The Caballos del Sol, for colts and geldings, attracted a compact but highly competitive field of six. Four of the six entrants are stakes winners – Lotsa Mischief, Red Zeus, Absolutely Cool and Bull Dozer - and the other two are multiple race winners - Omar and Wine Stock. Two trainers have two separate entrants each – Robertino Diodoro and Dan McFarlane.
Diodoro will send out Omar and Bull Dozer. Omar turned in a 5 ¾ length romp locally on Oct. 27 and Bull Dozer finished second as the favorite on Oct. 18th’s Bienvenido Stakes. McFarlane will counter with Lotsa Mischief, the lone 3-year-old in the field and winner of the Turf Paradise Derby; And Red Zeus, a versatile 4-year-old, with victories sprinting and routing.
Not to be left out is Valorie Lund’s ultra-competitive Absolutely Cool, who has finished in the money in 17 of 19 local starts, including five victories.
City of Phoenix
Seven fillies and mares will line up in the City of Phoenix. Again, Diodoro and McFarlane, the two leading stakes winners last meet, are sending forth two separate entries each.
Both of Diodoro’s entries figure prominently, with Rock and Glory, runner up in the Princess of Palms and Black Witch, victorious in an optional claiming event Oct. 29.
However, the McFarlane trainee, Make or Breaker was impressive in winning the Princess of Palms. The 5-year-old mare transferred her southern California form with ease, signaling she’ll be a force to be reckoned with.
McFarlane will also send forth Of Royalty, whose last win came in the Chandler Stakes, Nov. 16 of last year.
Others of note are: The Arizona bred, multiple stakes winner Lady Jila and the Kevin Eikleberry-trained Quinichette, who will be making her Turf Paradise debut.