Mixed Field For Grade II Arcadia Stakes
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Sat 01/02/2014 - 15:16 EST
The second of two graded-stakes races slated to go on Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park is the $200,000 Grade II Arcadia Stakes for horses four-years-old and up, running a flat mile on the turf. With the scratch of Peace and Justice, it’s expected nine will go to the gate. The field is a competitive mix that includes a pair of Argentine-breds, one from the UK and one from France. The lukewarm morning line favorite is one of the Argentina horses in the form of Winning Prize, listed at 3-1.
Argentine favorite seeking first US stake win
Trained by Neil Drysdale, Winning Prize was a Grade I winner in South America before shipping north and winning first time out at the allowance level. He then finished fourth in the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes, and followed that up with a third in the Grade II Citation Handicap. Second choice in the ML is the other Argentina runner, Suggestive Boy at 7-2. Running in the US since 2012, he won the Grade II Arcadia Stakes in early 2013 and followed that up by winning the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes, but has been away from the racetrack since.
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