Maybe—just maybe—Vale Dori has been doing just more than picking up the pieces in Southern California's distaff division in the absence of champions Songbird and Stellar Wind in recent months.
- By Dave Litfin
- Thoroughbred Racing, Handicapping, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region
Older fillies and mares in the spotlight at both Oaklawn Park and Santa Anita Park.
Seltzer Thoroughbreds' Finest City, the champion female sprinter of 2016, is far from a one-trick mare.
The three-furlong breeze in :36 4/5 was nothing groundbreaking--Stellar Wind happily went through the motions under exercise rider Jose Contreras--but it was simply a starting point
Trailing slow fractions racing last in a short field of five, Stonestreet Stables' Tara's Tango was still able to rally past rivals late to win the $500,000 Santa Margarita Stakes (gr. I) March 19 at Santa Anita Park.
Local standouts Taris and Tara's Tango appear to have their hands full in the $500,000 Santa Margarita (gr. I) March 19 at Santa Anita Park against shippers Penwith and Lavender Chrissie.
A tough-luck finisher in two graded stakes runs in the past year, Stonestreet Stable's homebred Tara's Tango broke through Feb. 13 in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
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Taris has been a proven sprinter since moving to the barn of Simon Callaghan late in 2014, but shined in her two-turn debut for the trainer in the 1 1/16-mile La Canada Stakes (gr. II).
Two proven graded stakes-winning sprinters will test their skill stretching out to two turns in the $200,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 16 at Santa Anita Park.
Scratched from the Clark Handicap (gr. I) because of a quarter-crack, Kaleem Shah's Dortmund will stay home for his next race, the $150,000 Native Diver (gr. III) Nov. 28 at Del Mar.
Grade 1 winner Angela Renee, a full sister to To Honor and Serve, topped Fasig-Tipton's November sale on a $3 million bid from Don Alberto at a session that saw fewer million-dollar lots as median and buybacks rose.
Grade I winner Let Faith Arise, offered in foal to leading sire Tapit, was the first horse to crack the seven-figure barrier at the Fasig-Tipton November sale Nov. 1, selling to $2.1 million to Marie Jones.
Defending champion Untapable will have to defeat a strong field that includes grade I winners Wedding Toast, Got Lucky, Sheer Drama, Curalina, I'm a Chatterbox, My Sweet Addiction, and Stopchargingmaria.
Jockey Julien Leparoux was pleased with the Oct. 22 workout of Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender Salama, the Peru-based filly who earned an automatic berth to the race. Yahilwa and Warren's Veneda also worked.
Working on her own, Yahilwa worked five furlongs in :58 2/5 Oct. 15 at Keeneland.
Got Lucky was just that Oct. 4 at Keeneland, finding running room from far back and closing past champion Untapable and longshot Yahilwa in the final furlong to win the the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I).
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder again showed her talent in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 1, toying with the field to win by open lengths without feeling the whip from Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens.
Spendthrift Farm's two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder and Benjamin Warren's upstart 5-year-old Warren's Veneda will take another run at each other in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Del Mar.
Pamela Ziebarth's homebred grade I winner My Sweet Addiction makes her Kentucky debut against five exiting the La Troienne Stakes (gr. I) in the June 13 Fleur de Lis Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.
A class drop proved successful in getting multiple grade I winner Stopchargingmaria back into the winner's circle when the mare lived up to her 3-5 odds to win the Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes.
Stopchargingmaria, the Alabama and Coaching Club American Oaks winner, drops into grade III company in Allaire DuPont Distaff (gr. III) at Pimlico Race Course May 15.
A stumble out of the gate may have been a blessing in disguise for D. P. Racing's Yahilwa in the $150,000 Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) April 18 at Hawthorne Racecourse.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's versatile Awesome Flower appears the one to beat in the $150,000 Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) from Hawthorne Race Course on April 18.
Warren's Veneda continued her dominating run at Santa Anita Park March 14 with a commanding 7 1/4-length victory in the $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes (gr. I).
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Iotapa||John W. Sadler||
|Let Faith Arise||Jerry Hollendorfer||
|Macha||Rudy R. Rodriguez||
|Miss Serendipity (ARG)||Ronald L. McAnally||
|Spellbound||Richard E. Mandella||
|Stanwyck||John A. Shirreffs||
|Yahilwa||James M. Cassidy||
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