THE SAN JUAN INVITATIONAL
The Grade 2 SAN JUAN INVITATIONAL will be held on Saturday April 14th on the California Turf Course witha a field of 8 4 year old and older horses set to charge out of the gates at 2:30pm EST running a distance of a Mile and three quarters (14furlongs) with a total purse of $375,000.
The handicapper has reviewed this year’s field and put the ML favorite at 2-1 with the longest odds going off at 9-1 pretty much bunching this group all together. We only have one graded stakes winner in the race, while 2 entries are making their graded stakes debuts. Included this year are 1 Mare, 1 Six year old and 3 Four year olds.
THE POST PARADE:
1- ZABLINGTON 2-1 lbailey J: Z. Ayya
5-Male FL bred sire: HARLINGTON dam: ARMOURED FIRST (ZABEEL)
Has 7 wins in 20 career turf races. Last outing was Third in G1- SAN FRANCISCO CAPTAIN HANDICAP over an off turf in his first start since November. Ran Sixth in the G1- ROBERTO CLEMENTE. Posted a career best 113 SP in G2- DEL WEBB HANDICAP here at California in a Second place finish. Ayya has 2 previous mounts getting 1 Second last July.
2- KITTYZIG MAMBO 4-1 rharfo1 J: V. Naugle
5-Male KY scratchbred KITTEN’S JOY x KINGMAMBO x DANZIG
Finished in the top 2 spots in last 5 races with 1 win. Only missed the board in 3 of 21 turf starts. Last race was caught finishing Second in the DROP IN THE FIELDS TURF STAYER at 16f. In December posted last win in 75k Allowance. Won the G3- BARBERVILLE last April. Career best 112 SP was set in December of 2016.
3- ROCKIN LEON 7-1 doodlegbs J: C. Capper
4-Colt SKOR scratchbred ROCK HARD TEN x CAERLEON x KITTEN’S JOY
Second least experienced horse in the field with only 8 races, but has been in the money 6 times with 4 wins. Last race came in Sixth in the G1- ACKLAND CUP tying his best SP of 105 with Capper in the saddle. In January Won the LEVEN SEVENTY WON TURF STAYER.
4- INAUGURATION DAY 6-1 mtk76 J: A. Kelly
6-Male KY scratchbred ENGLISH CHANNEL x SADLER’S WELLS x ALYDAR
Last race pumped out his all time best SP of 107 getting caught for Second in a 75k Allowance in February. The oldest horse in the race has 7 career wins and 14 top 3 finishes in his 19 turf starts. Will be making his First Graded Stakes start but was a Local Champion in December of 2016.
5- LIGHT UP THE DARK 7-1 dixiedotco J: W. Cahill
4-Colt IRE scratchbred SEA THE STARS x DANEHILL x ROBERTO
The least experienced horse in the field, but he has 5 wins and has never missed the board in any of his 7 starts. Won 4 out of 5 at the Allowance level since breaking his maiden. Put up a 106 SP in March in a NW4y over 14f. This will be first attempt at a Stakes company race at any level.
6- DIAMOND PAGE 5-1 3away J: S. Gravina
4-Colt FR scratchbred DALAKHANI x DANEHILL x PIVOTAL
Competed at EQUINICS 2016 in Brazil as a 2 year old running 20th in the PET CEMETARY. Has never gone longer than 10f in any previous race. Comes in off a Win in a 75k Allowance. Put up best 109 SP in winning the BEAT FREEDOM TURF STAYER in September at Ohio over 9.5 f.
7- ANZAC FOCUS 9-1 michaelb J: E N Tice
5-Male IRE bred Sire: INTENSE FOCUS Dam: PALACE HUMOR (PALACE MUSIC)
Has made 3 allowances starts already in 2018, gathering a win, a second and a third. Will be stretching back out here after focusing on 12f last few starts. In only graded start last October ran Third while posting a 109 SP. Has 4 career wins and been on the board 13 times in 21 turf races.
8- DANCING SHIRLEY 6-1 chino J: S. Wild
5-Mare AUS scratch SPINNING WORLD x SHIRLEY HEIGHTS x DANCING BRAVE
Competed in EQUINICS 2018 in her last start, running 12th in the AMANDA JANE for Racing HQ. Has 8 lifetime uf wins in 21 races. Bothe of her last 2 wins have come on off tracks (NW5y & SWEET SUNSHYNE TURF MARE STAYER). Last 4 races have all been graded stakes. Had a 111 SP in a Second in the G2- ANGRY DRAGON in October.
2- KITTYZIG MAMBO
5- LIGHT UP THE DARK