Wednesday, January 21, 2009

2009 Sunshine Millions Sprint at Santa Anita January 24

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The clash between Grade I winners In Summation and Georgie Boy in Saturday’s $300,000Sunshine Millions Sprint may be Santa Anita Park’s most compelling attraction of the four Sunshine Millions events that comprise its share of $3.6 million bi-coastal competition between California-bred and Florida-breds that reaches to Gulfstream Park in Florida.

In addition to the 6-furlong Sunshine Millions Sprint, Santa Anita offers the $500,000 Sunshine MIllions Distaff at 1 1/16 miles, the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 6 furlongs, and the $500,000 Sunshine MIllions Turf at 1 1/8 miles.

The $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic, which annually alternates between the two tracks, heads the Florida lineup of four Sunshine Millions stakes races.

Santa Anita’s Sunshine Millions Sprint field, with jockeys and weights in post position order:

Big Bad Leroybrown under jockey Joseph Talamo carries 122 lbs.
Carnacks Choice under jockey Eibar Coa, 122 lbs.
Machismo under jockey Mike Smith, 122 lbs.
Partywithlarryz under jockey Tyler Baze, 122 lbs.
Sok Sok under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, 120 lbs.
Cape Hatchet under jockey Michael Baze, 120 lbs.
George Boy under jockey Garrett Gomez, 120 lbs.
Devoted Magic under jockey Joel Rosario, 122 lbs.
In Summation under jockey Rafael Bejarano, 122 lbs.
Dancing in Silks under jockey Victor Espinoza, 120 lbs.
Yesbyjimmy under jockey Elvis Trujillo, 122 lbs.
Millionaire In Summation, a winner of 10 stakes races including Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Handicap (G1) in 2007, ranks among the nation’s elite sprinters, and has been particularly effective over synthetic surfaces such as Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride main track.

Trained by Christophe Clement for Waterford Farm, the 6-year-old Florida-bred race horse In Summation has compiled a 5-2-1 mark in 10 races over synthetics among his overall record of 11-6-1 in 27 starts for earnings of $1,175,166.

“One of the reasons In Summation was brought to Santa Anita is that he has more options on the West Coast,” said Nicholas Bachalard, assistant to race horse trainer Christophe Clement. “There aren’t too many sprints on synthetic tracks on the East Coast.”

Jockey Rafael Bejarano, perfect in 2 rides aboard In Summation while winning last year’s Palos Verdes (G2) and the El Conejo Handicap (G3) on Jan. 1 in his most recent start, has the return assignment in the Sunshine Millions field of 11.

In Summation figures to face his most serious challenge from newly-turned 4-year-old Georgie Boy, who took the Del Mar Futurity (G1) as a 2-year-old and the San Felipe (G2) at Santa Anita last year. After a freshening, George Schwary’s California homebred son of Tribal Rule returned to action with a third-place finish in the Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26.

Jockey Garrett Gomez, who was in the saddle for race horse trainer Kathy Walsh when Georgie Boy captured the Del Mar Futurity, will be back aboard the bay gelding who has earned $533,634 from a 4-2-2 record in 9 career starts.

While not as accomplished as the other pair with a single Grade III stakes victory to his credit, Florida-bred invader Yesbyjimmy adds an interesting element to the mix in the Sunshine Millions Sprint. The son of Yes It’s True, owned and bred by Trilogy Stable, brings a 6-race win streak into the race.

Jockey Elvis Trujillo, who rode Yesbyjimmy to his first graded victory in the Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap at Calder Race Course in his last start on Dec. 13, will be here from Florida to ride for race horse trainer Edward Plesa Jr. The 5-year-old bay brings earnings of $563,940 from an 11-4-3 mark in 21 career races.

Horse racing news edited from www.santaanita.com.

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