Entries and J’s Pick for Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Park on December 28, 2019

Five horses have entered Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Malibu Stakes. The two top horses are Omaha Beach and Complexity.

Race 9. Malibu Stakes(G1). For three-year-old at 7 furlongs on the dirt. Purse $300,000. 


PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Much Better  Flavien Prat Bob Baffert 12/1
2 Complexity  Javier Castellano Chad C. Brown 5/2
3 Manny Wah  Channing Hill Bob Baffert 8/1
4 Roadster  Joel Rosario Bob Baffert 3/1
5 Omaha Beach  Mike E. Smith Richard E. Mandella 4/5

#1. Much Better finished a close second in a Del Mar optional claimer. He has not faced this level of competition. He has placed in a pair of Grade 3 stakes. He should receive a nice check for his afternoon workout. He has a chance of finishing on the board.

#2. Complexity has started 5 times and recorded 3 wins. He won the 2018 Champagne Stakes (G1). He this colt is ready for graded stakes competition again. He won his most recent start a seven furlong allowance on November 20 by 7 1/4 lengths. He is moving up in class and should finish in the top two.

#3. Manny Wah record is 3-3-2 for his 13 starts. He won an optional claiming race at Churchill Downs and finished second in the Steel Valley Sprint Stakes at Mahoning Valley. He is a moving to higher of class level. He will receive a nice afternoon check for his off the board effort.

#4. Roadster finished fourth in the Native Diver Stakes (G3). He won the Santa Anita Derby (G1) at nine furlongs last spring. Two races ago, he finished in the Damascus Stakes. He has the ability to be competitive in this field but needs to show his best to outrun the top two horses. He should finish in the top three. 

#5. Omaha Beach finished a second in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Two races ago, Omaha Beach won the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) off a layoff. He won the Rebel Stakes (G2). He should be the horse setting the pace and in front at he wire.      

J’s Top Three Picks:

  • Omaha Beach
  • Complexity
  • Roadster 


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