The 6-year-old mare Star Parade, who has won $935,419 in her career, seeks her first victory on the turf in the $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park Sunday.
The Argentine-bred comes off a four-length victory in the Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) on the dirt at Hollywood Park. She faces 10 rivals as the likely favorite in the 1 1/8-mile San Gorgonio.
Star Parade is part of an entry with two other mares owned by Gary A. Tanaka, Flip Flop and Barancella.
The dark bay has raced on grass only four times in 27 career starts, her best finish being her most recent attempt. She was third, beaten by 1 ¼ lengths, over the Santa Anita turf in Oak Tree's Las Palmas Handicap (gr. IIT) on Nov. 5.
Star Parade, who has a 7-7-4 career mark, may be able to put her natural speed to good use in a relatively paceless field. Martin Pedroza, who was aboard Star Parade in both the Las Palmas and Bayakoa, retains the mount for trainer Darrell Vienna.
Star Parade shares high weight of 117 pounds with Ticker Tape, who went winless in seven races in 2005 after capturing five stakes the previous year, including Hollywood Park's $500,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) for 3-year-old fillies. Ticker Tape, trained by James Cassidy for Forging Oaks Farm, has earned $1,346,206 from a 7-7-5 record in 25 lifetime starts.
The English-bred daughter of Royal Applause was third in a stakes at Calder on Dec. 3 in her first race in two months.
Bobby Frankel, who has saddled six of the past ten winners of the San Gorgonio, will send out a pair on Sunday: Tanaka's French-bred Barancella and Brazilian-bred Movie Star.
Since arriving in the United States in the summer of 2004, Barancella shows only one victory in six races, but the chestnut 5-year-old came within three-quarters of a length from winning two grade I stakes. She was second in Keeneland's Queen Elizabeth Cup in 2004 and a fast-closing but troubled fourth in Woodbine Park's E. P. Taylor last October.
Trainer Ben Cecil has entered two mares, Bond Deal and Tanaka's Flip Flop.
Bond Deal is coming off a two-length allowance win at Golden Gate last Dec. 15, while Flip Flop has not raced since finishing 12th in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) on Oct. 29. Prior to that, she was second by a length to Megahertz in the Yellow Ribbon Stakes (gr. IT).
Sunday's San Gorgonio will be preceded by the $75,000 San Miguel Stakes for 3-year-olds at six furlongs. Herman Sarkowsky's One Union returns to action in the San Miguel after fading to fourth on Sept. 7 in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) won by Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) champion Stevie Wonderboy.$150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. IIT, Race 8, 4:08 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 4 & Up, 1 1/8 miles (turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Bond Deal (IRE), 115, Jose Valdivia, Jr.
2. Ticker Tape (GB), 117, Kent J. Desormeaux
3. Royal Copenhagen (FR), 115, David R. Flores
4. Star Parade (ARG), 117, Martin A. Pedroza
5. Flip Flop (FR), 115, Tyler Baze
6. Barancella (FR), 115, Patrick A. Valenzuela
7. Movie Star (BRZ), 115, Garrett K. Gomez
8. Dream's (CHI), 116, Alex O. Solis
9. Silver Cup (IRE), 114, Victor Espinoza
10. Halo Ola (ARG), 115, Tony Farina
11. Stage Shy (KY), 114, Corey S. Nakatani