Debut Maiden Winner Sixto Named For Guillot’s ‘Main Man,’ Will Point To Gotham

Following a first-out graduation going six furlongs on Thursday afternoon at 13-1 odds at the Big A, trainer Eric Guillot reported that Southern Equine Stable’s Sixto would likely point to the Grade 3 Gotham.

The dark bay son of Curlin broke a step slow and sat a close third under jockey Reylu Gutierrez and received his cue approaching the far turn. Coming under a three-wide drive at the top of the stretch, Sixto was in command just a few strides before the sixteenth-pole and drew away to a 1 ¾-length score which garnered an 82 Beyer.

“That’s likely where we’ll go,” Guillot said of the one-turn mile at the Big A. “I think he’s going to be a nice horse. He’s named after my number one travelling man over the years, Sixto Chavez. He’s been my main man with a lot of Grade 1 horses. We’ll see what the race looks like when the time goes and take it from there.”

Guillot previously saddled Laoban to a runner-up effort in the 2016 Gotham, which was won by Shagaf.

Bred in Kentucky by Fred W. Hertrich and John D Fielding, Sixto was acquired from the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Santa Anita 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale last June, where he was purchased for $250,000 from King’s Equine consignment. A half-brother to stakes winner and multiple graded-stakes placed Catch My Drift, Sixto is out of the Yonaguska broodmare Drift to the Lead.

“He had a twinkle in his eye and a good look to him,” Guillot said. “He’s a late May foal and was a little immature, so that probably scared some people away from him.”

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