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Whatmakessammyrun Leads Down The Hill Daytona At Santa Anita

Whatmakessammyrun and Joe Bravo win the Siren Lure by a head bob at Santa Anita

Fresh off an ungraded stakes win down Santa Anita's hillside turf course, Mark Glatt's Whatmakessammyrun bids for two wins in a row down the hill, as heads Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Daytona Stakes as seven older horses go about 6 ½ furlongs.

After bobbling slightly at the break, Whatmakessammyrun settled into a perfect trip in the Siren Lure. Although he was last to the dirt crossing, he was just 3 ½ lengths off the lead and moving comfortably as Joe Bravo guided him five deep and in a gutty stretch run, he overhauled Air Force Read by a head while prevailing by 1 ¾ lengths over Indian Peak, who he will face again on Saturday.

A winner of the Grade 2 Eddie D Stakes down the hillside turf five starts back on Oct. 1, Whatmakessammyrun has two wins from four tries over the course and will be ridden for the sixth consecutive time by Bravo.

A 5-year-old gelding by We Miss Artie, Whatmakessammyrun is owned by Sterling Racing, LLC. A three-time stakes winner, he's 19-5-3-2 overall with earnings of $391,070.

Third to the top pick in the Siren Lure, Indian Peak, a 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Comic Strip, was third, beaten a head coming down the hillside by top Cal-bred The Chosen Vron two starts back in the statebred Sensational Star Stakes March 19. A statebred stakes winner over the course at age three, Indian Peak has one win from five tries at the trip and will be reunited with Juan Hernandez on Saturday.

Owned by Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber, Indian Peak, proven effective on all surfaces, sprinting and routing, seeks his third career stakes win with an overall mark of 30-6-5-4 with earnings of $455,122.

Trainer Cesar DeAlba's Fast Buck has the look of a “now horse,” as he comes off a solid gate to wire score going six furlongs out of Santa Anita's turf chute in a second condition allowance May 7, a race in which he earned a career-best 91 Beyer Speed Figure.

A 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Gallant Son, Fast Buck, in his only other try down the hill, finished fourth, beaten 3 ½ lengths by The Chosen Vron in the Sensational Star three starts back on March 19.

A gate to wire winner of his May 7 allowance race, Fast Buck could be the speed of the field and with Diego Herrera opting to ride European invader Prince Lancelot, he'll be ridden for the first time by Hector Berrios. A winner of four of his eight starts, Fast Buck, who is owned by Zephyr Racing, LLC, Peter Cruz and Cesar DeAlba. With earnings of $215,474, he will be making his first graded stakes start.

Trainer Val Brinkerhoff's millionaire 8-year-old gelding Restrainedvengence, idle since well beaten on dirt in the Grade II Pat O'Brien Stakes Aug. 27 at Del Mar, gets the services of Edwin Maldonado and could prove dangerous off the bench in what will be his third try down the hill.

A game head allowance winner over the course in his fourth career start at age three on April 6, 2018, Restrainedvengence, in his only other start down the hill, finished a close fourth behind classy Law Abidin Citizen in a classified allowance on Oct. 27, 2018.

A seven-time stakes winner, who took Santa Anita's Grade 3 American Stakes at one mile on turf at age six, Restrainedvengence is perhaps best known for running third in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Del Mar six starts back on Nov. 6, 2021 at Del Mar.

Owned by Kelly Brinkerhoff and Bobby Grayson, Jr., Restrainedvengence, a Kentucky-bred by Hold Me Back, has an overall mark of 40-10-4-4 with earnings of $1,022,252.


Race 7 of 9 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT

  1. Indian Peak—Juan Hernandez—122
  2. Lovesick Blues—Umberto Rispoli—120
  3. Fast Buck—Hector Berrios—120
  4. Restrainedvengence—Abel Cedillo—120
  5. Whatmakessammyrun—Joe Bravo—124
  6. Prince Lancelot—Diego Herrera—122
  7. Burnin Turf – Drayden Van Dyke—120

First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. with admission gates opening at 11 a.m.

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