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Santa Anita notes: My Miss Aurelia's map to Breeders' Cup undecided
ARCADIA, Calif. – My Miss Aurelia, the 2011 champion 2-year-old filly, who was third as the favorite in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes on Wednesday, will have a 2013 campaign focused on the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic here in November.
Friday, it was unclear how active My Miss Aurelia would be in coming months at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting.
Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen, said that discussions will be held with owners Barbara Banke and George Bolton on plans for the filly, who has won 6 of 8 starts and $2,422,000.
“I don’t know what our next step is,” Blasi said. “I’ll take her back to the track. We’ll talk about a schedule to be back here for the Breeders’ Cup. It’s where you end up now.”
If a race is chosen for the current meeting, options include the $150,000 La Canada Stakes on Jan. 20, the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes on Feb. 16, or the $300,000 Santa Margarita Stakes on March 16.
Eblouissante eyeing allowance race
Eblouissante, the 3-year-old half-sister to Zenyatta, has resumed training at Hollywood Park and is likely to make her next start in an allowance race at Santa Anita in January.
Eblouissante, who is by Bernardini, won her debut Nov. 16 and was scheduled to start in an optional claimer at Hollywood Park on Dec. 15.
She was withdrawn from the race 30 minutes before post time after suffering a minor hip injury in the receiving barn. She recovered quickly and has been in training in recent weeks.
Friday, Eblouissante galloped on the main track at Hollywood Park.
In coming weeks, trainer John Shirreffs has the option of starting Eblouissante in an allowance race or the La Canada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies over 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 20.
Shirreffs said he would consult with owner-breeder Eric Kronfeld on Eblouissante’s next target.
“I always suggest an allowance race,” he said. “The weather will determine a lot of what happens.”
Beholder works toward Santa Ynez
Beholder, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 2, worked a half-mile in 47.60 seconds Friday.
Trained by Richard Mandella for B. Wayne Hughes, Beholder is scheduled to make her 3-year-old debut in the $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over seven furlongs Jan. 21.
Beholder has won 3 of 5 starts and $1,215,000. She was second in the Del Mar Debutante in September.
Riveting Reason dies during workout
Riveting Reason, who placed in three major stakes in 2010 and 2011, died of an apparent internal injury during a workout Friday.
Owner-trainer Myung Kwon Cho said later in the morning that a diagnosis was not immediately available.
“I don’t know what the problem was,” he said.
Riveting Reason had one win in 19 starts and earned $214,480. He was third in the Del Mar Futurity and Norfolk Stakes as a 2-year-old in 2010 and was second in the Robert Lewis Stakes in 2011. Riveting Reason was a candidate for the 2011 Santa Anita Derby when he was sidelined with a hoof injury in the month before the race.
Riveting Reason was sixth in an optional claimer at Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 16.
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