Arcadia, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red
is the 9-5 morning line favorite for Sunday’s $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at
Santa Anita Park as he begins his 3-year-old season
Texas Red, trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by the trainer’s brother
Kent, will start the seven-furlong race from post 4 in the eight-horse field.
Co-owned by his trainer, Texas Red won the Juvenile on Nov. 1 by 6 1/2 lengths
as a 13-1 longshot, just his second win in five starts. The son of Afleet Alex
has earned $1,192,300.
Keith Desormeaux has plans to bring the colt along quickly leading to the
Kentucky Derby on May 2.
“I’m thinking about wheeling him back pretty quickly in the Risen Star on
(Feb. 21) and then we’ll have a little gap between the Risen Star and the
$1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby (on Apr. 4),” the trainer said.
“It’s still on schedule. It’s always been kind of a tentative schedule, like
with all things concerning racehorses,” Desormeaux continued. “It seems like
the best plan for me at this point. It’s kind of quick, but I like the way it
feels. If I can get him (to Fair Grounds) a week early, that would be perfect.
I’ll be at the mercy of whoever is going to fly us and their schedule.
“For him to overcome the fact that he’s not really built to be an early horse
– that’s what makes him great and that’s also what makes us so excited about
this year. If he can do what he did as a juvenile, what can he accomplish as a
The 2-1 second choice is Lord Nelson owned by Peachtree Stable and trained by
Bob Baffert. The chestnut colt will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano from the rail
Lord Nelson has two wins from four starts and has earnings of $129,571. He was
fourth in the FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita last Sept. 27 but came back on
Oct. 13 with a win in the track’s Speakeasy Stakes. He was the 7-5 favorite
for Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes but finished fifth to El
Trainer Peter Millers Serbian Syclone is the 3-1 third pick for the San
Vicente. The colt, owned by Rockingham Ranch, will be ridden by regular rider
Elvis Trujillo from post 2.
Serbian Syclone was eighth first time out but has won his last two races going
gate to wire by a combined 8 1/2 lengths. He tries stakes company for the
first time in the seven-furlong event.
Here is the field for the San Vicente in post position order: Lord Nelson,
Rafael Bejarano, 2-1; Serbian Syclone, Elvis Trujillo, 3-1; Jazzy Josh,
Flavien Prat, 15-1; Texas Red, Kent Desormeaux, 9-5; Punctuate, Martin Garcia,
9-2; Magic Taste, Omar Santos, 50-1; Bench Warrant, Tyler Baze, 12-1 and Sir
Samson, Joe Talamo, 15-1.
Post time for the 74th San Vicente is approximately 4:30 p.m. ET.