Secret Circle Takes On Six in $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes
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Tue 23/12/2014 - 20:30 EST
On Saturday, the stakes action at Santa Anita will continue with the inaugural running of the $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes. The Grade 3 race will be contested at six and a half furlongs on the main track and has drawn a field of seven.
Topping the field at morning line odds of 4-5 is Secret Circle for trainer Bob Baffert. A five-year-old son of Eddington, he won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) in 2013 and finished a fast-closing second in the 2014 edition. He has been on the board in all thirteen of his career starts and while he has gone winless this year, he has seven lifetime victories. He was last seen finishing second in the Cigar Mile (G1) and will be reunited with Martin Garcia from post position six.
Seeking the Sherif seeking first graded stakes win
Ron Ellis will saddle the second choice, Seeking the Sherif, at morning line odds of 5-2. A five-year-old gelded son of Officer, he is trying to rebound after finishing eleventh in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). He has won seven of his twelve career starts with five of those victories coming this year. He has been training steadily since the Breeders’ Cup and has won six of his eight starts at Santa Anita. Edwin Maldonado will be aboard and they will break from post five.
Distinctiv Passion rounding into form off layoff
Also in the field at morning line odds of 4-1 is Distinctiv Passion for trainer Jeff Bonde. A four-year-old son of With Distinction, he returned in September off of a nine-month layoff to run second in the Katella Stakes. He went gate to wire over a field of four rivals on the turf in an optional claiming race last time out to earn his fifth career victory. He has had a bullet workout since that race and will have Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith aboard from the outside post.
Players trying to look beyond prohibitive favorite Tepin in the September 17 Woodbine Mile will surely have their work cut out for them as the superstar mare tackles seven rivals on the grass.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes Tuesday night from Fort Erie race track, where Sir Dudley Digges will try to take another step toward Canadian racing history.
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, Canada’s most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
A spectacular card of graded stakes action has been assembled for Saturday at Belmont Park and the $1 million Ogden Phipps is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the day. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.