Updated on 09/18/2011 1:46AM

Top threats all outside


ARCADIA, Calif. - Get Funky completed a busy Del Mar meeting with an upset victory in the Del Mar Derby. He then got a vacation, which is scheduled to end on Tuesday, in the Grade 3, $100,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes at Santa Anita. But it's not like he's being welcomed back to work.

Thirteen others entered the Sir Beaufort, and Get Funky drew the worst post, number 14, for the one-mile grass race. Three other top contenders - Porto Santo, Zann, and To Sender - landed the posts just inside of him. In a race where trips figure to be paramount, handicappers will have to decide if those horses are good enough to overcome their draws, as well as their many rivals.

The Sir Beaufort is one of two stakes that precede the day's feature, the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes.

Get Funky was third in a division of the Oceanside Stakes and third in the La Jolla before taking the Del Mar Derby. Throat surgery and some hind-end soreness kept him on the sidelines for the past three months, trainer John Sadler said.

"But he worked unbelievable a few days ago," Sadler said, referring to Get Funky's six-furlong drill in 1:12 over Hollywood Park's Cushion Track surface Dec. 19.

Porto Santo finished fourth in the Del Mar Derby as the favorite and subsequently captured the Bien Bien Stakes at Hollywood, beating Zann. That race was at one mile, as is the Sir Beaufort, a distance that seems more suitable to Porto Santo than the Del Mar Derby's 1 1/8 miles.

To Sender has not raced since July. He was prone to running off earlier this year, but trainer Bobby Frankel said time off has calmed him down.

Like Running Water looks like a live longshot. This will be his stakes debut, but he comes off a pair of wins since moving to the turf.

Cal Breeders': Indian Ashton returns

Indian Ashton was a swift winner of the first maiden race of the meet at Del Mar, and he makes his first start since then in the $125,000 California Breeders' Champion Stakes, the other supporting feature on Tuesday's card.

Edgar Prado, who is in town to ride Latent Heat in the Malibu, picked up the mount in the seven-furlong race for 2-year-olds.

Indian Ashton might be vulnerable, though. A number of his 11 rivals are in good form and have had strong recent outings.

Something Sonic romped in his debut at Hollywood on Nov. 12, beating 12 rivals by 4 1/4 lengths going 6o1/2 furlongs. He could be the slight favorite in a wide-open race.

The speedy Super Image returns to a sprint after finding the California Cup Juvenile's 1 1/16 miles too demanding.

The John Harris-owned entry of River Echo and Street Lights should get considerable support. River Echo returned from a three-month layoff to beat maidens at Hollywood Park, while Street Lights comes off a victory against a first-level allowance field at Hollywood.

Complexity, who was second to River Echo last time out in his debut, has a big look at this, even though he is a maiden with but one start. He had a rough trip, yet still finished well.

"For all the trouble he had, two jumps past the wire he was in front," said his trainer, Cliff Sise. "He had nowhere to go down the lane. It was a very educational race."