Unzip Me, a four-time stakes winner on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course, will play the role of favorite in the $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 30 on opening day of the autumn meet.
Unzip Me will face five opponents in Friday’s opening-day feature for fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs. The 5-year-old mare, co-owned and bred by Harris Farms, has finished in the money in her last 15 starts, winning 10 of them.
Unzip Me won the Maddy a year ago when it was run at six furlongs on Hollywood Park’s turf course. Her favorite layout, however, is Santa Anita’s downhill course, on which the chestnut mare has captured five of seven stakes.
Rafael Bejarano rides the California-bred daughter of City Zip who is trained by Marty Jones. Unzip Me enters the Maddy with earnings of $812,228 from a 12-4-3 record in 21 career starts.
Tanda may be Unzip Me’s main rival. The 4-year-old Sweetsouthernsaint filly has won a trio of grade III stakes including Del Mar’s Rancho Bernardo Handicap in her last start on Aug. 11. That race, at 6 1/2 furlongs on Del Mar’s Polytrack, was her first in the care of trainer Mike Mitchell.
Joe Talamo has the return riding call aboard the Florida-bred filly owned by Tommy Hutton’s Dream Stable. Tanda has won two of four starts on turf while compiling a 5-1-3 record in 12 starts for earnings of $346,626.
$100,000 Sen. Ken Maddy (gr. IIIT, Race 3, 2:02 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 6 1/2 Furlongs (Turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Waveline (CA), V Espinoza, 118, B D Cecil
2. Unzip Me (CA), R Bejarano, 120, M F Jones
3. Broken Dreams (FL), G K Gomez, 118, T F Proctor
4. Tanda (FL), J Talamo, 123, M R Mitchell
5. Separate Forest (KY), P A Valenzuela, 123, D F O'Neill
6. Givine (FR), J Rosario, 118, J C Canani