Canadian-based trainer Robertino Diodoro has always wanted to win a race at Santa Anita. On opening day, Dec. 26, he not only won his first race there, he won the very first race on Santa Anita's new dirt surface.
- Chestnut Gelding
- Born 2003
|Trainer||Mike R. Mitchell|
|Owner||Capen, Featherston, Miller, Et Al|
|Breeder||Madeleine A. Paulson & Diamond A Racing Corporation|
|Skellytown View Five-Cross Pedigree||Thunder Gulch||Gulch|
|Line of Thunder|
|Miss Dahlia||Strawberry Road (AUS)|
Perhaps encouraged by the absence of Bourbon Bay, 11 horses were entered in the $150,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap (gr. II) to be contested May 15 over the Hollywood Park turf.
Odds-on choice Bourbon Bay became the first horse in 17 years to sweep Santa Anita's three-race turf marathon stakes series when he captured the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap (gr. IIT) on closing day April 18.
|Will Take Charge|