In what promises to be the best betting race of the weekend, trainer Carla Gaines' Bolo, John Sadler's Catapult and the Jeff Mullins-conditioned River Boyne head a wide-open field of 11 three year olds and up in the Grade II, $200,000 City of Hope Mile (turf) at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Owner: Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc.
Trainer: Carla Gaines
Idle for 23 months prior to running fifth here in a 1 1/8 mile turf allowance April 28, this 7-year-old gelding by Temple City then executed a gate to wire heist in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile (turf) on May 27, winning by 1 ¼ lengths over top local turf horse River Boyne at 32-1. Subsequently a well beaten eighth at 6-1 in the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap on turf Aug. 18, Bolo will be making his fourth start of the year over a course that's seen him win five races from 10 tries.
Owner: Woodford Racing LLC
Trainer: John Sadler
Idle since fifth, beaten three lengths as the 3-2 favorite in the Grade II Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar July 21, this 6-year-old full horse by Kitten's Joy was fifth by a similar margin to Bolo two starts back in the Shoe Mile, a race in which no one could make up appreciable ground from off the pace. A multiple graded stakes winner and easily the leading money earner in the field with more than $1.5 million, Catapult could well go favored in the City of Hope Mile.
Owner: Red Baron's Barn & Rancho Temescal
Trainer: Jeff Mullins
A gem of consistency over the past two years, this 4-year-old Irish-bred colt has been idle since finishing second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Bolo in the Shoe Mile May 27 and looms extremely dangerous over a course that he adores. With six wins from nine tries over the Santa Anita lawn, River Boyne, who is 8-3-3-0 at one mile on turf, figures to get a stalking trip as he bids for his fourth graded stakes victory.
THE GRADE II CITY OF HOPE MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 8 of 10
Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT
- Ohio—Norberto Arroyo, Jr.—123
- Synchrony—Joe Talamo—125
- True Valor—Drayden Van Dyke—121
- Restrainedvengence—Martin Garcia—121
- Big Score—Mike Smith—121
- Catapult—Rafael Bejarano–121
- River Boyne—Ruben Fuentes—121
- Kingly—Mario Gutierrez—118
- Prince Earl—Geovanni Franco—125
- Andesh—Abel Cedillo–121
- Bolo—Tyler Baze—125
First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
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