New Faces Try Tates Creek in San Gorgonio

(from track report)
Neil Drysdale entered two horses in Saturday's $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. IIT) for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the Santa Anita turf. But the Hall of Fame trainer gives Magic Mission a definite edge over stablemate Double Cat.

"Magic Mission's training very well," Drysdale said. "I'm very pleased with her. Double Cat, well, we'd be happy if she hits the board. She's going to be bred this year to A.P. Indy. She was compromised a little bit the other day by soft ground," when she finished fifth in the Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT) over a "good" grass course at Hollywood Park on Dec. 21.

Las Palmas (gr. IIT) winner Tates Creek, ridden by Patrick Valenzuela and trained by Bobby Frankel for Juddmonte Farms, is the 121-pound high weight in the field of seven. The San Gorgonio also features another Frankel trainee, British-bred Megahertz, who won five stakes races as a 3-year-old in 2002 for owner Michael Bello.

$150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. IIT), older fillies and mares, 1 1/8 mile on turf
PP. Horse, Rider, Wgt.
1. Miss Gazon, Julie Krone, 112
2. Alozaina, David Flores, 114
3. Tates Creek, Pat Valenzuela, 121
4. Megahertz, Alex Solis, 117
5. Double Cat, Mike Smith, 113
6. Crazy Ensign, Laffit Pincay Jr., 116
7. Magic Mission, Victor Espinoza, 113