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Santa Anita: Flashy Ways eyes Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
Flashy Ways won $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on turf on Monday’s program, the first stakes win for trainer Richard Baltas in 11 years.
Baltas won the Grade 1 Goodwood Stakes in 2001 with Freedom Crest, who was later 13th in the BC Classic at Belmont Park. Since then, Baltas has had a small stable and worked as an assistant trainer to Barry Abrams. He reopened a public stable last fall.
Flashy Ways could start in the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf here Nov. 2. In her stakes debut in the Surfer Girl Stakes, she closed from fourth to win the one-mile turf race by 2 1/2 lengths.
Baltas and owner Jerry Fialkowski started Flashy Ways in the Surfer Girl Stakes expecting a big performance because of the filly’s breeding. She is by Catienus, a stallion who has produced numerous stakes winners, including Precious Kitten and Cannonball.
“I thought she’d like to go long on the turf,” Baltas said. “That’s what her pedigree says.”
Moulin de Mougin eyeing Breeders’ Cup
Moulin de Mougin, who won her turf debut Sunday, will be considered for the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf on Nov. 2, trainer Richard Mandella said.
Moulin de Mougin won a maiden race on the hillside turf course by a length in her second career start. She was eighth in a maiden race on the main track at Del Mar.
“I’ll see if she can get in the Breeders’ Cup,” Mandella said.
Mandella said that Moulin de Mougin is a filly who does not train as well on Santa Anita’s dirt track as she did on Del Mar’s Polytrack surface earlier this year.
“She’s bred for the turf and runs like it,” he said.
Moulin de Mougin is by Curlin out of Cambiocorsa, who won 8 of 10 starts on the hillside turf course. She was a multiple stakes winner over that course and distance. Cambiocorsa is a sister to California Flag, winner of the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
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