09/25/2013 2:09PM

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies: Chandelier will sort out West Coast fillies

Benoit & Associates
Del Mar Debutante winner She's a Tiger is expected to be favored in Saturday's Chandelier Stakes.

The 2-year-old fillies pecking order on the West Coast should come into sharp focus Saturday, when She’s a Tiger and a promising trio from trainer Bob Baffert all make their two-turn debuts in the Grade 1, $250,000 Chandelier at Santa Anita.

The Chandelier, run over the same 1 1/16-mile course and distance of the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, is the second of four Win and You’re In races for the division. Untapable took the first offering, the Pocahontas at Churchill Downs on Sept. 7. The remaining challenge races are the Alcibiades at Keeneland on Oct. 4 and the Frizette at Belmont on Oct. 5.

She’s a Tiger should go favored in the Chandelier following her win in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante in her last start Aug. 31. She dueled for much of the seven-furlong race and went on to a half-length win under Gary Stevens, who has the mount again Saturday, according to trainer Jeff Bonde. Bonde is hopeful She’s a Tiger will appreciate the added ground she picks up in the Chandelier.

“The filly has trained forward the entire year,” Bonde said, “and Gary Stevens is of the opinion that she should be very competitive, and maybe stronger, at two turns.”

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She’s a Tiger prepared for the task by working five furlongs in 58.60 seconds Sept. 21. The move was the fastest of 92 at the distance that morning at Santa Anita, and it was her first real feel for the track at which she is now stabled after racing at Del Mar.

“She worked really well, galloped out [six furlongs] in 1:11,” said Bonde.

She’s a Tiger is a winner of 3 of 4 starts, and is from the same mare as multiple Grade 1 winner Smiling Tiger.

Baffert said earlier this week his probable starters in the Chandelier are Fascinating, Secret Compass, and Awesome Baby, all of whom exit the Del Mar Debutante. Fascinating was second, Secret Compass was a late-running fourth, and Awesome Baby, the favorite off an outstanding debut win, was seventh after dueling with She’s a Tiger.

Fascinating could vie for favoritism in the Chandelier off her fast-closing finish in the Debutante. The maiden by Smart Strike is a half-sister to Arkansas Derby winner Bodemeister, and she brought $1.3 million as a yearling at Keeneland in September 2012.

Baffert is looking forward to sending Fascinating two turns.

“She’s going to like distance,” he said. “She’s a big, tall filly. The farther the better for her.”

Baffert has eight wins in the Chandelier, which is the former Oak Leaf Stakes.

Untapable to train up to BC

Untapable, who won her two-turn debut in the Grade 2 Pocahontas, will train up to the BC Juvenile Fillies, trainer Steve Asmussen said earlier this week. Untapable, who is 2 for 2, registered her other career win in a maiden special weight at Churchill on June 20. Asmussen said because Untapable ran well off a layoff in the Pocahontas, plans are to follow the same pattern for the Juvenile Fillies.

“She will breeze at Churchill next Monday,” he said earlier this week, “and fly to California on Tuesday for the Breeders’ Cup.”

Untapable is a daughter of Tapit and a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Paddy O’Prado.

“She’s a special filly,” said Asmussen, who trains Untapable for her breeder, Winchell Thoroughbreds.