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GRADE I MALIBU CHAMP JIMMY CREED HEADS EIGHT-HORSE FIELD IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II POTRERO GRANDE, COMMA TO THE TOP, UNBRIDLED’S NOTE AMONG VETERANS SET TO COMPETE AT 6 ½ FURLONGS
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 3, 2013)—Idle since winning the Grade I, seven furlong Malibu Stakes on opening day, Dec. 26, Jimmy Creed will break from the outside in Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000 Potrero Grande Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs—a race which has attracted a field of eight hard-hitting sprinters.
Trained by Richard Mandella, Jimmy Creed won the Malibu at odds of 8-1 by three quarters of a length and earned a Beyer Speed figure of 105, his third lifetime Beyer of 100 or better.
Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, the 4-year-old colt by Distorted Humor has had six works since opening day, his most recent a bullet half mile at Santa Anita on April 1 of 46 flat, best of 31 at the distance.
Jimmy Creed will again get the services of Garrett Gomez, who has been aboard in his last six starts, winning half of them. With three wins, two seconds and one third from seven starts, “Jimmy” has earnings of $313,000.
Any speculation regarding an early Potrero Grande pace scenario would have to begin with the Peter Miller-trained Comma to the Top, who ran a sensational third in the seven furlong Grade II San Carlos Stakes on Feb. 23, and followed that up a week later with a gate to wire, nose victory in the six furlong Grade III Tom Fool Stakes on March 2 at Aqueduct.
A $22,000 purchase as an unraced 2-year-old, the 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Bwana Charlie is lightning quick from the gate and intensely game in the drive. Owned by Barber, Birnbaum & Tsujihara, Comma to the Top has an overall record of 28-12-2-2 and earnings of $1,180,696.
He’ll be reunited in the Potrero Grande with Edwin Maldonado, who had ridden him in his three starts at Santa Anita prior to the excursion to Aqueduct.
Two-time national Eclipse Champion Trainer Steve Asmussen will send out Unbridled’s Note, who was third, beaten three lengths by Jimmy Creed in the Malibu and who comes off a nose win going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in the Joe Hernandez Stakes on Feb. 23. The Hernandez victory netted the son of Unbrided’s Song a career-best 104 Beyer.
Owned by Mike McCarty, Unbridled’s Note was second, beaten a half length in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Nov. 3, and was a winner of the Grade III Eddie D Stakes down the hill on Sept. 28. He has earnings of $457,581 from an overall mark of 10-4-1-3.
Trainer Mike Mitchell will send out top sprinter Camp Victory, who has been idle since running poorly in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Owned by Featherston or Jacobsen or Miller and partners, Camp Victory won the Grade I seven furlong Triple Bend Handicap at seven furlongs on June 30. He has three consecutive bullet works for his return, his most recent a five furlong drill in 58.80 on March 30, best of 53 at the distance.
Camp Victory has earnings of $547,986 from an overall mark of 26-8-3-3.
The complete field for the Grade II Potrero Grande Stakes, to be run as the seventh on an 11-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Italian Rules, Kevin Krigger, 118; Comma to the Top, Edwin Maldonado, 120; Camp Victory, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Second City, Mario Gutierrez, 118; Haverhill, Joe Talamo, 118; Unbridled’s Note, Corey Nakatani, 118; Apriority, Martin Garcia, 118, and Jimmy Creed, Garrett Gomez, 123.
Santa Anita will guarantee $750,000 in Saturday’s Late Pick Four, which will cover races eight through 11. In addition to the Grade I Santa Anita Derby and Grade II Potrero Grande Stakes, Santa Anita will also present the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks and the Grade III Providencia Stakes.
Special early first post time on Saturday is at 12 noon.