By Emily Shields
Holiday racing takes place Monday, January 18 at Santa Anita Park with a nine-race program that begins at 12:30 Pacific. The feature is the $100,000 Megahertz Stakes (G3) for older fillies and mares going a mile on the grass. Mucho Unusual, who is a Grade 1 winner on the course, returns to her favorite course and is a formidable favorite. Bet horse racing at Santa Anita live every race day with TVG.
#4 Mucho Unusual (9-5) was a Grade 1 winner here in September, taking the Rodeo Drive before going to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. She ran third to last that day, but bounced right back and won the Robert J Frankel (G3) here on December 27. She cuts back in distance for this, but is a three-time winner at a mile, and has won four of eight over the course. A hard-knocking California-bred daughter of Mucho Macho Man, Mucho Unusual has been top three in 13 of 18 lifetime, with earnings over $760,000. Joel Rosario will ride for Tim Yakteen.
#6 Sedamar (5-2) drew outside. A hard-knocking daughter of Richard’s Kid, Sedamar has been top three in 12 of 16 starts with four wins. One of those came over this course, and she loves the one mile distance. Shelbe Ruis trains, Umberto Rispoli will ride the mare, who has been second or fourth in her last four starts.
#2 Colonial Creed (7-2) is a five-year-old daughter of Jimmy Creed. Richard Baltas trains the mare, who was a winner here over this trip in June under Flavien Prat. That rider is back aboard for this. Colonial Creed has been top three in seven of eight over the distance, and was a Grade 2 placed runner in 2019.
#1 Brooke (4-1) ships in from South America, where she was a Grade 1 winner in Chile. Simon Callaghan takes over the training on the daughter of No Nay Never, who is a five-year-old and has not run since March. She has five wins and two seconds in eight starts.
#3 Lucky Peridot (8-1) exits a win over the trip at the $30,000 claiming level. Peter Miller trains the mare, who is also entered for Sunday’s races and may scratch. She has run this trip her last four starts, so seems more likely for here.
#5 Ippodamia’s Girl (8-1) rounds out the field. She has been off since November, 2019, and moved barns from Andrew Lerner to Baltas. She was a stakes winner over this trip in 2017.
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