Both stakes are for 3-year-olds and both will be contested at 7 ½ furlongs over the turf. The Startac, which drew six entrants will go as the third race and the Jeff and Jack Coady, which attracted nine fillies, will go as the seventh race on the eight-race card. Post time is set for 12:40 pm.
On paper this appears to be a match race between 3-5 morning line favorite Wicked Winnings and 9-5 second choice Tenacious Moon. The two hooked up in a one mile allowance contest Dec. 23 with Wicked Winnings drawing away by 7 ½ lengths over Tenacious Moon who finished third.
But the Startac in on the grass, a first time surface for Wicked Winnings, who’s breeding is really more for dirt than turf. Tenacious Moon broke his maiden on the turf and is bred on the sire and dam side to relish the lawn.
For longshot players, the turf bred Barbara’s Champ may wake up on the grass and spoil the party for the two favorites.
$25,000 Jeff and Jack Coady
Difficult to find fault with a horse that has won 5 of its 8 outings. Thus, Arizona Sun gets to play the 2-1 favorite’s role in her first outing over the grass. The daughter of Ministers Wild Cat won at first asking, then won the Debutante Stakes at Assiniboia Downs in Canada, then won two of Turf’s juvenile stakes. Trained by Robertino Diodoro, Arizona Sun turned in a bullet work Jan. 18 of :58.4 for 5 furlongs, best of 11 workers on the tab.
But this is no easy spot for Arizona Sun. Four shippers, three from California and one from the mid-west have interesting resumes.
Golden Gate shipper The Adrie (5-2) already has two wins on the turf.
Street Flyer (6-1), a granddaughter of Irish turf ace Street Cry has been racing with moderate success at seven different tracks from Indiana Downs to Keeneland to Monmouth Park.
And Navy Queen (5-1) has been doing battle with a lot tougher company in southern California.