One of the anticipated races coming to Santa Anita Park is the May 23 $100,000 Daytona Stakes (G3T). The race will feature Cistron looking for his third consecutive graded stakes victory. However, he will be challenged by three entries from trainer Doug O’Neill.
Here is a look at some of the entrants for the Daytona.
O’Neill’s Three Entrants
Three of the seven entries in the Daytona come from Doug O’Neill, and they are all contenders.
The first to look out for is 7-year-old Murad Khan, who finished third after Criston beat him by 1 1/4 lengths in the March 21 San Simeon Stakes (G3T). A 7-year-old gelding by Raven’s Pass, he was claimed for $50,000 in January. Jockey Abel Cedillo will have the call as jockey.
O’Neill also entered dual stakes winner Stubbins, who finished fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1T) on Nov. 2. The 4-year-old son of Morning Line will be joined by jockey Umberto Rispoli.
Wildman Jack is the third entrant. He is the winner of the March 7 Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint Sponsored by Arabian Adventures (G3) at Meydan, where he set a course record by going six furlongs in 1:07.61.
Wildman Jack, positioned in post 6, is one of the frontrunners of the event. Owned by Glenn Sorgenstein’s W C Racing, he is one of the speed horses.
Cistron and Others
Cistron, at 5-2 morning line odds, comes out of Hronis Racing and won the Bing Crosby Stakes (G1) on dirt last year. Following that performance, he returned to win the San Simeon for trainer John Sadler.
Texas Wedge is also entered into the Daytona. He won two stakes this winter, first the Joe Hernandez Stakes (G2T) at Santa Anita Jan. 1, followed by the World of Trouble Turf Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Jan. 25. He is owned by Altamira Racing Stable, Rafter JR Ranch, STD Racing Stable, and A. Miller.
The 5-year-old Colonel John gelding has yet to race since those performances. However, trainer Peter Miller does well when it comes to preparing horses for their return following a layoff.
His Belvoir Bay returned from a five-month layoff to score the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
The field is completed by longshots Sparky Ville and Blameitonthelaw, both at 20-1 morning-line odds.
The Daytona will be the fifth race on a nine-race card, with post time set for 2:39 p.m. PT.