INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 18, 2012)—A pair of California breds and a talented filly who have had stakes success at Betfair Hollywood Park will be busy Saturday, the next-to-last day of Santa Anita’s Winter/Spring meet.
Compari, who won the 2009 Snow Chief Stakes over Cushion Track, and Ain’t No Other, the winner of the 2011 Harry Henson on turf, are among eight scheduled to run in the $100,000 San Simeon Handicap.
Later in the afternoon, Cambina, who finished in a dead heat with Nereid in the Grade I American Oaks last July at Betfair Hollywood Park, will have six opponents in the $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap.
A Grade III at 6 ½ furlongs on turf, the San Simeon is the fifth of 10 races while the Santa Barbara, a Grade II at 1 ¼ miles on grass, is the ninth. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10:15 a.m. for simulcasts.
Trained by Marty Jones for owner-breeders John Harris, John Nicoletti and Don Valpredo, Compari has earned six of his eight wins on the Santa Anita grass. The 6-year-old gelded son of Redattore and the Dixieland Band mare Southern Charm has earned $606,430.
Owned and bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds and trained by Steve Miyadi, Ain’t No Other has won six of 14 and banked $249,123. He’s been 1-2-3 in four of five races on turf.
The San Simeon also marks the 2012 debut of former Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner California Flag. Owned by a partnership that includes breeder Hi Card Ranch and trained by Brian Koriner, the 8-year-old gray gelding has been idle since finishing 12th in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint last Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs.
The son of Avenue of Flags has two wins in nine starts since his gate-to-wire score as the lukewarm 3-1 favorite in the 2009 BC Turf Sprint at Santa Anita.
Part of the first dead heat in the history of the American Oaks, Cambina will be trying to end a five race losing streak in the Santa Barbara. The 4-year-old Irish bred filly, who is owned by a partnership and trained by Jeff Bonde, has won six of 17 and earned $393,426. She will be ridden for the first time Saturday by Rafael Bejarano.
From inside out, the field for the San Simeon Handicap: Supreme Summit, David Flores rides, 116 pounds; Gallant Son, Leslie Mawing, 116; Victory Pete, Chantal Sutherland, 116; Sayif, Jose Valdivia, Jr., 114; Compari, Rafael Bejarano rides, 119; California Flag, Joe Talamo, 121; Irish Art, Joel Rosario, 116 and Ain’t No Other, Mike Smith, 116.
From inside out, the field for the Santa Barbara Handicap: Hard Seven, Edwin Maldonado rides, 115; Cambina, Rafael Bejarano, 119; Glowing Spirit, Victor Espinoza, 112; Capital Plan, Brice Blanc, 114; Vamo a Galupiar, Mike Smith, 120; Bauble Queen, Joe Talamo, 118 and Camelia Rose, Joel Rosario, 116.
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