Dressed in Hermes Seeks Turf-Dirt Double
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Dressed in Hermes will look for his second straight graded stakes score in the Sham Stakes.

Budget Stable's Dressed in Hermes will look for his second straight graded stakes score in the $100,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 9 at Santa Anita Park, but it will come over a relatively unfamiliar surface.

In his last start, the Hat Trick   gelding trained by Janet Armstrong closed from seventh place to win the Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (gr. IIIT) over the Del Mar turf course, but will try dirt for the first time since his July 25 debut when he steps on the Santa Anita main track Saturday.

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In his first start, a six-furlong maiden special weight event at Del Mar, Dressed in Hermes finished fourth in a field of nine, 5 3/4 lengths behind winner and eventual two-time graded victor Exaggerator.

But Dressed in Hermes isn't the only last-out winner entered in the Sham. Three other entrants have won their last start, including California-bred Found Money, the only other stakes winner in the field of nine going a mile on the dirt. The Square Eddie   colt heads a contingent of three from the Doug O'Neill barnincluding last-out allowance winner Semper Fortis and maiden special weight victor Sorryaboutnothingafter winning the King Glorious Stakes in his last start Dec. 12 at Los Alamitos Race Course.

Another last-out winner is Let's Meet in Rio, one of two Bob Baffert-trained colts set to go in the Sham. The Flatter   colt broke through at third asking Dec. 5 at Los Alamitos in a mile maiden special weight event. Baffert has also entered Speedway Stable's Collected, who finished second, by 1 1/4 lengths, to Dressed in Hermes in the DeMille.

Graded stakes-placed I'malreadythere, maiden winner Rare Candy, and winless Laoban compete the field.

Sham S. (gr. III)

Santa Anita Park, Saturday, January 09, 2016, Race 6
  • 1m
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo
  • 3:03 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Rare Candy (FL)Joseph Talamo118David E. Hofmans6/1
22Dressed in Hermes (KY)Mike E. Smith120Janet Armstrong7/2
33Let's Meet in Rio (KY)Kent J. Desormeaux118Bob Baffert6/1
44Found Money (CA)Mario Gutierrez118Doug F. O'Neill6/1
55Semper Fortis (KY)Kieren Fallon118Doug F. O'Neill8/1
66Laoban (KY)Tyler Baze118Eric J. Guillot15/1
77I'malreadythere (FL)Rafael Bejarano118Jerry Hollendorfer5/1
88Sorryaboutnothing (FL)Flavien Prat118Doug F. O'Neill15/1
99Collected (KY)Martin Garcia118Bob Baffert3/1
 

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