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Jan 08, 2015

Solid field of 11 entered for San Pasqual


Arcadia, CA ( - Clark Handicap winner Hoppertunity and Gold Cup champ Majestic Harbor are two of the 11 older horses entered in Saturday's $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita going 1 1/16 miles.

Hoppertunity, owned by Karl Watson, Michael Pegram and Paul Weitman, is trainer Bob Baffert's opportunity to score a fifth win the San Pasqual. The 4- year-old colt will break from post 2 with Martin Garcia in the saddle.

With just seven starts under his belt, Hoppertunity has already earned $950,675 with three wins and two seconds. Last year, he won the Rebel Stakes at Fair Grounds followed by a runner-up result to California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby.

Hoppertunity was scratched from the Kentucky Derby just days before the race with a foot problem and did not race again until Oct. 29 when he got second in an allowance race at Santa Anita.

Baffert previously won the San Pasqual with Silver Charm (1999), Wooden Phone (2002), Congaree (2003) and Coil (2013).

Majestic Harbor, trained by Sean McCarthy, will start from post 3 with Tyler Baze again riding. The 7-year-old will be making his first start since running last in the $5 Million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 1.

Owned by Gallant Stable, Majestic Harbor was second in last year's San Pasqual to begin his 2014 campaign. He followed with a fourth in the San Antonio, first in the Tokyo City and third in the Californian before claiming the Gold Cup at Santa Anita. The horse was sixth in the Pacific Classic and fourth in the Awesome Again, both won by Shared Belief.

Majestic Harbor has six wins, six seconds and fourth thirds from 26 starts for $674,014.

Here is the complete field for the San Pasqual from the rail out: Quadrivium, Mike Smith; Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia; Majestic Harbor, Tyler Baze; Big Cazanova, Elvis Trujillo; Baccelo, Tiago Pereira; Bronzo, Gary Stevens; Salto Dl Indio, Joe Talamo; Mr. Commons, Brice Blanc; Blue Tone, Kent Desormeaux; Appealing Tale, Victor Espinoza and Tonito M., Rafael Bejarano.

The San Pasqual has an approximate post time of 7 p.m. ET.

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