This Saturday is it: the eagerly-awaited showdown between Shared Belief and California Chrome in the San Antonio Stakes (GII)! Though Bayern did not make it, Hoppertunity hopes to crash their party, along with a cast of six longshots hoping to prove that the hype machine is missing someone.
The San Antonio is not the only graded stakes on the Santa Anita card, nor is it the only rematch. In fact, high-profile rematches provide a running theme through the stakes portion of the card.
The top two finishers from the thrilling blanket finish in the Los Alamitos Futurity (GI), Dortmund and Firing Line, square off in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GIII). That pair, as well as four others who are trying to set foot on the trail, will vie for Kentucky Derby points on Saturday.
In the San Marcos Stakes (GII), Patrioticandproud gets another chance against the only horse to finish ahead of him in his last two starts: the resurgent Finnegans Wake. Dynamic Sky, who finished just two lengths behind Finnegans Wake after some late trip trouble in the San Gabriel (GII), also hopes to redeem himself.
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