Miceli Tries To Stay Hot In Pasadena Stakes

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Posted 03.25.13 at 10:18

Jockey Edwin Maldonado. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (March 25, 2013)—Miceli, who broke his maiden over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf course last July 12, will seek his fourth consecutive victory in the $70,000 Pasadena Stakes Friday at Santa Anita.

A one mile turf affair for 3-year-olds, the Pasadena is the seventh of eight races. Post time Friday at Santa Anita is 1 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10:15 a.m. for simulcasts.

Trained by Adam Kitchingman for a partnership, Miceli defeated next out winner Shining Copper when earning his first career win by one length as the 9-10 favorite at Betfair Hollywood Park.

After ending his 2-year-old campaign with a starter allowance victory over Golden Gate’s Tapeta surface last Dec. 16, the War Chant colt is 2-for-2 in 2013. The Kentucky bred won a $22,000 allowance by 4 ¼ lengths Jan. 16 at Turf Paradise before winning an optional claimer by three-quarters of a length at the Pasadena distance Feb. 1 at Santa Anita.

Out of the Armidale mare Tracktalk, Miceli has won four of seven and earned $95,444.

The field includes three other sophomores – Greeley Awesome, Procurement and Little Jerry – who were also maiden winners at Betfair Hollywood Park.

From inside out, the field for the Pasadena Stakes: Ebony Gold, Alberto Delgado rides, 115 pounds; Miceli, Edwin Maldonado, 117; Greeley Awesome, Corey Nakatani, 117; Counting Days, Rafael Bejarano, 115; Tiger Day, Victor Espinoza, 117; Rosengold, Martin Garcia, 117; Procurement, Garrett Gomez, 117; China Prince, Joe Talamo, 117; Little Jerry, Tyler Baze, 117; Meringue Pie, Kevin Krigger, 117 and also-eligible Dr. Spin, Baze.

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