10 Fillies Take Their Shot in La Habra Stakes
Date Posted: 2/27/2004 6:38:16 PM
Last Updated: 2/29/2004 2:30:44 PM

(from Santa Anita report)
Bobby Frankel's Aspen Gal could be the class of a wide-open field of 10 3-year-old fillies battling on Santa Anita Park's hillside turf course in Sunday's $100,000 La Habra Stakes. A victory in the La Habra, which is run at about 6 ½ furlongs, would be the richest career win for any filly in the field.

Aspen Gal has won four of her five lifetime starts and has dominated in all four victories – winning by an average of four lengths. Ridden by Santa Anita's leading jockey Alex Solis, who has logged more than 50 wins at the current meet, Aspen Gal will be facing her toughest foes yet in the La Habra.

Other contenders include Fortunately and Lucayan Beauty, both of whom will be making their first American start for trainer James Cassidy. The British-bred Fortunately and the Irish-bred Lucayan Beauty both won stakes on the turf in Europe last year.

Jenine Sahadi, who trained last year's La Habra winner Luvah Girl, will have two chances to make it two in a row. She saddles both Solar Fire and Winendyme in this year's edition.

Bob Baffert will also have two entries in Sunday's race including Triple Fantasy, who has won her last two starts and will be taking her first stab at stakes competition.

$100,000 La Habra Stakes, 3-year-old fillies, about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight
1. Very Vegas, Mick Ruis, 118
2. Luckbealadytonight, Mike Smith, 116
3. Fortunately, Emile Ramsammy, 114
4. Triple Fantasy, David Flores, 116
5. Lucayan Beauty, Victor Espinoza, 114
6. Solar Fire, Jose Santiago, 114
7. Winendymne, Corey Nakatani, 114
8. Vino Tinto, Jose Valdivia Jr., 114
9. Aspen Gal, Solis, 114
10. Mazella, Tyler Baze, 116


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