A fine day of racing at Santa Anita will be held this Saturday as part of a big one for some of the best horses in California.
The California Cup Derby and Turf Classic are the two richest races on the day at $250,000 each, but most eyes will be focused on the former as it includes Del Mar Futurity winner Tamarando.
The sophomore closed out his two-year-old campaign with a third-placing in the CashCall Futurity for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Tamarando was an easy winner of the Real Quiet prior to that and also ran third in the FrontRunner going the Cal Cup Derby distance of 1 1/16 miles in late September.
The Cal Cup Turf Classic will take place one race prior to the Derby, sending 14 runners 1 1/8 miles on Santa Anita’s green. Summer Hit is 3-1-1 from six starts on turf, but his biggest wins to date actually came on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta in the All American and Berkeley Handicap, both Grade 3 contests. The latter race was his 2013 finale, and he wired the field that day by six lengths.
Bejarano has the call as Summer Hit takes on fellow Grade 3 scorer Tiz a Minister in the Turf Classic.
2014 $250,000 California Cup Derby Information
Date: Saturday, January 25
Where: Santa Anita Racetrack
Distance: 1 1/16 Mile Dirt
Post Time: 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT
California Cup Derby wagering:
Field and odds for the California Cup Derby
|1||Oh Billy Billy||3 C||L||117||Garcia Martin||Baffert Bob|
|2||Life Is A Joy||3 G||L||119||Nakatani Corey S.||Hollendorfer Jerry|
|3||Public Policy||3 C||L||117||Smith Mike E.||Sadler John W.|
|4||Tamarando||3 C||L||124||Bejarano Rafael||Hollendorfer Jerry|
|5||Lucky Views||3 G||L||117||Desormeaux Kent J.||Machowsky Michael|
|6||Aotearoa||3 G||L||122||Stevens Gary L.||Powell Leonard|
|7||California Chrome||3 C||L||124||Espinoza Victor||Sherman Art|
|8||Awesome Return||3 C||L||117||Talamo Joseph||Puype Mike|
|9||Lawly’s Goal||3 G||L||117||Baze Tyler||Eikleberry Kevin|
|10||Electric Eddie||3 C||L||117||Gutierrez Mario||Cecil Ben D. A.|
|11||Better Bet||3 C||L||122||Pedroza Martin A.||Harrington Mike|
Sunshine Millions/California Cup Day Information
2014 Sunshine Millions/California Cup XXIV spotlights the California Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry in a series of 5 stakes for California-Bred/Sired horses, plus other races totaling well over a million dollars in purses.
Date: Saturday, January 25
Where: Santa Anita Racetrack – Arcadia, California
Sunshine Millions/California Cup Day wagers available may include: Win, Place, Show, Quinella, Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Daily Double, Pick 3, Pick 4 and Pick 6.
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Sunshine Millions California Cup Cal-Bred Stakes Races
- $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic Presented by City National Bank for 4-year-olds & up at 1 1/18 miles (Turf)
- $250,000 California Cup Derby for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles
- $200,000 California Cup Oaks for Fillies 3-year-olds at 1-mile (Turf)
- $125,000 Sunshine Millions F & M Turf Sprint for 4-year-olds & up at 6 1/2 furlongs (Turf)
- $125,000 California Cup Sprint for 4-year-olds & up at 6 furlongs
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