Siphonic will go to post Sunday as the 122-pound highweight and likely favorite for the 1 1/16-mile San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) as he rebounds from a second-place finish in the Jan. 19 Santa Catalina Stakes. Though the horse that beat him that day, Edmund Gann's Bobby Frankel trainee Labamta Babe, won't be running due to injury, Gann and Frankel will be represented by recent acquisition Medaglia d'Oro.
Medaglia d'Oro was purchased from owner-breeders Albert and Joyce Bell shortly after winning a six-furlong Oaklawn Park maiden race for trainer David Vance. The son of El Prado will be tested for class and distance as he stretches out in the San Felipe.
Medaglia d'Oro's dam, Cappucino Bay (by Bailjumper), was primarily a sprinter. She won once in five attempts over a route of ground, that coming in a 1 1/16-mile claiming race on turf. Her lone stakes win came as a 2-year-old in the $56,160 Mercer Girl Stakes.
Medaglia d'Oro drew post-position three for Sunday's race, in which veteran rider Laffit Pincay Jr. will ride him.
The field for the San Felipe -- from the rail out, with jockeys and weights, will consist of:
1--Tracemark, Alex Solis, 116
2--Gobi Dan, Eddie Delahoussaye, 116
3--Medaglia D'oro, Laffit Pincay Jr., 116
4--Siphonic, Jerry Bailey, 122
5--Puerto Banus, Gary Stevens, 116
6--Shah Jehan, Mike Smith, 116
7--U S S Tinosa, Kent Desormeaux, 116