Iliad wins San Vicente for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Iliad won the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes by 3 1.2 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.
Ridden by Flavien Prat, Iliad ran seven furlongs in 1:21.62 and paid $6, $4 and $2.20 in the Grade 2. The 3-year-old horse had been idle since winning his first career race on Dec. 18.
Prat was subbing for Rafael Bejarano, who was excused from riding after an accident in Saturday’s last race.
Iliad was trained by Bob Baffert in his first two starts before Doug O’Neill took over.
Law Abidin Citizen returned $6 and $2.40, while Battle of Midway was another 4 1.2 lengths back in third.
The victory, worth $120,000, increased Iliad’s career earnings to $147,345, with two wins in three starts.
”He’s a really nice horse, he has a lot of class,” said O’Neill, who began training for Shah in late December. ”He ran huge. We’ve just tried not to screw him up.”
Owner Kaleem Shah said Iliad would be pointed toward the San Felipe Stakes on March 11 and possibly the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8.