The $300,000, GI Vanity Stakes , for 3yo and up F/M’s, at 1 1/8 mile over the Santa Anita main track will be the 2nd of 2 big GI’s at Santa Anita this Saturday!
“8” solid 2-turn older lady runners will go to the post for this race #8 on the Santa Anita Saturday card!
Let Faith Arise, winner of the GI Santa Margarita Stakes here this past winter, then finished just an ok 4th to Close Hatches in the GI Apple Blossom Hcp 2 back, but returned to her winning ways again most recently in the GIII Adoration Stakes here last out but winning by just a neck. She’s done her best racing here at Santa Anita winning or coming 2nd in all her starts here. Stalker type for the most part!
Iotapa, winner of the GII Santa Maria Stakes here 3 back, then was a solid 2nd in that same GI Santa Margarita Stakes. She then tried her luck at Churchill in the GI Humana Stakes on Derby day coming a very middling 6th in that race! She has done her best racing here in southern California as she has never been off the board here in Sunny southern California! Can go early or stalk!
Grace Hall, as a 3yo in 2012 won the G/P, DelPark and Indiana Oaks,then coming 4th in the GI B/C Ladies Classic that year, too. 2013 saw her in just 2 off performances before being sidelined with injury! Started 2014 however, with a good-looking 2nd in the GII Ruffian last out just off of Fiftyshadesofhay! Seems to have perhaps found her top form again and if so, she could be vying at the end here as she is a closer type!
Scherzinger , is the winner of the GII Santa Monica 2 back then was a solid 3rd in that same GI Humana Distaff at Churchill last out. Steps up to 2-turns for the first time here and tends to be a closer!
Unusual Way , winner of the Zia Park Oaks last year, then was a very good 2nd in that big $400k Houston Ladies Classic next but since has not found the winner’s circle in a pair of $100k stakes outings here in her past 2 outs! Likes it upfront early so you can look for her to be in the early vanguard here on Saturday!
Yahilwa , 2nd by a neck in that same GIII Adoration Stakes here last out as she and Let Faith Arise dueled down the stretch to that tight finish. She had some good but off the board finishes in the GII Santa Maria and GI Santa Margarita this winter. Seems to be finding her best form right now as she can go early or stalk the pace!
Magic Union, 2nd in the GII Azeri at Oaklawn 2 back, then a very decent 4th in the GII La Troienne most recently. She has however done all her winning down on the alw level as graded company seems to be a stumbling block for her. Likes an early stalking position as her basic early M/O!
Irish Presence , 3rd in that same GIII Adoration Stakes most recently, but was 9 lengths off that winner. She has a good alw/stakes background but hasn’t won in over a year at any level. When she does find a home on the board it’s as a closer type!
“Post Time” – for Race #8, – 4:30 pm PDT!
|1.||Iotapa||J Talamo||119||J W Sadler||4/1|
|2.||Magic Union||J Castellano||119||J W Sadler||8/1|
|3.||Grace Hall||J Rosario||119||W I Mott||5/2|
|4.||Let Faith Arise||C S Nakatani||124||J Hollendorfer||2/1|
|5.||Scherzinger||E Trujillo||119||J Hollendorfer||9/2|
|6.||Yahilwa||K J Desormeaux||119||J M Cassidy||6/1|
Picks are – 1,3,4,6 exacta box with the 5 or 2 at the back-end of a dime super!