Entries and J’s Picks for Charles Whittingham Stakes (G2T) at Santa Anita on May 23

Race 8. Charles Whittingham Stakes (G2T). For three-year-old and up at 1 ¼ miles on the turf. Purse $200,000.


PP Horse Jockey  Trainer M/L
1 Desert Stone  Abel Cedillo Richard Baltas 8/1
2 Multiplier  Drayden Van Dyke Peter Miller 10/1
3 Bold Endeavor  Mike Smith George Papaprodromou 20/1
4 Synthesis  Geovanni Franco George Papaprodromou 30/1
5 United  Flavien Prat Richard E. Mandella 6/5
6 Originaire  Umberto Rispoli Jeff Mullins 5/2
7 Rockemperor  Irad Ortiz, Jr. Chad Brown 5/2

Desert Stone should like the distance. He won the San Gabriel (G2) return at a mile and an eighth on Jan. 4. He needs to find a safe running room to have a chance of hitting the board. 

Multiplier has not been in the winner’s circle since 2018. He had his picture taken in 2017 by winning the Illinois Derby (G3) in 2017. He placed in the 2020 Santa Anita Handicap (G1). He has been competitive in steak race throughout his career. The distance should not be a problem, but the talent for a win will cause him trouble. He should finish in the top four.

Bold Endeavor moves from the dirt to the turf. He is 0-for-4 on turf.  He is the speed in the race.   He has three start in 2020 with a win in an allowance optional claiming race at Santa Anita in January. He finished ninth in the 2020 San Pasqual Stakes (G2) in February. He should not be a factor at the wire.

Synthesis moves from the dirt to the turf. He will be pressing the pace. He missed finishing in the top three in two turf routes last year. He should not be a factor at the wire.

United followed the speed until the turn for home and capture San Marcos (G2) at today’s distance on Feb. 1. He is a proven turf distance competitor and has run ran well in multiple graded turf routes. He finished second in this stake last year. He should finish in the top two.

Originaire won a fast in a strong optional claiming turf win on Feb. 29. He needs a speed duel on the front to increase his chances of finishing in the top two. He should find a spot on the board.

Rockemperor lacks speed and needs a fast pace to be competitive. He likes  to stalk the pace from mid-pack and pass tired horse down the stretch. He should like the distance but not the slow pace. He should finish in top four. 

J’s Top Three Picks:

  • United 
  • Rockemperor
  • Multiplier

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