Review of San Gabriel Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 5

Race 7. San Gabriel Stakes, Grade II on T. For four-year-old and up at 11/8 miles on turf. Purse $200,000.



PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Liam the Charmer Kent Desormeaux Michael McCarthy 4/1
2 Platinum Warrior Shane Foley John Sadler 15/1
3 Cleopatra’s Strike Flavien Prat Philip D’Amato 8/1
4 Oscar Dominguez Rafael Bejarano Peter Miller 20/1
5 Chicago Style Drayden Van Dyke Thomas Proctor 3/1
6 Flamboyant Brice Blanc Patrick Gallagher 5/1
7 Next Shares Joel Rosario Richard Baltas 7/2
8 Big Score Mike Smith Tim Yakteen 6/1
9 Big Bend Joseph Talamo Thomas Proctor 12/1
10 Arms Runner Martin Pedroza Peter Miller 30/1

Chicago Style comes off a solid Grade II win and has made the most of limited career opportunities, heads a field of 10 older horses in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes at a mile and one eighth on turf at Santa Anita Park. Chicago Style has won six of his 11 starts, with all of his races coming on grass. He displayed a powerful closing gear when rallying to take the Grade II Hollywood Derby going 1 ½ miles over the Del Mar turf Nov. 23 and was a respectable fifth, beaten 1 ½ lengths, two starts back in the one mile turf Lure Stakes here on Nov. 2.

Chicago Style needs a honest pace as he bids for his seventh win from 12 career tries.

Liam the Charmer won the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship two starts back on Sept. 30, never got untracked when eased going a mile and one half in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Nov. 3 and will try to bounce back over a course he’s done very well on. He likes the Santa Anita turf, evidenced by his 8-4-1-1 local record. He is a  dedicated deep closer, and need have some pace to run down late.

Next Shares ran the best race of his career two starts back when taking the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland Oct. 6. With the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile looming as his crowning career achievement, Next Shares comes off the best year of his career, winning $903,890 while compiling a 10-2-2-2 mark for 2018. His San Gabriel candidacy gets a big boost with the addition of Joel Rosario, who last rode him 11 starts back on Nov. 10, 2017-a six furlong turf allowance win at Aqueduct. He was 13th, beaten six lengths in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile Turf Nov. 3. He has two seconds and as many thirds from four local turf tries.

Our Top Three Picks

  • Chicago Style
  • Liam the Charmer
  • Next Shares





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