Stormy Lucy, Her Emmynency Top Buena Vista
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Stormy Lucy

Grade I winners Stormy Lucy and Her Emmynency will meet in the $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes (gr. IIT), and despite the mile turf race's grade II label, they'll have to beat a field worthy of the top level to win Feb. 20 at Santa Anita Park.

Multiple graded stakes winners Prize Exhibit and Nashoba's Gold are also entered into the overflowing field of 12 (along with two on the also eligible list), along with last-out grade III winner Keri Belle, who nosed out Stormy Lucy in the Megahertz Stakes (gr. IIIT) Jan. 18 at Santa Anita.

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It was the second consecutive tight second-place finish for the Ed Moger Jr.-trained Stormy Atlantic   mare since her 65-1 stunner in the mile Matriarch (gr. IT) Nov. 29 at Santa Anita. The Steve Moger-owned runner was also a neck back of Gender Agenda in the Robert J. Frankel (gr. IIIT) Dec. 27.

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Ike and Dawn Thrash's Her Emmynency broke through last time out in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland in October for trainer Michael Stidham, but has since been under the care of trainer Kristin Mulhall.

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A 4-year-old Successful Appeal   filly, Her Emmynency has plenty of experience in Southern California. She finished second behind Sharla Rae in the Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) in August and came in sixth behind winner Prize Exhibit in the July San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT). She also earned her first stakes win in the 2014 Surfer Girl at Santa Anita, also at a mile.

Another graded winner with back class is Warren Williamson's Nashoba's Gold, who took the Providencia (gr. IIIT) and Honeymoon (gr. IIT) back-to-back in 2014, but hasn't finished better than fifth in four starts since, including a last-out fifth-place finish in the Nov. 7 Kathryn Crosby Stakes at Del Mar.

Also in the field are graded stakes-placed runners Smoove It, Lutine Belle, Glory, Paulina's Love, and Theatre Star. Allowance winners Stylish in Black and Chocolatier complete the dozen entrants. Moanin and Minks Aprise are also eligible.

Buena Vista S. (gr. IIT)

Santa Anita Park, Saturday, February 20, 2016, Race 8
  • 1m
  • Turf
  • $200,000
  • 4 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 4:13 PM (local)
11Keri Belle (KY)Alex O. Solis120John A. Shirreffs5/1
22Stylish in Black (CA)Tiago Josue Pereira120Bobby Wayne Grayson50/1
33Smoove It (CA)Mario Gutierrez120Doug F. O'Neill20/1
44Nashoba's Gold (KY)Victor Espinoza120Carla Gaines12/1
56Prize Exhibit (GB)Santiago Gonzalez122James M. Cassidy4/1
67Lutine Belle (KY)Brice Blanc120Jerry Hollendorfer30/1
78Glory (KY)Mike E. Smith120Jerry Hollendorfer6/1
89Her Emmynency (KY)Joseph Talamo124Kristin Mulhall6/1
910Stormy Lucy (KY)Kent J. Desormeaux124Ed Moger, Jr.7/2
1011Paulina's Love (LA)Gary L. Stevens120Richard Baltas12/1
1112Theatre Star (KY)Drayden Van Dyke120Thomas F. Proctor6/1
1213Moanin (FR)Flavien Prat120Neil D. Drysdale15/1

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