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TWO YEAR OLD FILLIES, COLTS TAKE CENTER STAGE IN SURFER GIRL & ZUMA BEACH ON MONDAY AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 5, 2012)—Two year old fillies and colts will take center stage on Monday, Columbus Day, as Santa Anita will offer two first-ever $100,000 stakes at one mile on turf, the Surfer Girl and the Zuma Beach.
The Surfer Girl attracted a field of seven and Bares Tripper, an impressive 6 ¼ -length winner of the restricted $100,000 Barretts Debutante at Fairplex Park on Sept. 15, could be tough to catch as she makes her fourth career start.
The Barretts tally came over a five-eighths-mile “bullring,” so although she’s never run as far as a mile, Bares Tripper has been around two turns.
In winning the Barretts Debutante, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Sky Mesa drew the far outside post position 10 and sat second into the Club House turn, took command a half mile out and powered home under Martin Pedroza to earn a Beyer Speed Figure of 91, far and away the best “last race” Beyer of those engaged to contest the Surfer Girl.
Owned by David Lanzman Racing Stable and Jason Wood and trained by Peter Miller, Bares Tripper will try the turf for the first time on Monday. She sports a 3-2-0-0 record and has $81,400 in earnings.
No less than four Surfer Girl entrants exit the one mile Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf, run at Del Mar Sept. 3, and 2 ½ lengths separated them, headed by the fourth-place finisher Truly Marie.
The pace setter, Truly Marie, was engaged throughout by eventual winner, longshot Renee’s Queen, as they dueled through fractions of 23.20, 48.00 and 1:12.40. The winner came home in 1:36.20, while Truly Marie tired late and was beaten by one- half length.
Trained by John Sadler and owned by Ike and Dawn Thrash, the Kentucky-bred filly by Hard Spun will again be ridden by Martin Garcia. Her bankroll stands at $52,200 from a 3-1-0-0 record.
Upbeat Mood, who was a handy maiden special weight winner going five furlongs on turf July 17 at Betfair Hollywood Park, closed ground to be fifth beaten a length in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. The Mike Puype-trained daughter of Mizzen Mast would appear to rate a big chance in the Surfer Girl.
Owned by KMN Racing, Murray, Strauss and partners, Upbeat Mood will again by ridden by David Flores. She has a 3-1-1-0 record and $37,670 in earnings.
Although she finished eighth in the Juvenile Fillies field of 10, Glen Hill Farm’s homebred Wishing Gate was only beaten 2 ¾ lengths at odds of 7-2. The Florida-bred filly by Indian Charlie broke her maiden going a mile on turf at Del Mar on Aug. 8 and need only settle early for jockey Garrett Gomez to be a stout threat Monday.
Trained by Tom Proctor, Wishing Gate has a bankroll of $44,000 from a 3-1-0-0 career mark.
Somethingabouther was seventh in the Juvenile Fillies, beaten two lengths at odds of 13-1. Owned by Deron Pearson and trained by Jim Cassidy, the Kentucky-bred filly by War Chant broke her maiden going five furlongs on turf in her debut, four starts back at Indiana Downs on July 2.
Riley Racing Stable’s Flashy Ways was an impressive first-out maiden $50,000 winner at Del Mar going 5 ½ furlongs on Polytrack on Aug. 16. She earned a 67 Beyer figure while winning by 5 ¼ lengths.
The complete field for the $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes, to be run as Monday’s ninth race, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Somethingabouther, Victor Espinoza, 118; Egyptian Femme, Aaron Gryder, 118; Upbeat Mood, David Flores, 116; Wishing Gate, Garrett Gomez, 118; Bares Tripper, Martin Pedroza, 118; Flashy Ways, Joe Talamo, 116; Truly Marie, Martin Garcia, 118.
Although he was fifth, beaten 12 ¼ lengths by his highly regarded stablemate Power Broker in the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 29, Den’s Legacy appears much better suited to contend in Monday’s Zuma Beach Stakes.
With four starts to his credit, the Florida-bred colt by Medaglia d’Oro has a seasoning edge on his competition, but will be trying the turf for the first time. A maiden special weight winner two starts back going six furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 26, the Westrock Stables charge stalked the early FrontRunner pace but was never a threat.
Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Den’s Legacy has an overall mark of 4-1-1-0 with earnings of $61,350.
Owned by Zayat Stables and Southern Equine, I’m Wide Awake just missed a gate to wire win in his only start on Aug. 4 at Del Mar. Off at odds of 11-1, he set fractions of 21.60, 44.80 and 57.20. He finished second, beaten a neck, with the winner getting the 5 ½ furlongs on Polytrack in 1:03.80.
The Eric Guillot-trained Florida-bred colt by Exchange Rate will be handled by Corey Nakatani for the first time and figures to be sent to the lead from his outside post position.
Although Buckleberry Grey, a Kentucky-bred colt by Unbridled’s Song, was beaten 27 lengths going a mile on dirt in a maiden special weight here on Sept. 29, he has two solid races to his credit going one mile on grass, including an impressive effort in the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf at Del Mar on Sept. 5. Off at odds of 6-1, he pressed the pace and finished fourth, beaten 1 ¼ lengths.
Owned by CHRB Chairman Keith Brackpool, Gervinho, a California-bred colt by Unusual Heat, made no mistakes in breaking his maiden against state-breds going 5 ½ furlongs on Polytrack on Sept. 12. Trained by Carla Gaines, his pedigree would suggest that the change in surface and added distance should be to his liking. He’ll again be ridden by Rafael Bejarano.
The complete field for the $100,000 Zuma Beach, to be run as the third race, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Dancin Upside Down, Juan Hernandez, 116; Gervinho, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Buckleberry Grey, Martin Garcia, 116; Den’s Legacy, Garrett Gomez, 118; Visualization, Victor Espinoza, 116; I’m Wide Awake, Corey Nakatani, 116.
Santa Anita will offer a 10-race card on Monday. First post time is 1 p.m. and beers, sodas and hot dogs will be available throughout the day for just one dollar.