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$100,000 La Canada (G3)
Santa Anita

Race 8 (Saturday, January 12, 2019: 7:00 p.m./ET; 4:00 p.m./PT)

One mile and a sixteenth on the main track (fillies and mares, four-years-old and upward)

A series of graded stakes races for the Southern California older female dirt division in 2019 begins with seven fillies and mares contesting eight-and-a-half panels on the main track. Let’s try to end our day with more cash than what we started with:  

#1 EXUBERANCE makes her second start off a six-month layoff. In her first start off the break, this filly ran third sprinting in an allowance. Her best run going two turns resulted in a second place finish behind DREAM TREE in the 2017 Las Virgines (G1) as a two-year-old. Speed figures suggest she will need to run a career best race to win.

#2 STRADELLA ROAD runs on dirt for the first time in her career after a decent third place finish in the Lady of Shamrock Stakes on turf. This is the toughest field she has ever faced and she’ll need to run a career best while running on a new surface. Won’t be an easy task.

#3 LEMOONA ran fourth in the Zenyatta (G1) in September before taking three months off and coming back to run sixth of 10 in an allowance race on the turf. She is winless in four starts on grass, but two-for-five on dirt, so she gets back to her best surface while making her second start off a three month break for trainer Richard Baltas, who wins at almost 20% with his trainees making their second start off a layoff between 61-180 days. Top rider Flavien Prat only adds to the appeal. Major player.

#4 TRUE ROYALTY makes her first start in three months and gets back to routing after two poor efforts sprinting. The top two finishers in her last start, the Raven Run (G2), came back to win (SHAMROCK ROSE won the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) and BLAMED was victorious in the Comely (G3) at Aqueduct). The last time ‘ROYALTY routed, she earned a career high Beyer Speed Figure while winning the Torrey Pines (G3) at Del Mar. Joel Rosario rides for John Sadler.

#5 BERNINA STAR most recently failed to fire on synthetic in the Miss America Stakes at Golden Gate Fields and has not won since a second level allowance victory sprinting down the hill at Santa Anita in May.

#6 ESCAPE CLAUSE is 16-for-23 (mostly in Canada) on fast dirt tracks. She wheels back quickly after a three length loss in the Robert Frankel (G3) on turf two weeks ago. This will be the acid test for her

#7 K P WILDCAT makes her first start for the Jeff Mullins barn. Last year, she was very competitive against stakes competition at Zia Park and Sunland in New Mexico and sports a 12-for-19 lifetime record on dirt. Speed figures indicate she will need to run a career best race to win, but an exotics placing is within her scope.


1. #4 TRUE ROYALTY – Exits a key race.

2. #3 LEMOONA – Leading trainer at the meet.

3. #6 ESCAPE CLAUSE - Blue collar mare has a great dirt record.

LONGSHOT VALUE PLAY- #1 EXUBERANCE - Grade I placed routing on dirt as a two-year-old.


It’s all or nothing for me as I’ll make a straight win bet on my top choice.

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