On the opening weekend of 2015, the baby blue and black silks of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners will be represented in stakes by Patrioticandproud in the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes (Grade II) at Santa Anita on Saturday and Judy in Disguise in the $200,000 Monrovia Stales (Grade II) also at Santa Anita on Sunday.
Patrioticandproud is coming off an outstanding effort in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (Grade II) at Del Mar on November 27. Sixth early on, Patrioticandproud rallied between horses in the stretch and was beaten only a neck. This six-year-old son of Proud Citizen has competed in 12 stakes in his 26 start career. He will always be very special to the Eclipse family as he was the first to represent the stable on the racetrack back in October of 2011 at Woodbine. Trained throughout his career by Mark Casse, Patrioticandproud has finished in the top three 17 times including the Las Vegas Marathon (Grade II) at Santa Anita and the Autumn Stakes (Grade II) and Victoria Park Stakes both at Woodbine. He has career earnings of $452,605.