Waspirant Draws Outside in American Pharoah
Photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire
By Emily Shields for TVG
The two races for juveniles are the $300,000 American Pharoah (G1) for the males and the $200,000 Chandelier (G2) for fillies. The American Pharoah drew eight, with sharp maiden winner Waspirant on the outside.
John Shirreffs conditions Waspirant, and will put blinkers on the son of Union Rags. Waspirant broke his maiden around two turns, something no other horse in the field has accomplished. He is out of 2009 Breeders’ Cup winner Life is Sweet, and Shirreffs won this race in 2016 with Gormley.
The Baffert-trained Spielberg is the expected favorite, despite being a maiden. The $1 million purchase was second in his debut and then again second in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) last out, both times to Dr. Schivel who has since been turned out and will miss the rest of the season. Another son of Union Rags, Spielberg had a bullet workout for this on September 16, going a half mile in :47.4. Luis Saez will ride.
Weston broke his maiden here, and the $7,000 son of Hit It a Bomb went on to win the Grade 2 Best Pal and finish third in the Del Mar Futurity. He worked a September 20 bullet, six furlongs in 1:15.1, and will have the services of regular pilot Drayden Van Dyke for trainer Ryan Hanson.
Jack Sisterson will ship in the Kentucky-based runner Notable Exception for Calumet Farm. The son of Street Sense won on debut at Arlington Park last out, scoring by over five lengths. Sisterson has already had success shipping horses in to California this year, and Abel Cedillo will get on this one, who worked a bullet at Keeneland September 19.
Blinkers come off the California-bred Touchdown Brown, a son of Cairo Prince who was second in the I’m Smokin at Del Mar on September 4. He broke his maiden here sprinting in June by over five lengths for trainer Rafael Becerra, and should lay just off the pace.
Rombauer, by Twirling Candy, will try turf for the first time for trainer Michael McCarthy. Dyn O Mite and Get Her Number complete the field.
The Chandelier, which goes as Race 3 on an 11-race program, is expected to be a coronation for $1.35 million purchase Princess Noor. Unbeaten in two starts, the Baffert trainee is coming off a win in the Del Mar Debutante (G1) last out. The daughter of Not This Time looks to give Baffert his 12th win in this race. She will be challenged by New York shipper Make Mischief, a daughter of Into Mischief for trainer Mark Casse, and stablemates Varda and Illumination. Miss Costa Rica, a turf debut winner sprinting for Richard Baltas, rounds out the field.
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