03/05/2011 5:56PM

Santa Anita: Puype's candid thoughts


Turbulent Descent won her third stakes, and second Grade 1, in Saturday's Santa Anita Oaks, but the distance of 1 1-16 miles is likely to be her maximum trip in the near future, trainer Mike Puype said in the winner's circle.

Turbulent Descent ($4) held off a late run from Zazu to win by a neck, finishing in 1:41.06. Turbulent Descent led by two lengths at the eighth pole, a lead that was diminishing late. "We're maxxed out at a mile and a sixteenth," Puype said after the race.

He mentioned races such as the Grade 1 Test Stakes over seven furlongs at Saratoga on Aug. 6 as a long-term goal, and downplayed the possibility of Turbulent Descent starting in the Kentucky Oaks over 1 1-8 miles at Churchill Downs on May 6.

Zazu is the only filly to beat Turbulent Descent, doing so in the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes over a mile on Feb. 5. In the Santa Anita Oaks, Zazu was last of five to early stretch when she launched a wide rally that just missed. For what it's worth, Zazu galloped out well in front after the wire.