The American Stakes from Santa Anita Park Betting Preview – Sunday, June 21, 2020

The American Stakes from Santa Anita Park Betting Preview – Sunday, June 21, 2020

The Grade 3, $100,000 American Stakes is set to run on June 21 at Santa Anita Park. 

The field of 10 3-year-olds and up will cover a flat mile on turf and include veterans like Richard Mandella’s Border Town. 

Here is a look at the field for the American Stakes.

Border Town

Owned by Perry R. Brass, II and Ramona Bass and trained by Richard Mandella, Border Town is winless in a pair of one-mile turf maiden races. Those came under trainer Chad Brown in July and September of last year.

The 4-year-old colt by War Front has run four races for Mandella and regular rider Flavien Prat, including a head defeat in a one-mile maiden race on Jan. 5. 

He then went on to finish third under the same conditions on Jan. 30. On Feb. 28, he took a 3 1/2-length maiden win going 1 1/8 miles on turf Feb. 28. 

Border Town’s most recent start came on May 24, where he pushed forward late to win a one-mile turf allowance by one length.

He will break from post 7 under Flavien Prat at 4/1.

Sharp Samurai, Bowies Hero

Sharp Samurai is owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal and trained by Mark Glatt.

He is one of the top turf horses on this circuit, and the 6-year-old First Samurai gelding has not run since finishing a close second in the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap on Aug. 18.

A three-time graded stakes winner, Sharp Samurai has a record of five for eight over the Santa Anita Turf course and a 2-2-1 from seven starts at one mile on turf.

He will be joined by jockey Abel Cedillo for the first time. 

Sharp Samurai will break from post 5 at 4/1.

Bowies Hero is owned by Agave Racing Stable, ERJ Racing, LLC, Madaket Stables, LLC and Rockin Robin Stables. 

Trained by Phil D’Amato, he has been idle since finishing fifth at 16-1 in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile at the track on Nov. 2. 

The 6-year-old full horse by Artie Schiller rallied to take the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile two starts back on Oct. 5 at Keeneland. 

Bowies Hero won Santa Anita’s Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1) in March 2018. He is 3-1-2 from 10 starts over the Santa Anita lawn and is 16-7-1-1- lifetime at one mile on grass.

With earnings of $1,538,000 and an overall record of 8-1-3 from 22 starts, he will be joined by Umberto Rispoli for the first time. 

Others in the field (post, jockey) include: True Valor (post 1, J. Valdivia, Jr.); Jasikan (post 2, R. Fuentes); Cleopatra’s Strike (post 3, M. Smith); Blitzkrieg (post 4, V. Espinoza); Souter (post 6, E. Roman); King of Speed (post 9, G. Franco); and Bolo (post 10, D. Van Dyke).

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