Baffert's Ax Man a big question mark in Santa Anita's Clockers' Corner



Photograph: Benoit


In what shapes up as an excellent having a bet race, sharp turf sprinters Double Contact, Ghoul and What’sontheagenda charge large possibilities in Sunday’s $70,000 Clockers’ Nook Stakes, which has attracted a box of 7 older horses and shall be contested at Five ½ furlongs over the Santa Anita turf. The most important query mark within the race would seem to be Bob Baffert’s come-backing Ax Guy, who hasn’t run since March 30. He” be attempting turf for the primary time, choosing this spot moderately than Saturday’s Palos Verdes Stakes (G2), during which he used to be additionally entered.

AX MAN

Proprietor: Patti & Hal Earnhardt                          

Instructor: Bob Baffert

This 5-year-old gelded homebred son of Misremembered, out of the Flying Chevron mare Shameful, will have stayed at the primary observe within the Palos Verdes. Idle since March 30, when 5th because the 6-Five favourite within the San Carlos Stakes (G2), Ax Guy will transfer surfaces as an alternative. Liked in 8 out of his 9 occupation begins, he’s were given 4 wins and two thirds to his credit score and can undoubtedly command severe consideration within the wagering must he swimsuit up for the Clockers’ Nook.“We’ll see if he likes the grass,” stated Baffert, who additionally educated Misremembered. “His father ran at the grass one time and preferred it.”


DOUBLE TOUCH

Proprietor: Hronis Racing, LLC                                  

Instructor: John Sadler

A quick completing 2d, crushed 3 quarters of a duration within the Five ½-furlong turf Joe Hernandez Stakes (G2) on Jan. 1, this 6-year-old English-bred gelding shall be ridden again via Victor Espinoza in what is going to be his fourth get started off of a $40,000 declare via Sadler on Sept. 1.  An in depth fourth 3 begins again going 5 furlongs on grass within the Eddie D Stakes (G3) Sept. 27, Double Contact is on most sensible of his sport and could be flattered via a quick early tempo on Sunday.

GHOUL

Proprietor: Gary Barber & Wachtel Strong                       

Instructor: Peter Miller

A 5-year-old gelding, Ghoul received 5 out of his first 8 begins in his local Brazil, however used to be winless in 5 North American begins with most sensible instructor Mark Casse and used to be offered privately following a 5th position allowance end at Woodbine on Nov. 24. In his first get started for Miller on Dec. 29, Ghoul rallied from off the tempo to win a Five ½-furlong turf allowance over a Santa Anita turf indexed as “excellent” via a part duration and prefer Double Contact, would get pleasure from a quick tempo with main guy Joel Rosario using him again within the Clockers’ Nook.

WHATSONTHEAGENDA

Proprietor: Beerman Circle of relatives Accept as true with, Greg Corridor & Sajay Racing, LLC                Instructor: Doug O’Neill   

2d, crushed a part duration via Ghoul because the 5-2 favourite right here on Dec. 29, this 6-year-old Dialed In gelding must as soon as once more press the early tempo with Tiago Pereira engaged.  Ridden final time via Flavien Prat, Pereira hasn’t ridden him since January of 2019.  Winless with 4 seconds in 9 tries at Five ½ furlongs on turf, it’ll be as much as Pereira to ration his velocity and grasp off the overdue closers on Sunday.

THE CLOCKERS’ CORNER STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS
Race 7 of 8; put up time 6:27 p.m. ET

1. Oiseau de Guerre—Rafael Bejarano—122

2. Ghoul—Joel Rosario—122

3. Lil Milo—Ruben Fuentes—122

4. Ax Guy—Drayden Van Dyke—122

5. What’sontheagenda—Tiago Pereira—120

6. Double Contact—Victor Espinoza—122

7. Bay Muzik—Abel Cedillo—122

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