03/14/2015 8:06PM

Warren's Veneda dominates Santa Margarita

Benoit & Associates
Warren's Veneda, with Tyler Baze aboard, cruises to a 7 1/4-length victory in the Santa Margarita.

ARCADIA, Calif. – It took about 20 starts and into her 5-year-old year for Warren’s Veneda to find her best form, but she has gone from strength to strength this season at Santa Anita, and on Saturday she won the biggest race of her career, and did so stylishly, romping to a 7 1/4-length victory in the Grade 1, $400,250 Santa Margarita Stakes.

 The Santa Margarita is the championship race of the season for older fillies and mares. Warren’s Veneda had developed into the best of the division currently racing on this circuit, but there were a couple of shippers who came west -- Cassatt and Dame Dorothy -- to try and stop her.

 They and the others were no match for Warren’s Veneda ($5). Last of six early, she readily advanced in earnest on the far turn, quickly shot clear of her rivals in upper stretch, and poured it on down the lane under jockey Tyler Baze.

 Dame Dorothy got up for a second, a half-length better than Thegirlinthatsong. Uzziel was fourth and was followed, in order, by Legacy and Cassatt. Tiz Midnight was scratched.

 On a hot, 92-degree afternoon, Warren’s Veneda completed 1 1/8 miles on the fast main track in 1:48.73.

 The victory was the eighth in 22 starts for Warren’s Veneda, who won the Paseana in January and Grade 2 Santa Maria in February in her two prior starts this meet. This race was better than those two.

 “You never can expect a dominating performance like that,” said Craig Lewis, who trains Warren’s Veneda for owner-breeder Ben Warren. “She more than exceeded my expectations.”

 Warren’s Veneda, a daughter of Affirmative, was bred in California.

 Lewis said among the options he is considering for the next start for Warren’s Veneda is the Grade 2, $1.5 million Charles Town Classic, against males, on April 18.

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Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Mr. Lewis would be crazy to run Warren's Veneda in the Charles Town Classic. First off, he finally got WV to find her zone and with her big stride and running style she will not do well on that CT course. Plus, she can't get near Moreno. My opinion....and yes, just my opinion, Lewis's priority should be the BC Distaff. I'd freshen her up a bit and then start a summer campaign....maybe the Fleur de lis at Churchill in June and go from there, setting up a BC Distaff run. But, that's just me. WV is the real deal. But, no reason to get greedy and go against the boys at CT. I was surprised today that the public bet the Pletcher horse so hard today against WV. On paper WV looked so dominant. In fact, I think until about a minute to post WV was not even the favorite. Of course, when it was obvious in the backstretch WV would roll and win easy she dropped to 3/2. Still a gift. But, I have to admit, I'm sick of the winning horses odds always going down during the race. Ever notice that if a favorite speed horse breaks really bad their odds go up during the race....but down when they are romping. Coincidence....uh.....no. Happens to much.
JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
Yeah well there is also a horse called Bayern that will be in Charlestown...Moreno is the least of her problems...
TRacingLifeMore More than 1 year ago
Wow! That's impressive Warren's Veneda may run against Moreno at Charles Town. I always enjoy seeing races with mixed genders as a change of pace.
Diane Hain More than 1 year ago
I was hoping for Shared Belief, but Moreno vs. Warren's Veneda might be an interesting "consolation prize".