Racing Gods Offer Twist Of Fortune For Kanthaka In San Vicente
By Margaret Ransom
West Point Thoroughbreds’ Kanthaka may not have earned any points toward making the gate for the May 5 Kentucky Derby with his impressive upset in Saturday’s $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita, but he sure signaled it’s just a matter of time. In his stakes debut, the handsome son of Jimmy Creed bested a field of five other very talented sophomores by 3 ½ lengths as the second longest shot at more than 11-1.
Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Kanthaka was ridden to victory by Flavien Prat and rewarded his backers with payouts of $24.20, $7.20 and $4.80. Nero, who was “the other Baffert” at odds of more than 9-1 when he crossed the wire 12 lengths ahead of third-place finisher All Out Blitz, completing a respectable $94.50 exacta, while returning $7.80 and $5.60. All Out Blitz paid $5 and the 50-cent trifecta $192.90.
The 2-5 favorite Ax Man, Kris’ Rocket Cat and Mr. Jagermeister followed the top three under the wire.
After the break, the speedy Minnesota-bred stakes winner Mr. Jagermeister… (more)