01/15/2013 3:16PM

Santa Anita: Hollendorfer holds strong pair for filly and mare stakes

Benoit & Associates
Snow Fall, winner of the Paseana Stakes, is being pointed to the Santa Maria Stakes.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Lady of Fifty and Snow Fall have given trainer Jerry Hollendorfer a formidable team in upcoming major stakes for fillies and mares at Santa Anita.

Last Sunday, Snow Fall won her first stakes in California in the $81,700 Paseana Handicap over 1 1/16 miles. She is expected to make her next start in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes over 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares Feb. 16.

The Grade 2 Santa Maria would suit Lady of Fifty, depending on how she runs in the $150,000 La Canada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies on Sunday.

Lady of Fifty has won her last two starts, both in stakes – the Palm Springs Handicap over a mile here Nov. 1 and the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 8. She could go favored in the La Canada, which is run over 1 1/16 miles.

“I’m very happy with her right now,” Hollendorfer said. “Some horses take a little more time to come into their own.”

Snow Fall was previously trained by Michael Stidham and Graham Motion and joined Hollendorfer’s stable last fall. A 5-year-old mare, Snow Fall had an ideal trip under jockey Tyler Baze in the Paseana, racing in second behind pacesetter Distracting before taking the lead in early stretch. She pulled clear to win by 3 1/4 lengths for her second stakes win.

“Tyler made a good decision to move at the right time,” Hollendorfer said. “We were on the fence to run, but she was doing so well.”

Snow Fall has never won a graded stakes, making the Santa Maria even more important.

“It looks like she deserves a chance to try that,” Hollendorfer said.