Shared Belief Lays Over 12 Rivals in Big Cap

Shared Belief Lays Over 12 Rivals in Big Cap

Category : News - Fri 06/03/2015 - 21:49 EST

The 78th running of the Grade 1 $1 million Santa Anita Handicap February 7 has drawn a full field of 13, but everyone not named Shared Belief could be running for second in the mile and a quarter race if things unfold as expected.

Shared Belief is the deserving 3/5 morning line favorite after notching consecutive graded stakes victories following the lone defeat of his career in the November 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic.  The four year-old son of Candy Ride has enjoyed a brilliant career winning 9 of 10 races for earnings of over $2.3 million.  In his last start, Shared Belief solidified his billing as the top dirt horse in training by beating 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome by a nonchalant length and a half in the Grade 2 San Antonio Invitational.  If there are any chinks in Shared Belief’s armor, they are well-concealed entering the 2015 Big Cap.  Regular jockey Mike Smith will have the mount breaking from post five. 

Moreno (6/1) is the only other grade 1 stakes winner in the field.  The speedy Eric Guillot trainee posted a gate-to-wire score in the Grade 1 Whitney last summer at Saratoga and nearly followed that effort with a win in the Grade 1 Woodward, but was overhauled in deep stretch.  Moreno followed those efforts with successive flops in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic.  The five year-old gelded son of 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper has been idle since the BC Classic. 

Catch a Flight (12/1) has raced twice in the United States since being shipped from Brazil, but steps up sharply in class for trainer Richard Mandella after beating $40,000 foes in his last start.   

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