first_imgUnapologetic–Geovanni Franco–120Roman Rosso–Evin Roman–120Chicago Style–Drayden Van Dyke–124Epical–Tyler Baze–120Platinum Warrior–Shane Foley–122Sejo–Flavien Prat–120Dabster–Joe Talamo–120Beach View–Rafael Bejarano–122Lucky Soul–Heriberto Figueroa–120Flamboyant–Brice Blanc–120India Mantuana–Joel Rosario–117Ya Gotta Wanna–Aaron Gryder–120Prince of Arabia–Kent Desormeaux–120Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. WIDE OPEN GRADE II, $200,000 SAN MARCOS STAKES ATTRACTS 13 RUNNERS; CASSIDY’S IMPROVING EPICAL LOOMS LARGE AS DOES BAFFERT’S DABSTER, WHO TRIES TURF FOR THE FIRST TIME AT 1 ¼ MILESSPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME FOR 11-RACE CARD IS AT 11:30 A.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2019)–In what appears to be the best betting race on Santa Anita’s 11-race card Saturday, the Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes has attracted 13 older horses who will compete at a mile and one quarter on turf.  Originally scheduled to be run this past Saturday, the San Marcos was shifted to this Saturday due to last weekend’s heavy rains.An impressive allowance winner in his last two starts, trainer Jim Cassidy’s Epical might be the horse to beat in a wide open affair.  While Epical appears to be the “now” horse, Bob Baffert’s classy Dabster looms the biggest question mark in the race, as he’ll be trying turf for the first time his 13th career start.Throw in hard knocking graded stakes winners Chicago Style and Beach View, along with fresh and dangerous reformed claimer Unapologetic, and betting value should abound in this year’s renewal of the prestigious San Marcos.EPICALOwner:  D P Racing, Inc.Trainer:  Jim CassidyAn emphatic 2 ¼ length turf allowance winner going 1 1/8 miles here on Dec. 28, this 4-year-old Uncle Mo gelding went gate to wire through realistic splits of 47.40, 1:11 flat and 1:34.40 en route to a final clocking of 1:46.20.  A 6 ¾ length turf allowance winner going 1 3/8 miles in similar fashion at Del Mar Nov. 15, Epical should be extremely tough as he steps into graded completion and stretches out furlong off of his most recent win.  With back to back Beyer Speed figures of 96 to his credit, he’ll be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Tyler Baze on Saturday.DABSTEROwner:  Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al MaktoumTrainer:  Bob BaffertBlessed with outstanding natural speed on dirt, this 5-year-old son of Curlin, out of the A.P. Indy mare On a Roll, has been facing top horses on dirt in his last two starts.  Most recently third, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by John Sadler’s Gift Box in the Grade II San Antonio on Dec. 26, he was second, beaten a neck, by 2017 Breeder’s Cup Dirt Mile winner Battle of Midway two starts back in the Grade III Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 25.  As second guessing anything Baffert does these days carries the aura of a “fool’s errand,” Dabster, on class alone, could go favored in the San Marcos with regular rider Joe Talamo up.CHICAGO STYLEOwner:  Glen Hill FarmTrainer:  Tom ProctorConsistent and hard knocking, this 6-year-old Glen Hill homebred gelding by Kitten’s Joy is a great fit in the San Marcos and he should get a lively pace to run at.  A neck winner of the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup two starts back Nov. 23, he shortened up three eighths of a mile when a close fourth here in the 1 1/8 miles turf San Gabriel Stakes on Jan. 5.  With Drayden Van Dyke back in the irons, Chicago Style will be looking for his seventh win from 13 career starts.BEACH VIEWOwner:  Levy RacingTrainer:  Leonard PowellAlthough he’s proven he can be attentive to the pace, this 6-year-old Maryland-bred horse by Giant’s Causeway has run from off the pace in his last two starts, most recently finishing an even fourth on dirt in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes on Dec. 26.  Third, beaten 1 ½ lengths by Chicago Style in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar two starts back, Beach View will hope to get the right trip on Saturday.UNAPOLOGETICOwner:  Tom Acker, Allen Racing, LLC, Michael Bloom & Jon LindoTrainer:  Bill SpawrRidden for the first time upstart Geovanni Franco, this 6-year-old Temple City gelding ran what appeared to be the best race of his 27-race career in rallying to win a 1 3/8 miles turf allowance at Del Mar on Nov. 22.  Claimed for $40,000 by Spawr 16 starts back on Nov. 20, 2016, Unapologetic is 14-3-1-2 over the Santa Anita turf and will likely employ similar come from behind tactics in the San Marcos.  Although well beaten in his only two graded stakes appearances, the Grade III Cougar II Handicap on July 25 and the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap three starts back on Aug. 18, he’s had plenty of time since his last start and if the San Marcos pace is hot, he could be a serious danger in the late stages.THE GRADE II SAN MARCOS STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 9 of 11                                         Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTlast_img read more

first_imgWhat’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ The PH kickboxing team is trained by two-time Olympian Donald Geisler and Mark Sangiao of the famed Team Lakay, which has produced wushu and mixed martial arts champions.Expected to give the Filipinos a run for the gold are regional power Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos and Vietnam.The national team held its training camp in the high mountains of La Trinidad, Benguet, while also getting foreign exposures in Taiwan and Cambodia, where it just recently arrived.The team is expected to travel back to Baguio for its final weight training before going back to Manila in time for the SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT NFL invites teams to Colin Kaepernick workout MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “As much as we want to be confident, we also want to be modest. Our assessment for the SEA Games is that everyone would be a medalist,” Chan said during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday at Amelie Hotel Manila.“We hope and pray each and every athlete would be successful in their respective categories. Let’s just focus more on promoting the sport as well as giving these athletes the break [they needed].”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceApart from Chan, among the members of the PH kickboxing team present in the session were Ruel Catalan (57 kg), Karol Maguide (51 kg), Jerry Olsim (69 kg), and Rex De Lara (60 kg) along with boxing coach Glenn Mondol.Completing the squad that will compete in full contact, low kick, and kick light are Jomar Balaguid (54 kg), Jean Claude Saclag (63 kg), and the women duo of Renz Daquel (48 kg) and Gina Iniong (55 kg). Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Members of the Philippine kickboxing team at the PSA Forum. PSA PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—The Philippine kickboxing team is letting its performance do the talking when it makes its debut in the coming Southeast Asian Games next month.Samahang Kickboxing ng Pilipinas secretary-general Atty. Wharton Chan is managing his expectations but is confident enough that the eight-man Filipino squad competing from Dec. 6 to 10 have what it takes to deliver.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Rice industry paralysis Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View commentslast_img read more