INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 19, 2012)—Comma to the Top, the 2010 CashCall Futurity winner, will seek his first win over conventional dirt in the $65,000 Big Bear Handicap Sunday at Santa Anita.
A restricted event for older horses at one mile, the Big Bear is the third of nine races. Approximate post time is 2:05 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10:15 a.m. for simulcasts.
Trained by Peter Miller for owners Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Kevin Tsujihara, Comma to the Top was the Horse of the Meet during the 2010 Autumn season at Betfair Hollywood Park. In addition to this Grade I score in the CashCall Futurity, the Florida bred won the Real Quiet and Grade III Generous – on turf – in a span of some six weeks.
A 4-year-old gelded son of Bwana Charlie and the Stormy Atlantic mare Maggies Storm, Comma to the Top has won nine of 22 and earned $922,096. He’s won two of five outings in 2012.
The field of five also includes 2008 Swaps Stakes winner Tres Borrachos. A 7-year-old Ecton Park gelding out of the Peteski mare Pete’s Fancy, Tres Borrachos has won four of 41 and banked $949,543. He’s owned by George Hicker and Button Stable and trained by Marty Jones.
From inside out, the field for the Big Bear Handicap: Tres Borrachos, Garrett Gomez rides, 121 pounds; Jaycito, Joe Talamo, 119; Comma to the Top, Corey Nakatani, 122; Shaun Washington, Rafael Bejarano, 114 and Riveting Reason, Edwin Maldonado, 113.
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