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Black Mamba Gets Chance to Strike

Black Mamba Gets Chance to Strike

After running strongly against the likes of Citronnade, Nashoba's Key, and Precious Kitten in her most recent starts, the New Zealand-bred mare Black Mamba should be ready to strike in the $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita turf course Feb. 18.

Precious Kitten Roars in Matriarch

Precious Kitten Roars in Matriarch

Precious Kitten provided the best performance of her career when she turned back champion filly Wait a While in the stretch en route to a convincing 1 1/4-length victory in the $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) on the Hollywood Park turf Nov. 25.

Wait a While Faces 5 in Matriarch

Wait a While Faces 5 in Matriarch

Though she hasn't had the greatest luck this season, Wait a While, last year's champion 3-year-old filly, can get things back into alignment for trainer Todd Pletcher in the $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 25.

Naughty Rafaela Catches Fire in Santa Barbara

T N T Stud's Brazilian homebred Naughty Rafaela picked up her first graded win in the United States, wearing down the pacesetting Sweet Belle in the final furlong and going on to win the Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT) by one length Saturday on the Santa Anita turf.

Impressive Gorella Gallops in Beverly D.

Martin S. Schwartz's favored Gorella, last of a compact field at the top of the lane, surged past her rivals on the far outside to win the $750,000 Beverly D. (gr. IT) by 1 3/4 lengths Saturday on the Arlington Park lawn.

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