In Summation, Calder Race Course's 2005 juvenile champion, and a couple of California breds with considerable promise, Da Stoops and Plagiarist, head a field of eight in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash at Santa Anita Saturday.
Eventual Eclipse Award sprint champion Lost in the Fog won this race for 3-year-olds at six furlongs last year.
Trainer Bob Baffert's Da Stoops, named after Arizona football coach Mike Stoops, is coming off a powerful 8 ¼ -length win in the Dec. 26 California Breeders' Championship. Plagiarist turned heads in his only start, blazing six furlongs in 1:08 4/5 last month at Hollywood Park.
"It was as impressive as you can get," commented O'Neill, who trains the gelded son of Souvenir Copy
Florida breds outnumber their California counterparts by a count of 5-3 in the Dash.$250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash (Race 3, 12:50 p.m. PT), Florida and California-bred 3-year-olds, 6 Furlongs
PP. Horse, Jockey
1. Da Stoops (CA), Victor Espinoza
2. Dinner Magic (FL), Javier Santiago
3. Corazondelcampeon (FL), Alex Bisono
4. Rattlesnake Joe (FL), Felipe F. Martinez
5. Brite Maneuvers (CA), Corey S. Nakatani
6. Plagiarist (CA), Garrett K. Gomez
7. In Summation (FL), Cornelio H. Velasquez
8. Changing Weather (FL), David R. FloresEach colt assigned 120 pounds.