02/12/2013 5:26PM

Santa Anita: Demonic unlikely for San Vicente

Shigeki Kikkawa
Demonic is unlikely to start in Sunday's San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita.

Demonic, winner of a seven-furlong maiden race in his debut Jan. 13, is unlikely to start in Sunday’s $150,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds over seven furlongs, trainer John Sadler said Tuesday.

Sadler is leaning toward running Demonic in the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on March 9. The Grade 2 San Felipe is a key prep for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby over 1 1/8 miles on April 6.

“I’m leaning toward the two turns,” Sadler said.

Owned by Lee and Susan Searing, Demonic worked six furlongs in 1:13 at Santa Anita on Monday.

The Grade 2 San Vicente field is dominated by recent maiden race winners seeking their first stakes wins, including Belvin, Caballo del Cielo, Mudflats, and Treasury Bill.

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Matt More than 1 year ago
Go to the El Camino Real Derby!
Old timer More than 1 year ago
what's up with the names of these three year olds this season? Violence; Demonic?
Suzanne Thomas More than 1 year ago
All the good names are taken.
John More than 1 year ago
Watch out for Treasury Bill, he won like he was toying with the field. Plus, he is trained by Ron Ellis who knows how to get a good horse up the ladder............................if this horse is in this race, then he belongs here......................................!
Joel Winicki More than 1 year ago
Very true.......Ron spots em where they belong. The article states he's being pointed to the San Vicente though, not the San Felipe.
Nick Gunritz More than 1 year ago
was also in the mud against a weak field. But he did it nicely. Won't be able to be so far back in this field and beat a horse like Belvin
Joel Winicki More than 1 year ago
Glad to hear it.....go for the points! Two turns seems a much better prep for the SA Derby anyhow. Best of luck to the connections!
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
I figured he would run in all three like Creative Cause or Silver Charm and Free House.
Joel Winicki More than 1 year ago
They all had the benefit of a fitness 'foundation' from their 2yr old campaigns.