Dortmund, Ocho Ocho Ocho Meet in Clash of Unbeatens
Dortmund, fresh off a resurgent triumph in his 3-year-old debut, heads a field of 10 in Saturday's San Felipe Stakes.
A winner of four races in four starts, the Bob Baffert-trained Dortmund appeared beaten with a furlong to run in the 1 1/16-mile Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 7, but he re-rallied at the rail under Martin Garcia and overcame a one length disadvantage. Firing Line, second in the Lewis, is not back in the San Felipe.
Dortmund, a son of Big Brown, was also game win in the Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20 when he prevailed by a head in a three horse photo.
Dortmund has 20 Kentucky Derby qualifying points. With a win in the San Felipe, he would pick another up 50.
Trainer Jim Cassidy’s Ocho Ocho Ocho, unbeaten in three starts, enters the San Felipe from a layoff. Last time out, he was a game nose winner Delta Downs Jackpot; he retains the services of Mike Smith. The son of Street Sense has a solid string of workouts for his return to action.
Prospect Park was a 5 1/4-length allowance winner going a mile on Jan. 30 at the track. By Tapit, Prospect Park tries stakes company for the first time. Although he’s been based at San Louis Rey Downs, his most recent work, a five furlong move in 1:00.80, was executed at Santa Anita on Friday.
Baffert, who's won the San Felipe four times, also will be represented by San Vicente Stakes winner Lord Nelson, who beat Texas Red by a head in that race. Lord Nelson stretches back out to two turns after a poor start compromised him in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes on Nov. 29.
Trainer Brian Koriner’s Sir Samson, who was third by a length to Lord Nelson in the San Vicente, will try two turns for the first time in his fourth career start. Sir Samson is quick from the gate and could well be on the early lead. He has a win and a show from three starts and will be ridden back by Joe Talamo.
Although he’s never run on dirt, trainer Carla Gaines’ Bolo was very impressive in winning the one mile turf Eddie Logan Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths on Dec. 27. Bolo has an abundance of natural speed and will be ridden for the first time by Victor Espinoza in his fourth start.
The complete field for the Grade II San Felipe, to be run as the seventh race on an 11-race program Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Lord Nelson, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Mike Smith, 120; Dortmund, Martin Garcia, 123; The Gomper, Tyler Baze, 118; Kenjisstorm, Agapito Delgadillo, 118; Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux, 118; Bolo, Victor Espinoza, 118; Pulmarack, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Sir Samson, Joe Talamo, 118, and Pain and Misery, Flavien Prat, 118.
By Dick Downey with content from Santa Anita release