Upstart Lambeau heads Saturday’s GII Triple Bend

May 26, 2021

ARCADIA, Calif.—Fresh off a rousing gate to wire allowance win at one mile, the John Shirreffs-trained Lambeau is well positioned to make his stakes debut as he cuts back to a sprint for the first time in his career in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita. 

Originally run at Hollywood Park, the Triple Bend will be run for the 70th time on Saturday as a field of five older horses will compete at seven furlongs.

In a wide open affair, Bob Baffert’s Eight Rings and Peter Eurton’s Exaulted would both appear to have big chances.

Owned by Jerome S. Moss, Lambeau, a 5-year-old full horse by First Samurai, was off at 16-1 in a second condition allowance on April 10 and he led every step of the way to win by one length when ridden for the first time by Edwin Maldonado, who rides him back in the Triple Bend.  A winner of three out of his seven starts, Lambeau is untested at the trip and level, but has never been better.

A runaway winner of the Grade I American Pharoah Stakes at age two in September 2019, Eight Rings has been idle since well beaten in the Grade I H. Allen Jerkens Stakes going seven furlongs at Saratoga on Aug. 1.  With an outstanding work tab to his credit, Eight Rings will be ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat in what will be his seventh career start.

A 4-year-old colt by Empire Maker out of the Pure Prize mare Purely Hot, Eight Rings is owned by Coolmore Stud, Golconda Stable, Madaket Stables, LLC, SF Racing, LLC and Starlight Racing.

Third, beaten four lengths by runaway winner Brickyard Ride in the Grade II San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs March 6, Exaulted rates a huge chance and will be ridden for the first time by Abel Cedillo.  A 4-year-old colt by Twirling Candy, out of the Gilded Time mare Gilded Miracle., Exaulted is owned by C R K Stable and has trained well since the San Carlos, evidenced by a pair of bullet five furlong works on May 8 and May 15.

Grade II Triple Bend Stakes

Race 8 of 9, Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PT

1. Exaulted—Abel Cedillo—120

2. Lambeau—Edwin Maldonado—120

3. Shooters Shoot—Umberto Rispoli—120

4. Magic On Tap—Juan Hernandez—120

5. Eight Rings—Flavien Prat—120              

First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.

Santa Anita Press Release

Photo: Lambeau, (Benoit)

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