04/07/2016 12:40PM

What a View streaking into Thunder Road Stakes

Shigeki Kikkawa
What a View has yet to lose on Santa Anita's turf course.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Statistics favor What a View in Saturday’s $100,000 Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita.

What a View is on a three-race winning streak, is unbeaten in four starts on turf at Santa Anita, and has won his last four starts with at least five weeks between races.

All of that left trainer Kenny Black confident in advance of What a View’s appearance in the Grade 3 Thunder Road Stakes at a mile on turf. Black expects What a View to be prominent from the start and is not concerned about drawing post 12 in a full field.

“I think he had more speed in his Cal-bred maiden race,” Black said. “If he gets beat, I don’t think it will be because of the 12 hole.”

Owned by the partnership of Finish Line Racing, the family of the late Bud Johnston, and Patsy and Sal Berumen, the 5-year-old What a View’s winning streak includes an optional claimer in December, the California Cup Turf Classic in January, and the Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Mile on March 12.

Those wins will make What a View a strong favorite in the Thunder Road Stakes. The field includes Finnegans Wake, the millionaire winner of the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic last May, and Texas Red, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile here in 2014.

Texas Red has not raced since finishing fifth in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga last summer. There is a chance that Texas Red could be withdrawn in favor of another race.


What a View, by Vronsky

Last 3 Beyers: 107-102-96

◗ What a View has emerged as the top turf miler in California this year. Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, What a View is expected to lead or dispute the pace in the Thunder Road. In his three wins at this meeting, What a View has been first or second early and pulled away to win by at least 3 1/4 lengths.

Twentytwentyvision, by Pollard’s Vision

Last 3 Beyers: 98-97-96

◗ Twentytwentyvision was scratched from the Grade 2 City of Hope Mile last October after suffering jaw and lip injuries in an incident in the starting gate moments before the race. The Thunder Road Stakes will be Twentytwentyvision’s first start since a win in an optional claimer at Del Mar last August.

“I don’t think he’s up to his best yet, but I think he’ll run well,” trainer Richard Mandella said. “He may need a race to get his race underneath him.”

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The $100,000 Providencia Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf is Saturday’s fifth race, the first of six stakes on a 12-race program.

Mirage, the upset winner of the China Doll Stakes at a mile on turf March 12, is part of a field of nine. Trainer Simon Callaghan said on Thursday that he was concerned about how much rain would fall in Southern California in the days leading up to Saturday’s program.

“As long as it stays on the turf, we’ll run,” he said. “It’s kind of the same field but probably a different turf course and an extra eighth.”