Treasury Bill's next start will be at one turn in Sunday’s Grade II San Vicente Stakes, but Ron Ellis has bigger things in mind.
Where it leads on the Triple Crown trail for the son of Lemon Drop Kid depends in part on where other prominent 3-year-olds owned by Gary and Mary West make their next starts. Foremost among them is Flashback, one of several prospects trained by Bob Baffert.
Treasury Bill broke his maiden at Santa Anita going 6 1/2 furlongs on Jan. 27. After the seven-furlong San Vicente, two-turn stakes racing is in the sights of connections, trainer Ron Ellis says.
“He’s doing well, but seven-eighths of a mile against talented maiden winners, it’s just not his ball game,” Ellis said. “We’re just trying to get untracked for some of the bigger Derby preps. This will get another race under his belt, give him a little more experience, and we’ll move on to two turns.”
Where that might lead depends on where the other West sophomores run. Flashback is being pointed to the Grade II San Felipe in early March. “We could wind up in Arkansas down the road,” Ellis said. “It’ll be a chess game for a while.”
The good news is, according to Ellis, is that Treasury Bill is in sharp form. “We’re on an upward trajectory,” Ellis said. “We just want to keep him doing that. We’ve still got a few months to go before the big ones. This won’t be a big test for him because it’s only around one turn, but his next race, when he runs in March, will be.”
Edited Santa Anita release with additional content by Dick Downey