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2014 San Felipe (G2)

Date/Track:
3/8/2014, Santa Anita Park
Post Time:
5:00 PM ET
Distance:
1 1/16 m (Dirt)
Age/Sex:
3 M
Time:
1:40.59

What the Nation is saying about the 2014 San Felipe (G2)...

He’s the fastest colt in training in California right now, but how will California Chrome fare against the east coasters at 1 1/4 miles?Read More
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  • Dressage3295 · At just a glance at the pedigree, it seemed like he was lacking in stamina, but I dug deeper through the first 5 gen and discovered the female line in packed with stamina. Horses that are winners/placers at 9.5f and past: Not for Love, Dance Number, Northern Dancer x2, Numbered Account x2, Sir Ivor, Native Dancer, Nashua, Nearctic, Buckpasser, Sir Gaylord, and Vaguely Noble. I'd hardly say he is restricted by his pedigree as it gives every indication that California Chrome can make 10f. · 8 days ago ·
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  • kay.robinett · Dressage, just following his tail female line alone, he goes back to Ribot daughter (Princess Ribot) who is out of a Princequillo mare~! This female line goes back to the great broodmare Countess Wanda, a female family which has produced three Kentucky Derby winners. California Chrome has some very good mares in his pedigree. Here is a discussion about them (look for the contributions of Bill from Washington, who has a lot of expertise on female influences in a pedigree): http://www.pedigreequery.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=34751 Irregardless, when all is said and done, I have a feeling that this one will write his own pedigree, so to speak on the track. · 8 days ago ·
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There’s no longer any question as to who the 2014 Kentucky Derby favorite will be. California Chrome took care of that matter today in scintillating fashion.Read More
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  • travel_vic · not babies? Ask ANY vet; WHen does a horse reach maturity? Answer age 5 as all the definitions of filly over mare or colt over horse pivot on that year. They are akin to young teenagers at BEST. · 12 days ago ·
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  • kdw1964 · I am perfectly aware of the difference between the inherent speeds of different race tracks AND the day to day or even race to race variance on the same surface . I made my own speed figures and track to track differentials many years ago. Certainly unadjusted times are no more than rough guides. But take the 1.79 seconds difference between the Wood and S.A. Derby times CC's rate of 52.84 fps for his final furlong and you have 94 feet 7 inches, give or take an inch. Divide that by 8 feet per length ( if you don't think a length is 8 feet, read a quarter horse book ), and you have 11.8 lengths. The Aqueduct MAIN track is not that much slower than S.A. The INNER DIRT at the big "A" is . And besides all that, whre is that good closer ? Wickedly Strong looked like he was about to collapse right after the wire in THe Wood. CC galloped out easily and loooked like he could run 9 more furlongs. Horses that win big races are rarely closers, Zenyatta excepted. Horses who do well in big races have the speed an athleticism to obtain position and the ability to kick clear. · 12 days ago ·
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The Big Cap was just one of many stories in a very big week of racing.Read More
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  • travel_vic · Have to agree in a limited way, Ceteno has a great agent · 39 days ago ·
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  • marylandgq · Watching the TB Derby unfold I thought, "Where's all the early speed?!" Great ride BUT Ring Weekend is no one hit wonder and DOES NOT have to be on the lead. Decision to geld him (during layoff) appears to have been a BRILLIANT on by Motion, based on the 3 races he's put in since. · 39 days ago ·
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This past weekend’s Kentucky Derby preps were all about speed as we saw a pair of front runners take down both the San Felipe and Tampa Bay Derby. Down at Tampa, Ring Weekend sped off and was left alone on the lead and got brave for the score. Over at Santa Anita, California Chrome led them every st...Read More
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  • goblin · Okay, thanks, Sword, wasn't clear where he was going with that... · 39 days ago ·
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  • geldedridgling · Recently, 2 of the last 7 Kentucky Derby winners ran in the Tampa Derby. Musket man won the Tampa Derby in 2009 and ran 3rd in the Kentucky Derby. Since 2007, if my addition is correct, of the intermediate preps, the Tampa Derby has produced more horses that finished in the top 3 in the Kentucky Derby than the FOY, Risen Star, Rebel, or San Felipe. I’m not saying that’s predictive as the sample is somewhat small but I found it ironic if the results of the Tampa Derby are dismissed. · 39 days ago ·
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The pressure is off Art Sherman. By earning 50 qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby with California Chrome’s dazzling victory in Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes, the door to Louisville and the Run for the Roses on May 3 was opened wide. Read More
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  • travel_vic · new Alamitos track amazed me...Always loved the place back in the days of world champion Kaweah Bar but they really did a good job on the track expansion and the stands are in much better shape than I would have imagined. · 39 days ago ·
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  • Mike in SB · Tmallios for decades the top trainers used races for fiitness and training, that is why they were called prep races. Every Triple Crown winner had a final prep race two weeks or so before the Derby. The Wood and Arkansas Derby used to be 2 weeks before the Derby, and the Bluegrass was 10 days before the Derby, and they were scheduled then because that is when the trainers wanted them scheduled. And the thing that I really don't understand is how people say the modern training theory of 6-7 weeks between races is better for the horse. Are horses breaking down less today, are they staying sound longer, are they running faster, are they stringing more good races together? Not in my opinion, sorry but I just don't see it. · 39 days ago ·
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In a breathtaking performance, California Chrome won Saturday’s Grade II San Felipe Stakes in gate to wire fashion by 7 ¼ lengths.Read More
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  • rita.polander · Terrific performance By California Chrome in the S. Felipe. I've got him at 30-1 in KDFW pool 2. He's my #1 horse, #2 in Strong Mandate, looking for a strong performance from him in the Rebel. Cal. Chrome romped after a 6 wk. layoff. If the trainer wants to rest him and train him up to the Derby its ok with me. As long as he bolts out of the gate, gets good position, he has the pedigree and staying power, he will be fresh and training well, they will all be chasing him, and getting tired at the top of the long CD stretch. I look for Strong Mandate to be in the mix also, don't be surprised if Lukas trains Strong Mandate up to the derby if he wins the Rebel. · 40 days ago ·
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  • skid24 · I love when these types win. He is not bred for 1 1/8 much less 1 1/4. Some who are exceptionally talented or face contenders who are distance challenged as well can overcome this deficiency. · 40 days ago ·
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I'm just not crazy about California Chrome against this company. I'm really looking forward to seeing Schoolofhardrocks. Like Midnight Hawk to bounce back off that last effort, and Kristo got a nice break between races. One of these 3 to keep my rolling P3s going.
The 1 1/8 distance of the $100,000 Private Terms Stakes fits the mold of a true Derby prep, but the politics of horse racing at Churchill Downs, Inc. must not believe Laurel Park is a suitable venue for a Derby prep. Read More
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Saturday's San Felipe Stakes boasts several top-class 3-year-olds, even after the scratch of morning line favorite Bayern.Read More
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  • Mary Z. · Rprettyboyfloyd ran yesterday. Lost by a nose in SA r2. · 42 days ago ·
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  • travel_vic · contenders: 4 California Chrome 9 Midnight Hawk 8 Schoolofhardrocks 7 Kristo · 42 days ago ·
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Let’s face it; we all handicap in our own way. We can read the pink sheets, pick a number, a favorite jock, or even just like a name of a horse--sort of like my girlfriend at the time picked Jersey Town at 34-1 and took the Cigar Mile—my tickets became confetti. I sort of have the same philosophy on...Read More
  • Mimi Hxx · I'll try again. I think you are a pretty good cook. I'm a plain Pa Deutsch cook who is lost in Oklahoma. The food out here doesn't hardly resemble food from the NE and I didn't notice the food being odd when I visited my cousin in Illinois. Those recipes sound good! · 42 days ago ·
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  • Mimi Hxx · I'll add this - the main staples of the cooking in OK are white gravy, biscuits, chicken fried steak [a cube steak heavily breaded and deep fried], and catfish breaded in cornmeal and deep fried. The white gravy is a peppered gravy mix with no other flavors added. · 42 days ago ·
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If anyone knows the condition of California Chrome right now better than trainer Art Sherman, it’s jockey Victor Espinoza. Read More
This Saturday at Santa Anita, under the backdrop of the glorious San Gabriel Mountains, a talented field of nine Derby hopefuls will line up in the San Felipe (Gr. 2) looking to take that all important next step towards Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May. Read More
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  • vegasjim1952 · Kristo is my play now with the scratch. Second race off a layoff,good works, and gets Rosario. · 42 days ago ·
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  • travel_vic · Lukas? Might take an accident wiping out half the field to accomplish that · 42 days ago ·
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midnight hawk is Derby bound with a impressive & strong finish. baffert & pegram will make up for last years absence in the Derby.
midnight hawk is Derby bound with a impressive & strong finish. baffert & pegram will make up for last years absence in the Derby.
Going with Midnight Hawk,
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  • shackleford · Would've gone with Schoolofhardrocks had Bayern not scratched. Could be this year's Hear The Ghost with someone goes toe to toe with Kristo. · 43 days ago ·
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  • amino998 · Thanks shackleford... toss the Hollypark 101 and it's a shoot-out. · 43 days ago ·
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A dazzling 15-length one mile allowance winner on Feb. 13, Bob Baffert’s Bayern looms the horse to beat in Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, the final major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5.Read More
  • jinlie01 · Bayern and Kristo should be on or near the lead...like their early speed but might take a shot with Schoolofhardrocks if he's 8-1 or higher · 43 days ago ·
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While the Santa Anita Handicap is foremost in prestige and purse money, with Triple Crown aspirants coming evermore into focus, Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes is far from taking a backseat to the Big ’Cap.Read More
California Chrome had his final major workout for Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, going five furlongs Sunday morning at Los Alamitos in 1:00.40.Read More
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  • oldgreymare · looks like a good time to but a few $$ on him! · 46 days ago ·
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  • 12 Clip · California Chrome is the real deal! The race in order should finish Win- California Chrome, Place- Bayern, Show- Kristo · 44 days ago ·
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Short on experience & Derby points, Schoolofhardrocks could suffer the same fate as his sire. Read More

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