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2016 frontrunner stakes preview entries and odds


The Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes goes down this Saturday, October 1 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Some of the best two year olds in the land will be featured when they take to Santa Anita's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles searching for the winner's portion of the $300,000 purse.

Seven juveniles will give it a go in the FrontRunner Stakes - race 6 on Santa Anita's stacked Saturday schedule. Post time is 3:00 PM. Let's take a glance into the past performances of all seven combatants for this Grade 1 stakes - a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" qualifier to the BC Juvenile.

2016 FrontRunner Stakes Race Preview at Santa Anita Park

Klimt 6-5 - Bob Baffert trained colt has been impressive in his four career starts - three wins so far. He debuted with a fourth at Santa Anita June 25 and has since reeled off three good wins. Last time out was in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity by 4 1/4 lengths with a career best 103 Beyer Speed Figure September 5 after the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes by 6 1/2 lengths at Del Mar August 13 and a nice maiden score at Santa Anita July 10. Klimt is the only stakes winner in the field and looks like the one to beat Saturday in his first try around two turns. Rafael Bejarano tries to keep the roll going from gate 6 as the overwhelming morning line favorite.

Straight Fire 9-5 - Keith Desormeaux trained colt broke made in his second career start by an incredible 10 1/2 lengths August 6 after a second in his debut at Del Mar July 17. Straight Fire stepped into stakes company for the first time last time out and finished a very respectable second behind Klimt in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity September 5. He now has a win and two runner-up finishes in his three starts - competitive every time out and is expected to be a factor again Saturday. Flavien Prat has been tabbed to ride the morning line second choice.

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Midnight Pleasure 6-1 - Shelbe Ruis trained colt has a win and a third place finish in two career starts. He won his debut at Del Mar July 24 and followed that with an OK third last time out in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity September 5. Midnight Pleasure has been a factor in both of his career starts so far and hopes to graduate to graded stakes victor from gate 4 Saturday. Martin Garcia will be in the saddle of the co-third betting choice.

Plum Dandy 6-1 - Simon Callaghan trained colt finished eighth in his debut at Del Mar August 6 and followed that with a front-running maiden score in his only other race so far - also at Del Mar August 25. He has definitely shown improvement and will be out to make a statement from gate 2 Saturday. Mike Smith has the mount on the other morning line third choice.

Gormley 8-1 - John Shirreffs trained colt will hit the track for the second time having posted a nice win by 4 1/4 lengths at Del Mar in his debut - September 4. He looks to make it two-for-two in his step up in competition with Victor Espinoza in the saddle from the rail.

Secret House 20-1 - Doug O'Neill trained colt has three career starts with one win - that coming in his debut at Santa Anita May 27. His only other starts were a tad disappointing - a fourth in his stakes debut - a head back in the minor Santa Anita Juvenile July 9 was followed by a fifth in his graded stakes debut last time out - the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar August 13. Secret House has been OK and will be out to reverse an unflattering trend from post 3 Saturday with Santiago Gonzalez in the reins.

Vibe 20-1 - Keith Desormeaux trained colt will hit the track for the third time having posted one third place finish so far - that coming last time out in a MSW at Del Mar August 25. He was sixth in his debut July 24. Vibe hasn't been all that impressive but will be after a strong breakthrough from the outside post 7. Kent Desormeaux gets the call.

San felipe stakes 2016 at santa anita park


The Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes is on tap for this Saturday, March 12 from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Some of the best three year olds in the land will take to Santa Anita's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles searching for the winner's share of the $400,000 purse and the 50-20-10-5 points scale awarded toward the Kentucky Derby in May.

A strong field of seven three year olds will take to the track in the San Felipe - race 7 on Santa Anita's packed Saturday card. Post time is 3:00 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all seven entries for this important Road to the Kentucky Derby Grade 2 stakes.

2016 San Felipe Stakes Race Preview

Mor Spirit - Bob Baffert trained Ringling has five career starts with three wins and two second place finishes - favored in every race so far. Last time out was a terrific win in the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes on this track February 6 after a nice win in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity with an impressive 96 Beyer Speed Figure December 19, a respectable second in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs November 28, a maiden score by an eye-opening 4 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita October 23 and a second in his debut in September. Mor Spirit has been a factor in every race so far and hopes to keep climbing the Derby leaderboard Saturday. He chases his third straight graded stakes score from post 3 with Gary Stevens in the reins of the likely favorite.

Exaggerator - Keith Desormeaux trained colt has three wins and two runner-up finishes in seven career starts. He arrives on the heels of a runner-up finish behind undefeated Eclipse Champion Nyquist in the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes on this track February 15, a terrific win with a field best 103 Beyer Speed Figure in the Grade 3 $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot November 21 and a fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Before that was a respectable second in the Grade 1 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland in October and a nice win in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special in August. Exaggerator has been in every race so far and hopes to take another step closer toward a start in the Kentucky Derby when he leaves from the outside post 7 with Kent Desormeaux in the irons.

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Smokey Image - impressive Carla Gaines trained colt has six career starts with six wins - at five different tracks! He makes his graded stakes debut off wins in the minor California Cup Derby by an impressive 8 1/2 lengths in gate-to-wire fashion here January 30, the minor Golden Gate Juvenile at Del Mar in October, the minor I'm Smokin Stakes at Del Mar in September, the minor Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes at Santa Rosa in August and the minor Everett Nevin Stakes at Oak Tree at Pleasanton in July to go along with a maiden score at first asking. He hasn't been touched so far and is expected to be competitive again Saturday from gate 6. Victor Espinoza rides.

Danzing Candy - Clifford Sise trained colt has two wins in three career starts. He makes his stakes debut Saturday off an impressive 5 3/4 length gate-to-wire Allowance Optional Claiming score on this track February 4, a maiden score here December 26 and an eighth place finish in his debut. Danzing Candy has looked good against lesser company and steps up in good form. Mike Smith has been tabbed with keeping the roll going from gate 2.

Cupid - Bob Baffert trained colt has a win and a runner-up finish in three career starts so far - all MSW races. He makes his stakes debut off a win February 7 on this track after a runner-up finish here January 9 and a fourth in his debut at Los Alamitos December 20. Cupid has been trending upward but races in top company for the first time with Martin Garcia guiding him from gate 4.

Uncle Lino - has a win, two seconds and a third place finish in four career starts for trainer Gary Sherlock. He made his stakes debut last time out and finished a respectable second behind Mor Spirit in the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes here February 6 after a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming here January 3, a maiden score November 29 and a second in his debut in July. Uncle Lino been good so far in his career and will have Fernando Hernandez Perez in the reins from the rail.

I Will Score - has three career starts for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer with two wins and a third place finish. He made his stakes debut last time out and finished a decent third behind Mor Spirit and Uncle Lino on the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes here February 6. Before that was an Allowance Optional Claiming score on this track January 3 and a maiden score at first asking September 11. I Will Score has been decent so far but will be looking for his first stakes score - from post 5 with Rafael Bejarano in the reins.