Laura de Seroux figures it's better late than never for 94-year-old Sidney Port, who owns Toasted, a 3-year-old colt with designs on next Sunday's $250,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.
Port, from Des Plaines, Illinois, is involved in hardware distribution for Lawson Products, according to de Seroux, who trains Toasted for Mr. Port.
Toasted, a son of Hennessy, would be making his U.S. debut in the San Felipe. He won twice and was third twice in four starts on turf in France before coming here some five months ago.
"We've had him since about last October," de Seroux said. "Mr. Port bought him specifically with the intention of trying him on the dirt to see if he could possibly be (Kentucky) Derby material, because it's Mr. Port's wish at his age to be there, so we're going to give it a go.
"He's a two-other-than (on conditions) and there's no chance to have one (of those races) written so these (stakes) are our only options. I think I'll go with the San Felipe because we've done a lot of breezing here (at Santa Anita), gate work, he's very familiar, he's schooled in the paddock. He's been familiarized with Santa Anita very thoroughly. I think that will be the plan."
Probable for the San Felipe: Action This Day, David Flores; Don'tsellmeshort, no rider; Harvard Avenue, no rider; Odds On, Alex Solis; Preachinatthebar, no rider; Rushin' to Altar, no rider; St Averil, Tyler Baze; and Toasted, Gary Stevens.