KANTHAKA (c, 3, Jimmy Creed–Sliced Bread, by Noonmark) sat back and allowed heavily favored Ax Man (Misremembered) and others involved in a swift early pace to falter and rallied to win comfortably in Santa Anita’s GII San Vicente S. Saturday. Rated well off the pace as Ax Man and Mr. Jagermeister (Atta Boy Roy) dueled through a half-mile in :44.25, he began to pick up steam on the turn, angled out for the drive and mowed them down in the lane to win going away. The final time for seven furlongs was 1:22.62. Kanthaka finished fifth on debut sprinting six furlongs at Del Mar Nov. 11 and improved to win at second asking over this same track and trip Dec. 26. Sales History: $38,000 RNA FTKJUL yrl ’16; $140,000 BARMAR 2yo ’17. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $153,440.
O-West Point Thoroughbreds. B-Spendthrift Farm (KY). T-Jerry Hollendorfer.
SAN VICENTE S.-GII, $200,345, SA, 2-10, 3yo, 7f, 1:22.62, ft.
1–KANTHAKA, 120, c, 3, by Jimmy Creed
1st Dam: Sliced Bread, by Noonmark
2nd Dam: Raise a Carter, by Dr. Carter
3rd Dam: Raise an Heiress, by Raise a Native
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($38,000
RNA Ylg ’16 FTKJUL; $140,000 2yo ’17 BARMAR). O-West Point
Thoroughbreds; B-Spendthrift Farm LLC (KY); T-Jerry
Hollendorfer; J-Flavien Prat. $120,000. Lifetime Record:
3-2-0-0, $153,440. Click eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
Werk Nick Rating: A.
2–Nero, 120, c, 3, Pioneerof the Nile–Ocean Goddess, by
Stormy Atlantic. ($950,000 Ylg ’16 FTSAUG). O-M. Tabor, M.
Magnier, D. Smith & Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Thor-Bred
Stables, LLC (KY); T-Bob Baffert. $40,000.
3–All Out Blitz, 120, c, 3, Concord Point–Smart and Single, by
Smart Strike. O/B-Kaleem Shah, Inc. (KY); T-Simon Callaghan.
Margins: 3 1/4, 12, 3/4. Odds: 11.10, 9.10, 9.00.
Also Ran: Ax Man, Kris’ Rocket Kat, Mr. Jagermeister. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.