02/17/2013 8:34PM

Santa Anita: Shakin It Up passes first test by taking San Vicente

Benoit & Associates
After winning the seven-furlong San Vicente under jockey David Flores, Shakin It Up will likely be asked to try two turns in his next start.

ARCADIA, Calif. – In his first start since November and likely his last one before being asked to stretch out around two turns, Shakin It Up proved best in a thrilling stretch drive to capture the Grade 2, $150,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds on Sunday at Santa Anita.

Shakin It Up ($6.40) rated behind the early pace of Belvin and Caballo Del Cielo, then knifed between horses during a furious stretch drive that at one point saw all six runners abreast. He proved best by one length over Treasury Bill, with Caballo Del Cielo another three-quarters of a length back in third.

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War Academy was fourth and was followed, in order, by Mudflats and Belvin, but less than three lengths separated first from last. That often is indicative of a slow race, but the raw time, considering the way the track was playing Sunday, looked solid – 1:22.48 for seven furlongs on the fast main track.

The San Vicente offered no points toward the Kentucky Derby based on the new eligibility system put in place this year by Churchill Downs.

Shakin It Up had won just one of his first three starts, but it’s interesting to note that the only horses he ever finished behind were stablemates from the barn of his trainer, Bob  Baffert. In his only previous stakes effort, he was third to Really Mr Greeley and Super Ninety Nine in the Hollywood Prevue at Betfair Hollywood Park on Nov. 22, his last start.

Martin Garcia rode Shakin It Up in the Prevue, but David Flores – aboard Shakin It Up for his first two starts, including a win against maidens here on Oct. 27 – was back aboard for the San Vicente.

“He does well with him,” Baffert said. “I was mad at myself for taking him off for the Prevue.”

Baffert said he didn’t have Shakin It Up “super cranked up” for the Prevue, and said he believed Shakin It Up would do well when sent two turns next time.

“Oh yeah,” Baffert said. “The bottom side is there.”

Indeed, it is. Shakin It Up, a son of Midnight Lute, is out of the Vindication mare Silver Bullet Moon, whose dam, in turn, was two-time champion Silverbulletday.

Shakin It Up was bred by Mike Pegram, and is owned by Pegram in partnership with Dennis Cardoza, a former United States congressman from California.

Baffert said he did not know where Shakin It Up would run next. As is his custom, owing to having so many good 3-year-olds, he nominates all of them to everything across the country, then decides who to run each week – whether at home or on the road -- based on who’s doing best.



kevin More than 1 year ago
Nice ride D-Flow, good to see you back riding for Bob Baffert again.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Had a feeling Shakin It Up might be the best of the Baffert trio in here, and he put up a strong time which leads me to think there is not a bum in this field and all have some upside to them. That said, not sure I get the Grade 2 status when on paper it was a 150K race with all eligible for NW1X or NW2 lifetime
Mark More than 1 year ago
86 buyer. Belvin compromised by post. And needed race. Giving him a pass. One more shot while getting two turns first time.
John More than 1 year ago
Treasury Bill might have the most upside, he ran well into a soft pace, and galloped out well again ! He proved the mud race wasnt a fluke ! I think Super Ninety Nine will shine today ! Baffert unveiled Midnight Lucky on Saturday, "watch out "............looked the part of a monster in the making !
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
What a super bunch of horses, it's too bad this is 2013, because any other year they would all be contenders, but this year they are all pretenders. What a shame, because every trainer but two would love to have any one of these for his chance for the kd golden ring
Tiny Montgomery More than 1 year ago
A very polished ride by Flores, if this horse makes it to the Derby, I hope he keeps the mount.
Tiny Montgomery More than 1 year ago
I know Belvin had to gun from the rail but he still looks like a pretender to me. Treasury Bill and War Academy still have much upside.