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Breeders' Cup 2017

Hollendorfer Holds Aces in San Pasqual

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer appears to be holding a solid two-card hand as he’ll send out recent Grade III Native Diver winner Blueskiesnrainbows and top Cal-bred Rousing Sermon in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes, which has attracted a field of seven older horses at 1 1/16 miles.

Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Blueskiesnrainbows was an authoritative gate to wire winner of the Native Diver Dec. 14, while Rousing Sermon finished third, beaten a length.

Owned by Bad Boy Racing, LLC and Whizway Farms, Blueskiesnrainbows is an impressive 8-2-3-2 at Santa Anita—which includes a game third place finish to eventual Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby April 7, 2012.

A dedicated front-runner, there’s little doubt 5-year-old “Blue” will have theft on his mind Saturday.  Overall, he is 22-6-3-3 with earnings of $549,552.

Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams’ Rousing Sermon, who sat a close third throughout in the Native Diver, could well be taken well off the pace in the San Pasqual by regular rider Rafael Bejarano.  The 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit has run some of his best races in this fashion, including a 1 1/16 miles allowance win at Santa Anita last April.

With three wins, a second and a third at Santa Anita, Rousing Sermon is 24-5-5-7 overall, with earnings of $705,842.

Trainer John Shirreffs will send out a fresh commodity in Blingo, who has been idle since winning the 1 1/16 miles I’m A Banker Stakes at Belmont Park Oct. 14.  A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Artie Schiller, Blingo failed to make an impact from off the pace in the Grade II San Felipe in March, 2012, but he came back to win the 1 1/8 miles turf La Puente in April of that year.  He draws the rail and it would appear he’d be well-suited by a hot early pace.  He is owned by Jerry and Ann Moss.

The San Pasqual has also attracted a pair of “Majestics;” Majestic City and Majestic Harbor.

Ellis’ Majestic City was a very impressive gate to wire winner with Edwin Maldonado of the one mile Big Bear Purse Oct. 31, and was subsequently second in the Grade III Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 29.  Owned by Jeff Bloom’s Bloom Racing Stable LLC, Majestic City should be winging early under Maldonado.

Idle since well beaten in a classified allowance at Churchill Downs May 31, Majestic Harbor, formerly trained by Ellis’ brother-in-law Paul McGee, brings an impressive resume to the San Pasqual and will be saddled by Sean McCarthy, who had the 6-year-old horse by Rockport Harbor for Southern California starts in the summer of 2012.

Owned by Gallant Stable, Majestic Harbor will make his first start at Santa Anita Saturday.  He is 18-4-5-3, with earnings of $213,764.

Winless in his last 10 starts, 5-year-old Drill comes of an even, fourth place run in the Native Diver.  California-bred gelding Spud Spivens, away since pressing the pace and tiring to fourth in the Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup on July 7, 2012, has an extensive work tab for trainer and part-owner Henry Moreno and will be ridden for the first time by Corey Nakatani.

The complete field for the San Pasqual Stakes, to be run as Saturday’s eighth race, with jockeys and post position order all horses assigned 118 pounds:  Blingo, Victor Espinoza; Blueskiesnrainbows, Martin Pedroza; Majestic City, Edwin Maldonado; Spud Spivens, Corey Nakatani; Majestic Harbor, Tyler Baze; Rousing Sermon, Rafael Bejarano, and Drill, Mike Smith.


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