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Santa Anita notes: Jubliant Girl gets first stakes test in Sweet Life
ARCADIA, Calif. – After Jubliant Girl won her debut in a maiden race for 2-year-old fillies on the hillside turf course in November, expectations soared for owners Lee and Susan Searing and trainer John Sadler.
They waited until mid-January to give Jubliant Girl her second race, a comprehensive win by 2 3/4 lengths in an optional claimer on the hillside turf course. That race has led to a start in Saturday’s $75,000 Sweet Life Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course, and expectations are that Jubliant Girl can win her first stakes and remain undefeated.
“Her races have been impressive,” Sadler said. “I gave her a little time, because she was late maturing.”
Jubliant Girl, by Henrythenavigator, will be ridden by Martin Garcia, who was aboard for the win in the optional claimer. Sadler expects Jubliant Girl to race near the front from post 8 in a field of nine.
“She’ll be up close,” he said. “She has a good post.”
Jubliant Girl is the only filly in the field yet to run in a stakes.
Doinhardtimeagain, Roveing Patrol, and Sallyana have won minor or restricted stakes. Heir Kitty and Wittgenstein have placed in stakes.
Cloudy Moon and Escape Art were unplaced in stakes earlier at this meeting.
Judy In Disguise finished 10th of 14 in the Group 3 Albany Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Royal Ascot last June, a performance that trainer Simon Callaghan said can be forgiven. Callaghan said Judy In Disguise was unsettled at the start after a filly in an adjacent stall was unruly moments before the race.
“It was a nasty experience,” he said. “She was sore and cut up after the race. Maybe she shouldn’t have run.”
In her American debut, Judy In Disguise won an optional claimer at Golden Gate Fields by seven lengths in a 7-1 upset Feb 2.
“She wasn’t showing a lot in the morning, which is why we sent her up there,” Callaghan said. “Maybe she’s a filly that shows it all in the races.”
Caballo Del Cielo figures to set pace
The quick Caballo Del Cielo will be the colt to catch in Sunday’s $150,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds over seven furlongs.
Trained by Steve Asmussen for Jerry Durant, Caballo Del Cielo beat maidens over 5 1/2 furlongs by 4 1/4 lengths in his fourth career start Jan. 5.
“His last race was pretty impressive,” said Scott Blasi, Asmussen’s assistant. “Everything seems good.”
The maiden win was Caballo Del Cielo’s second start for Asmussen. Last summer, the colt by Songandaprayer ran twice for trainer Jeff Bonde, finishing second to He’s Had Enough in a maiden race and fifth in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity. He’s Had Enough later finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita.
Caballo Del Cielo is part of a field of six in the San Vicente. He starts from post 4 and will be ridden by Corey Nakatani. Trainer Bob Baffert has three starters – Belvin, Shakin It Up, and War Academy. They have the inside three post positions. Mudflats and Treasury Bill start from the outside two gates.
Mizdirection works for Buena Vista
Mizdirection, who will be heavily favored in Monday’s $150,000 Buena Vista Stakes over a mile on turf, worked a half-mile on turf in 47 seconds Thursday. Mizdirection is best known for winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in November.
Private Zone, second in four consecutive sprint stakes, worked a half-mile in 47 seconds on the main track Thursday. The runner-up in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26 and the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Stakes on Jan. 19 at this meeting, Private Zone could run in the $2 million Golden Shaheen Stakes for sprinters in Dubai on March 30, if invited.
Trainer Doug O’Neill said Thursday that he has yet to receive an invitation from Dubai officials for the six-furlong Golden Shaheen. A backup plan could be a start at Keeneland in the $175,000 Commonwealth Stakes over seven furlongs April 13.
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