Queen Ofthe Temple Rates Big Look In Sunday’s $100,000 Possibly Perfect Stakes
QUEEN OFTHE TEMPLE RATES BIG LOOK IN SUNDAY’S $100,000 POSSIBLY PERFECT STAKES AT 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF
SPECIAL FATHER’S DAY FIRST POST TIME OF 12 NOON ON SUNDAY, HOLLYWOOD MEET CLOSING DAY
ARCADIA, CA (June 15, 2023)—Fresh off victory at a mile and one half on turf, trainer Dan Blacker’s Queen Ofthe Temple rates a big look as she cuts back to a mile and one quarter on grass in Sunday’s $100,000 Possibly Perfect Stakes at Santa Anita. With a Father’s Day early post time of 12 noon, the Possibly Perfect, which has attracted five fillies and mares three and up, is part of a 12-race closing day card and will serve as a supporting feature to Sunday’s main event, the Grade III San Juan Capistrano Stakes.
Ridden for the first time by Joe Bravo and off at 2-1, Queen Ofthe Temple was attentive to the pace in the mile and one half Santa Barbara Stakes on April 30 and was up to win in a three-horse photo. With Bravo back aboard, the 5-year-old mare by Temple City, who is three-time graded stakes placed, seeks her first graded win in what will be her 14th career start with Bravo back aboard.
Owned by Radley Equine, Inc., Roger Featherston, Rick Gold and Tony Maslowsky, Queen Ofthe Temple is out of the Read the Footnotes mare Queeenameina. With two wins, four seconds and a third from nine tries over the Santa Anita lawn, she’s 13-2-6-3 overall with earnings of $237,840.
A winner of last year’s Possibly Perfect and idle since running seventh in the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes here on Oct. 8, trainer Leonard Powell’s French-bred Neige Blanche is the class of the field with earnings of $542,780. With four wins and two thirds from 10 starts over the course, Neige Blanche has six stakes wins, four of them graded, from an overall mark of 21-9-0-4.
With regular rider Juan Hernandez committed to ride Phil D’Amato’s Buzz of New York, Neige Blanche, who is owned by Madaket Stables, LLC, Laura DeSeroux, Marsha Naify and Mathilde Powell, won last year’s Possibly Perfect in gate to wire fashion and will be ridden for the first time by Diego Herrera.
Most recently fourth, beaten just a head by second place finisher Queen Ofthe Temple in the Grade III Santa Ana Stakes at a mile and one quarter on turf March 12, Irish-bred Buzz of New York enters the Possibly Perfect fresh and will be reunited with Juan Hernandez, who last rode her to a one mile turf allowance win two starts back on March 5.
Although the Possibly Perfect will be just her second stateside stakes assignment, Buzz of New York has been very consistent for D’Amato, finishing in the money in 10 out of her 12 local starts—winning three of them.
A 5-year-old mare, Buzz of New York is owned by Red Baron’s Barn and Rancho Temescal. With all three of her wins coming in combination with Hernandez, Buzz of New York rates a big chance with an overall mark of 18-3-5-3 and earnings of $228,677.
THE $100,000 POSSIBLY PERFECT WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 1 of 12 Approximate post time 12 p.m. PT
- Zeyaraat – Geovanni Franco – 122
- Queen Ofthe Temple- Joe Bravo —126
- Buzz of New York—Juan Hernandez—124
- Neige Blanche - Diego Herrera - 126
- Australia Mia—Umberto Rispoli—126
Special early first post time on Sunday, closing day, is at 12 noon with admission gates opening at 10 a.m.