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FURY KAPCORI HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE III, 1 1/16 MILES PRECISIONIST STAKES; HOLLENDORFER TRAINEE SEEKS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE WIN
SANTA ANITA OFFERS 11-RACE CARD WITH EARLY FIRST POST TIME AT 11:30 A.M., GATES OPEN AT 7:15 A.M.
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 30, 2014)—Jerry Hollendorfer’s Fury Kapcori seeks his fourth consecutive win as he heads a field of seven three year olds and up in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Precisionist Stakes at Santa Anita. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Tiznow, Fury Kapcori has earned 100-plus Beyer Speed figures in winning his past three races, achieving a career-best 107 Beyer in his most recent win, the Santana Mile, on March 30.
Blessed with an abundance of natural speed, Fury Kapcori pressed the pace as the 4-5 favorite in the Santana Mile and prevailed in game fashion by three quarters of a length. Owned by Rick Awtrey, George Todaro and Hollendorfer, Fury Kapcori will again be ridden by Rafael Bejarano, who has been aboard for his last three victories.
Out of the Go for Gin mare Gin Running, Fury Kapcori is 13-5-4-1 with earnings of $419,880.
Hollendorfer will also be represented by Zeewat, who has sprinted in his last three starts, including his most recent win, the six furlong Lost In the Fog Stakes at Golden Gate Fields three starts back on Feb. 17. A five-time stakes winner, Zeewat has a win from two starts at 1 1/16 miles.
A 4-year-old Pennsylvania-bred colt by Harlan’s Holiday, Zeewat has seven wins and two thirds from 16 starts—including a stirring off the pace run when third in the Grade I, seven furlong Malibu Stakes five starts back on Dec. 26. Owned by Hollendorfer and George Todaro, he has earnings of $361,950.
Bob Baffert’s Secretsatmidnight is an up and comer who will try stakes company for the first time in the Precisionist. A 4-year-old Florida-bred ridgling by Midnight Lute, Secretsatmidnight pressed the pace and comes of an impressive 2 ¾ length allowance win at 1 1/16 miles March 29, a race in which he earned a career best 95 Beyer.
Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Secretsatmidnight worked five furlongs in 58.60 on April 24, best of 41 at the distance. He has two wins and a third from seven starts.
A non-threatening second over a wet fast track in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park March 15, Majestic City’s last win came five starts back at Santa Anita, as he took the one mile Big Bear Stakes in gate to wire fashion Oct. 31.
A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by City Zip, Majestic City is trained by Ron Ellis and owned by Jeff Bloom’s Bloom Racing Stables, LLC. A winner of his first two starts at age two, Majestic City was disqualified from a 2 ¼ length win in his third out, the Grade III Juvenile Championship. Subsequently second at two in both the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Futurity and the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Breeders Futurity at Keeneland, Majestic City has three seconds from five starts at 1 1/16 miles and is 20-4-4-3 overall, with earnings of $424,960.
A multiple graded stakes winner, Doug O’Neill’s Handsome Mike comes off a third place finish in the Grade III, 6 ½ furlong turf San Simeon on April 13 and will try to break a nine-race losing streak. He’s owned by Reddam Racing, LLC.
Trained by Dan Hendricks, longshot Batti Man has good speed and has a win, two seconds and a third at the Precisionist distance. Owned by Tachycardia Stables and Mansor, the 6-year-old Argentine-bred gelding was a close third at 34-1 nine starts back in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Diego Handicap on July 27, 2013. He’s 27-3-5-4 overall with earnings of $173,784.
The complete field for the Precisionist Stakes, to be run as the 10th race on an 11-race program Saturday, all horses assigned 119 pounds, with jockeys in post position order: Secretsatmidnight, Joe Talamo; Zeewat, Fernando Perez; American Blend, Aaron Gryder; Handsome Mike, Mario Gutierrez; Majestic City, Edwin Maldonado; Batti Man, Brice Blanc, and Fury Kapcori, Rafael Bejarano.
First post time will be early Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, at 11:30 a.m. Santa Anita’s admission gates will open early as well at 7:15 a.m.