Robert S. Evans' 5-year-old homebred mare New Economy won the $200,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. II) last year and goes for a repeat tally Saturday in the 12-furlong turf test at Calder, with jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. in the saddle.
Trained by Graham Motion, New Economy defeated a good field last year but may face an even stronger cast Saturday with Leigh Family's New Zealand-bred Sixty Seconds, Joseph Allen's Volga, and Denlea Park Ltd.'s Spice Island in the field of 11 fillies and mares.
New Economy is a stretch-running daughter of Red Ransom and loves the longer distances. However, she was sharp enough here on Dec. 6 to rally through the stretch and capture the nine-furlong My Charmer Handicap (gr. III).
Sixty Seconds is trained by Christophe Clement. Jockey Jose Santos gets the call on the 5-year-old mare, who raced with considerable success at home in New Zealand and later in Australia before shipping to North America last winter.
Sixty Seconds won her U.S. debut in a Belmont Park allowance in July and the 11-furlong Glens Falls Handicap (gr. III) at Saratoga in late August. Clement, who has won four renewals of the La Prevoyante since 1992, also will be represented by Waterville Lake Stable's Mariensky, a two-time graded stakes winner at Belmont in the spring.
Volga is an Irish-bred 5-year-old mare by Caerleon and was trained by Clement until mid-October when she was placed with Kiaran McLaughlin. Jockey Richard Migliore rides Volga, who has been a major player in the filly and mare turf division for a couple of seasons. She won the E.P. Taylor Stakes (Can-IT) at Woodbine on Oct. 19 in her first start for McLaughlin.
Spice Island is a 4-year-old daughter of Tabasco Cat trained by John Pregman Jr. with Cornelio Velasquez named to ride. The dark bay filly has won her last three starts, including the Dowager Stakes at Keeneland and Long Island Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct, both run at the 12-furlong distance of the La Prevoyante. Volga was second in the Long Island.
Frankel also is sending a contender for this race in Agri Harvest and partners' New Zealand-bred Lady Annaliese. The 4-year-old daughter of Groom Dancer has won two of three starts since arriving in California early this year, including the Hermosa Beach Handicap at Hollywood Park on Dec. 6. Frankel won the 1995 La Prevoyante with Juddmonte Farm's Interim.
Completing the field for the 29th running of the La Prevoyante are Go On Baby, Lost Appeal, Pillow Talk, Shining Jewel and Victory Snit.