Undefeated Acceptance Takes On Seven In $250,000 California Cup Derby
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Fri 23/01/2015 - 14:28 EST
On Saturday, Santa Anita will host the 2nd running of the $250,000 California Cup Derby. Restricted to three-year-olds either bred in California or sired by California-based stallions, the mile and a sixteenth contest has drawn a field of eight.
Acceptance, undefeated from three lifetime starts, has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at 9-5 for trainer Donald Warren. A dark bay son of Vronsky, he broke his maiden in his debut as a juvenile and went on to win back to back stakes races as the favorite. All three victories have come against restricted state-bred competition. Elvis Trujillo, his regular rider, will be back aboard and they will break from post position two.
Tough Sunday making stakes debut
Second choice at 5-2 on the morning line is Tough Sunday for trainer Steven Miyadi. Bred and owned by Nick Alexander, the bay son of Grazen will be making his stakes debut after breaking his maiden against fellow California-breds last time out. Prior to that victory, he had been second and third against maiden company. Tyler Baze, in the irons for his maiden score, will be back aboard and they are scheduled to break from the rail.
Avanti Bello trying dirt for the first time
Also in the field and a longshot at 20-1 on the morning line is Avanti Bello for trainer Doug O’Neill. A bay son of Include, he will be making his first start on conventional dirt after breaking his maiden over synthetics and subsequently finishing eighth on the turf in the Eddie Logan Stakes. Both starts to date have come against open company. He will get a rider change to Mike Smith and they will break from the outside post.
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