Bet down to 3-10 favoritism, the bay gelding covered six furlongs over Santa Anita’s new Pro-Ride surface in 1:09.67 while being geared down at the finish by jockey Garrett Gomez. He had broken his maiden by 2 ¾ lengths on Aug. 31 at Del Mar while traversing 5 ½ furlongs in a rapid 1:03 3/5.
Gomez sent him to the front soon after the start in Thursday’s field of six juveniles. Despite racing greenly at times, Details R Sketchy led through splits of 22.56, 45.40 and 57.08 while under a hand ride for the entire distance.
Trainer Carla Gaines had considered running Details R Sketchy is Sunday’s Grade I Norfolk Stakes, but, in the end, opted for the less demanding spot. “Sure, I’d like to go in the Norfolk and the Breeders’ Cup,” she said, “but I’ll take a back seat for now. We opted to develop him and try to not get too excited.”
Gaines said she would consider stakes company for the Maryland-bred son of Great Notion in his next start. “He’s a plain, little brown horse with somewhat obscure breeding,” said the trainer, “but from the day he came into the barn, he impressed us.”
Oak Tree’s third day of its 26-day season will be conducted on Friday with first post at 1 p.m.