Jockey Julien Leparoux guides Flashback to victory in the Robert B. Lewis… (Benoit Photo / Associated…)
Flashback and Goldencents, the West Coast's top two Kentucky Derby prospects, are set to face off Saturday in the Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes at 11/16 miles at Santa Anita.
The eight-horse field is a final prep for the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 1.
Flashback, trained by Bob Baffert, and Goldencents, trained by Doug O'Neill, are in post position Nos. 2 and 3.
Flashback, a 3-year-old son of Tapit, is two for two, including a 61/4-length win in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 2. Goldencents, a son of Into Mischief, has earned $782,000, including winning the one-mile Sham Stakes by 11/2 lengths on Jan. 5.
O'Neill is hoping for a second year of Kentucky Derby luck. His top 3-year-old last year, I'll Have Another, won the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Baffert has trained three Kentucky Derby winners.
Jockey Julien Leparoux will ride Flashback and Kevin Krigger will be aboard Goldencents.