09/25/2014 1:55PM

Opportunity knocks in Chandelier

Benoit & Associates
Sharla Rae (left), winning the Barretts Debutante, is the lone stakes winner among 12 fillies in the Chandelier.

ARCADIA, Calif. – When Sunset Glow left for Kentucky after winning the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante on Aug. 30, she left behind a 2-year-old filly division in California without a leader.

That will change after Saturday’s $300,000 Chandelier Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita.

The field of 12 in the Grade 1 Chandelier has only one stakes winner in Sharla Rae, who took the Barretts Debutante at Los Alamitos on Sept. 13, but has several fillies capable of winning a key prep race for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 1.

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The Chandelier Stakes is part of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In program, offering a fees-paid berth to the BC Juvenile Fillies.

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The Chandelier field has two shippers from Saratoga who placed in stakes at that meeting – Angela Renee, who was second in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes on Aug. 10 and third on a sloppy track in the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes on Aug. 3, and Sunday Sonnet, second in the P.G. Johnson Stakes on turf Aug. 27.

They face a California-based group that includes Conquest Eclipse and Dad’s Princess, who were third and fourth in the Del Mar Debutante.

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The absence of a standout led trainer Todd Pletcher to send Angela Renee to California.

“It did seem like a wide-open race on paper,” Pletcher said. “We want to get a two-turn race in her.”

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Chandelier Stakes, race 10


Angela Renee (Last 3 Beyers: 82-85-51)

◗ Angela Renee was beaten 19 1/4 lengths by Condo Commando in the Spinaway over seven furlongs, fading from contention in the stretch. Pletcher said he immediately dismissed the result.

“She hated the off track last time,” he said. “There’s always a chance of that at Belmont and Keeneland in the fall. We’ll get a fast track at Santa Anita.”

The loss by 1 3/4 lengths to Cavorting was a brighter race, he said.

“I thought she ran great that day,” he said. “She was second-best to Cavorting.”

Jockey Rafael Bejarano rides Angela Renee, who is likely to race just behind the leaders.

Conquest Eclipse (Last 2 Beyers: 81-68)

◗ Conquest Eclipse closed from sixth in a field of nine to finish a length behind Sunset Glow, moving well through the stretch. Trained by Mark Casse, Conquest Eclipse led throughout her debut in a six-furlong maiden race at Churchill Downs in June.

Dad’s Princess (Last 2 Beyers: 78-65)

◗ Still a maiden, Dad’s Princess closed from last to finish fourth in the Debutante under jockey Mike Smith, who lost his whip in the stretch. Trainer Jim Cassidy said he has no hesitation in trying Dad’s Princess in a Grade 1 even though she has yet to win.

“It’s the right time of year to do it,” Cassidy said. “If she was still a maiden in four months, I wouldn’t do it. She’s pretty straightforward.”

Majestic Presence (Last 2 Beyers: 70-70)

◗ Majestic Presence followed a third-place finish in a sprint at Del Mar on July 20 with a win in a maiden race over a mile Aug. 13. She led throughout and won by 1 1/4 lengths over Shes Complete, who won the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar on Sept. 1.