Going Wild Takes Big Step Up for Lukas

(from Santa Anita report)
Maiden winner Going Wild, a $600,000 Kentucky-bred son of Golden Missile, goes for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas in the $100,000 San Miguel Stakes for 3-year-olds at six furlongs at Santa Anita Park on Monday.

The San Miguel originally was scheduled last Sunday but was postponed when heavy rains forced cancellation of the card after one race.

Going Wild broke his maiden going six furlongs at Santa Anita on opening day, Dec. 26, but is meeting stiffer rivals in his first stakes attempt. Bob and Beverly Lewis, of Newport Beach, who teamed with Lukas to win the 1999 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) with Charismatic, own the colt.

Lukas won the San Miguel in 1999 with Cape Canaveral and in 1996 with Honour and Glory.

Favoritism could fall to Bushwacker or So Long Birdie. Bushwacker was second to likely 2-year-old champion Declan's Moon in the Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) before having his saddle slip in the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) and losing all chance.

So Long Birdie is a Florida-bred son of Pioneering who was claimed for $40,000 by trainer Craig Dollase in May before going on to win a maiden special weight race by 11 lengths on Dec. 19.

California-bred Senor Fango is the lone stakes winner in the field of six, taking the Graduation Stakes for state-breds at Del Mar last July.

$100,000 San Miguel Stakes (Race 3), 3-year-olds, 6 furlongs
1. Bushwacker, Rene Douglas, 114
2. Senor Fango, Pat Valenzuela, 121
3. Going Wild, Mike Smith, 114
4. So Long Birdie, David Flores, 114
5. General John B, Jon Court, 116
6. Fallfree, Casey Fusilier, 116