Aury and Ralph Todd's The Tin Man will seek his fourth straight win when he faces three rivals in Saturday's $250,000 San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) at Bay Meadows. A lightly raced 4-year-old son of Affirmed, The Tin Man will be making his stakes debut in the turf feature.
The Tin Man is trained by Richard Mandella and would currently have a five-race winning streak if not for finishing a neck behind Woody Haze in a Santa Anita allowance race in December after earning his maiden win in his second career start in October. Since that December defeat, he has reeled off three-straight win in allowance or optional claiming/allowance races at Santa Anita.
His three rivals in the mile race -- Decarchy, Suances and Sarafan -- each have a graded or group stakes win to their credit, with Sarafan coming off a neck-length win over Beat Hollow in the Explosive Bid Handicap (gr. IIT) at Fair Grounds last month. 2000 Prix Jean Prat (Fr-I) winner Suances finished 10th in that race, beaten by 4 3/4 lengths while racing for the first time in nearly two years. Decarchy, a half-brother of Chester House and Honest Lady, enters the San Francisco Mile following a neck-length win over Sarafan in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) in early March. The Bobby Frankel trainee is perfect from two starts this year and no stranger to Bay Area turf courses, having won the Tanforan Handicap (gr. IIIT) in his 5-year-old debut.
The field for the San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile Handicap will consist of:
1--The Tin Man, Mike Smith, 116
2--Sarafan, Corey Nakatani, 119
3--Suances, David Flores, 115
4--Decarchy, Kent Desormeaux, 121