Halfbridled Records Breeze at Santa Anita

(from Santa Anita notes
Undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies champion Halfbridled breezed six furlongs in 1:17 1/5 on Santa Anita's fast main track Thursday morning in preparation for her 3-year-old debut in the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) at one mile on Feb. 15.

The race is expected to attract A. P. Adventure, the unbeaten daughter of A.P. Indy who won the Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) on Jan. 4 in her first start since her maiden debut victory.

"It was just a slow work," trainer Richard Mandella said of Halfbridled's drill, which was under exercise rider Crystal Brown. "We'll pick it up next week."

Mandella said he was "very impressed" with A. P. Adventure's 3 ½-length victory from last to first in the 1 1/16-mile Santa Ysabel.

"She's a very nice filly," he said.