09/23/2011 6:07PM

Santa Anita: Ask the Moon to meet Blind Luck in Lady's Secret


ARCADIA,  Calif. - Ask the Moon, the winner of two Grade 1 stakes at Saratoga this summer, will make her California debut in Saturday's $250,000 Lady's Secret Stakes for fillies and mares at Santa Anita.

The Lady's Secret, run over 1 1/16 miles, will mark the first meeting between Ask the Moon and Blind Luck, the champion 3-year-filly of 2010. Blind Luck has not started since winning the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap on July 16.

Ask the Moon, 6, is scheduled to arrive in California on Sunday. Owned by Farnsworth Stables, Ask the Moon won the Ruffian Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on July 31 and the Personal Ensign over 1 1/4 miles on Sept. 3.

Trainer Marty Wolfson said the Lady's Secret is an appealing prep for the BC Ladies' Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4 because the race is run around two turns. Wolfson said he passed the Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park next Saturday because the race is run over 1 1/8 miles around one turn.

"I didn't want to run her in the Beldame," he said. "The one-turn is not good on this filly. She gets too rank."
Aside from Ask the Moon and Blind Luck, the candidates for the Lady's Secret include Champagne d'Oro, Great Hot, Switch, Ultra Blend, and Zazu.

Aside from the Goodwood and Lady's Secret, there are three other Grade 1 stakes worth $250,000 at Santa Anita next Saturday and Sunday that serve as prep races for the Breeders' Cup.

Saturday's Norfolk Stakes for 2-year-olds over 1 1/16 miles is led by Drill, Creative Cause, and Majestic City, the first three finishers of the Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 9. I'll Have Another, Ruler of Dubai, and Sheer Talent are other candidates.

Saturday's Yellow Ribbon Stakes for fillies and mares over 1 1/4 miles on turf is likely to attract a deep field featuring Cozi Rosie, the winner of the Grade 2 John Mabee Stakes at Del Mar in August, and Dubawi Heights, second in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park in August. Cambina, City to City, Harmonious, Malibu Pier, Medaglia d'Amour, and Well Monied are other candidates.

Weemissfrankie, the winner of the Del Mar Debutante in her stakes debut on Sept. 3, will be favored Sunday's Oak Leaf Stakes for 2-year-old fillies over 1 1/16 miles. Candrea, Charm the Maker, Dreamcaster, Egg Drop, and Silent Saga are also expected to start.