City of Light wins the Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Park

City of Light wins the Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Park

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City of Light Back for More in Triple Bend

Quality Road colt broke through to win the Malibu Stakes (G1) last time out.

The $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes (G1) might not have the star power that was expected—grade 1-winning rivals Roy H and Ransom the Moon were not entered—but a top-level performer still remains in the six-horse field March 10 at Santa Anita Park.

Suzanne and William K. Warren Jr.'s City of Light burst onto the scene with an impressive, front-running score in the Malibu Stakes (G1) Dec. 26, and trainer Michael McCarthy has the Quality Road  colt set for his 4-year-old debut in the Triple Bend, at the same seven-furlong distance.

"It's a grade 1, and everyone in there's got a great shot at winning," McCarthy said. "We think, if we run our same race right back, we'll be awfully tough."

ANGST: City of Light Shines in Malibu Stakes

That statement would be hard to argue with, considering the Triple Bend's second choice on the morning line (5-2 to City of Light's 9-5) is the second-place finisher from the Malibu, Hronis Racing's Edwards Going Left.

The California-bred son of Midnight Lute  built on his Malibu performance in his first start of 2018, a six-length romp in the Jan. 27 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint. Since he was claimed for $50,000 in February 2017, Edwards Going Left has racked up seven wins and $381,390 in earnings.

BALAN: Edwards Going Left Dominates California Cup Sprint

"I'm heartbroken (about champion Roy H not entering)," joked owner Kosta Hronis. "Edwards just keeps getting better, and when we claimed him, we were just looking for a Cal-bred."

Another Triple Bend entrant who is proven at seven furlongs is 2017 Pat O'Brien (G2) winner Giant Expectations, who is cross-entered in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) Saturday. As of Thursday morning, the ownership group of Exline-Border Racing, Gatto Racing, and Garrett Zubok, and trainer Peter Eurton, had not decided on which race to run the two-time grade 2 winner.

"There's some youngsters in the (Triple Bend) that are very capable," Eurton said. "And the way the track comes up (storms are expected to hit the Arcadia, Calif., track Saturday), they may just be able to get out of there and roll."

Trainer Peter Miller passed on the Triple Bend for Roy H and will train the top sprinter of 2017 up to the March 31 Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1), but he still has a pair with plenty of upside entered Saturday. Rockingham Ranch, which owns Roy H, has Dec. 31 allowance winner Bobby Abu Dhabi entered, and Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber's Captain Scotty could not have been more impressive in his Southern California debut when he cruised to a 5 1/2-length allowance victory Jan. 26 at Santa Anita.

BALAN: Captain Scotty Impresses in California Debut

Rounding out the field is another recent allowance winner, and Janet Lyons' Horse Greedy, who scored at 40-1 in another Santa Anita allowance Feb. 17.

Entries: Triple Bend S. (G1)

Santa Anita Park, Saturday, March 10, 2018, Race 4

  • Grade I
  • 7f
  • Dirt
  • $400,000
  • 4 yo's & up
  • 1:42 PM (local)
11Edwards Going Left (CA)Tyler Baze120John W. Sadler9/5
22Horse Greedy (KY)Stewart Elliott120Brian J. Koriner20/1
983Giant Expectations (NY)Keeneland Sales GraduateSCRATCHED0UNKNOWN-
34Bobby Abu Dhabi (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateVictor Espinoza120Peter Miller6/1
45City of Light (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateDrayden Van Dyke124Michael W. McCarthy6/5
56Captain Scotty (KY)Javier Castellano120Peter Miller5/2