09/21/2012 3:28PM

Santa Anita: Minor setback keeps Lady of Shamrock out of Rodeo Drive

Benoit & Associates
Lady of Shamrock may prep for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Lady of Shamrock, a two-time Grade 1 winner on turf during the summer, will miss the $250,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 29, but remains on schedule for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf on Nov. 2.

Trainer John Sadler said on Friday that Lady of Shamrock missed training this month because of the presence of mucus. Most recently, the 3-year-old filly worked a half-mile at Santa Anita in 50.20 seconds on Sept. 16. She is scheduled to work again on Monday.

As a result of the setback, Lady of Shamrock may start in the $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup for 3-year-old fillies over 1 1/8 miles on turf at Keeneland on Oct. 13. Sadler said she could run there or be trained up to the BC Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita.

The BC Filly and Mare Turf remains firmly in Sadler’s plans for Lady of Shamrock.

“She’ll be there,” he said.

Owned by Kosta Hronis, Lady of Shamrock has won 6 of 10 starts and $645,400. A five-time stakes winner, she has won two Grade 1 races – the American Oaks at Betfair Hollywood Park in July and the Del Mar Oaks on Aug. 18.

Lady of Shamrock would have been a leading contender for the Rodeo Drive, a race formerly known as the Yellow Ribbon Stakes. Run over 1 1/4 miles for fillies and mares on turf, the Rodeo Drive is expected to be led by Marketing Mix.

Trained by Tom Proctor, Marketing Mix was second in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 18. She won two Grade 2 stakes at Woodbine earlier this year – the Nassau and Dance Smartly.

Other contenders for the Rodeo Drive are City to City, Lady Ten, Left a Message, Go Forth North, Nereid, Vamo a Galupiar, and Vivo Per Lei.

Multiple Breeders’ Cup preps on tap

The Rodeo Drive is one of seven graded stakes on the opening weekend of the Santa Anita meeting, which begins on Friday. All of the races have Breeders’ Cup implications.

Friday’s feature race is the $100,000 Eddie D Stakes, named in honor of the retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye. Run over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course, the race is a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 3.

There are five Grade 1 races worth $250,000 on Sept. 29, each a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In race.

Game On Dude, the winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup in July, will be a heavy favorite in the Awesome Again Stakes over 1 1/8 miles. Second in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 26, Game On Dude will face Balladry, John Scott, Rail Trip, and possibly Kettle Corn in a small field.

There are two Grade 1 races for juveniles over 1 1/16 miles on Sept. 29.

The unbeaten Executiveprivilege, the winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 1, will be favored in the Chandelier Stakes. Her main rival is Beholder, second by a nose in the Del Mar Debutante over seven furlongs.

Know More, the winner of the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes in August and second in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 5, will be favored in the FrontRunner Stakes. Scherer Magic and Capo Bastone, third and fourth in the Del Mar Futurity for Sadler, are among the other probable starters.

The Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles is expected to be led by Include Me Out, the winner of the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar in August. She is trained by Ron Ellis, who could have a big final weekend of September.

Ellis runs Rail Trip in the Awesome Again and has Casino Host, the winner of the Del Mar Handicap on Aug. 25, for the $150,000 John Henry Turf Championship over 1 1/4 miles on Sept. 30.