04/12/2011 2:08PM

Santa Anita: Preamble looks to run win streak to three


ARCADIA, Calif. – Preamble missed out on most of his 3-year-old season because of chronic soreness. So far this year, he has made up for that absence with wins in two starts at Santa Anita.

Trained by Richard Mandella for Spendthrift Farm, Preamble will attempt to win his third consecutive race in a $59,000 allowance race over 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita on Thursday, a race that drew five runners.

“He looks like he’s improving as we go,” Mandella said. “He’s always shown his promise and he’s kind of making up all those promises.”

Preamble was fourth and sixth in maiden races at Santa Anita in spring 2010 and then was turned out.

“He was just sored up,” Mandella said.

By Mr. Greeley, Preamble won his return in a maiden race over 6 1/2 furlongs on Feb. 17 and won an optional claimer over a mile in a 15-1 upset on March 13. In both races, he stalked the pace, led in the final furlong, and won by 1 3/4 lengths.

“We thought he might show us something this year,” Mandela said. “We’ll hope he carries it on further. He’s a good-natured horse.”

Jockey Martin Garcia rides Preamble for the first time Thursday, replacing Victor Espinoza, who is riding at Keeneland. Garcia is likely to keep Preamble behind pacesetter Lucky Primo in the first half of the race. Advice, Uh Oh Bango, and Yankee Station are closers.

Lucky Primo won the 2008 California Cup Juvenile and has one win in five subsequent starts. Trained by Joshua Litt, Lucky Primo was third in an optional claimer behind El Martillo and Uh Oh Bango on March 11, his first start in more than eight months.

Uh Oh Bango, who won a minor stakes at Prairie Meadows in 2009 and has placed in three other stakes, has been third and second in an allowance race and optional claimer this year, closing well in each start. Trained by Kory Owens, Uh Oh Bango is a threat to Preamable’s winning streak.

Advice, 13th in the 2009 Kentucky Derby, makes his second start for trainer Eoin Harty on Thursday. The 5-year-old gelding was a fast-closing second in an optional claimer at Golden Gate Fields on March 6, his first start since November. Advice won the Grade 2 Lexington Stakes in 2009 when trained by Todd Pletcher.

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