Saturday’s $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap weights assigned

Mar 4, 2014 3:37 PM

Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man has been assigned top weight of 124 pounds for Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, with Classic runner-up and Eclipse Champion Will Take Charge assigned second-high weight of 123 pounds. Two-time Big ’Cap winner Game On Dude has been assigned 122.

Owned by Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Stronach Stables, Mucho Macho Man, a 6-year-old horse by Macho Uno, is trained by Kathy Ritvo. A dazzling 14-length winner versus Florida-breds in the Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Jan. 18, “MMM” seeks his 10th win in what will be his 25th career start. He has earnings of $5,580,410.

Voted America’s top 3-year-old in 2013, Will Take Charge was beaten a scant nose in the Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 2, and followed that with a game head victory over two-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude in the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 29, and was second, beaten 1 ½ lengths, in his most recent start, the Grade I Donn Handicap at Gulfstream on Feb. 9.

Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, “WTC,” a 4-year-old colt by Unbridled’s Song, is owned by Willis D. Horton and Three Chimneys Farm, LLC. With $3,155,148 in earnings, he has six wins and four seconds from 16 lifetime starts.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Game On Dude, a record-breaking 7 ¾ length winner of last year’s Big ’Cap, seeks to become the first three-time winner in the 77-year history of America’s longest continually run hundred grander.

Owned by Joe Torre’s Diamond Pride, LLC, the Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable, LLC and Bernard Schiappa, Game On Dude, a 7-year-old Awesome Again gelding, has 15 wins, six seconds and one third place finish from 30 starts. He has earnings of $5,713,893.

With 16 nominations, the weights and trainers for the March 8 Santa Anita Handicap are as follows:

MUCHO MACHO MAN 124 Kathy Ritvo

WILL TAKE CHARGE 123 D. Wayne Lukas

GAME ON DUDE 122 Bob Baffert

BLINGO 117 John Shirreffs

BLUESKIESNRAINBOWS 117 Jerry Hollendorfer

FURY KAPCORI 115 Jerry Hollendorfer


LONG RIVER 115 Kiaran McLaughlin

AMERICAN BLEND 114 Carla Gaines

APPEALING TALE 114 Peter Miller

CLUBHOUSE RIDE 114 Craig Lewis

HEAR THE GHOST 114 Jerry Hollendorfer

IMPERATIVE 114 George Papaprodromou


ROUSING SERMON 114 Jerry Hollendorfer

SETSUKO 114 Richard Mandella

Entries for the Santa Anita Handicap will be taken Wednesday, March 5. First post time on Big ’Cap Day will be at 12 noon. Admission gates will open at 10 a.m.

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