Ring Weekend Favored in San Gabriel (G2)
Ring Weekend stayed in Southern California following a win in the Seabiscuit Handicap (G2) on November 26 at Del Mar and he’s the morning line favorite in Saturday’s $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita. Read Jay Hovdey’s article about the “deadly honest” gelding.
If the 6-year-old gelding crosses the wire first on Saturday, he’ll be a seven-time graded stakes winner and within striking range of $2 million in earnings.
The only millionaire in the field, the son of Tapit is a perfect two for two with 21-year-old jockey Drayden Van Dyke. The duo captured the 2015 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1) before reuniting for the 2016 Seasbiscuit (G2).
As a 3-year-old Ring Weekend won the Tampa Bay Derby (G2), Saranac (G3), and Hill Prince (G3) before notching the biggest win of his career in the the Kilroe (G1) as 4-year-old. Following over a year long hiatus from racing, he set a track record in the Bernard Baruch (G2) at Saratoga in 2016 before coming back to California for the Breeders’ Cup (where he got beat only three lengths) and the Seabiscuit.
West Point and Vinnie and Teresa Viola of St. Elias Stables purchased Ring Weekend for $310,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Viola and Terry Finley are both graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and named the chestnut colt after an academy traditional where senior cadets are awarded their class rings. Mr. Viola was recently nominated for Secretary of the Army.
Post time for the 9th at Santa Anita is 4:30 PT/7:30 ET on Saturday. Ring Weekend breaks from post 11 in the field of 12.
Playlist of Ring Weekend’s major victories: