02/03/2015 1:41PM

Shared Belief ready for San Antonio

Benoit & Associates
Shared Belief (above) will meet California Chrome and Hoppertunity in the San Antonio on Saturday.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Shared Belief has completed his serious preparation for Saturday’s $500,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita.

On Tuesday at Golden Gate Fields, Shared Belief worked a half-mile in 50.80 seconds under his regular work rider, Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze.

“I told Russell to go in 49 or 50 seconds,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said. “This horse has always been really consistent. He doesn’t show me anything but the same consistency. He looks good.”

Hollendorfer said Shared Belief was scheduled to be vanned to Southern California early Wednesday, allowing time for training at Santa Anita on Thursday and Friday.

The Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes, at 1 1/8 miles, is the most anticipated race of the young season. Shared Belief, the champion 2-year-old male of 2013, will face 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome. This will be their second meeting. California Chrome and Shared Belief were third and fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic here in November.

Both have since won Grade 1 races. California Chrome won the Hollywood Derby on turf at Del Mar on Nov. 29. Shared Belief won the Malibu Stakes at seven furlongs Dec. 26.

The San Antonio Stakes is likely to have a field of at least seven. The track is presenting the race as an invitational and selected 12 horses to run. Aside from California Chrome and Shared Belief, the probable starters are Alfa Bird, Bronzo, Hoppertunity, Tonito M., and You Know I Know.

Trainer Mark Casse said on Tuesday that Dynamic Sky, who was invited to the San Antonio, will start in Saturday’s $200,000 San Marcos Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on turf at Santa Anita. The Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes is expected to include Majestic Harbor and Quadrivium, who were invited to the San Antonio.

Trainer Bob Hess Jr. said that Blue Tone, also invited to the San Antonio, will run in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.

Hoppertunity, trained by Bob Baffert, won the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28 and the Grade 2 San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 10.

Adam Solowiei More than 1 year ago
I am not saying a ton of money but.. just imagine for a second. Chrome sits back a tick to make sure he gets jump on leader before SB and Hopertunity. Alpha Bird (on a big step up but coming off a 109) gets to set fractions the first 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile. He could hang on for a piece at a huge price and mess up this chalk exacta and trifecta... Not a lock but worth a couple of dollars.. http://sportsunbiased.com/more/horse-racing/39433/2015-robert-b-lewis-stakes-field-odds-contenders-free-picks-santa-anita/
Adam Solowiei More than 1 year ago
Probably better to give the right link to explain the logic.. Sorry.. http://sportsunbiased.com/featured/39442/2015-san-antonio-stakes-field-odds-free-picks-late-pick-4-santa-anita/
Dubs Montgomery More than 1 year ago
Alpha Bird will certainly ensure and honest pace, no doubt. I see fractions of 22, 45 and 1:10... Then SB will take over.
Dubs Montgomery More than 1 year ago
Joe Hernandez More than 1 year ago
Not a chance hehehe!
Calvin Glover More than 1 year ago
This is the race we all been waiting for, and no mishaps at the starting gate. Imo it will be Shared Belief, California Chrome then Hoppertunity...just saying.
Ron Serrano More than 1 year ago
Toñito M had some late speed last time against Hoppertunity, the extra distance might help him make this an even more interesting race?......
Marcello Marocco More than 1 year ago
Shared Belief will take down this race.
Joey Bonneville More than 1 year ago
Russell you may very well be right because we all know Chrome or Belief will win. What if they engage each other neither jockey wants to give in because they know they have the best horse. It happens all the time go against the masses you either have a chalky win or score BIG.
Joey Bonneville More than 1 year ago
This is the exact kind of race you can win big if you go against the masses I have won big many times expect the unexpected that is horse racing. I learned this by losing a lot of money because of Game on Dude there is no way this horse will lose WRONG!
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Jock More than 1 year ago
I'm with you. I think that he should have won the BC as he got the worst trip from the start. I still think that the stewards were wrong for not taking the first 2 down.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Pretty cool to have this type of field in the same race in February! SoCal finally has a handicap division once again after a long absence.
tommy More than 1 year ago
This is a jockeys race and the better jockey shall prevail !!! Looks like it will be mike smith vs Espinoza.
tommy More than 1 year ago
Martin Garcia will choke!
Lawrence Redding More than 1 year ago
You got to be kidding. He's as cool as they come. I would say he's the most underrated jockey in America.