The American Pharoah (G1) will be held on Saturday at Santa Anita and will award Road to the Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a 10-4-2-1 basis to the top four finishers. A competitive field has turned out to contest the 1 1/16-mile race, which also serves as a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) at Keeneland.

Touchdown Brown
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(91) when finishing second in the I'm Smokin S.
Total Earnings:
$49,500
Owner:
Edward J. Brown Jr., Alan Klein, and Phillip Lebherz
Breeder:
Premier Thoroughbreds
Trainer:
Rafael Beccerra
Jockey:
Juan Hernandez
Sire:
Cairo Prince
Dam:
Chicalelee
Color:
Gray/roan

California-bred son of Cairo Prince enters off a runner-up effort in the I'm Smokin S. against fellow state-breds. Touchdown Brown ran well in defeat, rallying with determination to finish second with a competitive 91 Brisnet Speed rating. But he's stretching out significantly in distance for the American Pharoah while simultaneously facing open company for the first time, so the waters will be deeper on Saturday.

Rombauer
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(76) when finishing sixth in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf S.
Total Earnings:
$30,500
Owner:
John & Diane Fradkin
Breeder:
John & Diane Fradkin
Trainer:
Michael McCarthy
Jockey:
Mike Smith
Sire:
Twirling Candy
Dam:
Cashmere
Color:
Bay

Michael McCarthy trainee overcame a slow start and some homestretch traffic to impressively win his debut traveling a mile on turf, but could only finish sixth when facing tougher company in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf S. The American Pharoah will mark Rombauer's first start on dirt, a significant question mark considering his pedigree is slanted toward turf. But with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith picking up the mount, Rombauer warrants respect as a longshot capable of hitting the board.

Dyn O Mite
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
0
Place:
3
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(79) when finishing fifth in the Del Mar Futurity (G1).
Total Earnings:
$33,000
Owner:
Brad Allshouse
Breeder:
Thoroughbred Acadiana
Trainer:
Keith Desormeaux
Jockey:
Victor Espinoza
Sire:
Goldencents
Dam:
Boom Boom Dynamite
Color:
Bay

A son of two-time Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Goldencents, Dyn O Mite is technically an 0-for-4 maiden, though he's finished second three times against good company. Runner-up behind Rombauer in the latter's maiden win, Dyn O Mite enters off a distant fifth-place effort in the Del Mar Futurity (G1). With a career-best 79 Brisnet Speed rating to his credit, bettors will have to hope this bay colt shows improvement while stretching out over 1 1/16 miles.

Notable Exception
Total 1 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(77) when dominating his debut at Arlington Park.
Total Earnings:
$19,440
Owner:
Calumet Farm
Breeder:
Calumet Farm
Trainer:
Jack Sisterson
Jockey:
Abel Cedillo
Sire:
Street Sense
Dam:
Poco Mas
Color:
Bay

A stoutly-bred son of Street Sense out of the A.P. Indy mare Poco Mas, Notable Exception is bred to relish racing 1 1/16 miles, so it's noteworthy how he dominated his debut sprinting 7 furlongs at Arlington Park. Racing over the synthetic Polytrack, Notable Exception battled for the lead, then powered clear to win by 5 1/4 lengths. If he handles the Santa Anita dirt—as his pedigree suggests he will—Notable Exception can vie for a spot on the board.

Spielberg
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
0
Place:
2
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(91) when finishing second in his debut at Del Mar.
Total Earnings:
$61,000
Owner:
SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Golconda Stables, Siena Farm, and Robert E. Masterson
Breeder:
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.
Trainer:
Bob Baffert
Jockey:
Luis Saez
Sire:
Union Rags
Dam:
Miss Squeal
Color:
Chestnut

Although Spielberg is 0-for-2 so far, this $1 million yearling purchase has finished second twice, coming home behind Dr. Schivel in both a maiden race and the Del Mar Futurity (G1). Conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who has won the American Pharoah nine times, Spielberg has plenty of tactical speed coupled with the pedigree to stretch out in distance. He looms as a dangerous contender to score a breakthrough victory on Saturday.

Get Her Number
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(82) when winning his debut at Del Mar.
Total Earnings:
$39,000
Owner:
Gary Barber
Breeder:
Philip Robertson & Brenda Robertson
Trainer:
Peter Miller
Jockey:
Flavien Prat
Sire:
Dialed In
Dam:
Fancier
Color:
Bay

A game winner dashing 5 furlongs on turf in his debut at Del Mar, Get Her Number wasn't badly beaten when finishing fourth in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf S. After carving out all the pace, Get Her Number weakened only slightly late to finish fourth by a length, coming home ahead of Rombauer. The son of Dialed In will need to show improvement while switching to dirt, but his pedigree suggests this is a possibility, and hot jockey Flavien Prat retains the mount.

Weston
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
(87) when winning his debut at Santa Anita.
Total Earnings:
$150,000
Owner:
Chris Drakos and Ryan Hanson
Breeder:
EVADI Farm Team
Trainer:
Ryan Hanson
Jockey:
Drayden Van Dyke
Sire:
Hit It a Bomb
Dam:
Elke
Color:
Bay

The lone graded stakes winner entered in the American Pharoah field, Weston kicked off his career in promising fashion, beating Dr. Schivel in his debut at Santa Anita before battling to victory in Del Mar's Best Pal (G2). But a subsequent third-place effort in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) saw Weston finish 3 3/4 lengths behind Spielberg, so this $7,000 yearling purchase will have to find another gear to turn the tables on Saturday.

Waspirant
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(81) when breaking his maiden at Del Mar.
Total Earnings:
$36,300
Owner:
Martin & Pam Wygod
Breeder:
Wygod Equine
Trainer:
John Shirreffs
Jockey:
Umberto Rispoli
Sire:
Union Rags
Dam:
Life Is Sweet
Color:
Chestnut

Though Waspirant was no match for Dr. Schivel and Spielberg in his debut, finishing fourth in a Del Mar maiden race, the beautifully-bred chestnut showed significant improvement in his second start. Racing a mile at Del Mar, Waspirant tracked the pace, then rallied gamely to win by three-quarters of a length. Trained by John Shirreffs of Zenyatta fame, Waspirant is a son of Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Union Rags out of Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (G1) winner Life Is Sweet, so you can expect Waspirant to improve with maturity. In the meantime, the addition of blinkers for the American Pharoah could help sharpen Waspirant's speed and focus.