04/20/2014 2:42PM

European filly Living the Life coming to California

Shigeki Kikkawa
The European-based Grandeur, winner of the Hollywood Turf Cup in 2012, will return to the United States this spring for the Man o' War or Manhattan at Belmont Park.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Living the Life, the winner of Friday’s $252,000 All-Weather Championship Fillies and Mares Condition Stakes at Lingfield, England, is set to join trainer Gary Mandella’s stable at Santa Anita in the next week.

Mandella said over the weekend that Living the Life is expected to be released from quarantine by Friday and that the 4-year-old filly will be pointed for the Del Mar meeting this summer.

Living the Life races for Henry Nothhaft, who has horses with Mandella and has recently started racing in England.

Living the Life (8-1) won the Fillies and Mares Championship over seven furlongs by 3 1/2 lengths over High Time Too, a 3-1 co-favorite. The race was run on Lingfield’s Polytrack synthetic surface.

By Footstepsinthesand, Living the Life has won 5 of 19 starts. The Fillies and Mares Championship was the richest win of her career.

Mandella said the maiden Halljoy, who was third in the Group 3 Prestige Stakes at Goodwood, England, last August, will also be joining his stable.

The Lingfield program featured six races worth $250,000 or more. The day’s top race, the $332,250 All-Weather Middle Distance Championship was won by Grandeur, who won two Grade 2 races in California in 2012 – the Twilight Derby at Santa Anita and the Hollywood Turf Cup at Hollywood Park.

In the Middle Distance Championship, Grandeur, the 3-2 favorite, won a stretch-long duel with 7-1 Dick Doughtywylie to win the race over 1 1/4 miles by a head.

Grandeur races for Yvonne Jacques and trainer Jeremy Noseda. Last fall, Grandeur was sent to California for the Breeders’ Cup Turf, but did not start after contracting an illness.

Noseda said after Friday’s race that Grandeur could run at Belmont Park this spring, with the $400,000 Man o’ War Stakes over 1 3/8 miles on turf on May 11 and the $1 million Manhattan Stakes over 1 1/4 miles on turf on June 7 as possibilities.

Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Hmmmmmm raced huge on an all weather track? Goes to Cali? This was pointless. The turf courses in Cali are a joke. Come to Woodbine where its more like England.
ECarlos727 More than 1 year ago
No one wants to ship to Woodbine. Great Cali weather guys. Yeah Yeah Canada is great but thats why the filly is coming here for the weather. Summer time vacation for the owners.
Walter More than 1 year ago
I hope she likes racing over a putting green. Dmr doesn't grow grass any higher than that.