San Felipe Stakes Entries
San Felipe Stakes Picks
By Jessica Paquette
The road to the Kentucky Derby heads through California with the $400,000 San Felipe. Scheduled to be run at a mile and a sixteenth on the main track, the Grade 2 event has drawn a compact but quality field of seven colts and geldings who will be trying to secure a spot in the starting gate on the first Saturday in May.
Mastery has been given the slight edge and is the favorite at odds of 6-5 on the morning line for trainer Bob Baffert, who has saddled five winners of this race throughout his career.
Mastery, a dark bay son of Candy Ride (ARG), fetched $425,000 as a yearling and is undefeated in three career starts. After breaking his maiden at first asking, he went on to win the Bob Hope Stakes (G3) at Del Mar and closed out his juvenile season with a victory in the Cash Call Futurity (G1). He has been training steadily for his first start of the year and clocked a recent bullet workout at Santa Anita. Mike Smith will be in the irons.
Second choice at odds of 9-5 is Gormley from the barn of trainer John Shirreffs. A bay son of Malibu Moon, he won the first two starts of his career impressively including the Frontrunner Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita before a disappointing seventh place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). After a two-month freshening, he returned to action to win the Sham Stakes (G3) in his first start as a sophomore. Victor Espinoza will be aboard.
Trainer Doug O’Neill has a strong hand with three of the seven contenders in the race including Illiad, the third choice at 5-2 odds.
Owner Kaleem Shah recently ended his relationship with trainer Bob Baffert and transferred his horses between O’Neill and Art Sherman. After breaking his maiden in his second career start, Illiad made his first start for the O’Neill barn in the San Vicente Stakes (G2) and handily defeated four rivals to win his first stakes race.
The son of Ghostzapper will be stretching out past a mile for the first time and will likely improve with the additional distance.
O’Neill will also be saddling Ann Arbor Eddie at odds of 8-1 and Term of Art, a longshot at 20-1 odds. Ann Arbor Eddie, a homebred son of Square Eddie for Reddam Racing, has won three of his five starts and will be trying to prove he can be effective against open graded stakes competition after a fourth place finish in the El Caminio Real Derby (G3).
Regular rider Mario Gutierrez will be aboard. Term of Art, a son of Tiznow purchased for $220,000 as a yearling, is one of the more experienced horses in the race with seven starts. He was a graded stakes winner as a juvenile but has struggled to make an impact in both starts at three.
Here is the field for the 2017 San Felipe Stakes along with morning line odds.
- Term of Art, 20-1
- Vending Machine, 20-1
- Ann Arbor Eddie, 8-1
- Mastery, 6-5
- Gormley, 9-5
- Illiad, 5-2
- Bluegrass Envy, 50-1
- #5 Gormley
- #6 Illiad
- #4 Mastery
- #1 Term of Art
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