01/18/2013 3:39PM

Santa Anita: Great Mills drops into allowance on Sunday

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Great Mills will be favored in Sunday's second race.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Great Mills, fourth in the BC Turf Sprint in November, will be heavily favored to win an optional claimer over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in Sunday’s second race.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, Great Mills was entered for the Grade 3 Daytona Stakes on the hillside turf course on Dec. 29, but withdrawn when the race was transferred to a wet-fast main track.

“If it had been on a fast track, we might have tried it,” said Scott Blasi, Asmussen’s assistant. “I felt like I had him ready to run. He seems like he’s in a good rhythm.”

Owned by Millennium Farms, Great Mills has won 5 of 19 starts and $376,838. A 5-year-old horse by War Front, Great Mills is part of a field of five in Sunday’s second race.