01/29/2007 12:00AM

Sunshine Millions Sprint preview


Race 4 - Santa Anita
6 Furlongs
Sunshine Millions Sprint
4-year-olds and upward (bred in California or Florida)
Purse $300,000

MACH RIDE may have been a bit short in seasonal debut at Gulfstream when chasing three-time Grade 3 winner Kelly's Landing, and should be tighter for his second start of the form cycle. He showed his quality by finishing second to the classy Too Much Bling in a very fast renewal of the Grade 2 Carry Back Stakes last year, and had a miserable trip in the King's Bishop at Saratoga against Henny Hughes three back. He showed speed over a closer-friendly Keeneland course two starts ago so you may want to draw a line through that effort.
BORDONARO is one of the fastest horses in training, and if he runs back to that gi-normous 119 Beyer that he earned over this surface in the Ancient Title, then they're all running for second money. He may have been aided by a speed-favoring track that day, however, and will have to deal with Proud Tower Too, among others, in the early stages. He's extremely logical, but will be heavily-backed in the wagering. Lightly-raced SMOKEY STOVER is an intriguing longshot. The 4-year-old recently destroyed an allowance group at Golden Gate, and may sit a great stalking trip while racing clear of trouble. AREYOUTALKINTOME finished third as the favorite in the 2005 Sprint, but was no match for Bordonaro last year. He loves Santa Anita, and may work out a nice inside-out stalking trip behind the speeds.
SOUVENIR EVENING doesn't need the lead to win, and has now thrown up three straight 100+ Beyer Speed Figures. This will be his toughest test to date, however. PROUD TOWER TOO likely needed the race when third in the Grade 3 El Conejo in his first start since March. He'll be putting the heat on Bordonaro early, but one must wonder if the connections have their sights set on Dubai again.

1. Mach Ride
2. Bordonaro
3. Smokey Stover