The $100,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park on Jan. 11 was a two-horse race all the way down to the final sixteenth of a mile, and considering the fact that only four runners started, that was not a surprise.
Midnight Hawk—favored at 2-5 off a first-out maiden win for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert—and 2-1 second choice Kristo, the most experienced in the field with three previous outings under his girth, battled throughout the one-mile event worth 10 points on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).