INGLEWOOD, Calif. (February 6, 2013)—A close second at 29-1 behind the talented Grandeur in the Grade II, $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup last Dec. 15, Interaction will make his first start as a 7-year-old in the $150,000 San Marcos Stakes Saturday at Santa Anita.
A Grade II at 1 1/14 miles on turf, the San Marcos is the ninth of 10 races. Post time at Santa Anita is 12:30 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10:15 a.m. for simulcasts.
Owned by Pozo de Luna Inc. and trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally, Interaction finished three-quarters of a length beaten Grandeur in the Turf Cup during the Autumn meet. An Argentine bred son of Easing Along and the Ride the Rails mare Inter Rails, Interaction has won six of 20 and earned $585,643.
The overflow field of 14 for the San Marcos also includes 2012 Hollywood Gold Cup runner-up Richard’s Kid.
Trained by Doug O’Neill for a partnership, the 8-year-old Lemon Drop Kid horse out of the Broad Brush mare Tough Broad failed to hit the board in his only previous attempt on turf. The Maryland bred has won 11 of 39 and banked $2,301,385. He was still trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert when second behind stablemate Game On Dude in the Grade I Gold Cup last July 7.
From inside out, the field for the San Marcos Stakes: Interaction, Joe Talamo rides, 118 pounds; Juniper Pass, Rafael Bejarano, 118; All Squared Away, Garrett Gomez, 118; Temple’s Door, Tyler Baze, 118; Richard’s Kid, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Dreamcatcher, David Flores, 118; Golden Itiz, Victor Espinoza, 118; Bridge of Gold, Julien Leparoux, 118; Fast Track, Orlando Mojica, 118; Smart Ellis, Flavien Prat, 118; Fire With Fire, Martin Garcia, 118; Shaun Washington, Brice Blanc, 118; Slim Shadey, Gary Stevens, 123 and Huntsville, Corey Nakatani, 118.
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