02/27/2013 4:30PM

Santa Anita: Lady Asano to make her stakes debut in Las Virgenes

Shigeki Kikkawa
Lady Asano, claimed for $75,000, will make her stakes debut Saturday.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Lady Asano was claimed for $75,000 when she finished eighth of nine in a maiden race over six furlongs at Betfair Hollywood Park on Nov. 29.

John Sadler, who claimed Lady Asano for Kosta Hronis, said, “We didn’t look very smart.”

They are looking better now. Lady Asano returned to win a maiden special weight race over 1 1/16 miles by 7 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita on Jan. 27 in her second start. Her third race is Saturday’s $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes over a mile for 3-year-old fillies.

Lady Asano is by Teuflesberg and was previously owned by Three Kings Racing and trained by Art Sherman. Sadler had his eye on Lady Asano when the entries for the November race were published.

“She had good works, and there were a lot of little things we liked,” he said. “She’s a route filly, so you can throw out that sprint race.”

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In her maiden-race win, Lady Asano closed from sixth on a wet-fast track and was in command of the race in early stretch. On Saturday, Lady Asano will be a longshot in a race led by Beholder, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last November and the champion 2-year-old filly of 2012.

“It might be a little ambitious,” Sadler said. “If we can hit the board in a Grade 1 . . . third wouldn’t be that bad.”

Suggestive Boy set for Kilroe Mile

The Las Virgenes is one of three Grade 1 races on Saturday’s card, along with the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap and the $300,000 Frank Kilroe Mile on turf.

Suggestive Boy, the winner of the Grade 2 Arcadia Stakes over a mile on turf Feb. 2, will be favored against seven rivals in the Kilroe Mile. Wilkinson and Silentio, second and third in the Arcadia Stakes, are part of the Kilroe Mile field, along with multiple stakes winner Mr. Commons, who was fifth in the BC Mile last November.

The Kilroe Mile field will not include Strong Suit, a four-time stakes winner in England. Trainer Simon Callaghan said Wednesday that Strong Suit is being treated for a throat infection. A 5-year-old, Strong Suit was 11th in the Arcadia Stakes.