Fiftyshadesofhay looks to rebound in GII La Canada Stakes – Post Positions, Picks, M/L Odds, Free Past Performances

Fiftyshadesofhay - winner of today's GII Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico racecourse
Fiftyshadesofhay – winning last year’s GII Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico racecourse

Fiftyshadesofhay , who after a poor start finished 4 lengths back for 2nd in the GII Bayakoa Stakes over at BHP last out where she never could reel in the front-running Broken Sword , looks to make amends here at Santa Anita Park on Sunday in the $200,000, GII La Canada Stakes, for 4yo and up F/M’s, at 1 1/16 mile over the Santa Anita main track.

Free Past Performances,

7 – 4yo fillies will go to the post in race #8 here on Sunday as it’s the older girls turn to go a GII, 1 1/16 mile here this weekend.

Fiftyshadesofhay , at 8/5, is a multiple graded winner over different venues and has hit the board in the GI Las Virgenes and GI S/A Oaks and was a good 2nd in the GI Alabama this past summer at Saratoga! This one tends to stalk but is more of a grinding type like Tiz Miz Sue was! Exotics “Yes” here!

Broken Sword , at 7/5, who jumped out of the alw ranks for the surprising win that same GII Bayakoa Stakes over at the now defunct BHP main. She took full advantage of that stumbling start by Fiftyshadesofhay , to grab the early lead that she was never really challenged for skipping off to a 4 length victory by the line! This one is something of a new face in the west coast F/M’s handicap division and we’d like to see her run that same Bayakoa Stakes effort here on Sunday before we jump on this one’s bandwagon but we’ll use her in our box exotics plays anyway!

Ondine , at 4/1, came a good 3rd in the GII Hollywood Oaks way back on June 22nd last year, then finished 3rd again in a Del Mar $62.5k 2x alw tussle but was 6 back at the line. Her last out was a win in the BSR $50k J.F. Lewis Stakes taking that tussle by 1/2 length over Warren’s Vendatta, going 1:17.2 in that 6 1/2f shootout. This one’s never been off the board in any of her races so she quite use able here in our exotics thinking!

Spellbound , at 8/1, you might remember her as a 2013 GI S/A Oaks buzz horse but finished 4th 6 1/2 lengths back that day and then was sidelined until she resurfaced again in that same GII Bayakoa Stakes last out where she had no bid of any kind, coming 6th, 12 lengths back! This one has wonderful connections in that she’s by Bernardini out of a Tale Of The Cat mare and trained by Richard Mandella!  So, a big question mark here but if you feel her handlers know what they are doing here then add her to a 50 cent tri or super play!

Oscar Party, at 8/1, has a number of good graded starts to her name and was 3rd last out in the $300,000 Zia Park Oaks! She has little dirt form as most of her outings have been either turf or poly affairs! She has no real closing kick or doesn’t tend to go to the front early either as she seems to be more of a picking up the pieces type!

Rathbaun, at 15/1, has no stake or graded experience and has run only on the GG and BHP poly surfaces! She did win a $40k 1x alw over at BHP last out where she stalked the pace to close for the neck win! This one goes only in a super play and only at a big price!

Let Faith Arise , at 12/1, rounds out this field of 7, is a sprinter by trade mostly on the GG poly at the alw level. She did come 8th but just 2 1/4 lengths back in the GIII Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes over the S/A downhill turf course last out! No dirt or distance form here so we will not be using this one here on Sunday at all!

Post Time – 4:00 pm Pst

PP. Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L Odds
1. Let Faith Arise C S Nakatani 118 J   Hollendorfer 12/1
2. Ondine M   Garcia 118 B   Baffert 4/1
3. Oscar Party J   Talamo 118 J M Cassidy 8/1
4. Fiftyshadesofhay M E Smith 120 B   Baffert 8/5
5. Broken Sword R   Bejarano 123 J   Hollendorfer 7/5
6. Spellbound V   Espinoza 118 R E Mandella 8/1
7. Rathbaun T   Baze 118 P   Miller 15/1

Picks are – 6,2,5,4 in an Exacta box with the 3 and 7 added to the back-end of a cheap super play!

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