09/26/2013 2:11PM

Santa Anita: Bonde confident in She's a Tiger ahead of Chandelier Stakes

Benoit & Associates
She's a Tiger has won 3 of her 4 starts, including a score in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante last month.

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ARCADIA, Calif. – She’s a Tiger will break from the outside in a field of eight 2-year-old fillies while making her first start around two turns in Saturday’s $250,000 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita. For some trainers, an outside post and a new distance would be a concern, but Jeff Bonde said he is not too worried.

“That’s why you ride Gary Stevens,” he said of the 50-year-old Hall of Famer.

Owned by Mark DeDomenico, Allen Aldrich, Lisa Hernandez, and Stuart Downey, She’s a Tiger will be favored in the Grade 1 Chandelier on the basis of her win in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante at seven furlongs Aug. 31.

The Chandelier is run at 1 1/16 and is part of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In program, offering the winner a fees-paid berth to the $2 million BC Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 2.

She’s a Tiger was a handy filly for Stevens in the Del Mar Debutante. She raced near the lead for the first half-mile, led by 2 1/2 lengths in the stretch, and held off a late threat from Fascinating to win by a half-length. Fascinating is part of the Chandelier field.

She’s a Tiger has raced near the front in three of her four starts, including a win in the Landaluce Stakes at six furlongs at Betfair Hollywood Park in July. Her only loss was a second to Concave in the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 7, when she closed from third to lead in the stretch before losing by a half-length.

Bonde said Thursday he has no specific strategy for She’s a Tiger, although she is likely to be close to the pace Saturday.

“With this horse, it’s not a concern,” Bonde said. “She makes her own luck. She’s got a lot of try in her. She does things easily. We’ve had high hopes for the filly all year.”

Fascinating is one of three fillies in the Chandelier field trained by Bob Baffert. Fascinating, a $1.3 million yearling purchase at Keeneland last September, is winless in three starts, which Baffert said is a “disappointment.”

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In the Del Mar Debutante, Fascinating closed from seventh in a field of eight and was running well at the wire.

“I think the two turns will be a plus for her,” Baffert said.

Baffert also runs Awesome Baby, who was seventh as the even-money favorite in the Del Mar Debutante, and Secret Compass, who was fourth in that race. Awesome Baby, an impressive maiden race winner in her debut Aug. 4, fought for the lead with She’s a Tiger before fading.

“I was very disappointed with the race at Del Mar,” Baffert said. “She got caught in a speed duel and coughed it up. Hopefully, it was a lack of racing.”

Baffert said Awesome Baby has one style of racing, which will make her easy to spot in the Chandelier.

“She’s all speed,” he said.