Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Total Impact heads a compact field in the $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) , part of a three-stakes card at Oak Tree at Santa Anita Park Saturday.
Total Impact, coming off a creditable third-place finish in Del Mar's Pacific Classic (gr. I), will not have to face Pleasantly Perfect, who won the past two Goodwoods as well as the Pacific Classic in August.
Instead, United Arab Emirates Derby (UAE-II) champion Lundy's Liability and Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) winner Supah Blitz loom as major threats in the 1 1/8-mile Goodwood.
Mike Smith is Total Impact's regular rider.
Trained by Laura de Seroux, Total Impact is shortening up from his best distance, 1 1/4 miles, to nine furlongs, where he was winless in four starts. A winner of five of 19 lifetime with earnings of $1,279,568 the 6-year-old son of Stuka has won only the Gold Cup in eight starts this year. He would need to be supplemented at $800,000 to run in the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
In the Pacific Classic, Total Impact led after six furlongs but could not hold off Pleasantly Perfect. He lost by 1 3/4 lengths.
Supah Blitz ended an 11-race losing streak when desperately holding off Domestic Dispute by a nose at Del Mar in his first start for trainer Doug O'Neill. Corey Nakatani replaces Victor Espinoza, who was able to get Supah Blitz to show more speed than in his recent races.
Lundy's Liability, a Brazilian-bred son of Candy Stripes will be making his North American debut. To be ridden by David Flores, he has not raced since winning the UAE Derby March 27. However, the Bobby Frankel-trained colt has been working forwardly in Southern California all summer.A field of six is lined up to start in the Goodwood, although During, third while finishing four lengths behind Supah Blitz in his last outing, may not start, according to trainer Nick Hines.Truly A Judge, a 6-year-old gelding that has some speed and has down well at Santa Anita (4-for-14), may also pass."We're entering to take a look, to tell you the truth," trainer David Bernstein said. "If it comes up too tough, we don't have to run. It doesn't cost us anything to enter. He's doing awfully good now and it was a gutty win last time." That victory came in an optional claiming race at Del Mar on Aug. 25.The Goodwood goes as the eighth race on a 10-race card that includes the $500,000 Yellow Ribbon (gr. I) for fillies and mares on the turf at 1 1/4 miles, and the $200,000Oak Leaf (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.$500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), 3 & up, 1 1/8 miles
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Californian (GB), 113, Martin A. Pedroza
2. Lundy's Liability (BRZ), 118, David R. Flores
3. Supah Blitz (FL), 117, Corey S. Nakatani
4. Truly a Judge (KY), 114, Rene R. Douglas
5. Total Impact (CHI), 119, Mike E. Smith
6. During (KY), 116, Javier Santiago