Dicey Mo Chara Heads Field of 10 in G3 San Marcos

February 2, 2023

Dicey Mo Chara charging to the finish of the G2 San Gabriel 1/2 a length ahead of Flashiest Dec. 26 at Santa Anita (Ernie Belmonte/Past The Wire)

Mike Willman/Santa Anita Press Box

ARCADIA, Calif.— Trainer Leonard Powell’s English-bred Dicey Mo Chara seeks his second graded stakes turf win of the meet as he heads a field of 10 older horses in Sunday’s Grade III, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes, to be contested at a mile one quarter of the Santa Anita turf.

A gutty half-length winner of the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes at a mile and one quarter on Dec. 26, Dicey Mo Chara, who overcame a rough start, will be reunited with leading man Juan Hernandez as he pursues his fifth win from 18 overall starts.

A versatile 5-year-old gelding, Dicey Mo Chara, who is owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal, is 8-2-2-1 over the Santa Anita lawn.  A tough luck second in his only try at a mile and one quarter three starts back here in the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship, Dicey Mo Chara should be tough to deny on Sunday.

Phil D’Amato, who will saddle four horses in the San Marcos, has a big look with 6-year-old Masteroffoxhounds, who pressed the early pace and finished third, beaten 1 ½ lengths by Dicey Mo Chara in the San Gabriel as the 6-5 favorite with Mike Smith.

Victorious in his only pairing with Umberto Rispoli three starts back here in the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship, he’ll be reunited with the talented Italian rider and could likely go to the early lead, as he did in the John Henry.

A full horse by War Front, Masteroffoxhounds is owned by Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch.  With two wins and as many seconds at the distance, Masteroffoxhounds, a winner of the 2021 San Marcos, seeks his third graded stakes victory as he tries to improve upon an overall mark of 21-4-3-5.

Prince Abama wins an allowance optional claiming Sep. 10 at Del Mar (Ernie Belmonte/Past The Wire)

A front-running winner of the Grade II, mile and one half Hollywood Turf Cup two starts back at Del Mar Nov. 25, D’Amato’s Irish-bred Prince Abama was subsequently fourth, beaten 2 ½ lengths by Dicey Mo Chara in the opening day San Gabriel. 

A 5-year-old gelding owned by Michael House, Prince Abama has three seconds and a third-place finish from six tries over the Santa Anita turf.  With Flavien Prat back aboard for the third consecutive time, Prince Abama will try to improve on an overall mark of 11-3-4-1.

A close second to Prince Abama in the Hollywood Turf Cup two starts back, Graham Motion’s The Grey Wizard rallied for an eye-catching allowance win at 3-5 here going a mile and one quarter on turf Jan. 20 and has the look of a “now horse” for owners Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Albert Frassetto.

One for two in his native Ireland and one for six here in North America, 4-year-old gelding The Grey Wizard will try to make it two for two over the course with John Velazquez up for the third consecutive time.

First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m.

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