ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2013)—The 1-2-3 finishers in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity head up an 11-horse field of 2-year-olds in Saturday’s Grade I, $250,000 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” prep for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 2.
Tamarando broke his maiden two starts back and will be seeking his third career win from five starts. Although he is stretching out for the first time, he’s settled well early in all four of his previous starts with Leparoux and will hope to do the same on Saturday.
Dance With Fate, a troubled second from far off the pace in the Futurity, retains the services of Rafael Bejarano, who has been aboard for all three of his previous starts, including an open maiden allowance score on Aug. 11 at Del Mar.
Owned by Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, Florida-bred Dance With Fate is trained by Peter Eurton and has had two quick half mile works at Santa Anita since his last start.
Trained by Bob Baffert, Can the Man broke from post position two in the Futurity, finished third, beaten one length, after ducking inward shortly after the break. A Kentucky-bred colt by hot sire Into Mischief, Can the Man brought $320,000 at the Barretts May 2-year-old in training sale and has trained forwardly for this, his third start.
Although still a maiden, the Simon Callaghan-trained Ontology is multiple stakes placed and has finished second in three of his previous four starts. He was most recently second in the one mile turf Oak Tree Juvenile Turf at Del Mar on Sept. 4. Owned by Reddam Racing LLC, he gets a new rider in Corey Nakatani, as Rafael Bejarano has opted to stick with Dance With Fate.
The complete field for the FrontRunner Stakes, to be run as the seventh race on an 11-race card, with jockeys and an assigned weight of 122 pounds in post position order is as follows: Ontology, Corey Nakatani; Schoolofhardrocks, Victor Espinoza; Even Echo, Felipe Martinez; Can the Man, Martin Garcia; Roundupthelute, Garrett Gomez; Tamarando, Julien Leparoux; Dance With Fate, Rafael Bejarano; Better Bet, Alberto Delgado; Bond Holder, Mario Gutierrez; Test Ride, Edwin Maldonado, and Flat Gone, Brice Blanc.