Regulus runs in his first stakes race when the Darley Stud homebred
runs in Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000 San Fernando Stakes exclusively
for 4-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles. Trainer Eoin Harty thinks it’s a good
starting point for the gelded son of Distorted Humor, who is coming off a
sixth-place finish in an allowance race on Betfair Hollywood Park’s
Cushion Track Dec. 1, in which he weakened after attending the pace to
the half-mile marker.
“He was in against some very tough competition,” Harty reasoned.
“It’s his first stakes race, but you’ve got to start somewhere.
He’s been working super, he’s a 4-year-old, he’s in against straight
4-year-olds and there are not many opportunities like this, so you have
to take them when you can.”
Regulus has one win on Santa Anita’s conventional dirt main
track, and shows a bullet 1:14 1/5 work for six furlongs at his
Hollywood Park headquarters on Dec. 29. Aaron Gryder, who has ridden the
bay Kentucky-bred in his last four races, winning two, retains the
The San Fernando, which goes as the seventh of nine races: Battle
Force, Garrett Gomez, 9-2; Fly Lexus Fly, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1;
Regulus, Gryder, 8-1; Mile High Magic, Martin Garcia, 8-1; Guilt Trip,
Joe Talamo, 6-1; Handsome Mike, Mario Gutierrez, 9-2; Sky Kingdom, Edwin
Maldonado, 20-1; Fed Biz, Mike Smith, 7-2; Tribal Jewel, Julien
Leparoux, 6-1; and Tritap, Corey Nakatani, 10-1.