$100,000, GIII Santa Ysabel Stakes, 3YO Fillies, at 1 1/16 mile (Dirt) ( Race #8, Post time 4:07 p.m. PST).
8, 3yo fillies will go to the Santa Anita post in this 2-turn graded event where “10” GI Kentucky Oaks points awaiting the winner and probably a gate in the April, 5th GI Santa Anita Oaks!
Awesome Baby , at 5/2, by Awesome Again, is the slight 5/2 m/l fav in here as she rolls in off a wire to wire score, last out, in the GII Santa Ynez Stakes covering 6 1/2 f’s in 1:16.3 to that 1/2 length win. She’s Bob Baffert trained and Mike Smith gets the ride here! She does like it up front early so look for her to make the early pace here but she has never done well at this distance!
Swiss Lake Yodeler , at 3/1, by Swiss Yodeler, tried the turf unsuccessfully last out in the $200k CalCup Oaks where she had no bid to finish 11th, 7 off the winner! In her 2 previous starts however, she won both the Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes and the Soviet Problem Stakes in nice closing fashion, too. Not an early speed horse here!
Sweet Bliss , at 7/2, by Street Cry, broke her maiden here last out in a 56k Mdn tussle at the 1 1/16 mile distance of this race over the Santa Anita dirt with a solid enough finish winning by just a neck. Tends to break slowly from the gate so she’s not an early pace setter!
Artemis , at 9/2, by Empire Maker out of a Smarty Jones mare, was 5th last out in the GI Las Virgenes Stakes here but never threatened at anytime. Had a decent mdn win here 2 back at a mile in 1:37.2 winning by a length but had to hold on at the end. Leaves the gate awkwardly at times taking herself out of any early contention.
Be Proud , at 5/1, by Proud Citizen, was a front running, 3 length winner of the $50k Cal Oaks Stakes up at GG last out covering that 1 1/16 mile poly course in a somewhat tepid 1:47.3. 2nd in the Sharp Cat Stakes, but then 7th in the GI Hollywood Starlet Stakes on her racing resume. She’s the 2nd Bob Baffert trainee in this race as she does like to be in the early action, too.
Anniversary Kitty , also at 5/1, by Tribal Rule, is a 2-time turfer in her brief 2-race career coming a good 2nd in that same $200k CalCup Oaks Stakes here last out by just 1 1/4 length with a good late bid! Just a closer type here so don’t look for this one to be in the early running!
Tiz Kissable , at 15/1, by Tizwonderful, was 3rd last out in that same G/G Cal Oaks Stakes by 3 lengths but was just a head off the 2nd place horse. Solid finisher in both her 2-turn Golden Gate starts, so no leader of the early pack here!
Saintly Joan , at 20/1, by Northern Afleet, was 6th in the GI Las Virgenes Stakes, 6th in the Blue Norther Stakes and 3rd, but back 17 lengths in that same Sharp Cat Stakes in her last 3 outs. A mdn winner only but runs in top company but never really threatens, stalks but never finishes the deal above the Mdn level!
So, “8” 3yo ladies will dance this 1 1/16 mile dance here at Santa Anita this Saturday in the GIII Santa Ysabel Stakes with 10 points towards a GI Kentucky Oaks gate also hanging in the balance!
|1.||Artemis||G L Stevens||119||J Hollendorfer||9/2|
|2.||Anniversary Kitty||J Talamo||119||C Dollase||5/1|
|3.||Awesome Baby||M E Smith||119||B Baffert||5/2|
|4.||Swiss Lake Yodeler||R Bejarano||119||J Hollendorfer||3/1|
|5.||Tiz Kissable||M Gutierrez||119||T McCanna||15/1|
|6.||Sweet Bliss||E A Maldonado||119||J A Shirreffs||7/2|
|7.||Be Proud||M Garcia||119||B Baffert||5/1|
|8.||Saintly Joan||T Baze||119||J O’Hara||20/1|
Picks are – 1,3,4,6 exacta box, with the 2 or 7 at the back of a super play!