'Perfect' King Guillermo to pursue Santa Anita Handicap

'Perfect' King Guillermo to pursue Santa Anita Handicap
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After deciding to skip Saturday's Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup, the connections of King Guillermo are setting their sights out west.

Trainer Juan Carlos Avila said Monday that the 2020 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) upset winner is in "perfect" shape to prep for the March 6 Santa Anita Handicap (G1). He did not say if the Uncle Mo colt would race before the Big 'Cap.

King Guillermo has been working at Gulfstream, breezing six furlongs in 1:15.92 on Saturday.

Owned by former Major League Baseball All-Star Victor Martinez, King Guillermo had an unusual year after his Tampa Bay Derby win at 49-1 odds. 

He finished second behind Nadal in the Arkansas Derby (G1) and then trained for the Kentucky Derby. But he was scratched two days ahead of the race after spiking a fever. He did not race again until the Dec. 5 Cigar Mile Handicap (G1), where he finished fourth.

Earlier Monday, we learned that Richard Baltas has San Antonio runner-up Idol pointed to the Jan. 30 San Pasqual Stakes (G3), a stepping stone to the Santa Anita Handicap.

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