Heavyweights clash in San Felipe
Updated: March 7, 2013, 2:14 PM ETBy Jack Shinar | Bloodhorse
Flashback and Goldencents, acknowledged by most as the leading 3-year-old males in Southern California, meet for the first time in the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes March 9 at Santa Anita Park.
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Both colts have working brilliantly over the Santa Anita main track, with Goldencents breezing at slightly longer distances. Flashback, along the inside, should carve the early fractions under Julien Leparoux, with Goldencents, ridden by Kevin Krigger, likely to race in close attendance. Flashback carries top weight of 123 pounds, three more than Goldencents, with the remainder of the field assigned 118 apiece. Though Goldencents and Flashback are the only graded stakes winners in the field, several others look like up-and-coming prospects. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer entered Hear the Ghost, whose only two starts thus far have been at six furlongs. The son of Ghostzapper out of a Coronado Quest mare, racing for Hollendorfer and Ted Aroney's Halo Farms, would seem a likely candidate to handle more ground. He broke his maiden at first asking at Hollywood in December and ran a good closing second in the Jan. 21 San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita. Two California-breds, Tiz a Minister and Omega Star, ran first and second, respectively in the California Breeders' Championship Jan. 26. That was the first try around two turns for the lightly raced Omega Star, who led in the stretch but was caught as Tiz a Minister prevailed by 1 1/4 lengths. Southern Equine Stables' Salutos Amigos comes off a 3 3/4-length maiden special weight score Feb. 9 for trainer Eric Guillot, while Kochees, a first-out maiden winner for B.J. Wright and trainer Michael Pender Jan. 4 on grass, dons blinkers following a fourth-place allowance effort at one mile Jan. 31. Baffert has a second entrant, Carving, who won the Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood in November and last raced in the El Camino Real Derby Feb. 16, finishing fourth. The son of Any Given Saturday, who drew the rail, has won three of six starts for Baffert's wife, Jill, and Olympic champion skier Bode Miller.
Benoit PhotoGoldencents (left) looks to knock Flashback from the ranks of the unbeaten Saturday at Santa Anita.