price on Saturday. Owned by Truline Racing, he has earnings of
$105,036, from an overall mark of 14-2-2-3.
CHIPS ALL IN
Also trained by Jeff Mullins, Chips All In overcame a six month
layoff to run a dazzling second, beaten a nose, by highly regarded
Unbridled’s Note in the Joe Hernandez Handicap at 6 ½ furlongs down the
hill Feb. 23. Ridden by Tyler Baze, he earned a lofty 104 Beyer Speed
figure, the best “last-out” Beyer in the San Simeon field.
A winner of two Santa Anita stakes at one mile on turf; the 2011
Eddie Logan and the 2012 Pasadena, “Chip” need only run back to his
Hernandez effort to make his presence felt in the San Simeon.
Owned by Everest, O’Brien, Valdez and partners, Chips All In has
earnings of $267,955 from an overall record of 12-5-4-1. He will be
ridden back by Tyler Baze.
The red-hot jockey-trainer combination of Rafael Bejarano and
Jerry Hollendorfer will again team up in the San Simeon with Chosen
Miracle. Through Sunday, Bejarano had won with 23 of 36 mounts trained
by Hollendorfer—an astonishing 64 percent.
Ridden for the first time by Bejarano on March 28, Chosen
Miracle was an impressive allowance winner down the hill, prevailing by 1
¼ lengths. Blessed with a ton of early speed, he’s drawn immediately
outside of Obviously and will likely try to press the favorite early and
A 5-year-old Florida-bred horse by Ghostzapper, Chosen Miracle
has two wins and two seconds from five tries down the hillside. Owned
by Abruzzo or Carver, he has earnings of $213,794 from an overall mark
AIN’T NO OTHER
A winner of the $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes versus
statebreds on Feb. 24, Ain’t No Other was third in his next start, a
statebred classified allowance going seven furlongs on the main track
March 17. Also trained by Hollendorfer, Ain’t No Other was ridden in
his past two starts by Bejarano, but will be handled for the first time
Saturday by Corey Nakatani.
With a win, a second and a third place finish from six hillside
tries, Ain’t No Other should be forwardly placed in the San Simeon. A
5-year-old California-bred gelding by Old Topper, Ain’t No Other is
owned by his breeder, Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC. His overall record
stands at 25-8-6-7 and he has earnings of $442,173.
Idle since running a close fourth behind multiple stakes winner
Sahara Sky in the Grade II San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs on the
main track Feb. 23, the Bob Baffert-trained Drill would appear to be
fresh and dangerous in his first turf try on Saturday.
A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Lawyer Ron, Drill was a
winner at two of the Grade I Del Mar Futurity and at three, of the Grade
II San Vicente and Grade III Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes. With
plenty of class in his corner, he figures to be attentive to the pace
under Martin Garcia.
Owned by Pegram or Watson or Weitman, Drill has earnings of $449,960 from a career mark of 14-4-2-0.
Fourth, beaten 2 ½ lengths by Chosen Miracle down the hill on
March 28, Koast had been idle since the Green Flash at Del Mar on Aug.
15 and could improve with a race under his belt.
A winner of two consecutive races down the hill at last year’s
winter/spring stand, Koast, a 4-year-old colt by Lawyer Ron, will be
making his fourth career start over Santa Anita’s one-of-a-kind Camino
Real Turf Course.
Based at Betfair Hollywood Park, he is trained by John Sadler
and owned by Hronis Racing. Koast is 9-3-0-2 overall, with earnings of
The complete field for the San Simeon, to be run as the eighth
on a nine race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position
order: Sirocco Strike, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Chips All In, Tyler Baze,
118; Obviously, Joe Talamo, 123; Chosen Miracle, Rafael Bejarano, 118;
Ain’t No Other, Corey Nakatani, 118; Drill, Martin Garcia, 120, and
Koast, Victor Espinoza, 118.