Apr 122018
 

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.

MY SELECTIONS:

2- KITTYZIG MAMBO

5- LIGHT UP THE DARK

1- ZABLINGTON

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