Trainer Ben Cecil is hoping the success jockey Mario Gutierrez had
with owner J. Paul Reddam in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes rubs off in
Sunday’s San Vicente Stakes.
Gutierrez rode I’ll Have Another to a 43-1 upset for Reddam in
the Grade II Lewis on Feb. 4. The 25-year-old jockey rides Captain
Obvious for Reddam in Sunday’s Grade II, $150,000 San Vicente Stakes for
3-year-olds at seven furlongs.
Fourth after a slow start under Joel Rosario in the Real Quiet
Stakes at Hollywood Park on Nov. 12, the Irish-bred Captain Obvious must
prove he can handle traditional dirt for the first time and conquer
favored Creative Cause in the San Vicente, which marks the 3-year-old
debut of the latter colt, a leading Triple Crown contender.
“He broke very slow first time out in the Real Quiet,” Cecil
said of Captain Obvious. “The question mark is how he handles the dirt.
He doesn’t really have a dirt pedigree, but you don’t know until you run
“He worked out of the gate and worked well enough, but it’s when they go a little bit quicker is when we’ll find out.”
The field for the San Vicente, race seven of nine: Let’s Get
Crackin, Victor Espinoza; Creative Cause, Joel Rosario; Drill, Martin
Garcia; Smoking G, Corey Nakatani; American Act, Martin Pedroza; and
Captain Obvious, Mario Gutierrez.