(from Santa Anita track notes)
St Trinians will attempt to become the first female to win the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 6 and trainer Mike Mitchell likes her chances in the $750,000 fixture presented this year by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.
The razor-sharp 5-year-old British-bred daughter of Piccolo is unbeaten in four U.S. starts, winning by a combined margin of 16 1/2 lengths. Her latest victory came Feb. 13 when she closed with style to run away with the Santa Maria Handicap (gr. II) at 1 1/16 miles.
“It’s kind of a plus, I think,” Mitchell said when it was pointed out that 41 females have been unsuccessful attempting to win the Big ‘Cap in 72 previous runnings. “We know (a female) can do it, and she gets a little better break in the weights than if I ran against Zenyatta a week later (in the grade I Santa Margarita Handicap March 13). If there is a question, it’s if she can go a mile and a quarter, and I think she can, the way she finished winning the Santa Maria."
With her sex allowance, the tractable St Trinians is assigned 113 pounds for the Big 'Cap, which is expected to attract a full field to the Pro-Ride main track.
“When she won going 7 1/2 furlongs at Hollywood off a layoff (of nine months last Dec. 3), she was on the lead most of the way, and that kind of surprised me," Mitchell noted. "Nobody really wanted to take the lead, and she was fresh, but now you can kind of do whatever you want with her, depending on who goes in this race. With a full field, it looks like there’s a fair amount of speed.”
St Trinians worked five furlongs in company with Art Currency Feb. 26 at Hollywood Park in 1:01.60, breezing. Art Currency was clocked in 1:01.60, handily.
“She worked great,” Mitchell said. “It was a good, strong gallop-out. Martin Garcia worked her. He works a lot of horses for me, and he doesn’t mind working horses for (Joel) Rosario (who rides St Trinians in the Big ’Cap), because I put Martin on a lot of horses."
Garcia and Rosario are represented by agent Vic Stauffer.
“Nobody works a horse as good as Garcia. He’s a very, very good rider, and he’s got a great set of hands. When he worked St Trinians, she relaxed nice and kept picking it up.”
St Trinians has a 7-0-1 record from 11 starts with earnings of $268,587 for owners Dan Capen of Manhattan Beach and Laura Chavers of Marina del Rey.
Probable for the Santa Anita Handicap are Loup Breton, Garrett Gomez, 117; Marsh Side , no rider, 117; Mast Track , David Flores, 117; Neko Bay, Mike Smith, 117; Palladio, no rider, 117; Jeranimo, Rafael Bejarano, 116; Misremembered , Martin Garcia, 116; Delightful Kiss, no rider, 115; Dakota Phone, Victor Espinoza, 114; Eagle Poise, Tyler Baze, 114; Pick Six, Alex Solis, 114; Pool Play, Chantal Sutherland, 114; Tiger's Rock, David Cohen, 114; St Trinians, Joel Rosario, 113; Massone, Joe Talamo, 113; Acclamation, no rider, 113; Spurrier, no rider, 113; and High Court Drama, Michael Baze, 113.
Conditions allow only 14 starters.