04/06/2011 2:46PM

Santa Anita: Leroy's Dynameaux takes a shot in Arcadia Stakes

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Leroy's Dynameaux will make his first start in a graded stakes this year in Saturday's Grade 2 Arcadia Stakes at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Grade 1 winners Fluke, Sidney’s Candy, and The Usual Q.T. will not start in Saturday’s $150,000 Arcadia Stakes at Santa Anita, and still trainer Mark Glatt does not feel the race has become much easier.

The Grade 2 Arcadia Stakes, run over a mile on turf, has drawn a field of seven, led by Caracortado, winner of the Sunshine Millions Turf in January, and Jeranimo, who won the Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes in December. Glatt will start Leroy’s Dynameaux, winner of the Grade 3 Will Rogers Stakes at Hollywood Park last June for Ellenay Racing.

“It’s safe to say Jeranimo and Caracortado are a little better at this stage,” he said.

The Arcadia will be Leroy’s Dynameaux’s first start in a graded stakes this year, after two starts in sprints on the hillside turf course – a third in an optional claimer in February and a second to Regally Ready in the Joe Hernandez Stakes on March 18.

“He’s a hard-trying horse,” Glatt said. “If someone has an off day, he’s a capable horse.”

Caracortado and Jeranimo were second and third behind Fluke in the Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Mile on March 5, which makes them the two leading choices in the betting for the Arcadia, part of an 11-race program on the undercard of the $1 million Santa Anita Derby.

Glatt sees the Arcadia as a prep for Leroy’s Dynameaux for the $150,000 San Francisco Mile on turf at Golden Gate Fields on April 30. The race is the same day as the $150,000 Inglewood Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Hollywood Park, which is expected to draw Sidney’s Candy and The Usual Q.T., who are missing the Arcadia because of minor ailments. Fluke is bound for Keeneland and the $300,000 Maker’s Mark Mile on April 15.

“We’ll come out of this race and go for the San Francisco Mile, but ultimately we want to take our best chance to win,” Glatt said.

Unzip Me tops Las Cienegas Handicap

Aside from the Santa Anita Derby and Arcadia Stakes, there are two other turf stakes on Saturday’s program – the $150,000 Providencia Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over 1 1/8 miles and the $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course for fillies and mares.

Unzip Me, winner of 11 of 18 starts and $704,803, will be a standout in the Grade 3 Las Cienegas Handicap as the 127-pound topweight. Trained by Marty Jones, she is unbeaten in two starts this year – the Grade 3 Monrovia Stakes and Clocker’s Corner Handicap on the hillside turf course.

Cambina will be after her third stakes win of 2011 in the Providencia Stakes. Trained by Jeff Bonde for a partnership, Cambina won the Grade 3 La Habra Stakes on the hillside turf course in February and the one-mile China Doll Stakes on March 13.

She faces a field of nine that includes So Belle, runner-up in an optional claimer on the hillside turf course in her U.S. debut March 4.

Evening Jewel heading to Vinery Madison

Evening Jewel, who won the Ashland Stakes last year, is returning to Keeneland for next Thursday’s Vinery Madison Stakes.

Trainer Jim Cassidy also had considered running Evening Jewel in the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn the following day, April 15, but the Madison, a sprint on a synthetic surface, appears to be coming up much softer than the Apple Blossom, a two-turn dirt race in which divisional leaders Havre de Grace and Blind Luck will be the headliners.

◗ Jockey Luis Medina is scheduled to be at Hawthorne on Saturday to ride Southern Sculptor for trainer Eric Guillot in the Illinois Derby.

– additional reporting by Jay Privman