Richard's Boy challenges state-breds in California Cup Sprint

A group of six top older California-bred or sired sprinters will square off at six furlongs in Saturday’s $150,000 California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita, headed by last year’s winner Edward’s Going Left, newly turned 4-year-old Heck Yeah and leading money earner, Richard’s Boy.  
 

EDWARDS GOING LEFT 

Owner: Hronis Racing, LLC                                           

Trainer: John Sadler 


Most recently second, beaten 6 ¼ lengths as the 8-5 favorite in the state-bred Cary Grant Stakes going seven furlongs at Del Mar on Nov. 18, this 5-year-old Midnight Lute gelding was a respectable fourth behind repeat Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Roy H two starts back in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship. Although winless in five starts since winning the Cal Cup Sprint a year ago, Edwards Going Left rates a huge chance for a repeat on Saturday with Tyler Baze back aboard.  
 

HECK YEAH

Owner: Michael Pageler, Dr. Michael Sigband & Bob Baedeker                   

Trainer: Bob Baffert 


With four wins from five starts, this 4-year-old colt by Acclamation would appear to have more upside than anyone else in the field as he faces older horses for the first time. A three-time stakes winner versus state-breds, Heck Yeah, who was bred by Pageler and is out of his Maria’s Mon mare Lutess, has been idle since breezing to a 2 ¼-length win in the 6 ½-furlong Echo Eddie Stakes on April 7 at Santa Anita. With Drayden Van Dyke set to ride, Heck Yeah comes into the Sprint with a solid work tab to his credit and hails from a barn internationally renowned for “getting ’em ready.”

 

RICHARD’S BOY 

Owner: Rockingham Ranch                                         

Trainer: Peter Miller


The leading money earner in the field with $947,355, this 7-year-old Idiot Proof gelding is thought to be at his best on turf, as six of his nine wins have come there. However, he comes off a big second, beaten a head by veteran St. Joe Bay in a five-furlong classified allowance Dec. 14 at Los Alamitos, earning a Cal Cup Sprint best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 99. With Flavien Prat away to ride at Gulfstream on Saturday, hot apprentice Heriberto Figueroa will ride for the first time.  With two wins from five Santa Anita starts, venerable Richard’s Boy is 35-9-11-5 overall. 

 

CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS

 

Race 4 of 11
Approximate post time 1 p.m. PT
 

1. Edwards Going Left—Tyler Baze—122
2. Minoso—Martin Pedroza—120
3. Shades of Victory—Geovanni Franco—122
4 .Richard’s Boy—Heriberto Figueroa—120
5. Heck Yeah—Drayden Van Dyke—122
6. Touching Rainbows—Tiago Pereira—120

 

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