Trained by Brian Kohner, California Flag worked a half-mile on turf in :46 1/5, fastest time among four working that distance over the grass. Tale of a Champion went the same distance in :47 for trainer Kristin Mulhall.
Winner of the Turf Sprint in 2009 over the same downhill Santa Anita turf course at 6 1/2 furlongs, California Flag has participated in the race four times previously, with finishes of 10th, eighth, and 12th to go along with the win. From 26 lifetime starts, the California-bred 8-year-old gelding has 11 wins and two thirds, with earnings of $1.2 million.
Tale of a Champion, a Kentucky-bred son of Tale of the Cat , has won three of seven starts, including the Eddie Delahoussaye Stakes (gr. IIIT), also at 6 1/2 furlongs over Santa Anita's turf course, in his most recent effort.