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2021 American Pharoah Stakes at Santa Anita Park

G1 American Pharoah is a WIN & YOU’RE IN For Breeders’ Cup Juvenille

Rockefeller, Bob Baffert’s talented first-out winner, heads a promising group of seven two-year-olds going a mile and one sixteenth in Friday’s Grade 1, $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes at Santa Anita Park .

Renamed in 2018 for Baffert’s 2015 Triple Crown winner, the American Pharoah is a Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier to the Grade I, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 5 at Del Mar.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Corniche 6-5 Mike Smith
122 Lbs
Bob Baffert
2 Flying Drummer 10-1 John Velazquez
122 Lbs
Bob Baffert
3 Finneus 12-1 Tiago Pereira
122 Lbs
Walther Solis
4 Oviatt Class 3-1 Kent Desormeaux
122 Lbs
J. Desormeaux
5 Joker Boy 15-1 Edwin Maldonado
122 Lbs
Brian Koriner
6 Rockefeller 3-1 Flavien Prat
122 Lbs
Bob Baffert
7 Pappacap 8-1 Joe Bravo
122 Lbs
Mark Casse

A $750,000 Keeneland September yearling, Rockefeller was a most impressive first-out winner going six furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 28, winning by 2 1/4 lengths under Abel Cedillo, who rides him back on Friday.

A bay colt by Medaglia d’Oro out of the Speightstown mare Dance to Bristol, Rockefeller is owned by SF Racing, LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, LLC, et al. A winner of a record five previous runnings, Baffert would appear to be well positioned to notch his sixth American Pharoah win.

UPDATE Sep 29: Forbidden Kingdom has elected to run in Race 5, the Speakeasy Stakes.

Another talented first-out winner, Forbidden Kingdom, rates a big shot in the American Pharoah as well. Trained by Richard Mandella, this chestnut colt by American Pharoah out of the Five Star Day mare Just Louise, broke sharply and took control early on his way to a half length score going 5 1/2 furlongs on Aug. 21 at Del Mar.

Purchased for $300,000 out of the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearlings Showcase, Forbidden Kingdom is owned by Spendthrift Farm and MyRacehorse and will be ridden back by Juan Hernandez.

Pappacap, a winner of the Grade II Best Pal Stakes in his second start and Finneus, who finished fourth and second respectively in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity at seven furlongs Sept. 6, both merit strong consideration.

California-bred Joker Boy, the likely speed in the race, comes off a smashing 3 1/2 length score in the statebred I’m Smokin Stakes at six furlongs and will have theft on his mind with Edwin Maldonado up. – US Legal Santa Anita Park online OTB is a great way to bet horse racing at Santa Anita Park. Available to customers across the United States, OTB features both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing from major racing venues in the US as well as top international racing from Europe, Japan, Australia and Hong Kong.

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