01/15/2011 3:52PM

Classic Legacy first-time gelding for San Pedro


ARCADIA, Calif. – In his two starts for trainer Bob Baffert, Classic Legacy has undergone some sort of equipment change.

Classic Legacy wore blinkers for the first time in the $1 million Delta Jackpot in Louisiana on Nov. 20, but was rank and finished fifth. For Monday’s $75,000 San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita, Classic Legacy will race as a gelding for the first time. The blinkers also came off.

Baffert is hoping that Classic Legacy will show better behavior in the San Pedro, a 6 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-olds.

“I think it will help him,” Baffert said. “He was a real bad actor.”

Baffert, who leads all trainers at this meeting with 14 wins, has two of the seven entrants in the San Pedro, including the sharp maiden race winner Sinai.

Sinai won his debut over 6 1/2 furlongs by two lengths at Hollywood Park on Dec. 18, leading throughout.

“He’s very talented,” Baffert said.

The field also includes Arcadian, the undefeated winner of the Lost in the Fog Juvenile at Turf Paradise on Dec. 26 in his second start; and City Cool, who won the Riley Allison Futurity at Sunland Park on Dec. 28.

There are two stakes-placed runners – Industry Leader, second in the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes in November; and Indian Winter, third in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity in September. Mr Artistic M D, unbeaten in two starts, makes his stakes debut.

Classic Legacy began his career in Canada, where he won his first two starts before he was purchased by partnership that owns him, which includes Terry Lanni and Bernie Schiappa. In his first start for them, Classic Legacy was third in the Grade 3 Grey Stakes over 1 1/16 miles after leading by two lengths in the stretch.

Classic Legacy made his debut for Baffert in the Delta Jackpot over 1 1/16 miles, finishing 13 1/2 lengths behind Gourmet Dinner

“I put blinkers on him and he got rank early,” Baffert said. “I don’t know if he wants to go that far.”

In the San Pedro, Classic Legacy is likely to stalk a quick pace. Sinai could be near the front, joined by Arcadian and City Cool. Arcadian impressed trainer Dan McFarlane with his recent stakes win.

“His ears were pricked the whole way,” McFarlane said. “He did it really easily.”