WINS the SAN RAFAEL at Santa Anita!
Gotta love a horse named after a restaurant named after the French word for grapefruit. Heh, I just bought a bunch of red grapefruit snack cups; it musta been an omen!
Seriously, though, TheBigFruit got away with the race from the beginning, setting easy fractions on the lead. He showed his class by putting the squeeze on Square Eddie in the final turn. Ryehill Dreamer made a move, too, but just couldn’t catch the top two. The Big Fruit juiced Square Eddie by 3.
Square E needed the race, but he seems to be afflicted with 2nditis. The Big Fruit is now 2-for-2 in his career, but much bigger challenges await him on the Derby trail.
In terms of the Derby picture, it’s early, but the way this race played out, it probably won’t make any difference except to fill up posts 15-20. The Pro-ride surface is a question mark, and there is no way The Big Fruit gets an easy lead like that again.
IN OTHER RACES:
CHOCOLATE CANDY won the California Derby today at Golden Gate Fields. I like this one and hope he continues to progress. He could be a Derby sleeper but he hasn’t tried dirt yet.
SILVER CITY won the Dixieland Stakes at Oaklawn on Opening Day.
The next big 3yo preps are the Holy Bull and Hutcheson Stakes on Jan 30-31.