St. Joe Bay (outside), finished in a dead heat with Solid Wager in the Midnight Lute

St. Joe Bay (outside), finished in a dead heat with Solid Wager in the Midnight Lute

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Only Five Go Postward in Palos Verdes

Grade 3 winner St. Joe Bay tops short cast.

Sprinters appear to be in short supply in Southern California as only five passed Santa Anita's entry box for the Feb. 4 Palos Verdes Stakes (G2) at six furlongs. While two of the entrants are graded stakes winners, Ocho Ocho Ocho, earned a grade 3 going two turns back in 2014.

At the head of short cast is Altamira Racing Stable’s St. Joe Bay, a dead-heat winner of the Midnight Lute Stakes (G3) with Solid Wager at 6 1/2 furlongs New Year's Eve for trainer Peter Miller. The 5-year-old gelding by St. Anddan (A.P. Indy) preceded that effort with a score in a Del Mar allowance optional claiming sprint Dec. 4. A moderate success as a miler throughout 2016, the cut back seems to suit him.

DP Racing's Ocho Ocho Ocho won the 1 1/16-mile Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (G3) in November 2014 after taking Santa Anita's Juvenile Turf Sprint Stakes for trainer James Cassidy. A run through the Triple Crown trial produced a third-place finish in the nine-furlong Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1), and he made only two starts as a 4-year-old last year. He has not raced since a runner-up effort to three-time grade 1 Lord Nelson  in early June 2016.

Hronis Racing's Moe Candy (Candy Ride ) has won three straight going back to October and appears ready for stakes action. Also in the cast is Ike Walker, who was claimed last out for $50,000 by Jerry Hollendorfer for C T R Stables and Distinctive B, a $40,000 claim by Rockingham Ranch from Cassidy last spring.

Entries: Palos Verdes S. (G2)

Santa Anita Park, Saturday, February 04, 2017, Race 3

  • Grade II
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $200,000
  • 4 yo's & up
  • 1:29 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Ike Walker (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFlavien Prat120Jerry Hollendorfer8/1
22Distinctive B (FL)Tyler Baze120Peter Miller7/2
33St. Joe Bay (FL)Kent J. Desormeaux122Peter Miller8/5
44Ocho Ocho Ocho (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateSantiago Gonzalez120James M. Cassidy7/2
55Moe Candy (KY)Victor Espinoza120John W. Sadler2/1