ARCADIA, Calif. (April 9, 2009) – British-bred Battle of Hastings, upset winner of the Grade III Baldwin Stakes on March 1 when, according to jockey Tyler Baze, “the light bulb went on,” will attempt to further illuminate his career prospects on Saturday in Santa Anita’s $100,000 La Puente Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf.

Battle of Hastings, who drew the challenging No. 12 post among 13 entrants in the event’s 29th running, will be joined by Jeff Mullins-trained stablemate Leedstheway in the contentious lineup with several of the sophomores racing on grass for the first time.

The only graded stakes winner in the field, Battle of Hastings gained that distinction when rallying to win the Baldwin by 1 ¼ lengths at odds of 7-1 in his second United States start. He had been decisively beaten in his stateside debut, Hollywood Park’s Grade III Generous Stakes last November, before capturing the 6 ½-furlong turf competition.

“The Generous was his first race in this country, and he was lost,” commented Baze following the Baldwin. “He didn’t know what he was doing. I thought he’d run better today because, in his last two works, it was like the light bulb went on. I think he’s going to be a really nice horse.”

Baze will be back aboard the bay gelding who has earnings of $93,875 from 3 wins in 7 starts for Michael House, while Joe Talamo rides Leedstheway, who was second by one length to Evita Argentina in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track. The gelded Virginia-bred son of Cape Canaveral returned with a creditable fourth in the March 19 Pasadena Stakes at one-mile on turf. Talamo takes over for Tyler Baze on David Marshall’s $10,500 buy who has earned $79,695 from a 2-1-0 showing in 4 starts.

With earnings of $165,760 that top the field, multiple stakes-winner Charlie’s Moment is the most experienced of the entrants with a 3-3-2 record in 10 races for trainer Walther Solis. The gelded son of Indian Charlie will be making his first start on turf with Alex Solis aboard for the first time.

Other contenders include Smokey Lonesome and Wall Street Wonder, second and third, respectively, in the Pasadena won by Gallant Son. Victor Espinoza rides Smokey Lonesome, who nosed out Wall Street Wonder at odds of 19-1 for trainer Art Sherman. Jockey Joel Rosario has the call on Wall Street Wonder for trainer Bob Baffert.

The complete field for the La Puente Stakes, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Dapper Gene, Jose Valdivia Jr., 116; Cape Truth, Alonso Quinonez, 116; Leedstheway, Joseph Talamo, 116; Arden Park, Mike Smith, 118; Smokey Lonesome, Victor Espinoza, 116; Wall Street Wonder, Joel Rosario, 116; Dover Street Art, Michael Baze, 116; Charlie’s Moment, Alex Solis, 116; Robs Hero, David Flores, 116; Mr. Monkey Jones, Corey Nakatani, 116; Lesson in Deceit, Jake Barton, 118, and Battle of Hastings, Tyler Baze, 116. Also eligible: Renegade Storm, Talamo, 116.

Irish-bred Miss Singhsix is the 119-pound high weight among six fillies and mares entered in a supporting feature, the $70,000 Santa Lucia Handicap at 1 1/16 miles over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface.

Trained by Paddy Gallagher for Team Valor and partners, Miss Singhsix is a 4-year-old daughter of Singspiel who has been competitive in graded stakes while earning $130,038 from a 3-1-1 record in 10 career starts. Solis has the mount.

Theodora, whose sire is Fusaichi Pegasus, will be seeking her third straight win and first in a stakes race for Jerry and Ann Moss. Mike Smith rides the 4-year-old filly who has won 3 of 6 starts and earned $100,200. She was assigned 118 pounds.

The complete field for the Santa Lucia Handicap, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Champagne Eyes, Michael Baze, 114; Miss Singhsix, Solis, 119; Scarlett’s Place, Julien Couton, 114; Kayd Kodaun, Valdivia, 114; Theodora, Smith, 118, and Highland Torree, Martin Garcia, 113.

The La Puente is scheduled as the seventh race on a nine-race card to be televised by HRTV. The Santa Lucia goes as the eighth. First post is at 12:30 p.m.