High Limit, 5-2 on the morning line and ridden by leading Santa Anita jockey Patrick Valenzuela, has regrouped since the six-race losing streak that included his last-place finish in the 2005 Kentucky Derby. If I get lucky, I could win three.”
With 23 victories this season, Frankel is three behind Bob Baffert in the Santa Anita trainer standings.
Frankel, 64, shares the Santa Anita record with four victories in one day in 1976 and 1981. High Limit’s previous try was in his troubled Derby.
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Frankel has deserving favorite High Limit in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap this afternoon. . Frankel said he thinks Lava Man (3-1) is the one to beat based on his performances last summer.
He has Cacique in the $300,000 Kilroe Mile, the 5-year-old arriving from France with the makings of a turf-course star. He also has long shot Marenostrum in the 69th running of the Big ‘Cap, the West Coast’s most history-rich thoroughbred race. There are no cinches,” Frankel said on the phone from his Hollywood Park barn.
Giacomo (7-2) and Spellbinder (10-1) are in the Big ‘Cap’s nine-horse field. With 37 days left in the meet, it’s unlikely Frankel will catch Whittingham this year. “If we win one or two, I’ll be all right. 7 San Pasqual Stakes and thumped Top This and That and Derby winner Giacomo in the Feb. “I remember another horse, Medaglia d’Oro, who went into the San Felipe off his maiden win, and everybody said I didn’t have a chance. He’s one of eight challengers to Brother Derek. He turned out all right.”
In all, he has entered 14 horses – believed to be a Santa Anita record for one barn – on the 11-race card that starts at noon. But if he gets his third in five years, Frankel will equal what Whittingham did with Ack Ack, Cougar II and Stardust Mel in 1971, ’73 and ’75. 4 Strub Stakes to enter an early claim to leadership in Southern California’s older-horses division. Even after Frankel said Friday morning he planned to scratch two of them, he was to be represented in every race except the first by horses running for seven different owners. With 842 wins in his career at the track, Frankel is 27 behind Whittingham on Santa Anita’s all-time list.
He has Latent Heat in the $200,000 Santa Catalina Stakes, providing the most intriguing opposition to Kentucky Derby favorite Brother Derek in this Santa Anita Derby prep.
Byline: Kevin Modesti Staff Writer
ARCADIA – The joke used to be that to fully sum up one trainer’s on-going dominance of the Santa Anita Handicap, the race should have been renamed the Charlie Whittingham Stakes.
On the same premise, this year’s entire Santa Anita Handicap program should be called Bobby Frankel Day.
Although High Limit, a son of Maria’s Mon, finished the 1 1/8-mile Strub as if he’d be happy to go longer, Frankel says of the 4-year-old’s 1 1/4-mile chances, “Who knows?”
Latent Heat, also by Maria’s Mon, broke his maiden on the second try Jan.
“Everybody says I don’t have a chance (to beat Brother Derek),” Frankel said. He said he doesn’t expect to match that today.
Medaglia d’Oro won the 2002 San Felipe, and finished fourth in the Derby and second in the Belmont before winning the Travers. 21.
“Every race is tough.
But the Big ‘Cap is only part of Frankel’s day. With two Santa Anita Handicap wins, Milwaukee Brew’s back-to-back in 2002-03, Frankel has a long way to go to get to Whittingham’s nine.
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Giacomo and Lava Man are the only horses who have won stakes-level races at the Big ‘Cap’s 1 1/4-mile distance. He edged Buckland Manor and Spellbinder in the Jan. Together, High Limit and Marenostrum will try to make Frankel the only trainer other than the late Whittingham to win the Big ‘Cap three times in a five-year burst