A stout field of seven 3-year-olds will travel 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita on Saturday in the $400,000 San Felipe (G2). The 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby test will reward the top-four finishers with a 50-20-10-5 points structure towards the Run for the Roses on May 2.
FORT MCHENRY
Total 5 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
(89) in maiden tally at Gulfstream Park West
Total Earnings:
$41,730
Owner:
Purple Rein Racing
Breeder:
SF Bloodstock
Trainer:
Doug O’Neill
Jockey:
Abel Cedillo
Sire:
Tapit
Dam:
Love the Chase
Color:
Gray/Roan

This $1.1 million son of Tapit draws the rail in his first appearance since moving to conditioner Doug O’Neill. The Kentucky-bred gelding has flashed potential on occasion, but he must show vast improvement off of his allowance third at Aqueduct last time out to challenge the top draws in the San Felipe. Abel Cedillo has the call atop the speedy 3-year-old.

HONOR A. P.
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(97) in maiden romp at Santa Anita
Total Earnings:
$42,200
Owner:
C R K Stable
Breeder:
George Krikorian
Trainer:
John Shirreffs
Jockey:
Mike Smith
Sire:
Honor Code
Dam:
Hollywood Story
Color:
Dark Bay

Top prospect displayed fine ability from a pair of races as a juvenile, including a daylight victory on this course in October. The $850,000 yearling purchase has trained in excellent fashion in the interim, and the lightly raced sort could evolve into a top sophomore on the Triple Crown Trail with a positive showing on Saturday. Regular rider Mike Smith retains the mount.

WRECKING CREW
Total 5 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
2
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
(98) when third in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita
Total Earnings:
$329,600
Owner:
Rockingham Ranch
Breeder:
Westrock Stables
Trainer:
Peter Miller
Jockey:
Tyler Gaffalione
Sire:
Sky Kingdom
Dam:
Truelladeville
Color:
Dark Bay

This two-time Grade-1 placed sophomore showed nothing in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) in his juvenile finale but is working swiftly in advance of his 3-year-old debut. The Peter Miller charge has a great foundation under him, and the move to attract jockey Tyler Gaffalione to ride him is an excellent one. The $875,000 2-year-old purchase will stalk the pace early on.

AUTHENTIC
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(97) in Sham (G3) score at Santa Anita
Total Earnings:
$91,200
Owner:
Starlight Racing et al’s
Breeder:
Peter Blum Thoroughbreds
Trainer:
Bob Baffert
Jockey:
Drayden Van Dyke
Sire:
Into Mischief
Dam:
Flawless
Color:
Bay

One of two win threats in the field for conditioner Bob Baffert exits a dominating, front-running win in the Sham (G3) on this oval. The exciting Triple Crown prospect ran greenly in his stakes debut, but he has a world of talent and is training like a colt ready to run another top race. The $350,000 yearling buy could be sent to the front from the start under pilot Drayden Van Dyke.

THOUSAND WORDS
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
3
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(95) in Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) triumph
Total Earnings:
$211,000
Owner:
Albaugh Family Stables and Spendthrift Farm
Breeder:
Hardacre Farm
Trainer:
Bob Baffert
Jockey:
Flavien Prat
Sire:
Pioneerof the Nile
Dam:
Pomeroy’s Pistol
Color:
Bay

This $1 million yearling purchase has run to his price tag to date following a trio of wins from as many starts. The Bob Baffert pupil was professional when splitting horses in the stretch in the Robert B. Lewis (G3) most recently, and the colt continues to work steadily in preparation of the San Felipe. The Florida-bred retains the services of Flavien Prat.

STORM THE COURT
Total 5 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
(102) in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) victory
Total Earnings:
$1,184,951
Owner:
Ex-Line Border Racing and David Bernsen
Breeder:
Stepping Stone Farm
Trainer:
Peter Eurton
Jockey:
Joel Rosario
Sire:
Court Vision
Dam:
My Tejana Storm
Color:
Bay

Champion from the barn of Peter Eurton commenced his sophomore campaign with a solid fourth-place finish in the San Vicente (G2) at seven furlongs. The Court Vision colt draws well outside of the major players in the cast, and he also gets a rider change to Joel Rosario for the initial time. The Kentucky-bred comes off a bullet five furlongs to signal his readiness for Saturday.

SWAGSATIONAL
Total 10 start(s)
Wins:
3
Place:
0
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
(85) in grassy tally at Turf Paradise
Total Earnings:
$53,115
Owner:
Keith Swagerty
Breeder:
Keith Swagerty and Jan Swagerty
Trainer:
Heath Lawrence
Jockey:
Kassie Gugliemino
Sire:
Gallant Son
Dam:
Bullysima
Color:
Dark Bay

Outsider in the field draws widest and takes a massive class hike in his graded stakes bow. The Arizona-based gelding has never been better with three wins in succession, but this spot seems too ambitious for the Washington-bred. Expect the improving sophomore to take back early and make one run in the stretch.