Doug O'Neill Has Four in the $100,000 W.L. Proctor Memorial Stakes

Doug O'Neill Has Four in the $100,000 W.L. Proctor Memorial Stakes

Category : News - Sat 12/07/2014 - 12:33 EDT

The future stars of the West Coast circuit will compete on Sunday at Los Alamitos as part of the tracks first Thoroughbred meet in decades in the $100,000 W.L. Proctor Memorial Stakes. The six-furlong race has drawn a field six juvenile colts and geldings.

Trainer Doug O’Neill is scheduled to saddle four of the six entrants and his loaded contingent is topped by Bad Read Sanchez, 9-5 on the morning line. The bay son of Warrior’s Reward was a $130,000 purchase as a yearling at Keeneland and won his debut impressively by ten lengths at Santa Anita. The colt is ridden by Mario Guttierez and will carry the purple and white silks of Reddam Racing, the same connections that won the Kentucky Derby with I’ll Have Another.

Story to Tell trying to turn tables on Wake Up Nick

Second choice at 5-2 on the morning line is Story to Tell, a juvenile son of Bluegrass Cat who fetched a price of $200,000 earlier in the year. Trained by Dan Hendricks and ridden by Joe Talamo, the bay colt won his debut sharply before finishing second in the Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes to Wake Up Nick, beaten under a length in a game effort. He will face that rival again and will break from post position four.

Wake Up Nice goes for three in a row 

Also in the field is Wake Up Nick, the lone stakes winner in the group. Tabbed at 7-2 for trainer Doug O’Neill, the California-bred son of Cindago will have Saul Arias in the irons for Reddam Racing. He is undefeated from two starts and earned the first stakes win of his career last time out in the Santa Anita Juvenile after breaking his maiden in his debut effort against Cal-breds.

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