09/02/2011 2:14PM

Del Mar: Adoration a critical race for St Trinians


DEL MAR, Calif. − The $85,000 Adoration Stakes for fillies and mares over a mile Sunday at Del Mar will be the sixth start of the year for St Trinians and will determine whether she stays in training.

“If she gets beat, I’ll probably just retire her,” trainer Mike Mitchell said. “But she looks great and is working great.”

St Trinians is winless this year, although she finished first in the Grade 2 Milady Handicap at Hollywood Park in May before being disqualified and placed fourth for causing interference in the stretch. In two subsequent starts, St Trinians finished fourth in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap and Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Stakes.

“I’ve been very disappointed the whole year,” Mitchell said. “I know she didn’t like the dirt at Santa Anita. Then I won, and she got DQ’d.”

In the Adoration Stakes, Joel Rosario rides St Trinians for the first time since she finished sixth as the 3-1 favorite against males in the Santa Anita Handicap in March 2010. Earlier that year, St Trinians won the Paseana and Grade 2 Santa Maria handicaps on a synthetic track at Santa Anita.

Rosario is the fourth rider on St Trinians in as many races. Mitchell said he is hopeful that Rosario can rate St Trinians and produce the wide rally that he thinks the 6-year-old mare prefers.

“If I get the right ride, I can win,” Mitchell said. “It’s going to come down to Joel knowing the horse.”

St Trinians drew the outside in a field of eight that includes two stakes winners from earlier this year at Santa Anita – It Tiz (Megahertz Stakes) and Church Camp (Santa Lucia Stakes) – and the Northern California stakes winner Victoryasecret.