04/18/2012 2:42PM

Santa Anita: Bourbon Bay among five probables for San Juan Capistrano

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Bourbon Bay may face only four rivals in Sunday's San Juan Capistrano.

ARCADIA, Calif. – The marathon $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap, the closing day feature of the winter-spring meeting at Santa Anita on Sunday, will not have a large field.

As of Wednesday, the race over about 1 3/4 miles on turf had five probable starters, led by 2010 winner Bourbon Bay. Trained by Neil Drysdale, Bourbon Bay won the Grade 2 San Luis Rey Stakes over 1 1/2 miles on turf on March 25.

A 6-year-old gelding, Bourbon Bay is expected to face Dhaamer, Eagle Poise, Harrods Creek, and Hog Hollow, none of whom has won a stakes this year. Eagle Poise won the Grade 3 Valedictory Stakes over 1 3/4 miles on the Polytrack synthetic surface at Woodbine last December.

Dynamic Host, the winner of the Grade 3 Tokyo City Stakes over 1 1/2 miles on the main track here on March 24, will skip the race in favor of the $70,000 Round Table Handicap over 1 1/2 miles on turf at Hollywood Park on May 13, trainer Art Sherman said.

“I don’t think I can beat Bourbon Bay,” Sherman said. “I might be third or fourth. I could be one of the favorites for the other race.”

The race drew 13 nominees, but three of them – Antidote, Falcon Rock, and Quaintly – have been entered in an optional claimer over 1 1/2 miles on turf on Friday.

Saturday’s $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap for fillies and mares over 1 1/4 miles on turf is led by Vamo a Galupiar, the winner of the Grade 2 Santa Ana Stakes on March 25.

Trained by Drysdale, Vamo a Galupiar is part of a field of seven that includes Bauble Queen, the winner of the Grade 2 Robert Frankel Stakes in January, and Cambina, who won the Grade 1 American Oaks last summer.

Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
It's sad and a complete shame to see this historical race offer such a little purse. SA is really missing out on what could be a true marquee event to close out their season. They should offer 750,000 and make it an invitational like HOL did with the American Oaks and attract major Grass stayers from all over to compete. Instead we get to watch the same group AGAIN. Oooo how exiting.