ARCADIA – The road to the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 4 begins in earnest today when seven line up for the $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap at 1 1/16 miles for older horses. Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella, who has won the Big ‘Cap three times, saddles a pair in Spellbinder, third in the recent Native Diver Handicap at Hollywood Park, and Turnbolt, who will be trying the distance game for the first time in his career. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“He’s a talented horse,” said Kent Desormeaux, who has the mount. “He’s more one-paced than an explosive horse and that means he should be able to handle the dirt very well.” The Bobby Frankel-trained High Limit, who spent much of last spring chasing Giacomo in the Kentucky Derby and Afleet Alex in the Preakness Stakes, will be tackling older horses for the first time. The field is rounded out with Sam Forli, Bully Hayes and Melanyhasthepapers. In Santa Anita’s supporting feature, the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes at 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-old fillies, Sabatini has been installed as the 8-5 choice over six rivals. In only her second career race, Sabatini broke sluggishly in the prestigious Hollywood Starlet at Hollywood Park last month, but rallied strongly from 10th place early to finish third. Sabatini was three lengths by long-shot winner Diplomat Lady. Trainer Doug O’Neill will send both Horse B With You and Itty Bitty Pretty in the Santa Ysabell. “I want to stretch him out,” Mandella said. “He looks like he can handle the distance, but we’ll have to wait and see.” Grass specialist Buckland Manor has won on the dirt before, but that was back on Jan. 26, 2003. Since then, the 6-year-old has competed in 17 races, 12 on turf. Also entered are Incumbent, Sweet Fourty, I Can See and Miss Fury. Bob Umphrey, who was the racing secretary at Calder in Florida and held the same post at Hollywood Park and Golden Gate in the 1980s, died last Monday of a heart attack and stroke at the age of 53. “He was a people person,” veteran agent Tony Matos said. “He was nice to everybody, a very humble man, a hard worker and a good communicator. “I’d known Bob since he was 10 years old. I always felt very comfortable working with him. He was one of my top five favorite people in the whole world.” A total of five inches of rain pelted Santa Anita over the New Year’s weekend, according to track superintendent Steve Wood, but dry weather is in the forecast through at least this weekend. Michelle Barsotti has replaced Brian Beach as agent for jockey Jose Valdivia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!