08/09/2014 11:18PM

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: John C. Mabee Stakes


MISS SERENDIPTY isn’t the first horse to come to the U.S. from South America with big-time form and take a while to get acclimated and comfortable. The 6-year-old mare was good enough to be twice Grade 2 placed on turf in Argentina in 2013, twice Grade 3 placed on dirt there in 2012 and 2013 and then came to the U.S. after a smashing win in a Grade 1 on turf in June 2013. Her first three U.S. starts, all stakes, weren’t bad, including a solid third in the Grade 2 Santa Ana at Santa Anita March 16. But things have taken off from there. She was a sharp second, beaten just a neck (by Sunday foe Stormy Lucy) in the Grade 3 Santa Barbara there April 13. She followed that with a game nose win in the Grade 1 Gamely there May 26, defeating Grade 1 winner Emollient and Grade 2 winner Parranda. In other words, she’s got her groove back.