Gary and Mary West's homebred Concert Tour (Street Sense), tabbed a 'TDN Rising Star' following an effortless debut victory, steps right up to graded stakes company in the seven-furlong GII San Vicente S. at Santa Anita Saturday. The Bob Baffert trainee wired the field by 3 1/2 lengths while going six furlongs at Santa Anita Jan. 15 and looks like he'll relish added distance.
Baffert, who has won the San Vicente a record 10 times, also sends out Freedom Fighter (Violence). The dark bay colt just held on after setting the pace in his five-furlong bow at Del Mar, but has not been seen since that Aug. 1 effort. He returns to action with a pair of bullet works under his belt, most recently a four-furlong drill in :46 4/5 (1/51) at Santa Anita Monday.
“Going seven-eighths is a tough distance,” Baffert said, “but he's quick and he's had good works. He broke his maiden first out and then we had to back off him, but he's doing well.”
Another entering the San Vicente off an impressive debut win is The Chosen Vron (Vronsky). Trained by Eric Kruljac, the chestnut gelding defeated state-bred foes by 6 3/4 lengths in his 6 1/2-furlong unveiling at Santa Anita Dec. 27.