With Rain on the Way, Busy Workout Day at Santa Anita
With big rain expected Saturday, there were 302 recorded works Friday on Santa Anita's main track. Among them were San Felipe Stakes contenders.
The impressive maiden winner Prospect Park went five furlongs in company under Kent Desormeaux. Both he and workmate Big Tire, trained by Mark Glatt, were clocked in 1:01.40.
“He looked good,” trainer Cliff Sise Jr. said of the son of Tapit. “I got him coming home the last quarter in 23 and two.”
Bob Baffert trainee Lord Nelson worked six furlongs for the San Felipe in 1:13, in company with Chasintheaces, who was clocked in 1:12.80.
Bolo, also under consideration for the San Felipe, worked six furlongs for trainer Carla Gaines in 1:13.80.
Pain and Misery, yet another ticketed for the San Felipe, worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 for Richard Mandella under Flavien Prat, who's named to ride in the San Felipe.
Under Martin Garcia, Rebel Stakes-bound American Pharoah worked seven furlongs in a bullet 1:23.80, the fastest of seven drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:26.85.
“He’s doing good,” Baffert said. “I was happy with it.”
Firing Line, second to Dortmund in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, went five furlongs in 59.60 for trainer Simon Callaghan, who is contemplating either the Sunland Derby on March 22 or the Santa Anita Derby on April 4 for the son of Line of David.
“I’m really happy,” Callaghan said. “He galloped out in 1:12 and he looked really fluid. So far, so good.”
Edited Santa Anita release