San Juan Capistrano: Wide Open Closing Day Feature Attracts Ten

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Separated by a length and a half when last they met, Uruguayan-bred Generosidade and Chilean-bred Quick Casablanca head a field of 10 older marathoners in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at a mile and three quarters on turf, Santa Anita’s traditional closing day feature.

GENEROSIDADE:  Trained by Paulo Lobo and ridden by fellow Brazilian, Tiago Pereira, this 7-year-old mare blew out the tote board when defeating Quick Casablanca and other males in the Grade II, 1 ½ miles turf San Luis Rey Stakes at 71-1 on March 13.  Although unplaced, she had been close in three stateside stakes assigments prior to annexing her first North American win in the San Luis Rey.  Lightly raced, Generosidade has five wins from 17 lifetime starts.  Owned by her breeder, Haras Phillipson, Generosidade surged from far back to win the San Luis Rey as she held a troubled Quick Casablanca at bay.

QUICK CASABLANCA:  Conditioned by Hall of Famer, Ron McAnally, who seeks his third lifetime win in the San Juan Capistrano, this 8-year-old full horse, who has been winless since taking his Southern California debut for McAnally 11 starts back on April 25, 2014, appears to be back on his game as he makes his fourth start of the current Winter Meet.  “The added distance should be a benefit,” said McAnally.  “In the San Luis Rey he kept coming even after he got in trouble turning for home.  He was still closing and wasn’t beaten that far.”  Best suited when allowed to settle and make a run from well off the pace, Quick Casablanca has an overall mark of 27-4-8-6 and he has earnings of $689,160.


Race 8 (of 11)

1.     A Red Tie Day—Mario Gutierrez—120—(6-1)

2.     Cardiac—Fernando Perez—120—(20-1)

3.     Energia Fribby—Rafael Bejarano—115—(4-1)

4.     Kenjisstorm—Edwin Maldonado—120—(8-1)

5.     Bourbon Soul—Flavien Prat—120—(6-1)

6.     Generosidade—Tiago Pereira—119—(4-1)

7.     Blingo—Alex Solis—120—(6-1)

8.     Quick Casablanca—Tyler Baze—120—(7-2)

9.     Life’s Journey—Kent Desormeaux—120—(20-1)

10.   Generoso—Martin Pedroza—120—(20-1)

First post time for an 11-race card on Sunday, closing day of Santa Anita’s current Winter Meet, is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.

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