01/17/2013 3:21PM

Santa Anita: A Jealous Woman ready to go in Megahertz Stakes

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Benoit & Associates
A Jealous Woman figures to be close to the pace in the $75,000 Megahertz Stakes.

ARCADIA, Calif. – A Jealous Woman ran the best race of her career when second to the highly promising Rhythm of Light in the Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes at Santa Anita in November.

Since that race, things have not gone as smoothly.

A Jealous Woman missed training time in late December after apparently stepping on a stone while training. The setback is behind A Jealous Woman, who can win her second stakes in three starts in Saturday’s $75,000 Megahertz Stakes over a mile on turf for fillies and mares at Santa Anita.

Owned by Three Cent Stable, A Jealous Woman is trained by Francis Meza and assisted by her husband, Eddie, the backstretch chaplain at Santa Anita.

Eddie Meza said Thursday that A Jealous Woman is ready for the Megahertz, which drew a field of eight.

“She’s coming into the race great,” he said.

A Jealous Woman is most effective from the front, a style that she used to win the Swingtime Stakes over a mile on turf here Oct. 6. In the Goldikova Stakes, A Jealous Woman was second for the first six furlongs, took the lead in the stretch, but could not hold off Rhythm of Light, a stakes winner in Europe last year.

Eddie Meza said that A Jealous Woman can lead or stalk the pace, depending on what Lady Ten does in the first half-mile. Brice Blanc is the regular rider of A Jealous Woman and has the mount Saturday.

“He can let her go to the lead,” Meza said. “She can relax. In the last race, the Grade 2, she got behind a horse.”

Lady Ten won the Grade 3 Autumn Miss Stakes over a mile on turf for 3-year-old fillies here in October, her second stakes win.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Lady Ten has won four of her last six starts, starting with a maiden win at Hollywood Park last May. She raced on or near the pace in her victories.

The field includes two South American fillies who have run well in this country – Vamo a Galupiar and In the Stars.

Vamo a Galupiar, a Group 1 winner in Chile in 2010, won the Grade 2 Santa Ana Stakes on turf here last March, but was last of eight in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park in November.

In the Stars, trained by Richard Mandella, was second in two Group 1 races in Brazil in 2011. In her last two starts on turf, she won allowance races in Southern California.