Book Review Aims for Five-Star Performance
by Frank Angst
Date Posted: 1/17/2013 5:55:05 PM
Last Updated: 1/19/2013 2:17:38 PM
Book Review faces 5 in the La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
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Already accomplished at both sprints and routes, Book Review will stretch out again in the $150,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 20, at Santa Anita Park.
On Dec. 26, opening day at Santa Anita, Book Review won the seven-furlong La Brea Stakes (gr. I) by a neck against Reneesgotzip in a field of 3-year-old fillies that also included champion My Miss Aurelia. But those two rivals will not be back to challenge the daughter of Giant's Causeway in the 1 1/16-mile race restricted to 4-year-old fillies. In October, Book Review registered a win at 1 1/16 miles in the Imperial Gesture Stakes at Belmont Park.
Gary and Mary West's Book Review figures to be challenged by Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) winner Lady of Fifty and Open Water—the runner-up from that 1 1/16-mile race Dec. 8 on the Cushion Track at Betfair Hollywood Park | BloodHorse.com Track Profile">Betfair Hollywood Park. That win marked the first graded stakes score and fifth stakes win overall for Jerry Hollendorfer and George Todaro's Lady of Fifty, by After Market.
Eric Guillot, trainer of Open Water, believes his Include filly is ready for a top effort but acknowledges the challenge ahead.
"She's coming into this race really good, but she's got to beat Lady of Fifty," Guillot said. "My filly worked good and she's coming back very aggressive. If she takes to the dirt like she takes to synthetic and grass, I think she'll be right there."
$150,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II, Jan. 20, Race 7, 3:36 p.m. PT), 4-Year-Old Fillies, 1 1/16 miles
PP, Horse, Jockey, Wt., Trainer
1 Open Water (KY), C. Nakatani, 119, E. Guillot
2 Lady of Fifty (KY), M. Garcia, 123, J. Hollendorfer
3 Book Review (KY), R. Bejarano, 119, B. Baffert
4. Willa B Awesome (CA), M. Pedroza, 120, W. Solis
5. Ubelongtomemissy (KY), J. Talamo, 118, J. Sadler
6. More Chocolate (KY), G. Gomez, 118, J. Sadler
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