11/11/2016 1:36PM

Enola Gray holds all the cards in Betty Grable Stakes

Benoit & Associates
Enola Gray, who has won the California Distaff (above) and the Fleet Treat, is 3-5 on the track's morning line for the Betty Grable Stakes on Sunday.

DEL MAR, Calif. – The fastest female sprinter in California will get paid to work seven furlongs Sunday at Del Mar.

Enola Gray enters the $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes for California-bred fillies and mares with such a clear advantage on pace and speed that track linemaker Russ Hudak opened her at 3-5. That might be an overlay.

Trainer Phil D’Amato believes Enola Gray is primed for an effort similar to her previous start at Del Mar. That was a summer stakes romp that earned a 100 Beyer Speed Figure, highest by any female sprinter training in California.

“She trained so sharp out of her last race, and I know she likes that track,” D’Amato said. “Her last couple breezes have been really nice, but that last one was exceptional. She blew the doors off a bunch of horses in the lane.”

Enola Gray has blown the doors off rivals in the afternoon, also. She won her debut by more than 16 lengths and romped by more than seven with the 100 Beyer in the Fleet Treat Stakes in July at Del Mar.

On Sunday, Enola Gray returns to dirt after winning a Santa Anita turf sprint stakes. Tyler Baze, aboard for all five of her starts, rides Sunday.

“That race down the hill, I think it picked her head up,” D’Amato said. “She’s trained so sharp, Tyler said she’s sitting on go, big time.”

Nick Alexander bred and owns Enola Gray, a daughter of Grazen who will move up in class next time in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes, a sprint for 3-year-old fillies Dec. 26, opening day of the Santa Anita winter meet.

In the Betty Grable, D’Amato also entered Barbara Beatrice, a stretch-running 4-year-old he bred and co-owns. Barbara Beatrice, also sired by Grazen, has won two of her last three starts. D’Amato is realistic regarding her likely finish position.

“Hopefully, we can get a Grazen exacta,” he said.

The Betty Grable is race 8 on the nine-race Sunday card.



Enola Gray, by Grazen

Last 3 Beyers: 92-80-100

◗ The only front-runner in the six-horse field, Enola Gray figures to be loose on the lead

◗ D’Amato is 45 for 69 with odds-on favorites, a 65 percent rate, and has a flat-bet profit. Betting every D’Amato odds-on runner would have generated a $2.10 return for each $2 win bet.

Chao Chom, by Tizbud

Last 3 Beyers: 78-82-74

◗ She lost four straight allowance races as the favorite, but could get a great trip positioned second behind the speed.

◗ Gary Stute trains the filly, who will be ridden for the first time by Kent Desormeaux.

Barbara Beatrice, by Grazen

Last 3 Beyers: 86-85-83

◗ A deep closer, she upset a second-level turf allowance last out. Tiago Pereira is her rider.