03/28/2013 4:46PM

Santa Anita notes: Gladding among five expected for Santana Mile

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Gladding, winning the Alamedan Handicap at Pleasanton last year. was claimed twice in January for $62,500.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Sunday’s top race is the $70,000 Santana Mile on the main track. A field of five is expected, including Gladding, winner of the Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes in 2011 who was claimed twice for $62,500 in January.

The 6-year-old Gladding was claimed by trainer Mike Mitchell when second in an optional claimer Jan. 12. On Jan. 24, trainer Vann Belvoir claimed Gladding, who was last of seven in a one-mile race on a wet-fast track.

Gladding is expected to face Tres Borrachos and Hoorayforhollywood, the first two finishers of an allowance race over a mile Feb. 22, and the Baffert-trained Liaison, who was sixth in the 2012 Kentucky Derby and has not started since finishing ninth in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga last August.

Baby races start at 4 1/2 furlongs

Santa Anita plans to run maiden races for 2-year-olds over 4 1/2 furlongs April 18 and 19. The race on April 18 will be for fillies, while the April 19 race is for open company.

The move to races over 4 1/2 furlongs is a change from the policy of running juvenile races over two furlongs down the straightaway in March and April. The number of those races offered has dwindled in recent seasons.

This year, the races will be for $100,000 claimers who are 2-year-olds by foaling date at the time of entry, April 14. The juveniles must have three workouts, including one at four furlongs, and must have gate approval. The races will be limited to eight starters.

◗ Calidoscopio, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Marathon last November who finished fifth in the Grade 3 Tokyo City Cup on March 23, has shown improvement from a grabbed quarter in recent days, trainer Mike Puype said. Puype said he had no race plans for the 10-year-old.

“I have no idea until I get him back to the track,” Puype said.

Judith Donlan More than 1 year ago
What next? The size of the stride out of the gate wins the "race"...get real...this is dangerous for everyone involved. Some of these "babies" have difficulty getting their act together during a five furlong race. They will be bouncing off one another like dominoes to say nothing of the added strain on their entire structural apparatus. Speed kills and yet we are breeding more and more for sprinting. The route horse with stamina is clearly disappearing from the horizon.