‘Couldn’t Look Any Better’: Rosario To Ride Storm The Court In San Felipe

Peter Eurton, who has been mulling Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes or the March 14 Rebel at Oaklawn Park for champion Storm the Court’s next race, said this morning the 2019 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding two-year-old male “will probably stay here” for the San Felipe Stakes, a leading steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4.

The Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe is one of five attractive events Saturday including the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, the Grade II San Carlos Stakes and the $75,000 China Doll Stakes. The San Felipe offers 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winning horse, 20 to the runner-up, 10 to the third horse and five to the fourth.

With last year’s Kentucky Derby winner Flavien Prat opting to ride undefeated Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Thousand Words for Bob Baffert in the San Felipe rather than Storm the Court, whom he has ridden in each of his five career starts, Eurton has engaged Joel Rosario to pilot Storm the Court.

“Rosario wasn’t able to work him for me yesterday,” Eurton said, referring to Storm the Court’s five furlong bullet move in 59.40, “but Umberto (Rispoli) worked him for me. I was very pleased with it. He couldn’t look any better. This is his second race back and we’ve still got another two months (before the Kentucky Derby on May 2).

With 22 Kentucky Derby qualifying points already accumulated, Storm the Court is in relatively good stead in that category, although there are ample more up for grabs in the San Felipe, “and everybody needs them,” Eurton said.

Entries for the San Felipe and other Saturday races will be taken on Wednesday. Early San Felipe probables include Authentic, Fast Enough, Honor A.P., Storm the Court and Thousand Words. Honor A.P. worked five furlongs this morning in 1:01.80 for John Shirreffs.

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