California-breds Highlight Santa Anita’s Return
Photo of Phantom Boss courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire
By Emily Shields for TVG
Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California will reopen this weekend after being away since March 22 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19. Two stakes races for sophomore California-breds top the Saturday card, the $150,000 Echo Eddie and $150,000 Evening Jewel.
Although the six-furlong Echo Eddie is traditionally for colts and geldings, the filly Big Sweep has entered the race. She was a debut winner on March 14, winning by over two lengths for trainer Mark Glatt. The daughter of Mr. Big has had five workouts since, including a May 9 move over a half-mile in :50 flat. Flavien Prat is booked to ride.
She is sandwiched in the gate by two males with tons of ability. Blinkers go on Bettor Trip Nick, who was a two-time stakes winner as a juvenile but finished third in the California Cup Derby on January 18 in his last start. William Delia trains the gelded son of Boat Trip, who is four for six lifetime. The return to sprinting should improve him.
On the outside of the field is Grade 3 winner Phantom Boss, a son of Shackleford best known for his win in the Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs last year. He was well beaten as the favorite in the I’m Smokin Stakes August 30 and hasn’t run since. Jorge Periban trains the popular white-faced colt, who gets Drayden Van Dyke to ride for the first time here.
The six-furlong Evening Jewel for fillies goes as Race 8. Been Studying Her returns to the main track and makes her first start for Art Sherman after being a two-time stakes winner on the main track last year. She was fourth in Grade 1 company here in September before winning the Golden State Juvenile Fillies, but she ran second to last in the California Cup Oaks in January. She faces several old rivals here, including the wickedly quick Bulletproof One.
A winner of five of 10 starts, Bulletproof One is coming off two straight wins at Golden Gate Fields. Peter Miller trains the daughter of Idiot Proof, who was a stakes winner at Del Mar and Pleasanton last year before running second by a head in a field of colts in the Speakeasy Stakes on the grass.
Warren’s Showtime switches back to the main track after breaking her maiden on the grass and winning a pair of stakes there over the winter. After winning the California Cup Oaks, she defeated open company in the China Doll on March 7. She cuts back in distance for the first time since July, but the Craig Lewis trainee has been working well for this.
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