Cairo Memories Heads Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes
HESS-TRAINED CAIRO MEMORIES HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 AUTUMN MISS STAKES AS 12 SOPHOMORE FILLIES GO ONE MILE ON TURF
SEVEN STAKES, THREE OF THEM GRADED, INCLUDED IN 10-RACE PROGRAM THAT STARTS AT 1 P.M.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2022)—A two-time graded stakes winner routing over the Santa Anita turf this past spring, Cairo Memories returns to The Great Race Place for the first time since May 29 as she heads a field of 12 three-year-old fillies going one mile on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes.
A winner going 1 1/8 miles on turf of the Grade III Providencia April 9 and the Grade III Honeymoon Stakes May 29, Cairo Memories then ventured to New York, where she showed the way early prior to checking in fifth, beaten three lengths going a mile and one quarter on turf, in the Grade I Belmont Invitational Oaks on July 9.
Idle since finishing third, beaten 5 ¾ lengths in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks Aug. 20, Cairo Memories, who is by Cairo Prince out of the Indian Charlie mare Incarnate Memories, took the ungraded Surfer Girl Stakes at one mile on turf in her second start at age two on Oct. 3, 2021 and is thus a three-time stakes winner over the Santa Anita turf oval.
Owned by David A. Bernsen, LLC and Schroeder Farms, LLC, Cairo Memories will be ridden for the sixth consecutive time by Mike Smith. With an overall mark of 9-4-1-1, she has earnings of $418,500.
One of three Phil D’Amato-trained entrants, Irish-bred Rhea Moon comes off a solid first condition allowance score going one mile on turf at Del Mar Aug. 21 and will be ridden back by Juan Hernandez. Favored in four out of her five stateside starts, all around two turns, Rhea Moon has a win and two seconds from three tries over the Santa Anita lawn and will be trying graded stakes competition for the first time.
Owned by Rockingham Ranch and Talla Racing, LLC, Rhea Moon has employed a stalking style in all of her races with D’Amato and she’ll likely employ similar tactics on Saturday. With an overall mark of 7-2-3-2, she has earnings of $131,831.
THE GRADE III AUTUMN MISS WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 10 of 10 Approximate post time 5:30 p.m. PT
- Nadette—Umberto Rispoli—122
- Tezzaray—Jose Valdivia, Jr.—122
- Pammy’s Ready—Ramon Vazquez—120
- Gracelund Gray—Mario Gutierrez—120
- Lucky Girl—Ryan Curatolo—122
- Helens Well—Tiago Pereira—120
- Lady Clementine—Joe Bravo—120
- Rhea Moon—Juan Hernandez—120
- Gold Dragon Queen—Ricardo Gonzalez—120
- Cairo Memories—Mike Smith—124
- Gimme Mo Baby—Edwin Maldonado—120
- Kitty Kitana—Hector Berrios—120
First post time for a 10-race card that will include seven stakes on Saturday is at 1 p.m.