Meet the Contenders: 2023 San Felipe Stakes
Meet the horses running in the 2023 San Felipe S. (G2), plus a pro, con and rating of their potential. The star rating of 1 to 5 represents opportunity to perform well among the field.
#1 CHASE THE CHAOS
Pro: Never out of the money and earned solid win in El Camino Real Derby.
Con: Well versed on synthetic surface, but questions remain concerning dirt ability.
#2 NATIONAL TREASURE
Pro: Not embarrassed against division’s best at two; remains open to improvement.
Con: Expected more in Sham (G3) with benefit of fast pace.
#3 PRACTICAL MOVE
Pro: Upset Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) when last seen; recent works have been strong.
Con: With bigger prizes down the road, may find himself a bit short off the bench.
#4 BLUEGRASS GO GO
Pro: Has a touch of speed and thus figures to be in the mix early.
Con: Three-start maiden appears overmatched on paper.
#5 GENIUS JIMMY
Pro: Addition of Lasix, blinkers produced intended wake up in turf maiden.
Con: Significant class hike and surface switch lessen appeal.
#6 CRYPTO RIDE
Pro: Stakes-placed at two, albeit versus California-breds.
Con: Numerous losses against lesser make him fitting longshot.
Pro: $3.55 million juvenile a work in progress, but plenty fast.
Con: Gets stronger class test this time and price will be uninspiring.
#8 GEAUX ROCKET RIDE
Pro: Posted mildly surprising win first out, earning 97 Brisnet Speed rating.
Con: Lacks foundation that other contenders possess.
#9 FORT BRAGG
Pro: Crossed the wire first in both starts over this track; remains with upside.
Con: A magnet for trouble in several trips last season.
Pro: Turned in a breakout performance to graduate by more than three lengths last month.
Con: Outran in both prior stakes attempts and might bounce facing tougher.
#11 MR FISK
Pro: Close second to promising Reincarnate before breaking his maiden in January.
Con: Figures don’t quite stack up yet to some of the other contenders.