‘We’ll See’: Grade 1-Placed Maiden Winner Skinner Could Aim For San Felipe – Horse Racing News


Curlin colt Skinner kicks clear to break his maiden going a mile Feb. 12 at Santa Anita

Skinner, a sharp maiden winner going a mile Feb. 12 at Santa Anita after competing in pair of Grade 1 stakes last year, could try graded stakes company again on March 4 in the San Felipe (G2), trainer John Shirreffs said.

Skinner graduated in his 3-year-old bow when rallying from second-last under Victor Espinoza to win going away by 3¼ lengths. Last year while still a maiden, the Curlin colt out of graded stakes winner Winding Way, by Malibu Moon, was third in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) Sept. 11 and subsequently sixth in the American Pharoah (G1) Oct. 8 at Santa Anita.

Shirreffs said Skinner exited his maiden win in good order and the San Felipe is being considered.

“It could be next for him, but it comes up pretty quick,” Shirreffs said. “We’ll see.”

Skinner, who was bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, is campaigned by C R K Stable and is Triple Crown nominated. He was a $510,000 auction purchase by Mayberry Farm at last year’s OBS Spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, where De Meric consigned him.

The San Felipe is a Kentucky Derby (G1) qualifying race, with the top five finishers earning points toward eligibility on a 50-20-15-10-5 basis.

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