Bob Baffert’s Dr. Dorr and Jerry Hollendorfer’s Kanthaka head a field of five older sprinters in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes at Santa Anita Park. Supplemented at a cost of $4,000, the 6-year-old Dr. Dorr will be making his second start off of a 7 ½-month layoff, while 4-year-old Kanthaka has entered his fourth graded stakes of the current meet.
Throw in Kaleem Shah’s homebred All Out Blitz, a winner of an ungraded stakes at Sunland Park on March 24, and the Kona Gold offers players several viable options in the race named for Bruce Headley’s 2000 Breeders’ Cup Sprint and Eclipse Award Champion.
Owner: Natalie J. Baffert
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Idle since well beaten in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic last Aug. 18, this Lookin At Lucky gelding ran a solid second, beaten three lengths at 6-1 in the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes going seven furlongs on March 30 and will hope to improve with a recent race under his belt. Ridden by Tyler Baze in the San Carlos, he’ll be handled by regular Joe Talamo on Saturday. With his biggest career win coming in the Grade 2 Californian at nine furlongs on April 28 of last year, Dr. Dorr has five wins and two seconds from nine lifetime starts at Santa Anita.
Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer
Most recently third, beaten a length and a quarter by second-place Dr. Dorr in the San Carlos, this Jimmy Creed colt ran what may’ve been the best race of his career two starts back when second, beaten four lengths by two-time Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Roy H in the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Stakes at six furlongs on Jan. 19. Kanthaka, who was ridden by Rafael Bejarano in the San Carlos, will be reunited with Flavien Prat on Saturday. A winner of three of his seven outs at Santa Anita, Kanthaka, who is out of the Noonmark mare Sliced Bread, is 9: 3-1-2 overall with earnings of $328,008.
Owner: Kaleem Shah, Inc.
Trainer: Simon Callaghan
A Kentucky Derby hopeful early in 2018, this 4-year-old Concord Point gelding was second to McKinzie in his fourth career start, the Grade 3 Sham Stakes, here on Jan. 6, 2018. Most recently a half-length winner of an ungraded 6 ½-furlong stakes March 24 at Sunland Park, he was fifth in the Grade 3 Razorback Handicap at 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park two races back and was a head winner of a second condition allowance going a flat mile three starts back here on Jan. 6. Out of the Smart Strike mare Smart and Single, All Out Blitz will be ridden for the fourth time in a row by Tyler Baze and with an overall mark of 14: 4-2-2, rates a big chance as he seeks his first graded win.
KONA GOLD WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 5 of 9; approximate post time 3 p.m. PT
1. Dr. Dorr—Joe Talamo—122
2. Cistron—Victor Espinoza—122
3. All Out Blitz—Tyler Baze—122
4. Zatter—Drayden Van Dyke—122
5. Kanthaka—Flavien Prat—122