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.
In December at Hollywood Park, Habibti edged You by a head in the 1 1/16-mile Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I) before You took the one-mile Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) by a length over Habibti at Santa Anita last month. In the Oaks, the pair will stretch back out to 1 1/16 miles.
Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) winner Tali'sluckybusride, the third-place finisher in both the Hollywood Starlet and Las Virgenes, is also likely to return in the Oaks.
Santa Anita lists the following fillies, with riders, as probable for the Oaks: Adoration, Mike Smith; Farda Amiga, Chris McCarron; Habibti, Victor Espinoza; Redmond, no rider; Tali'sluckybusride, Jose Valdivia Jr.; and You, Jerry Bailey.