10/29/2009 11:00PM

Macias steps up for first stakes


ARCADIA, Calif. - It may take a few months to determine the depth of the field for Saturday's $58,000 Jack Goodman Stakes at Santa Anita.

The six 2-year-olds entered in the six-furlong race have had various levels of success. All are winners. Our Minesweeper has won two stakes in Northern California; Runaway Bandido was third in the California Cup Juvenile; and Marcello and Hurricane Ike were unplaced in Grade 1 races.

Macias and Privilaged are making their first start in stakes but have run well enough to merit attention.

Macias, trained by Bob Baffert, won a six-furlong maiden race by two lengths here Oct. 2 in his second start. It was an attractive win. Ridden by Garrett Gomez, who has the mount Saturday, Macias raced toward the back of an eight-horse field for the first half-mile and took the lead in midstretch.

"It's a step up," Baffert said. "We'll stretch him after this race."

Baffert also starts Marcello, who was ninth in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 7 and returned to win an allowance race over a mile here Oct. 14. Baffert said both Marcello and Macias are "going to wind up" in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity on Dec. 19.

Privilaged and Hurricane Ike are trainer John Sadler's starters for the Goodman.

Privilaged looked sharp winning a maiden special weight race over 5 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar on Sept. 6, but was only third in a six-furlong optional claimer here Oct. 10 after disputing the early lead. In both races, Privilaged drew post positions toward the inside. He drew the rail for the Goodman.

"I can't get a post with him," Sadler said.

Hurricane Ike was considered a candidate for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile earlier this fall, a plan foiled by an 11th-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland on Oct. 10.

"Hurricane Ike didn't run at all at Keeneland," Sadler said. "He doesn't always run that straight but he should be good in there. It's a drop in class."

Our Minesweeper will ensure a good pace. Trained by Michael Lenzini for breeders Art and Betty Suitter, Our Minesweeper is unbeaten in three starts in Northern California, all sprints.

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