Barraza features prominently in Saturday’s Clocker’s Corner Stakes
ARCADIA, Calif. (January 12, 2022) — Advancing and the winner of his last two starts, Holly and David Wilson’s Barraza feature prominently among a field of eight older horses racing through six turf furlongs in the $70,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes from Saturday to Saint Anita. Trained by Vladimir Cerin, Barraza, a youngster claiming $100,000 here in eight starts on April 21, 2021, appears to have hit her stride as she nears her 12and career started at the age of four.
In what looks to be a very competitive turf sprint, the commander of Ruben Alvarado, the Irish racemate of John Sadler, unbeaten in two tries on the lawn of Santa Anita, the Chaos Theory class of Bob Hess, the upstart Barristan The Bold by George Papaprodromou and the veteran Border gelding by Richard Mandella. The city seems to have a great chance.
A practical 3 ½ length winner of a premier condition allowance going about 6 ½ furlongs on the hillside turf course two starts on October 31, Barraza was most recently a nose-of-the-game winner of a second condition allowance coming down the hill on Jan. 2, a run in which he launched a furious rally from the beat as a 3-1 favorite in a field of 10 .
The Clockers’ Corner will mark Barraza’s first ‘flat’ race start from the Santa Anita slide and he hopes to have the same kick with regular rider Kent Desormeaux on board. A 4-year-old colt by Into Mischief out of graduated stakes winning mare Halo Dolly, Barraza is 11-3-1-2 with earnings of $151,860.
Although faced with what appears to be milder company, the French-bred commander seemed to have room between horses a yard from home in the Grade II Joe Hernandez Stakes as they came 6½ furlongs from the turf drop here on Jan. 1, but didn’t pick up the pace as they finished fifth, beaten 2 ¼ lengths in a disappointing effort. A strong second-condition allowance winner descending the three-start hillside course on Oct. 2, Commander has a sprint victory out of the turf chute, which resulted in a $40,000 claimant 10 departures on February 21, 2021.
Owned by the Sinnott Family Trust and previously trained by Peter Miller, Commander will make his second start for Alvarado and will reunite with leader Prat, who was in contention for the October 2 win. With five wins in 21 starts, this 5-year-old gelding has earnings of $236,195.
Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, Comradery, which scored back-to-back wins on the nose here on Oct. 9 and Jan. 9, was never a factor in a five-stay turf allotment at Del Mar on Nov. 4, but its Relations are hoping he will rebound in his second grass sprint on Saturday. A respectable second to 13 rivals on his Irish debut, a seven furlong first run on synthetic a year ago, Comradery, who will make his seventh career start, is 5-2-1-1 with Sadler.
A complete 5-year-old, Comradrey will reunite with Umberto Rispoli, who guided him to a victory by the nose three starts on October 9, when he rallied from the last mile and an eight on the turf.
A close third two starts in the Grade II Eddie D. Stakes rolling down the hillside turf on October 1, Chaos Theory was never a factor over five furlongs at 46-1 in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar Nov .6 and will look to bounce back on Saturday with Abel Cedillo trying his hand for the first time.
A winner of five 10 furlong turf stakes back when trained by Sadler on Aug. 22, 2020, Chaos Theory, a 7-year-old gelding by Curlin, was arrested for $62,500 by Hess five races on Feb. 13, 2021 and will be hoping to return to his performance in the Eddie D., a race in which he won a 96 Beyer Speed Figure.
Owned by David Bernsen, Gary Jacobs, Jeffery Lambert, Doug Gans, Larry Katz, Peter Underhill and Todd Cady, Chaos Theory, whose last win came seven starts back from five furlongs on the turf in Del Mar, is winless in four trials on the Lawn of Santa Anita. With an overall rating of 19-6-2-3, he has earnings of $369,454.
Despite getting a class test, Rockingham Ranch’s Barristan The Bold has recency in his corner as he banks on his second straight win on the course. Claimed for $32,000 in five starts Sept. 4 at Del Mar, this 6-year-old English-bred gelding kept pace en route to a solid half-length victory in a starting allowance over 5 ½ furlongs on the grass here on January 8. At 17-1 in a field of 10, Barristan The Bold posted a speed figure of 91 Beyer in what was his first United States tally in nine tries. With four wins in 25 starts in total, he will be ridden for the second consecutive time by Ryan Curatolo.
Although the Tier III stakes are placed, Border Town will seek its first stakes win in what will be its 19and Start of career on Saturday. Owned by Ramona and Perry Bass, III, this 6-year-old gelding by War Front, who just won a respectable fifth place in the Oakland Stakes from Golden Gates Fields over six furlongs on Synthetic Tapeta on Nov. 20, has a pair of turf wins routing on the home turf, but will try to sprint on the turf for the first time.
Juan Hernandez, the competition’s third-best runner in 12 days of racing, who guided Border Town to a three-start fourth-place finish in Del Mar’s restricted Wickerr Stakes on July 18, will try his second time in the Clockers’ Corner . With an overall rating of 18-3-3-3, Border Town, which made its first two starts with Chad Brown on the East Coast, has earnings of $177,900.
WATCHMAKERS CORNER STAKES WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 7 of 9 Approximate Start Time 3:30 PM PT
- Chaos Theory–Abel Cedillo–122
- Fellowship–Umberto Rispoli–120
- Commander–Flavien Prat–122
- Barraza–Kent Desormeaux–122
- Barristan The Bold–Ryan Curatolo–122
- Vanzzy–John Velazquez–122
- Weston–Mike Smith–120
- Border town–Juan Hernandez–122
The earliest publication time for a nine-race card on Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Entrance doors will open at 10:30 am. For more information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
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