By Emily Shields
A contentious edition of the seven-furlong San Vicente Stakes (G2) is slated for Sunday, February 9 at Santa Anita. The $200,000 race for sophomores drew only six, but the field features 2019 Eclipse Award winning Storm the Court, and the brilliant debut winner Nadal.
#1 Fast Enough (12-1) is unbeaten in two starts. The Cal-bred broke his maiden sprinting here in May, then was off until January when he stretched out to 1 1/16 miles and won the California Cup Derby by a neck. Tiago Pereira will be up for trainer Rafael Becerra, who has given the son of Eddington one workout since the January 18 Derby.
#2 Ra’ad is one of two Baffert runners in the race. The $500,000 son of Twirling Candy broke his maiden second out going six furlongs at Los Alamitos. Drayden Van Dyke will ride. Ra’ad was fourth on debut here in October behind future leading horse of the crop, Thousand Words.
#3 Party Town (20-1) is the longshot in the race after breaking his maiden on the grass here in October. He went on to run second in the Zia Juvenile in November, and has been off since then for trainer Val Brinkerhoff. The son of Shackelford was fourth over a mile at Del Mar just 13 days before his Zia effort.
#4 Nadal (4-5) is a well-regarded son of Blame who cost $700,000. This is Baffert’s second entrant, who broke his maiden first out here January 19 by nearly four lengths. He was rerouted here after originally being considered for a race February 17, and is expected to show speed again.
#5 Storm the Court (9-5) returns to the races after surprising in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) here last fall. That was around two-turns, but the son of Court Vision broke his maiden sprinting at Del Mar in August. Peter Eurton trains, Flavien Prat will be aboard again. Storm the Court could have gone in a Kentucky Derby points race, but will come back in this spot instead.
#6 Ginobili (5-1) offers great value after a strong juvenile campaign. Richard Baltas trains the son of Munnings, who will be ridden by Abel Cedillo. He broke his maiden at Del Mar over the likes of Honor AP, Taishan, and Tizamagician, then finished fourth in the Del Mar Futurity just 16 days later. He was sent to the turf next out but finished fourth – beaten just over a length - and has now had four months off.
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