Darley’s Out of Bounds puts it together in Sham
By Tim Nichols
Out of Bounds helped cap a big day for Darley sire Discreet Cat by winning the $100,000 Sham Stakes (G3) on Saturday at Santa Anita Park.
The victory came about 1½ hours after Discreet Dancer established himself as a potential three-year-old force with a dominating win in an optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park.
The Sham was also the third stakes win for sophomores on the day for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum’s operation after Darley’s three-year-old filly Captivating Lass won the Busanda Stakes and Godolphin’s Alpha captured the Count Fleet Stakes for three-year-olds at Aqueduct.
Additionally, Out of Bounds' win marked the first stakes victory for sire Discreet Cat, who stands at Darley in Lexington.
Out of Bounds entered the race off a three-quarter-length win in a seven-furlong maiden special weight race at Hollywood Park on December 10. Prior to that race, he finished fourth in his career debut on October 22 at Santa Anita Park in a six-furlong maiden special weight race.
“He’s a very big horse, but he’s a gentle giant,” winning trainer Eoin Harty said. “He’s come around mentally as well as physically, and sometimes it takes a while for both to catch up. Lucky this horse has the mental attributes as well as the physical attributes.”
Out of Bounds relaxed in fourth under jockey Garrett Gomez before advancing to third, two lengths behind Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Secret Circle and longshot Longview Drive. In the final sixteenth, Out of Bounds uncoiled his stride and accelerated past the previously unbeaten Secret Circle for the half-length win, covering one mile on a track rated as fast in 1:34.56.
Secret Circle finished second, followed by Longview Drive in third.
“When I first came off the turn, I thought I was going to run right by the favorite [Secret Circle], but this horse is just young enough to where he doesn’t quite understand everything about the game yet,” Gomez said. “I had to spank him a couple times to let him understand what I was wanting from him, and when I got into him a little bit he progressed and went forward.”
A Darley homebred, Out of Bounds is one of two winners from three starters out of 2001 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner Unbridled Elaine, by Unbridled’s Song, and is a half brother to multiple graded stakes winner Etched.
Anthony's Cross takes Lewis
By Jay Privman
ARCADIA, Calif. - Anthony’s Cross outlasted Riveting Reason to win the Grade 2, $250,000 Robert Lewis Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita, a race in which heavily favored Tapizar faded to finish fifth, triggering outsized show payoffs.
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Anthony’s Cross ($18.60), who was second to Tapizar in the early going, took the lead into the stretch, then dueled with Riveting Reason through the final furlong, eventually prevailing by a narrow nose under jockey Joel Rosario. Quail Hill, a 68-1 shot who led the first furlong out of the gate but then fell back to last in the seven-horse field, re-rallied to finish third, 4 1/4 lengths behind Riveting Reason.
Tapizar was the 1-5 favorite based on his easy victory in last month’s Sham Stakes, as well as his seeming pace domination. But he was keyed up in the paddock, then got way too aggressive when Quail Hill shot to a brief lead out of the gate. After wildly pulling his way to the front and setting blistering fractions - 22.48 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 45.64 seconds for a half-mile, and 1:09.92 for six furlongs - Tapizar was cooked.
A total of $189,178 was bet to show on Tapizar out of a pool of $221,574. As a result, Anthony’s Cross paid $15.60 to show, Riveting Reason paid $15.20 to show, and Quail Hill returned $48.60 to show.
"He seems to be walking okay right now," Steve Asmussen, the trainer of Tapizar, said as Tapizar cooled out at his barn after the race, "but he's pretty tired."
Anthony’s Cross completed 1 1/8 miles on the fast main track in 1:48.63. Eoin Harty trains him for the ADK Racing stable of Arianne de Kwiatkowski, the daughter of the late Henryk de Kwiatkowski, the prominent owner of such top horses as Conquistator Cielo and the man who bought bankrupt Calumet Farm. Anthony’s Cross was wearing the familiar white and red silks carried by de Kwiatkowski’s runners during the 1980s.
Harty also entered Anthony’s Cross in the El Camino Real Derby on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. He chose the Lewis because, other than Tapizar, whom he feared, he thought the rest of the field was soft.
“Other than Tapizar, they were unproven, mostly turf horses,” Harty said. “Tapizar had me scared after his last start.”
In that race, the Sham, Anthony’s Cross finished third, 9 1/4 lengths behind Tapizar. Anthony’s Cross added blinkers for the Lewis.
“I thought he would come around more mentally on his own, but it didn’t happen, so I added blinkers and worked him twice in them before the race,” Harty said.
Anthony’s Cross, a son of Indian Charlie, has now won twice in six starts.
The win was particularly special for Harty in that, while an assistant to Bob Baffert, he was associated with many top runners owned by the late Lewis and his widow, Beverly, including Silver Charm, the 1997 Kentucky Derby winner.
By virtue of the Lewis win, Anthony’s Cross is now eligible for the Preakness 5.5, a $5.5 million bonus that would kick in should he win the Santa Anita Derby and then the Preakness Stakes.
Victor's Cry takes Citation Handicap
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Victor’s Cry, returning to the scene of his biggest win, rallied from ninth to first in the final half-mile of the $250,000 Citation Handicap to take the Grade 2 race for older turf horses on Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Victor’s Cry, an 11-1 shot, was in front of just one horse, favored Court Vision, during the run down the backstretch. But he started moving powerfully on the far turn, then was able to knife between horses at mid-stretch and went on to post a 1 3/4-length victory.
In a blanket finish for second, Proudinsky, at 15-1, finished a nose in front of third-place Meteore, a 28-1 shot who was a head in front of the rallying Court Vision. The $1 trifecta on those three outsiders returned $1,943.60.
Victor’s Cry ($24.40) won the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile here on Memorial Day, but was winless in three starts since. His regular jockey, Corey Nakatani, abandoned ship, choosing instead to ride Ryehill Dreamer. As a result, Victor Espinoza picked up the mount from Eoin Harty, who trains Victor’s Cry for Equilete Stable.
Victor’s Cry was timed in a swift 1:39.86 for 1 1/16 miles on the firm turf course. The win was his sixth in 21 lifetime starts. He is 3-for-5 on the Hollywood turf course.
“His last two works were super,” Harty said. “I actually prayed when they were drawing the race that he would draw the rail and save some ground. Victor was able to get him to relax early on. He’s got a good three-eighths of a mile run.”