Battle: Los Angeles

Zipse’s Kentucky Derby Daily – Day 58

Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes may not involve a global offensive initiated by unknown extraterrestrial hostiles, but it promises to be an action thriller nonetheless. Set in sunny Southern California, the San Felipe boasts a cast of characters loaded with intrigue. Top billing on the marquee goes to a quartet of proven stakes winners.

Premier Pegasus has done little wrong in his career, with three impressive victories as a juvenile followed by a 3rd place finish in the swift San Vicente in his return to the races. That race should set him up well for his second try of the year, and his lineage suggests that he will appreciate the added ground of two-turn racing.

Jaycito is a bit of a mystery horse after bolting on the first turn of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. The son of Victory Gallop has not raced since, but under the tutelage of new conditioner Bob Baffert, he has been drawing rave reviews in the mornings. If he is fully cranked up, Jaycito may be the horse they all have to beat in the late stages.

Bench Points has yet to run in open stakes company, but has been nothing short of sterling in his four wins in four starts. The Tim Yakteen charge has also not gone farther than 6 furlongs, but it would be no surprise if he transitions smoothly to the 1 1/16 mile distance of the San Felipe.

Comma to the Top was the toast of all Hollywood late last year, but disappointed in his recent trip to San Francisco. At his very best, he can be a major player in this show. The winner of six races will need to prove that his last race was nothing more than a bad day.

Or maybe you are the type who gets a little bored with those performers who have been around for a while cashing checks and getting their name in the Daily Racing Form as often Russell Crowe does in Variety. Never fear, the San Felipe is also packed with young guns. A trio of colts who seem primed to push their way onto the center stage will make their more experienced players work hard to steal this show.

Runflatout is young gun number one and he already has all the young fillies swooning. His maiden run was electrifying, leaving fans anxiously awaiting more. This grandson of champion A.P. Indy may well be a flat out runner.

Awesome Patriot will be waving the red, white, and blue as the second half of the strong Bob Baffert contingent. While he could not handle PrePeg last fall, he finished 2010 on a high note and is bred to improve as the distances get longer.

Albergatti is a talented grey son of Unbridled's Song who has impressed racegoers with his sharp speed. He has only two races under his belt, but there is little doubt that he has the speed to be a real dangerous type in stakes competition.

Filling out the excellent ensemble cast are three more characters best known as bit players in Jakesam, Surrey Star, and Quail Hill, but all have a good deal of experience, and none would be a total shock if their performance gained critical acclaim.

The San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park is coming soon ... grab your popcorn and reserve your seats now!



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I think Jaycito is more than willing to completely steal the show in the Felipe but I'll be rooting for Bench Points. I'm not sure how prepared he'll be coming off just a 6F race but I'lve really liked his winning style so far.
I am expecting improvement from him as well. Interestingly, Quinonez had his choice on two of the favorites, and he chose PrePeg over Bench Points. You can see a video interview on that decision over on Marc Doche's SoCal Scoop blog.
Premier Pegasus has room for improvement from last race.Maybe a better jockey would help, also.

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