Mandella Pair Work Toward Santa Anita Handicap

Mandella Pair Work Toward Santa Anita Handicap
Photo: AP/Equi-Photo, Gary I Rothstein
Saint Liam, likely favorite for the Santa Anita Handicap, winning the Donn.
Rock Hard Ten and Congrats, two contenders for Saturday's Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) trained by Richard Mandella, worked at Santa Anita Tuesday.

With Gary Stevens aboard, Rock Hard Ten worked in company with Panama Lane, going in a half-mile in :48.60 while Panama Lane was clocked in :49 flat. "He looked great," Mandella said of Rock Hard Ten. "He went the last eighth in 11 and change. He couldn't be better." Added Stevens: "It was perfect."

Meanwhile, Congrats blew out a half-mile in :48.20 under Tyler Baze. He went in company with Berbatim, who was timed in :48.40 under Alex Solis.

Also, trainer John Sadler reported that Sunshine Millions Classic winner Musique Toujours has an abscess and a quarter crack in his foot and is "doubtful" for the Big 'Cap.

Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner Saint Liam is the Big 'Cap highweight at 122 pounds and will likely be favored. Probable for the Santa Anita Handicap, for which post positions will be drawn Wednesday, are Borrego, Garrett Gomez, 113; Congrats, Tyler Baze, 115; Grand Reward, Rafael Bejarano, 112; Imperialism, Alex Solis, 117; Island Fashion, no rider, 113; Lundy's Liability, Pat Valenzuela, 120; Rock Hard Ten, Gary Stevens, 119; Saint Liam, Edgar Prado, 122; Supah Blitz, Victor Espinoza, 115; and Truly A Judge, Martin Pedroza, 117.

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