Canani Points Amorama to Yellow Ribbon

Marsha Naify and Woodside Farms' dual grade I winner Amorama will make her next start in the Oct. 1 Yellow Ribbon Invitational Handicap (gr. IT), trainer Julio Canani has confirmed.

The 4-year-old French-bred daughter of Sri Pekan worked five furlongs in :59 3/5 over a fast main track at Santa Anita on Wednesday and will have one more work before next week's 1 ΒΌ-mile turf event. She finished second in the Palomar Handicap (gr. IIT) at Del Mar in her last start Sept. 3 after winning the John C. Mabee Handicap (gr. IT) in late July.

"She worked unbelievable," Canani said. "The clockers got her going five-eighths, but she really went six furlongs. She's doing so good right now. I have never had a horse more sound than her. Many as sound but none more sound."

With a strong performance in the Yellow Ribbon, Canani said, Amorama could turn up next in the Emirates Airlines Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT), for which she would need to be supplemented. Regardless of whether or not she makes an appearance in the World Thoroughbred Championships, Amorama is set to be sold at Keeneland in November, Canani said.

"She's going through the November sale," Canani said. "I hate to see her go, but she's worth a lot as a broodmare. She's a two-time grade I winner and sound and will make a great broodmare."

Overall Amorama has banked $630,261 from a record of 19-4-2-5.

Canani also said that two of his other turf competitors, San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) winner Shining Energy and Wickerr Handicap hero Tsigane, will race during the upcoming Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting but will skip the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

Tsigane, who finished 10th in the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) in his last start Sept. 4, worked a half-mile in :47 4/5 over Santa Anita's fast main track on Thursday.

"He was sick after (the Del Mar Breeders' Cup)," Canani said. "He had a little colic the night after the race, but is fine now. I'm not going to run him until he's 100 percent so I really don't have anything picked out for him yet. He'll tell me when he's ready."

Tsigane, who also won last year's Daytona Handicap, has earned $435,558 from a record of 35-6-4-7.

Shining Energy, who will start in the Sept. 28 Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap (gr. IIT), breezed six furlongs in 1:15 2/5 over the firm Santa Anita turf on Wednesday. According to Canani, the chestnut daughter of Rahy won't start in the Breeders' Cup because there's not a race for her.

"She's a miler, so she can't run in the Filly and Mare Turf," Canani said. "And (multiple group 1 winner) Rakti is going to be tough in the Mile, so she won't go there. There are a lot of places for her to run that aren't the Breeders' Cup."

Shining Energy also won the La Habra Stakes earlier this year for her owners, Terrence Lanni and Bernard Schiappa, and has earned $207,842.

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