10/05/2011 3:59PM

Santa Anita: Three talented comebackers end up in same race


ARCADIA, Calif.– A trio of 3-year-olds who showed ample promise in the early months of 2011 return from layoffs in Friday’s sixth race at Santa Anita, an optional claimer over a mile.

Jakesam, who placed in three stakes from January to April; Riveting Reason, who was second in the Grade 2 Robert Lewis Stakes in February; and Hoorahforhollywood, who was sharp in two sprints earlier this year, are among the 13 entrants. The race will have a safety limit of 10 runners; the three colts returning from breaks are part of the main body of the field.

Jakesam, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, has not started since finishing second to Prayer for Relief in an allowance race at Hollywood Park on May 29. Earlier in the year, Jakesam was second or third in three stakes, including the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

After the May 29 race, Prayer for Relief won three consecutive graded stakes, the most recent of which was the Grade 2 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 10.

“He’s run against some good horses,” Hollendorfer said of Jakesam. “He’s doing very well and been training well.”

Riveting Reason, owned and trained by Myung Kwon Cho, was beaten a nose by Anthony’s Cross in the Robert Lewis Stakes here. At 2, Riveting Reason was third in two Grade 1 races – the Norfolk Stakes and Del Mar Futurity.

Hoorayforhollywood is likely to set the pace. He won a maiden race over 5 1/2 furlongs by 3 1/4 lengths in February, and was second, by a nose, to stablemate Smash in an optional claimer at Hollywood Park on May 29. In recent weeks, Hoorayforhollywood has worked quickly for trainer Bob Baffert, including five furlongs in 59 seconds last Saturday.

“I want to see if he can go two turns,” Baffert said.

Baffert has also entered Take Control, a 4-year-old colt who is by A.P. Indy out of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri. Take Control won his debut in December 2009 but has not started since because of a variety of ailments, Baffert said.

The interruptions continue. Baffert said on Wednesday that Take Control was fighting a fever, which put his participation in Friday’s race in doubt. “He had a little temperature, so I don’t know if he will run,” Baffert said.