Chandtrue, unbeaten in four starts at Hollywood Park at 2, gets his sophomore campaign started on the turf in Saturday's $100,000 Baldwin Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita.
Owned by Harold F. Greene and trained by Bob Hess Jr., Chandtrue hasn't started since capturing the six-furlong Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) on July 17 in his graded stakes debut. His 2-year-old resume also included wins in the ungraded Haggin and Willard Proctor Memorial stakes and total earnings of $182,970.
Hess wanted to start Chandtrue, who is nominated to the Triple Crown, in the Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Saturday, where he would have faced Lost in the Fog. But suitable travel arrangements could not be made, so Hess opted for the Baldwin instead.
"We were looking forward to running against Lost in the Fog in the Swale," he said. "We have a little history in that race having won it with D'wildcat (in 2001) and I thought seven furlongs on dirt would be ideal. I wasn't really keen on running him on the grass nor across the dirt crossover in his comeback. But because of difficulty in making travel arrangements and our inability to get him on a Tex Sutton flight – we would have had to go on an Air Cargo flight – we felt it was in the horse's best interests to stay here. Running in the Baldwin was the lesser of two evils, rather than going on a flight we weren't really pleased with."
The Baldwin, contested at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill course, will be the turf debut for the Florida-bred son of Yes It's True
. Chandtrue drew the outside post in the field of 12 and will carry 122 pounds while gaining the services of Corey Nakatani. He spots the remainder of the field from three to eight pounds.
Another Florida-bred Triple Crown nominee, Bushwacker, starts from the rail with Alex Solis in the irons. After breaking his maiden in his debut on the Hollywood Park turf in November, the son of Outflanker
was a game second to Declan's Moon, beaten by two lengths in the Hollywood Prevue (gr. III). He ran eighth by 17 lengths in his last start, the Sunshine Million Dash, a race won by Lost in the Fog.
Eastern Sand ran second in the one-mile Hill Rise in his first start for trainer Jeff Mullins on the turf at Santa Anita Jan. 15.
British-bred The Pheasant Flyer, a two-time winner in England on turf before finishing 12th in a group III effort in October, joins the stable of Jim Cassidy.
Julio Canani sends out Sunny Sky, a turf stakes winner in France who ran third in his U.S. debut in the Generous (gr. IIIT) at a mile.
Irish-bred Il Colosseo returns to the lawn after back-to-back victories on the dirt at Wolverhampton in Great Britain late last year for trainer Linda Stubbs.$100,000 Baldwin Stakes (gr. IIIT), 3-year-olds, about 6 1/2 furlongs (turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Bushwacker (FL), 114, Alex O. Solis
2. Run Thruthe Sun (CA), 117, Jon K. Court
3. Talking to John (KY), 117, Victor Espinoza
4. Il Colosseo (IRE), 114, Mike E. Smith
5. Eastern Sand (FL), 114, Patrick A. Valenzuela
6. Cammies Future (GB), 114, Jose Valdivia, Jr.
7. The Pheasant Flyer (GB), 114, Garrett K. Gomez
8. High Standards (CA), 117, Edgar S. Prado
9. Orbits World (CA), 119, Kent J. Desormeaux
10. Hesabully (FL), 117, Tyler Baze
11. Sunny Sky (FR), 114, Rene R. Douglas
12. Chandtrue (FL), 122, Corey S. Nakatani