Review of San Marcos Stakes, GIIT, at Santa Anita on Feb. 9

In what appears to be the best betting race on Santa Anita’s 11-race card Saturday, the Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes has attracted 13 older horses who will compete at a mile and one quarter on turf. Originally scheduled to be run this past Saturday, the San Marcos was shifted to this Saturday due to last weekend’s heavy rains.

The entries include: Chicago Style the Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (G2T) winner, Flamboyant a three-time graded winner, Beach View the Cougar II Handicap (G3) winner, and India Mantuana the Red Carpet Handicap (G3T) winner. Then adding the unknown variables such as Sejo, Dabster and Roman Rosso to the field makes for an interesting race.

Race 9. San Marcos Stakes, GIIT. For four-year-old and up at 1 1/4 miles on turf. Purse $200,000.


PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Unapologetic Geovanni Franco William Spawr 10/1
2 Roman Rosso Evin Roman Bob Baffert 12/1
3 Chicago Style Drayden Van Dyke Thomas Proctor 3/1
4 Epical Tyler Baze James Cassidy 7/2
5 Platinum Warrior Shane Foley John Sadler 12/1
6 Sejo Flavien Prat John Sadler 12/1
7 Dabster Joseph Talamo Bob Baffert 5/1
8 Beach View Rafael Bejarano Leonard Powell 5/1
9 Lucky Soul Heriberto Figueroa Michael McCarthy 30/1
10 Flamboyant Brice Blanc Patrick Gallagher 12/1
11 India Mantuana Joel Rosario Thomas Bell, II 20/1
12 Ya Gotta Wanna Aaron Gryder Philip D’Amato 12/1
13 Prince of Arabia Kent Desormeaux James M. Cassidy 30/1


Epical an allowance winner in his last two starts. He won a turf allowance race going 1 1/8 miles on Dec. 28. He went gate-to-wire through realistic splits of 47.40, 1:11 and 1:34.40 to a to a winning time of 1:46.20. He was a turf allowance winner going 1 3/8 miles in similar fashion at Del Mar Nov. 15. Epical should be extremely tough as he steps into graded completion and stretches out furlong off of his most recent win. He should be on the board.

Chicago Style should get a solid pace to run at around the final turn. He won the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup two starts back on Nov. 23. He shortened up three eighths of a mile when he finished fourth in the 1 1/8 miles turf San Gabriel Stakes on Jan. 5. Chicago Style will be looking for his seventh win from 13 career starts. He is the horse to beat.

Unapologetic won a 1 3/8 miles turf allowance at Del Mar on Nov. 22. He was beaten in his only two graded stakes appearances, the Grade III Cougar II Handicap on July 25 and the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap three starts back on Aug. 18. If the pace is solid through the first mile, he could be the horse to catch near the wire. Unapologetic is 14-3-1-2 over the Santa Anita turf. He should be on the board.

Dabster has the speed to set a solid pace. He has been facing top horses on dirt in his last two starts. Most recently third, beaten 1 1/4 lengths in the Grade II San Antonio on Dec. 26. He finished second two starts back in the Grade III Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 25. Dabster will be trying turf for the first time his 13th career start. He should be on the board.

Beach View in the past has shown speed but has run from off the pace in his last two starts. He finishing fourth in his last race the Grade II San Antonio Stakes on Dec. 26. His prior race he was third in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar. He should finish in top five.

Ya Gotta Wanna returns to stakes company Saturday in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes. In his last race on Dec. 28 he finished seventh as the 2-1 favorite in an overnight race. He will race without blinkers. He has 14 career starts, racing in blinkers in his last 13 straight. He should finish in top six.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Chicago Style
  • Unapologetic
  • Beach View



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