Megahertz Ready to Roll in Santa Ana
Solis hopes Megahertz, who finished first in last year's Santa Ana but was disqualified to last, is able to handle a soft turf.
"She's a very special horse," Solis said. "She's one of the most unique horses I've probably ever ridden. She's very small but has such determination and she's so athletic. She has a terrific turn of foot. There are not too many horses I've ridden that have that kind of finish.
"She's kind of tricky to ride. She's a horse you don't want to take the lead too early with because she'll start to fool around, so I have to be very aware of what's going on in the race and make sure I don't get the lead too soon."Katdogawn, who was awarded last year's Santa Ana when Megahertz was taken down, is coming off a third-place finish in a minor stakes for trainer Wally Dollase.Dollase also starts Stupendous Miss, who won a two-other-than allowance on Feb. 18 in her U.S. debut.Frankel also has a second starter in the French-bred Barancella, who hasn't run since finishing second to Ticker Tape in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT) at Keeneland in October.Hoh Buzzard has been scratched from three turf races in Southern California when they were taken off the grass by trainer Ben Cecil since winning the Brown Bess Handicap at Golden Gate Fields Jan. 30.Gary Tanaka's 5-year-old Irish-bred mare should be 100% fit, however."I've finally been able to train her," Cecil said. "This is a tough race and it's supposed to rain as well which won't do me any harm because this race will not be taken off the grass. Some of her better races were over soft courses."Hoh Buzzard has a 6-1-2 record from 16 starts with earnings of $286,839.$150,000 Santa Ana Handicap (gr. IIT), fillies & mares 4 & up, 1 1/8 miles (turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Valentine Dancer (CA), 117, Jon Court
2. Stupendous Miss (KY), 113, Victor Espinoza
3. Megahertz (GB), 122, Alex Solis
4. Katdogawn (GB), 117, Corey Nakatani
5. Belle Ange (FR), 113, Tyler Baze
6. Hoh Buzzard (IRE), 117, Tony Farina
7. Barancella (FR), 116, Patrick Valenzuela
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