LOUP BRETON TO TRY SURFACE SWITCH IN SATURDAY'S SANTA ANITA HANDICAP

Turf specialist Loup Breton will try a synthetic surface for the first time in Saturday’s Gr. I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap. A winner of the Gr. II San Marcos Stakes on Jan. 24, the 6-year-old Irish-bred has an all-turf record of 5-4-2 from 21 starts, and $677,614 in career earnings. The Julio Canani trainee made his U.S. debut on Nov. 19 at Hollywood Park, after immigrating from France. Loup Breton has won two of his three starts for Canani and has been ridden on all three occasions by Garrett Gomez, who is scheduled to ride him in the Big ’Cap. Although he’s a newcomer to a synthetic surface, Loup Breton is well acquainted with the Big ’Cap distance of 1 ¼ miles, as he has posted three wins from 11 lifetime tries. Gomez, America’s leading rider by money won the past four years, will be seeking his first-ever win in the Big ’Cap, while the Peruvian-born Canani will pursue a Big ’Cap double, as he won the race with longshot Martial Law in 1989.