ARCADIA, Calif. (March 6, 2013)—It’s Bob Baffert vs. Doug O’Neill as top Derby prospects Flashback and Goldencents head a field of eight 3-year-olds set to contest Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, final major steppingstone to the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 6.
The O’Neill-trained Goldencents comes off a sensational win in the Grade III Sham Stakes going one mile on Jan. 5 and his three victories also include a gate to wire score in the Grade III Delta Jackpot going 1 1/16 miles on Nov. 17. His only defeat in four starts was a second place finish to eventual Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Shanghai Bobby in the Grade I Champagne, a one-turn mile at Belmont Park on Oct. 6.
Lightly raced Flashback, an emphatic 6 ¼ length winner of the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 2, will be making only his third career start for Baffert but the grey son of Tapit has brilliant speed and a seemingly limitless future.
The complete field for Saturday’s Grade II San Felipe, from the rail out is as follows:
Owned by world famous downhill skier Bode Miller and Jill Baffert, he is without question the “other Baffert” in this context. Purchased last May for a bargain $55,000 at a 2-year-old in training sale, this colt by Any Given Saturday broke his maiden for an $80,000 claiming tag first out at Del Mar on Aug. 23. He then won a minor stakes at Fairplex Park going the two-turn distance of seven furlongs and showed good speed before tiring to finish fourth in the Grade I FrontRunner going 1 1/16 miles on Sept. 29.Read the rest of the story Santa Anita Park - Press Releases