02/10/2010 12:00AM

San Rafael 1-2-3 invade for Southwest

Benoit & Associates
Conveyance, with Garrett Gomez up, wins the Grade 3 San Rafael at Santa Anita.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Conveyance, Cardiff Giant, and Domonation, the first three finishers from last month's Grade 3 San Rafael at Santa Anita, arrived at Oaklawn Park late Wednesday morning for the Grade 3, $250,000 Southwest Stakes. The one-mile race, which will be run Monday, is the first of two graded preps for the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby.

The three horses arrived aboard a flight from Los Angeles at 10:45 a.m. They will be part of a projected field of 10 for the Southwest, which also will draw Florida shipper Mission Impazible for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Among the locals set to start are Moojab, an impressive debut winner at Aqueduct who will be ridden by Channing Hill, said the horse's trainer, Danny Peitz. Dublin, winner of the Grade 1 Hopeful, also is expected, with Terry Thompson to ride for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Dryfly, winner of the $100,000 Smarty Jones last month at Oaklawn, is another probable, with Calvin Borel to be aboard for trainer Lynn Whiting.

Cardiff Giant invades off a runner-up finish in the San Rafael, a one-mile synthetic-track race that Conveyance won on the front end. Christian Santiago Reyes, the Eclipse Award-winning apprentice, has the mount on Cardiff Giant for trainer Jorge Periban. Tony Matos, the racing manager for Cardiff Giant's owner, M Racing, said there were a couple of reasons to target the Southwest.

"We want to try him on dirt," Matos said, adding that he hopes there will also be more pace in the Southwest than there was in the San Rafael.

John Sadler, who trains Domonation, also is looking for a better setup Monday.

"Usually, Oaklawn Park has good speed in their races," Sadler said. "I'd like to see him settle off the pace and come running."

Sadler said Corey Nakatani, the leading rider at Oaklawn after moving his tack here from Southern California, has the mount in the Southwest.

Pleasant Storm and Kitty's Turn, who finished second and third in the Smarty Jones, are both being pointed to the Southwest. Pleasant Storm is scheduled to ship in Friday from Louisiana Downs and is to be ridden by Bryan McNeil, said trainer Joe Petalino. Robby Albarado has the mount on Kitty's Turn, trainer Gary Thomas said.

Cool Bullet, the $60,000 Sugar Bowl winner at Fair Grounds, is under consideration for the Southwest, according to trainer Steve Margolis.