Monday, December 29, 2008
DOUBLE TROUBLE SEEKS REBOUND IN FRIDAY’S PASEANA HANDICAP
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2008) – Winless in five starts following a 4 ½- length victory in February’s Grade I Santa Maria Handicap, Double Trouble seems well spotted for a return to the win column in Friday’s sixth running of the $70,000 Paseana Handicap at 1 1/16 miles over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride synthetic surface.
With Garrett Gomez in the saddle, Double Trouble will face five rival fillies and mares in the feature on a program that ushers in Santa Anita’s Free Fridays promotion. In addition to free general admission on Fridays, the track this season offers free box seating on a first come, first served basis as well as a one-dollar menu featuring beer, sodas, hot dogs and popcorn.
Her opposition includes trainer Greg Gilchrist’s hard-hitting Victorina, a Northern California-based 5-year-old mare who has been off-the-board only three times in 23 starts while earning $581,675 for the estate of Henry J. Aleo. Rafael Bejarano rides the Florida-bred who has posted a 12-6-2 record.
The complete field for the Paseana Handicap, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Double Trouble, Garrett Gomez, 118; You Lift Me Up, Mike Smith, 117; Victorina, Rafael Bejarano, 117; Island Hop, Martin Garcia, 113; Chocolate Lava, Joel Rosario, 115, and Forest Melody, Joseph Talamo, 115.
The Paseana is carded as the seventh race on an eight-race program that begins at 1 p.m.
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