Frank Stronach chairman of Magna Entertainment
This second annual battle for supremacy between California and Florida with millions of dollars at stake before a national television audience is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 24, at Santa Anita and Gulfstream Parks.
Forty-six horses were entered Monday in the four Sunshine Millions(tm) races to be run at Santa Anita. 39 horses were entered to participate in Gulfstream Park’s four races. The program worth $3.6 million is the richest in history for restricted stakes. The Sunshine Millions is the brainchild of Frank Stronach, whose Magna Entertainment Corporation owns both tracks.
The second annual Sunshine Millions races will be run in 15-minute intervals, rotating between Gulfstream and Santa Anita. The Millions culminates with the $1,000,000 Barretts/CTBA at Santa Anita Park at 2:45 p.m. NBC Sports will televise the Sunshine Millions from 4 to 6 p.m ET. Each track will offer a special $1 Pick Four wager on its four Sunshine Millions(tm) races.
Free past performances for all the Sunshine Millions are available online here.
Peace Rules is favored in the Sunshine Millions Classic
The Classic drew an overflow field of 12 runners with two horses on the also eligible list. Peace Rules, third in the 2003 Kentucky Derby, is the 9 to 5 morning line favorite with Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey to ride. The 4-year-old Florida-bred races coupled with multiple graded stakes winner Midas Eyes as an Edmund Gann-owned/Bobby Frankel trained entry.
"He's wonderfully talented and an aggressive, speedy type horse," Bailey said of Peace Rules. "He gives you every ounce he's got so you don't have to worry about that aspect of it."
Peace Rules won the Grade I Blue Grass and the Grade I Haskell last year while banking $1,850,000. The Classic will be his first race at Santa Anita since winning the Hill Rise on turf on Dec. 28, 2002.
Another Florida-bred, Southern Image, is the 5-1 second choice on the line. The Halo's Image colt has raced exclusively in California and scored a 13-1 upset in the Grade I Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26. "I'm running here (instead of the $300,000 Strub Stakes on Feb. 7) because $1 million is a factor but the horse is most important," trainer Michael Machowsky said of Southern Image. "If he wasn't doing good I'd wait for the Strub."
Grey Memo and Continental Red, both millionaires, lead the California-breds in the Classic. The stretch-running Grey Memo was third in the 2003 Classic at Gulfstream Park but is winless in 15 starts at Santa Anita. Continental Red also ran in the Classic last year, finishing eighth, and comes off a second in the Grade II San Gabriel Handicap on turf on Dec. 28.
The other Sunshine Millions(tm) races at Santa Anita, in order:
Adminniestrator, winner of last year's Sunshine Millions Turf
The two richest events to be run at Gulfstream – the $500,000 Franks Farm Turf and the $500,000 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Distaff – drew full fields of 12, with two horses on the also-eligible list for the Turf.
The $300,000 Padua Stables Sprint will have a field of seven – including the major stakes winners Shake You Down and Valid Video – and six fillies will contest the $250,000 Ocala Stud Oaks. A total of 39 horses were entered in the four Sunshine Millions(tm) races at Gulfstream Park, including an oversubscribed field of 14 in the $500,000 Franks Farm Turf. Defending champion Adminniestrator, a California-bred by Incinderator, will ship East for trainer Nick Canani and owner Michael Gill.
The Florida-bred Proud Man and the California-bred Adminniestrator head a field of 14 entered in the Franks Farm Turf. The race will have 12 starters, with two on the also-eligible list. The mile and an eighth grass events looks wide-open, and several members of the field have already won on the Gulfstream grass.
Adminniestrator won the inaugural Turf last year when it was run at Santa Anita. Stormy Roman, who tired to finish ninth in that race, will be running on his home course this year. On the early wagering line, Gulfstream grass winner Proud Man is the 7-2 favorite, with Florida-bred Miesque’s Approval second choice at 4-1, and Man From Wicklow, a Grade 1 winner on the local turf, at 6-1.
The Sunshine Millions(tm) is the result of collaboration among the Thoroughbred Owners of California ("TOC"), the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association ("CTBA"), the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association ("FTBOA"), the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, Inc. ("FHBPA"), Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park and MEC. This event is an example of how the horse racing industry can work together to provide racing fans with an exciting and innovative product.
Free past performances for all the Sunshine Millions are available online here. Below are the fields for all the races.
The following races will be run at Gulfstream Park:
Franks Farm Sunshine Millions Turf
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Odds 1 Western Pride K Chapman 120 8-1 2 Silver Tree E Prado 118 15-1 3 Adminniestrator M Pedroza 120 15-1 4 Ballonenostrikes J Bravo 118 20-1 5 Hear No Evil J Garcia 118 12-1 6 Stormy Roman M Aguilar 120 12-1 7 Magic Mecke E Coa 118 6-1 8 Special Matter T Baze 120 10-1 9 Bourbon County L Jauregui 120 20-1 10 Miesque's Approval C Velasquez 120 4-1 11 Proud Man R Dougls 120 7-2 12 Man From Wicklow A Solis 120 6-1 Also Eligibles: 13 Music's Storm J Velazquez 120 15-1 14 Sir Brian's Sword J Santos 120 15-1Ocala Breeders' Sales Sunshine Millions Distaff
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Odds 1 Crimson and Roses J Chavez 118 20-1 2 Redoubled Miss R Douglas 120 8-1 3 Royally Chosen A Solis 120 6-1 4 House Party J Santos 118 3-1 5 Pesci M Smith 118 12-1 6 Scapade C Velasquez 118 5-1 7 Cellars Shiraz M Guidry 120 12-1 8 Shot Gun Favorite E Prado 118 15-1 9 Lindsay Jean T Baze 120 15-1 10 Smok'n Frolic J Velazquez 120 4-1 11 Ivanavinalot J Bravo 118 12-1 12 Secret Request C Perret 118 20-1Padua Stables Sunshine Millions Sprint
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Odds 1 Love My Mountain M Cruz 120 20-1 2 Pick'em J Velazquez 119 6-1 3 Shake You Down M Luzzi 120 8-5 4 Hasty Kris T Baze 120 6-1 5 Thunder Bullet M Pedroza 120 8-1 6 Green Team J Santos 120 5-1 7 Valid Video J Bravo 119 5-2Ocala Stud Sunshine Millions Oaks
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Odds 1 Silent Sighs D Flores 120 6-5 2 Dixie High M Pedroza 120 6-1 3 Remembrances T Baze 120 8-1 4 Potion J Chavez 120 15-1 5 Wacky Patty C Gonzalez 120 5-2 6 Usual Manner M Cruz 120 4-1
The following races will be run at Santa Anita:
Barretts/CTBA Sunshine Millions Classic
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Odds 1 Continental Red P Valenzuela 122 6-1 2 Midas Eyes J Velasquez 120 9-5 3 Grey Memo M Garcia 122 8-1 4 Excessivepleasure J Court 120 20-1 5 Standard Setter R Fogelsonger 120 30-1 6 Hot Market J Valdivia Jr 122 20-1 7 Peace Rules J Bailey 120 9-5 8 White Buck M Smith 120 6-1 9 Southern Image V Espinoza 120 5-1 10 Touch the Wire C Nakatani 120 8-1 11 Excess Summer G Stevens 120 15-1 12 The Judge Sez Who K Desormeaux 122 15-1 Also Eligible Commander's Flag J Valdivia Jr 122 20-1 Pay the Preacher A Gorman 122 20-1John Deere Sunshine Millions Filly And Mare Turf
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Odds 1 Valentine Dancer P Valenzuela 118 7-2 2 Atlantic Ocean J Bailey 118 6-1 3 Smart Lacy K Desormeaux 120 12-1 4 All the Honor E Castro 118 10-1 5 Bartok's Blithe E Ramsammy 118 20-1 6 Fencelineneighbor V Espinoza 118 8-1 7 Cozie Advantage G Stevens 120 5-1 8 Tucked Away R Fogelsonger 118 30-1 9 Lost Appeal M Smith 120 8-1 10 Summer Wind Dancer C Nakatani 118 10-1 11 Moscow Burning J Valdivia Jr 118 9-2Nextel Sunshine Millions Filly And Mare Sprint
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Odds 1 Princess V. R Alvarado 119 20-1 2 Barbara O'Brien G Stevens 120 4-1 3 Super High V Espinoza 120 12-1 4 Bear Fan J Bailey 120 5-2 5 Mooji Moo C Nakatani 120 8-1 6 Madame Pietra P Valenzuela 120 3-1 7 Icantgoforthat P Atkinson 120 15-1 8 Nicole's Pursuit J Valdivia Jr 120 15-1 9 Channing Way G Corbett 120 20-1 10 Vision In Flight M Smith 120 12-1 11 Bold Roberta D Nuesch 120 20-1NATC Sunshine Millions Dash
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Odds 1 Dad's Lessons J Valdivia Jr. 119 20-1 2 Pioneerman O Berrio 119 20-1 3 Race for Glory M Smith 119 10-1 4 Ice Wynnd Fire J Bailey 119 2-1 5 Saint Afleet K Desormeaux 119 9-2 6 Badgett's Mandate G Stevens 119 8-1 7 Cheiron V Espinoza 119 8-1 8 Baronage E Castro 119 10-1 9 Score High R Fogelsonger 119 30-1 10 Don'tsellmeshort P Valenzuela 119 7-2
From MEC press releases.
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