01/01/2012 4:16PM

Santa Anita: Turbulent Descent to get break after disappointing La Brea finish

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Turbulent Descent finished sixth in Saturday's La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Turbulent Descent will be rested in coming weeks and will not start in the $300,000 Santa Monica Stakes on Jan. 28 after a sixth-place finish in Saturday’s La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita.

“I’ll evaluate her this week,” trainer Mike Puype said. “It looks like she’ll need a rest.”

Turbulent Descent was the 1-2 favorite in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Last of nine on the backstretch, she made little impression in the stretch and finished 5 1/4 lengths behind 16-1 upset winner Teddy’s Promise.

“We were very disappointed,” Puype said. “She’ll fight again. She’s had a long campaign of trips.”

Asked if Turbulent Descent would be a candidate for the Grade 1 Santa Monica, Puype said, “I wouldn’t think so.”

Turbulent Descent won two Grade 1 races in 2011 – the Santa Anita Oaks and Test Stakes at Saratoga. She was fifth as the 7-5 favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

Teddy’s Promise points to Santa Monica

Teddy’s Promise is a candidate for the seven-furlong Santa Monica, although that race was not on trainer Ron Ellis’s before the La Brea.

“I hadn’t thought past this race, to be honest,” he said of the La Brea.

Owned by breeders Ted and Judy Nichols, Teddy’s Promise won the first stakes of her career in the La Brea. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, she closed from fifth to win by 2 1/4 lengths over 16-1 Sugarinthemorning.

Teddy’s Promise has won 5 of 13 starts and $350,808. The La Brea Stakes was her third consecutive win, preceded by optional claimers at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park in October and November.

She joined Ellis’s stable last spring, having been previously trained by David Hofmans.

Ellis envisions Teddy’s Promise staying in one-turn races in 2012. The long-term goal is the BC Filly and Mare Sprint here in November.

“I think seven-eighths is a good distance,” Ellis said. “She’s won a couple of times at the distance. With the BC at Santa Anita, at that distance, it’s something to keep an eye on.”