Harris Farms’ lightly raced homebred Red Sun will try to avenge a disappointing effort on opening day and rates a big chance in Sunday’s $65,000 Lure Stakes, which attracted a field of six 3-year-olds and up going one mile on turf at Santa Anita.
The 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Redattore will be making his third start of the year and he comes off an even effort in the Grade III Eddie D Stakes on Sept. 28 at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course.
Ridden by Joe Talamo and dispatched at odds of 7-2, Red Sun ran ninth, beaten five lengths in the Eddie D. Two starts back, on Aug. 30 at Del Mar, he pressed the pace in a third-condition allowance going 1 1/16 miles on turf and finished second, beaten a half-length.
Trained by Carla Gaines, Red Sun has two wins from three starts going a mile on grass and both of those tallies have come in gate-to-wire fashion. Although winless in just two starts this year, he has an impressive 10-5-2-2 record and $227,988 in lifetime earnings. He will be reunited with Rafael Bejarano, who has ridden him to all five of his lifetime victories.
Irish-bred Ryehill Dreamer, a 6-year-old gelding who hasn’t run since winning the Grade II American Handicap at Hollywood Park in May of 2011, is a perfect two-for- two at one mile on turf and could be very dangerous off the bench for trainer Julio Canani.
Owned by Marsha Naify, Ryehill Dreamer owns the best last-out Beyer speed figure, as he got a 105 in winning the one mile turf All American. He will get the services of leading rider Talamo, who was aboard for the American triumph. It is expected he’ll make or press the early pace on Sunday. Ryehill Dreamer has a solid record of 12-5-3-1, with $296,807 in earnings.
A Group III winner in France in March of 2011, Polytechnicien made his U.S. debut at Del Mar on Aug. 30, running seventh and last at odds of 3-1 in the race in which Red Sun was second. Polytechnicien did close some ground, but never threatened when beaten 5 ¼ lengths.
Trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, Polytechnicien is a 6-year-old full horse by Royal Academy and was bred in Kentucky by his owners, Wertheimer and Frere. He is 12-2-2-1 lifetime at a mile on grass and his overall mark is 19-6-4-1, with earnings of $248,296. As is his custom, it is expected he’ll be taken off the early pace on Sunday.
Trainer Steve Knapp will send out another 6-year-old gelding, Brushburn, in Sunday’s Lure. Third in the Grade I Charles Whittingham Handicap going 1 ¼ miles on turf in June 2010, the California-bred son of Unusual Heat never threatened in his most recent start, running ninth and last in the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita on Sept. 30.
The cutback back in distance should be a welcome change for Brushburn, as he sports a 4-1-1-1 mark at a mile on turf. Second in the 1 1/16 mile turf California Dreamin Handicap on July 22 at Del Mar, Brushburn will be making his fourth start of the year on Sunday. Owned by Albert and Kathleen Mattivi, Brushburn has an overall record of 18-6-2-3 and earnings of $268,610.
Trainer Jeff Mullins will send out the lone 4-year-old in Sunday’s Lure, Temple’s Door, who was keen early and never threatened in the Grade II John Henry on Sept. 30. A winner of a second-condition allowance going 1 1/16 miles on turf Aug. 5 at Del Mar, the Kentucky-bred colt by Leroidesanimaux has a win and a third from three starts going a mile on grass. Owned by Ingrid Truman, his overall mark is 8-3-0-2, with earnings of $109,196.
Bud I Crushed It is after his third consecutive win in the Lure and he’ll be making his 15th start of the year. Trained by Victor Fernandez, he’s owned by Vicente Padilla.
The complete field for the Lure Stakes, to be run as eighth on a nine-race card Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Red Sun, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Ryehill Dreamer, Joe Talamo, 118, Bud I Crushed It, Edwin Maldonado, 123; Brushburn, Brice Blanc, 118; Temple’s Door, Mike Smith, 123, and Polytechnicien, Corey Nakatani, 118.