$75,000 Lure Stakes Draws Wide Open Field of Nine

$75,000 Lure Stakes Draws Wide Open Field of Nine

Category : News - Sat 25/10/2014 - 14:51 EDT

On Sunday at Santa Anita, the featured race is the 9th edition of the $75,000 Lure Stakes. The one mile race, scheduled to be run on the turf, has attracted a deep field of nine colts and geldings.

Pure Tactics has been tabbed as the 5-2 morning line favorite and will be making his first start for trainer Leandro More who has taken over the care of Doug O’Neill’s horses while he serves a suspension. The five-year-old son of Pure Prize has won seven of his eighteen starts and was last seen finishing fourth in the Eddie D (G3) at Santa Anita. Rafael Bejarano will remain in the irons and they will break from post  five as Pure Tactics goes for his third win of the year.

Hay Dude (GB) making stateside debut off layoff

Second choice at 3-1 on the morning line is Hay Dude (GB) who will be making his first North American start after competing in Great Britain and France. Philip D’Amato will saddle the four-year-old gelded son of Dubawi (IRE) and Joe Talamo has been named to ride. He is making his first start since November of 2013 and has been training sharply in California with a recent bullet workout. He will get Lasix for the first time and break from post four.

Drill trying to regain competitive form 

Also in the field and a longshot at 15-1 on the morning line is Drill for trainer Bob Baffert.  The five-year-old son of Lawyer Ron has gone winless for the past two seasons and the multiple graded stakes winner has hit the board once from six starts this year. With most of his success coming on dirt and synthetics including a win in the Del Mar Futurity (G1), he has run four times on the turf and has failed to hit the board. Elvis Trujillo will be aboard and they will break from the rail.

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