Blues' Trip to Breeders' Cup at Stake Sunday

(from Santa Anita report)
Bluesthestandard could use Sunday's $250,000 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita Park as a springboard to his second consecutive appearance in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Lone Star Park in Texas on Oct. 30.

Bluesthestandard is a 7-year-old Georgia-bred gelding that climbed from the lowly claiming ranks to become a graded stakes winner for owner Jeffrey Sengara and trainer Ted H. West. He seeks his 16th win from 31 starts in the Ancient Title, a six-furlong dash for 3-year-olds and up. The popular son of American Standard would surpass the $1 million in earnings with a victory.

Sengara paid $90,000 last year to supplement Bluesthestandard to the BC Sprint. He finished second and earned $200,000.

The Ancient Title has produced the Breeders' Cup Sprint winner three times in the last 12 years.

Bluesthestandard, whose career earnings stand at $925,818, was third as a 7-1 outsider in last year's Ancient Title.

The horse to catch in the Ancient Title is Hombre Rapido, like Bluesthestandard a 7-year-old gelding. The Kentucky-bred son of Falstaff has won five of 23 starts and is making his first start since July 25 when he was third in the Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) at Del Mar.

During and Omega Code were supplemented to the Ancient Title at a cost of $5,000 each. The 4-year-old During, making his first start for trainer Nick Hines, will be trying a sprint for the first time since he broke his maiden as a 2-year-old.

Omega Code, a son of Elusive Quality, the sire of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones, is reunited with jockey Martin Pedroza for the first time in seven races since they won the San Miguel Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita on Jan. 12, 2003.

"He's one of my best horses," the 39-year-old jockey said. "I love him. I haven't ridden him in a race since we won the San Miguel but I galloped him yesterday to get the feel of him. He was really happy. He was loving it and I was happy to be back on him."

Pedroza has ridden Omega Code four times, winning on three occasions while finishing third once.Wesley Ward trains Omega Code for Team Valor and Dennis Ward, his father.

Grade I winner Pohave carries the co-high weight of 118 pounds. He is coming off a second-place finish in the Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) at Del Mar July 25.

$250,000 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I), 3 & up, 6 furlongs
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight
1. Rojo Toro, Victor Espinoza, 114
2. Pohave, Jon Court, 118
3. During, Javier Santiago, 116
4. Kamsack, Kent Desormeaux, 113
5. Bluesthestandard, Mike Smith, 118
6. Omega Code, Martin Pedroza, 113
7. Pt's Grey Eagle, Alex Bisono, 109
8. Hombre Rapido, Tyler Baze, 114