Three-year-old fillies You and Habibti, who have taken turns defeating each other in their last two starts, are likely to renew their rivalry in the $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) on Saturday.
You relaxed off the early pace, then kicked in gear in the stretch to win the one-mile, $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) by a length over Habibti on Sunday at Santa Anita. Under Jerry Bailey, You covered the distance in 1:36.84 on a fast track to notch her second career grade I victory.
The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Habibti edged 4-5 favorite You in the $358,000 Hollywood Starlet Stakes to earn her second career grade I victory in Hollywood Park's Sunday feature race.
You, whose disappointing effort as the odds-on favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies serves as one of the few minuses on trainer Bobby Frankel's resume this year, will be out to rebound against two other grade I winners Sunday in Hollywood Park's grade I, $365,000 Hollywood Starlet for 2-year-old fillies.
Renaissance Woman worked four furlongs in :49.40 Wednesday at Hollywood Park to earn a probable start in the $345,000 Hollywood Starlet for 2-year-old fillies on Sunday. Also working at Hollywood Park on Wednesday, was Feverish, the defending champion in the Bayakoa Handicap who breezed four furlongs in :50.20.
The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships aren't the only races being run this Saturday. Just ask Ron Anson, who with wife Susie owns a 4-year-old colt named Sign of Fire, scheduled to run at Tokyo Racecourse on Saturday in the $750,000 Musashino Stakes (Jpn-III).
Barry Irwin, the head of Team Valor, co-owner with Heiligbrodt Racing of Cashier's Dream, has already indicated the Oct. 6 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park is his filly's Breeders' Cup. In other words, the Steve Asmussen-trained daughter of Service Stripe will be going all-out to win the 1 1/16-mile event as if the 2-year-old filly championship is on the line.
With jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. in the distinctive Chicago Cubs uniform silks of owners Ron and Susie Anson, Tali'sluckybusride launched a winning bid on the second turn en route to a 4 1/2-length win in Sunday's $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita.
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