St Trinians, an impressive 1 ¾ lengths winner of Saturday’s Gr. II Santa Maria Handicap, will not face champion Zenyatta, as originally planned, in the Gr. I, $250,000 Santa Margarita Handicap on March 13, and will instead take on the boys in the Gr. I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 6.
“Vic (Stauffer, agent for jockey Joel Rosario) called me right after the race Saturday and pointed out that we’d be running for three times the money and we wouldn’t have to face Zenyatta,” said trainer Mike Mitchell. “Looking at it, I think Zenyatta would probably be about 6-5 if she ran in the Big ’Cap, so why face her (in the Santa Margarita) for a third of the money? My mare is really good right now and it looks like some of the big shooters, like Quality Road and Gio Ponti, won’t be here for the Big ’Cap.