12/29/2011 4:03PM

Santa Anita: Daddy Nose Best looks sharp for Eddie Logan Stakes

Tom Keyser
Daddy Nose Best will be looking for his first stakes victory in the $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Daddy Nose Best rebounded from a troubled sixth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs to win an allowance race there three weeks later.

He emerged from that race with even greater respect from Scott Blasi, trainer Steve Asmussen’s assistant.

“His last race was very impressive,” Blasi said Thursday. “He had to wait for room and he looked good winning.”

On Saturday, Daddy Nose Best can parlay that form into his first stakes win in the $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes for 2-year-olds over a mile on turf at Santa Anita. Owned by Cathy and Bob Zollars, Daddy Nose Best will be favored in a field of nine.

If there is a concern from Blasi about Saturday’s race, it is the Logan distance. Daddy Nose Best beat maidens over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Saratoga in August and won over a mile on turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 26. Blasi feels the colt will excel even further when stamina comes into play.

“I feel good about the horse,” he said. “I’ll be happier when the races get longer. The reason we ran him on the grass is we wanted to run him farther.”

In his Nov. 26 race, Daddy Nose Best closed from seventh in a field of 10 to win by 3 1/4 lengths as the 4-5 favorite. He was in traffic with a quarter-mile remaining and took the lead with a burst of speed in early stretch.

In the Logan, Julien Leparoux rides Daddy Nose Best. The colt is one of eight scheduled mounts on Saturday’s nine-race program for Leparoux.

The Logan field has two stakes winners in Stoney Fleece and Chips All In.

Stoney Fleece won the Grade 3 Generous Stakes on turf at Hollywood Park on Nov. 27 and was fifth as the 2-1 favorite after a troubled start in the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes on Monday. Trainer John Sadler said Thursday that a decision on whether Stoney Fleece will start in the Eddie Logan after a quick turnaround will be made Saturday morning.

Chips All In, a colt by North Light, won the Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park, near Denver, on Aug. 21. Now trained by Jeff Mullins, Chips All In was second in the Golden Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in November. The Logan is his turf debut.

City to City tops Frankel field

The $150,000 Robert Frankel Stakes on Sunday drew only six fillies and mares.

City to City, winner of the Grade 2 Palomar Handicap at Del Mar in September, will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, City to City is winless in three starts since the Palomar, but is the only 2011 graded stakes winner in the Frankel field.

In the Grade 2 Frankel Stakes, run over 1 1/8 miles on turf, she faces Bauble Queen, Celestial Kitten, Miss Mittagong, Turning Top, and Whisper Louise.