Composure Seeks to Regain Winning Ways in Las Virgenes

Robert and Beverly Lewis' Composure, looking to make amends for her second-place finish as the 1-5 favorite in the Dec. 14 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I), worked five furlongs in :58 4/5, handily, at Santa Anita Tuesday morning. The daughter of Touch Gold will again meet up with Elloluv, who owns a one-win advantage in their only meeting that resulted in a four-length score in the Starlet (gr. I)

"She's ready," trainer Bob Baffert dubbed Composure following the move.

The Las Virgenes will be Composure's first start at Santa Anita since winning the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. II) back in October. She also counts a runner-up finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) among her three career black-type placings. Currently her record stands at 6-2-3-0, $431,300.

Another top filly set to return to action this weekend is Headley and Leung's Got Koko, who rocketed to the top of the Southern California Distaff division with back-to-back wins in the La Brea Stakes (gr. I) and El Encino Stakes (gr. II) in her last two starts. The Texas-bred daughter of Signal Tap, getting ready for Sunday's Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I), worked five furlongs in 1:04 4/5, handily, for trainer Bruce Headley.

The work, which was mostly a maintenance move, was the 39th fastest of the 40 who worked at the distance Tuesday.

Affluent, who won the Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I) in her last start Jan. 25, worked for the first time since that victory on Tuesday, logging a half-mile in an easy :50 2/5, handily. Trainer Ron McAnally hasn't said where the five-year-old daughter of Affirmed will start next.

Grade 1-placed Golden Ticket, who was haltered for $20,000 by trainer Cliff Sise Jr. for owner Glenn Holsinger back in August, is expected to start next in an allowance race at Santa Anita on Sunday, which may be used as a springboard to a return to graded stakes company. The 5-year-old chestnut has won three of his five races for his new connections, including his last two in starter allowance company by a combined 11 lengths.

"He's doing super," Robert Sise, assistant to his father, said. "If all goes well Sunday, then he'll probably start in the Big 'Cap (gr. I, on Saturday, March 1)."

Golden Ticket, who finished third to eventual dual classic winner Point Given in the 2000 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I), has earned $136,275 from a career record of 12-4-0-2.

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