American Anthem back stakes, heads Santa Anita's San Carlos

American Anthem wins 2017 Laz Barrera
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Trainer Bob Baffert’s American Anthem and Phil D’Amato’s Touching Rainbows, a pair of horses in top form, head a field of eight 3-year-olds and up going seven furlongs in Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

Fresh off a stirring gate-to-wire win in a high-level allowance June 1 at Churchill Downs, American Anthem seeks his third graded stakes victory in the San Carlos, while Touching Rainbows, a California-bred gelding by Aragorn, has four consecutive allowance wins to his credit and he’ll be making his first-ever stakes start.

AMERICAN ANTHEM

Owner:  WinStar Farm LLC and China Horse Club International Limited & SF Racing, LLC
Trainer:  Bob Baffert

Third to eventual Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Roy H in the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 7, this 4-year-old Bodemeister colt came off the bench to register an impressive 1 ¾-length win going seven furlongs in a third condition allowance at Churchill Downs on June 1. A winner of a pair of seven furlongs stakes at age three; the Grade 3 Lazaro Barrera Stakes here in May, 2017 and of the Grade 2 Woody Stephens at Belmont Park a year ago, American Anthem, who was bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, is three for four at seven furlongs and merits top billing.

TOUCHING RAINBOWS

Owner:  KM Racing Enterprise, Inc.
Trainer:  Phil D’Amato

A maiden $30,000 claiming winner in his third start, on July 3, 2016, he was claimed for $25,000 on Sept. 30, 2016, and at age 5, tries stakes completion on the heels of an impressive four-race winning streak. Although he’s a California-bred, Touching Rainbows has faced open company in his last three races, his most recent a gutty nose win over three-time graded stakes placed Moe Candy going six furlongs here on June 1. Along with two wins and a second-place finish from three starts at seven furlongs, Touching Rainbows has posted impressive Beyer Speed figures of 95 (June 10) and 99 (April 27) in both of his 2018 starts.

THE GRADE II SAN CARLOS STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER

Race 11 of 12                                                                                                                                  Approximate post time 5:50 p.m. PT

  1. Top of the Game—Israel Ocampo—121
  2. St. Joe Bay—Tyler Baze—121
  3. El Huerfano—Geovanni Franco—121
  4. American Anthem—Mike Smith—121
  5. Horse Greedy—Stewart Elliott--121
  6. Touching Rainbows—Flavien Prat—121
  7. Stone Hands—Mario Gutierrez—121
  8. Dabster—Martin Garcia—121

 

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