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Highly Touted Kentuckian in San Pedro


Kentuckian, an 11-length first out maiden winner on March 7 at Golden Gate Fields, heads a deep and competitive field of nine in Sunday’s San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita.

Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Kentuckian was dispatched as the heavy 3-5 favorite in a field of eight at Golden Gate and drew off easily under Russell Baze while covering six furlongs in 1:08.80 A $610,000 Keeneland September yearling, Kentuckian is by Tiznow and is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Forest Music.

Kentuckian, who earned a Beyer Speed figure of 90, drew post 2 and will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano.

Dan Hendricks will saddle Om, idle since breaking his maiden by 7 1/4 lengths at Del Mar on Aug. 9. Om is a Kentucky-bred colt by Munning,s and he earned a San Pedro best last-out Beyer of 98 running 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.60. A well beaten fifth at 5-2 first time out on June 20, Om was 22-1 for the maiden score under Fernando Perez, who rides him back.

Art Sherman’s Well Maybe comes off a solid 2 1/2-length allowance win going 6 1/2 furlongs Feb. 21 and seeks his third consecutive win. With regular rider Joe Talamo out for the week due to a sore shoulder, Mike Smith will take over from the rail. A Florida-bred gelding by Yes It’s True, Well Maybe has two wins from three starts.

Although he’s stopped badly in his last two starts, the 6 1/2 furlong Baffle Stakes on turf and the seven furlong San Vicente on Feb. 1, trainer Peter Miller’s Serbian Syclone has a good outside draw with new pilot Tyler Baze. The cutback in distance may be to his liking. A Kentucky-bred colt by Wildcat Heir, Serbian Syclone has two wins from five starts.

The only graded stakes winner in the lineup is trainer Michael McCarthy’s No Problem. He took the seven furlong Bob Hope Stakes three starts back at Del Mar in November, and he’s also the leading money earner in the field with $92,860 to his credit. Fifth, beaten 14 1/2 lengths two starts back by Dortmund in the Los Alamitos Futurity, No Problem ran an even fifth in the Baffle. He's a Kentucky-bred ridgling by Munnings.

Yiannis prevailed by a nose going 5 1/2 furlongs in his debut over Gimme Da Lute, who flattered Yiannis by breaking his maiden versus California-breds in his next start and by registering a 5 1/4-length win in Santa Anita’s Echo Eddie Stakes last Saturday. A $560,000 2-year-old in training sale purchase, the Kentucky-bred ridgling by Midshipman was the 4-5 favorite in his debut.

The complete field for the San Pedro Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Well Maybe, Mike Smith, 117; Kentuckian, Rafael Bejarano, 115; The Man, Martin Garcia, 115; Guy Code, Gonzalo Nicolas, 115; Gloria’s Angelo, Drayden Van Dyke, 115; Yiannis, Victor Espinoza, 115; Om, Fernando Perez, 115; No Problem, Santiago Gonzalez, 122, and Serbian Syclone, Tyler Baze, 117.

Edited Santa Anita release


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