Harrisand Takes Big Step Up in San Marcos

(from track report)
Despite a steep step up in company in Monday's $150,000 San Marcos Stakes (gr. IIT) at 1 1/4 mile on the Santa Anita grass, jockey Patrick Valenzuela is confident Harrisand, the French-bred 5-year-old trained by Bobby Frankel, can handle the competition.

Harrisand won at at the distance on the turf at Hollywood Park on Dec. 8 with Pat Valenzuela aboard. But that was in an allowance race.

"He ran a good race that day," Valenzuela said, referring to the allowance effort. "I was very happy with the way he won and the way he finished the last quarter mile, especially going a mile and a quarter. I think he's going to be tough."

Harrisand, a dark bay son of Marchand de Sable, has a 5-1-2 record from 11 starts, with earnings of $124,527 for owner Edmund Gann. He carries 115 pounds Monday.

In other San Marcos developments, The Tin Man worked four furlongs Friday for Richard Mandella in :50.40 on a fast track.

A field of nine was entered for the race. Grammarian, front-running winner of the $150,000 San Gabriel (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita on Dec. 29, drew the top weight assignment of 122 pounds, The Tin Man, making his first start since a tough fourth in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), will also carry 122. Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) victor Johar, trained by Mandella, will carry 120.

$150,000 San Marcos Stakes (gr. IIT, 4:07 p.m. PST), 4 & up, 1 1/4 mile on turf
Post Horse, Weight, Jockey
1 Grammarian (KY), 122, Jose Valdivia, Jr.
2 El Gran Papa (KY), 115, Laffit A. Pincay, Jr.
3 The Tin Man (KY), 122, Mike E. Smith
4 Harrisand (FR), 115, Patrick Angel Valenzuela
5 Night Patrol (KY), 119, Tyler Baze
6 Hataab (KY), 115, Kent J. Desormeaux
7 National Anthem (GB), 115, David Romero Flores
8 Johar (KY) 4, 120, Alex O. Solis
9 T. H. Lear (KY). 115, Victor Espinoza