Nine Sophomores Try Ascot at Bay Meadows

A field of nine has been entered for Saturday's $100,000 Ascot Handicap for 3-year-olds on the turf at Bay Meadows.

Just Wonder, assigned top weight of 117 and ridden by Russell Baze, finished fifth in the $150,000 La Puente Stakes at Santa Anita on April 12 but was only beaten 2 1/4 lengths by the winner, Steelaninch, in the one-mile turf race. Trained by Laura de Seroux, Just Wonder has two wins and a second in five career races.

Helms Deep, from the Carla Gaines barn, most recently finished fourth in the $81,100 Academy Road Stakes at Santa Anita on March 14. The runner-up in Academy Road was Steelaninch, who was 1 1/2 length clear of Helms Deep.

$100,000 Ascot Handicap, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 mile on turf
PP. Horse, Wgt., Rider
1. Obermeister (CA), 112, Jose L. Rivera, Jr.
2. Just Wonder (GB), 117, Russell A. Baze
3. Direct Male (KY), 115, Chad Phillip Schvaneveldt
4. Helms Deep (GB), 115, Ronald J. Warren, Jr.
5. Iron Lad (IRE), 115, Frank T. Alvarado
6. Grandpa Chan (WA), 114, David G. Lopez
7. Frisco Johnny (FL), 115, Francisco Duran
8. Rapier Dance (FL), 116, Chance J. Rollins
9. Fellner (KY), 111, Omar Figueroa