With the King Midas of Thoroughbreds, Arrogate, cooling his heels prior to another conquest in the handicap ranks, Vladimir Cerin and eight other trainers have horses nominated to next Saturday’s Grade II, $ 200,000 Californian Stakes for three-year-olds and up.
Cerin plans to enter Santa Anita Handicap third-place finisher Follow Me Crev in the mile and one eighth race. The five-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding had his final major breeze for the Californian Saturday, going six furlongs in 1:14 flat.
“He’s really good right now,” Cerin said of the son of Quality Road owned by longtime Cerin clients David and Holly Wilson. “There are a lot of good horses nominated to the race.
“I wouldn’t say this is a thin race, although if Arrogate isn’t in any race, it’s a thin race. The Californian looks to me every bit as tough as the Oaklawn Handicap.”
Bob Baffert trains five of the 15 nominated to the Californian, but was non-committal Sunday as to which would be entered, though Cat Burglar and Mor Spirit seem most likely. Mor Spirit worked five furlongs Sunday in 1:00.60.
Other probables include Prime Attraction, winner of his last two races for trainer Jim Cassidy, and Prospect Park for trainer Cliff Sise, Jr.
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