ARCADIA, Calif.— Florida-bred Speed Boat Beach, a lightning-quick son of 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern, need only replicate his sensational first-out maiden win on dirt to dominate Sunday’s $100,000 Speakeasy Stakes at five furlongs on grass this Sunday at Santa Anita.
The Speakeasy, which has attracted nine 2-year-olds, is a Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier that will provide the winner with a fees-paid berth into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Keeneland Nov. 4.
Trained by Bob Baffert and off at a generous 2-1 in his Sept. 10 debut at Del Mar, Speed Boat Beach, under Flavien Prat, rocketed from the gate and set interior splits of 21.20, 44 flat and 55.80, before coming home 5 ½ furlongs in 1:01.80. A 1 ¼ length winner, he set a new track record for the distance and earned an incredible 104 Beyer Speed Figure.
Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Speed Boat Beach, who is out of the Pioneerof the Nile mare Sophia Mia, sold this past March out of Florida 2-year-old in training sale for $200,000. He’ll be ridden by Juan Hernandez.
Doug O’Neill’s Ah Jeez, a five-furlong maiden turf winner two starts back on Aug. 26 at Del Mar, would appear to rate a solid chance with Abel Cedillo riding back. Fifth, beaten 5 ¾ lengths after show the way early at one mile on turf in the Grade III Del Mar Juvenile Turf Sept. 11, this Kentucky-bred colt by Mendelssohn out of the Violence mare Poetic has the benefit of three solid starts on turf and figures to give a good account of himself on Sunday.
A $55,000 Florida 2-year-old in training sale purchase, Ah Jeez is owned by Mark Davis.
THE $100,000 SPEAKEASY WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 5 of 10 – Approximate post time 3 p.m. PT
- Mas Rapido—Edwin Maldonado—120
- Straighten Up—Mike Smith–120
- Ah Jeez—Abel Cedillo—120
- Arman—Ramon Vazquez—120
- Helladic—Tyler Baze—120
- Flame Rider—Umberto Rispoli—120
- Taltariate—Ricardo Gonzalez—120
- Wound Up—Mario Gutierrez—120
- Speed Boat Beach—Juan Hernandez–120
First post time for a 10-race card that will include three other stakes on Sunday is at 1 p.m.
Photo: Speed Boat Beach (Benoit Photo)
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