Chicago Style Leads Field for G2 San Gabriel Stakes at Santa Anita This Saturday

(Chicago Style winning / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)

From the Media Team at Santa Anita:

Glen Hill Farm’s homebred Chicago Style, who comes off a solid Grade II win and has made the most of limited career opportunities, heads a field of 10 older horses in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes at a mile and one eighth on turf.  Trained by Tom Proctor, Chicago Style has won six of his 11 starts, with all of  his dances coming on grass.

Off to a fast start at the current meet, trainer Richard Baltas will be well represented by Next Shares, who ran the best race of his career two starts back when taking the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland Oct. 6.

Michael McCarthy’s Liam the Charmer, last seen here winning the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship two starts back on Sept. 30, never got untracked when eased going a mile and one half in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Nov. 3 and will try to bounce back over a course he’s done very well on.

CHICAGO STYLE

Owner:  Glen Hill Farm

Trainer:  Tom Proctor

This 6-year-old Kitten’s Joy gelding displayed a terrific turn of foot when rallying to take the Grade II Hollywood Derby going 1 ½ miles over the Del Mar turf Nov. 23 and was a respectable fifth, beaten 1 ½ lengths, two starts back in the one mile (restricted) turf Lure Stakes here on Nov. 2.  With Drayden Van Dyke set to ride him back, Chicago Style would appreciate a lively pace as he bids for his seventh win from 12 career tries.

NEXT SHARES

Owner:  Michael Iavarone, Jules Iavarone, Jerry McClanahan, Christopher Dunn, William Marasa, Ritchie Robershaw & Mark Taylor

Trainer:  Richard Baltas

With the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile looming as his crowning career achievement, Next Shares comes off the best year of his career, winning $903,890 while compiling a 10-2-2-2 mark for 2018.  His San Gabriel candidacy gets a big boost with the addition of Joel Rosario, who last rode him 11 starts back on Nov. 10, 2017–a six furlong turf allowance win at Aqueduct. Well beaten but not disgraced when 13th, beaten six lengths in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile Turf Nov. 3, this 6-year-old Archarcharch gelding has two seconds and as many thirds from four local turf tries.

 

LIAM THE CHARMER

Owner:  Madaket Stables, LLC

Trainer:  Michael McCarthy

With his John Henry score two starts back providing additional proof, this 6-year-old Smart Strike gelding adores the Santa Anita turf, evidenced by his 8-4-1-1 local resume.  A dedicated deep closer, he’ll get the services of Kent Desormeaux, who will hope to have some pace to run down late.

 

THE GRADE II SAN GABRIEL STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER

Race 7 of 10 – Approximate post time 3 p.m. PT

 

  1. Liam the Charmer–Kent Desormeaux–124

  2. Platinum Warrior–Shane Foley–122

  3. Cleopatra’s Strike–Flavien Prat–120

  4. Oscar Dominguez–Rafael Bejarano–120

  5. Chicago Style–Drayden Van Dyke–124

  6. Flamboyant–Brice Blanc–122

  7. Next Shares–Joel Rosario–124

  8. Big Score–Mike Smith–120

  9. Big Bend–Joe Talamo–120

  10. Arms Runner–Martin Pedroza–120

Special early first post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 12 noon. For additional information, please visit www.santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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