If any horse could prevent Affluent from becoming only the third filly to sweep the prestigious La Cañada series, it's Summer Colony.
The Kentucky-bred daughter of Summer Squall, owned by Edward P. Evans and trained by Mark Hennig, has won her last five races in a row, including a maiden victory at Saratoga last Aug. 17 by 32 1/2 lengths. Gary Stevens has the mount on Summer Colony in Saturday's La Cañada Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
Summer Colony won the Ladies Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct in her last start on Dec. 22. She has been heavily favored in her last six starts and won her five races by a combined margin of more than 54 lengths.
Summer Colony will be stabled at the barn of D. Wayne Lukas, Hennig's former mentor, during her stay at Santa Anita.In other La Cañada developments:
- Affluent completed preps for Ron McAnally by working five furlongs in 1:01.40 Tuesday.
- Royally Chosen prepped by drilling five furlongs in :59.60 Tuesday for Bruce Headley.
- La Cañada nominees Beefeater Baby and Walt's Wharf are both entered in Thursday's featured seventh race, an optional-claiming event for older fillies and mares at about 6 1/2 furlongs down the hillside turf course.
Probable for the La Canada Stakes: Affluent,(Eddie Delahoussaye); Azeri, (Mike Smith); Royally Chosen, (Alex Solis), and Summer Colony, (Gary Stevens). Possible with no riders named: Angel Gift, Ask Me No Secrets, and Sea Reel.