2014 San Pasqual at Santa Anita

Santa Anita’s San Pasqual

BlueskiesnrainbowsOn Saturday, January 11th we have the $200,000 Grade 2 San Pasqual at Santa Anita. The San Pasqual is for 4 year olds and upward and will host a field of 7 traveling 1 1/16 mile. The 2/1 morning line favorite is Blueskiesnrainbows trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by jockey, Martin Pedroza. Blueskiesnrainbows ran a close 2nd to London Bridge in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon in November and followed that race up with a victory in the Grade 3 Native Diver at Hollywood Park by ½ of a length. He looks great going into this race, especially his works and will be a tough one to beat here. Challenging Blueskiesnrainbows on the morning line is Rousing Sermon at 5/2. Rousing Sermon is also trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and will be ridden by jockey, Rafael Bejarano. Rousing Sermon ran a close third to Blueskiesnrainbows in the Native Diver, missing it by one length. Check out that race in the video below-


Rousing Sermon Ready for Graded Win

Rousing SermonIf you noticed in the Native Diver, there was really no one challenging Blueskiesnrainbows for the early lead. Pedroza rushed him out front and was able to control the pace of that race with ease. When it was time to make the move, Blueskiesnrainbows had plenty of kick left to take that race home. In the San Pasqual, he should receive a lot of competition for that early lead from horses like Majestic City, Majestic Harbor and possibly Spud Spivens. If that happens and Rousing sermon stalks like he did in the Native Dancer, he has an excellent chance of winning this one and capturing his first graded win. Another possible contender would be Drill at 6 to 1 on the morning line. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith, Drill has a good shot here if Rousing Sermon tries to contest Blueskiesnrainbows for the early lead. Drill ran 4th in the Native Dancer and although he’s just shy of showing the speed figures I’d like to see from him, he is definitely a contender. Spud SpivensFor a nice longshot play, I like Spud Spivens at 12 to 1. As stated earlier, he may challenge Blueskiesnrainbows for the early lead and if he does, I’m afraid he’ll burn out. In his last outing, he tried to capture the early lead in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup and quickly lost it, finishing fourth by 12 lengths. In his defense, he was taking on Game On Dude and the Dude naturally ate his lunch. But with that being said, Spud Spivens is better suited for stalking and if he can do it here, he might just upset this field with a nice payout. Good luck everybody!





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