California Cup Sprint, Filly And Mare Turf Sprint Bookend Five Stakes On Santa Anita Card

A vastly improved 5-year-old horse by Boisterous, trainer Steve Knapp’s Loud Mouth heads a field of 11 older horses going six furlongs in Saturday’s $150,000 Don Valpredo California Cup Sprint, one of five stakes on Cal Cup Day at Santa Anita.

Named for prominent CTBA board member and longtime California owner/breeder Donald Valpredo, the California Cup Sprint is part of the CTBA’s lucrative Golden State Series for eligible California-bred or sired horses four and up.  Credited with helping conceive the inaugural Cal Cup Sprint in 1990, Valpredo has served on the CHRB, the boards of the Breeders’ Cup and TOC, and is a current member of The Jockey Club.

In the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint presented by John Deere, a field of nine is entered led by multiple stakes winner Warren’s Showtime. The Filly and Mare Turf Sprint is the first of five stakes on the 10-race program, going as the fourth race at 1:30 p.m. PT. The California Cup Sprint is the final stakes, the ninth race, with a scheduled post time of 4 p.m. PT.

First post time on Saturday is 12:00 p.m. PT.  All of Santa Anita’s races are offered free of charge at and fans can watch and wager at

Ridden back by Abel Cedillo on Oct. 25, Loud Mouth reversed a 20 ¾-length one mile allowance defeat Sept. 26 by drawing off to a four-length win going 6 ½ furlongs.  Dismissed at 13-1 in the seven furlong Cary Grant Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 22, Loud Mouth rallied wide turning for home and won going away by three quarters of a length in his first stakes triumph.

Owned by Thomsen Racing, LLC, Loud Mouth, who is out of the Tale of the Cat mare Drama Cat, was claimed for $40,000 15 starts back on July 20, 2019 and has an overall mark of 22-6-0-2.  With Cedillo back aboard, Loud Mouth brings two consecutive 91 Beyer Speed ratings to the Valpredo party and merits top billing.

A winner of six consecutive races, four of them stakes, from July 27, 2019, through March 1, 2020, Harris Farms homebred Fashionably Fast has been idle since well beaten in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes Aug. 1 at Del Mar.  Managed adroitly by trainer Dean Pederson, Fashionably Fast got some deserved time off and there’s no question that if he’s ready, he’ll extremely tough to beat on Saturday.

Owned in partnership with Harris Farms by Per Antonsen and John Nicoletti, this 6-year-old gelding by Lucky Pulpit, Fall Fashion, by Forestry, brings an enviable mark of 18-7-4-2 and will be ridden for the 18th time by Tiago Pereira.

Although he had his six-race winning streak snapped by multiple G1 winner McKinzie in running second two starts back in the G2, seven furlong Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita on June 7, Fashionably Fast nonetheless earned a career-best 95 Beyer, a further indication of his considerable talent.

Lightly raced, trainer Mike Puype’s Tigre Di Slugo comes off his best ever performance on Nov. 27 and rates an upset chance with Joel Rosario riding back.  Off a bit slow at 7-2 in the six-furlong allowance, Rosario orchestrated an impressive run from off the pace, as the 6-year-old Smiling Tiger gelding won going away by 1 ¼ lengths.  Owned by Slugo Racing, Tiger Racing Stable, LLC and Puype, Tigre Di Slugo will make his second start off an eight-month freshening and has three wins from five career starts to his credit.


Race 9 of 10   Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT

  1. Tigre Di Slugo—Joel Rosario—122
  2. Royal Trump—Edwin Maldonado—122
  3. Fashionably Fast—Tiago Pereira—124
  4. Bettor Trip Nick—Drayden Van Dyke—124
  5. Psycho Dar—Ricardo Gonzalez—122
  6. Loud Mouth—Abel Cedillo—124
  7. Club Aspen—Juan Hernandez—124
  8. Brickyard Ride—Alexis Centeno—122
  9. Oliver—Umberto Rispoli—124
  10. Jamming Eddie—Flavien Prat—124
  11. Rookie Mistake—Mario Gutierrez—122

Ben and Sally Warren’s classy Warren’s Showtime heads a field of nine older fillies and mares going six furlongs on turf in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint.  This year’s Turf Sprint will be run for the first time out of Santa Anita’s new turf chute.

Presented by John Deere, the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint is part of the CTBA’s lucrative Golden State Series for eligible California-bred fillies and mares four and up.

Trained by Craig Lewis, Warren’s Showtime comes off a solid third, beaten one length, in the one mile turf Lady of Shamrock here on Dec. 26.  The leading money earner in the field with $551,431, Warren’s Showtime is a four-time stakes winner on turf, including a gutty neck victory three starts back in the Grade III Autumn Miss on Oct. 17 at one mile.

A long-striding 4-year-old daughter of Clubhouse Ride, out of the Warrens’ G1 stakes winning Warren’s Veneda, Warren’s Showtime is winless in four sprints, all on dirt.  With leading rider Juan Hernandez riding her back off of her third-place run on opening day, Warren’s Showtime, who has five overall stakes wins, will try to improve upon her career mark of 15-6-1-6.

Fourth in the Kalookan Queen Stakes here on Sunday at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track, Rockingham Ranch’s Mo See Cal is wheeling back quickly for trainer Peter Miller and the question is: Will she run?  A 6-year-old mare by Uncle Mo, she took the seven-furlong dirt Betty Grable Stakes by 3 ¾ lengths two starts back on Nov. 8.  With an overall mark of 20-6-4-2, she has earnings of $343,164 and is scheduled to be ridden for the first time by turf specialist Umberto Rispoli.

A lightly raced 5-year-old mare by Acclamation, out of the multiple stakes winning Tribal Rule mare Ismene, Nardini ships south from Golden Gate Fields for Legacy Ranch and trainer Andy Mathis in search of her first stakes win.  A close third going 5 ½ furlongs over the Santa Anita turf in the California Distaff Handicap two starts back on Oct. 10, Nardini was most recently fifth, beaten five lengths by Mo See Cal in the Betty Grable Nov. 8.  With Joel Rosario engaged for the first time, Nardini will be bidding for her fourth win from nine career starts.

Idle since well beaten in her lone start of the year in the one mile turf Fran’s Valentine Stakes here on June 6, George Krikorian’s homebred Hollywood Hills has back class but a significant recency deficit.  A gutty nose winner versus Cal-breds in the seven furlong dirt Fleet Treat Stakes three starts back in July, 2019, she was subsequently a well beaten second by Fighting Mad in the Grade III Torrey Pines Stakes at one mile on dirt Aug. 17, 2019.  Trained by Art Sherman at Los Alamitos, Hollywood Hills, a 5-year-old mare by Hoorayforhollywood out of the Malibu Moon mare Two Faced Moon, brings an overall mark of 13-6-2-2, with earnings of $208,668.


Race 4 of 10  Approximate post time 1:30 p.m. PT

  1. She’s Devoted—Flavien Prat—120
  2. Leggs Galore—Ricardo Gonzalez—122
  3. Hollywood Hills—Abel Cedillo—124
  4. Sheza Girly Girl—Tiago Pereira—122
  5. Warren’s Showtime—Juan Hernandez—124
  6. Florentine Diamond—Alexis Centeno—120
  7. Mo See Cal—Umberto Rispoli—124
  8. Homehome—Mario Gutierrez—120
  9. Nardini—Joel Rosario—122

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