A rare "no contest" was declared after Santa Anita's third race March 3 when the starting gate malfunctioned and only three of the seven horses came out of the gate properly.
- Dark Bay or Brown Gelding
- Born 2005
|Trainer||Mike R. Mitchell|
|Owner||Belmonte, Phil, Cohen, Henry, Featherston, Roger and Miller, Tom|
|Breeder||Hopewell Investments LLC|
|Muny View Five-Cross Pedigree||Najran||Runaway Groom|
|Because I Can||Farma Way|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Hopewell Farm, agent||($18,000)|
Prices in parentheses indicate a horse did not sell because it did not meet its reserve price.
El Gato Malo makes his third start since winning last year's Lone Star Derby (gr. III) in the $150,000 San Fernando Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 17. The beaten favorite in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) is part of a wide open field of a dozen 4-year-olds in the 1 1/16-mile test over the Pro-Ride racing surface.
Jockey Mike Smith, trainer John Shirreffs, and owners/breeders Jerry and Ann Moss have one trip to the Hollywood Park winner's circle guaranteed. They are hoping for a second with Madeo following the $500,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) Nov. 30.
Muny, who posted his third straight victory with a front-running effort in the Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT) on the Breeders' Cup undercard at Santa Anita Oct. 25, is slated to make his next start in the $500,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) Nov. 30, trainer Mike Puype said Nov. 7.