Action This Day, will make his first start of the year Sunday.

Action This Day, will make his first start of the year Sunday.

Mike Corrado

Champion Action This Day May Face Six in Sham

Action This Day, the champion 2-year-old male of 2003, faces a likely field of six other 3-year-olds in Sunday's $75,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita.

The Sham will be the first start for the son of Kris S. since the Richard Mandella-trained colt won the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at 27-1 odds last Oct. 25.

"I think he's pretty ready,"trainer Richard Mandella said Wednesday morning. "He's only run three times. It's hard to calculate exactly what day I was going to have him ready since he's only had a little experience."

Mandella said the1 1/8 mile disance of the Sham should benefit Action This Day's stretch-running style, but admitted, "he ain't cranked for his life yet. But he's ready to run."

Probable for the Sham: Action This Day, David Flores; Borrego, Tyler Baze; Master David, Alex Solis; Preachinatthebar, Gary Stevens; Totally Platinum, no rider; True Contender, no rider; and Winner From Mars, Kent Desormeaux.