Review of Lazaro Barrera Stakes at Santa Anita on May 18

The Lázaro Barrera Memorial Stakes is held annually during the third week of May. Since the closing of Hollywood Park the race it is now held at Santa Anita.

It is named the Lázaro Barrera Memorial Stakes in the memory of Hall of Fame trainer Lázaro “Laz” Barrera.

Race 8. Lazaro Barrera Stakes,(GIII). For three-year-old at 7 furlongs on dirt. Purse $100,000.

Entries:

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Mucho Gusto Joseph Talamo Bob Baffert 4/5
2 Sparky Ville Victor Espinoza Jeff Bonde 5/2
3 Principe Carlo Ruben Fuentes Marcelo Polanco 12/1
4 Vantastic Flavien Prat Peter Eurton 5/1
5 Manhattan Up Tiago Pereira Philip A. Oviedo 6/1
6 Synthesis Rafael Bejarano George Papaprodromou 12/1

Mucho Gusto last race was the Sunland Park Derby (GIII), a race he ran third as the favorite. He led the 1 1/8-mile Sunland Park Derby early while racing inside before fading in the stretch. Prior to that, he won Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3) on a sloppy track at Santa Anita. Last year, Mucho Gusto broke maiden win going six furlongs at Los Alamitos. He followed with a victory in the Bob Hope Stakes (GIII) going seven furlongs at Del Mar. He then ran second in the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity (GI). He should be forwardly placed. He should finish in top two.

Sparky Ville won the seven-furlong San Vicente Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita. He will be making his first start since an off-the-board finish in the April 27 California Derby at 1 1/16 miles on the synthetic surface at Golden Gate Fields. He finished third in the Bob Hope Stakes (GIII).  He has a record of 3-1-2 for nine starts. He will follow the speed until the stretch for home. He should finish in top three.

Vantastic finished seventh in his last race, an allowance optional claiming, at one mile on turf at Santa Anita. He has never won a graded stakes race. His best finish in a graded stakes was running third in the Cecil B. DeMille Stakes,(GIII), at Del Mar going one mile on turf.  He likes to sit behind the pace and back a late run down the stretch. He is not at the same class level as the favorite. He should finish in top four.

Manhattan Up won his last race, an allowance optional claiming, at six furlongs at Santa Anita. He has never raced in a graded stakes race. He likes to be forwardly placed.  He is not at the same class level as the favorite. He should finish in top four.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Mucho Gusto – Best Bet of Day Pick
  • Sparky Ville
  • Manhattan Up

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