Foxysox Faces Tougher Test in Providencia

Foxysox, undefeated in two starts at Santa Anita after a nondescript start to her career in England last year, makes her graded stakes debut Saturday in the $100,000 Providencia (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies going a mile on the turf.

The British-bred daughter of Foxhound failed to win in five starts in England at 2 while managing a pair of third-place finishes. But the Warren B. Williamson-owned chestnut filly has turned it around for trainer Carla Gaines at Santa Anita.

Off since mid-October Foxysox broke her maiden at first asking in a one-mile turf race by a half-length Feb. 9. She came back March 11 to win the China Doll over the same distance on a good course by 1 1/4 lengths over Providencia foe Golden Silk. She used a stalking style in both races and in the China Doll she made her winning bid between horses even though jockey Alex Bisono lost his whip a furlong from the wire.

Her eight rivals Saturday include Harriett Lane, who has won three in a row on the Santa Anita lawn for trainer Ted H. West, including the La Habra at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside course in her last start March 5. The Giant's Causeway  filly broke her maiden at the one-mile distance to begin her winning streak Jan. 6.

China Doll runner-up Golden Silk ran third in last fall's Oak Leaf (gr. II) before trainer James Cassidy switched the Florida-bred filly to the turf. She made her first start of the year in the China Doll.

The field also includes the Bruce Headley-trained Chosen Royalty, who is unbeaten in two tries and makes her first start on the grass in her stakes debut.

The Irish-bred Shermeen finished a closing fourth in the China Doll in her first U.S. start for trainer James Lloyd. She ran third in a group III event in her last try in England on Oct. 8.

$100,000 Providencia Stakes (gr. IIIT, Race 7, 3:21 p.m.), 3-Year-Old Fillies, 1 Mile (Turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. I Can See (KY), 117, Kerwin John
2. Shaperelli (IRE), 115, Paul Atkinson
3. Karlee's Kitten (KY), 115, Jon K. Court
4. Golden Silk (FL), 115, David R. Flores
5. Harriett Lane (KY), 117, Corey S. Nakatani
6. Chosen Royalty (CA), 117, Alex O. Solis
7. Foxysox (GB), 119, Alex Bisono
8. Two Turn Halo (NY), 115, Tyler Baze
9. Shermeen (IRE), 117, Rafael Bejarano