There are richer and more important races ahead for Treasury Bill, a 3-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid who will be making his stakes debut Sunday in the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita.
Trainer Ron Ellis has high aspirations for a horse that likes to race from far back and come charging down the stretch. That's why Ellis was surprised that Treasury Bill won a 61/2-furlong maiden sprint in his second race on Jan. 27.
It's in two-turn races that Treasury Bill figures to be at his best, so Ellis isn't going to put a lot of pressure into winning Sunday's seven-furlong stakes that has just six entrants, including three horses trained by Bob Baffert — Belvin, War Academy and Shakin It Up.
This time of year is about getting Treasury Bill more racing experience in preparation for the big 3-year-old races in March and April on the road to the ultimate goal of an appearance in the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May.