01/11/2015 8:22PM

Warren's Veneda follows winning strategy to victory in Paseana


ARCADIA, Calif. – The strategy session regarding Warren’s Veneda’s tactics in Sunday’s $92,500 Paseana Stakes at Santa Anita was unresolved when the field left the paddock.

“I wanted to keep her more in the race,” jockey Tyler Baze said.

“I didn’t want to take her out of her race,” trainer Craig Lewis said. “I said, ‘You’re riding her.’ ”

Baze backed up his point of view with an ideal ride on Warren’s Veneda, who won the minor stakes over 1 1/16 miles by 5 1/2 lengths.

Warren’s Veneda ($10.40) raced from a stalking position instead of her customary place from farther back in the field. On the turn, Warren’s Veneda was on the inside, behind the pacesetter Legacy. When space developed on the rail, Baze urged Warren’s Veneda to the lead. She quickly pulled clear to lead by four lengths with a furlong remaining.

“He said he had plenty at that time, and he wanted to give her a breather,” Lewis said. “When he turned her loose, it was over.”

Warren’s Veneda was timed in 1:42.97 on a wet-fast track, finishing well clear of the 9-2 Taste Like Candy. Valiant Emilia, a 14-1 shot, finished third, followed by Legacy, Zilber, Tiz Midnight, and Eblouissante.

Valiant Emilia, a multiple stakes winner in Peru in 2014, was eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff here in November in her U.S. debut.

Tiz Midnight, the 3-5 favorite in the Paseana, beat Warren’s Veneda by a head Dec. 6 in the Grade 2 Bayakoa Stakes at Los Alamitos. Jockey Victor Espinoza said the wet-fast conditions were against Tiz Midnight on Sunday. Espinoza did not urge Tiz Midnight when she faded from contention in early stretch.

“I think she hated the track,” Espinoza said. “After 20 yards, she was spinning her legs.”

Warren’s Veneda races for breeder Ben Warren. She won the Cat’s Cradle Handicap at Hollywood Park in December, 2013 and lost nine consecutive races, all in stakes, in the interim before Sunday’s win. A 5-year-old mare by the Unbridled stallion Affirmative, Warren’s Veneda has won 6 of 20 starts and earned $467,612.

“If things set up right for her, she’s eligible to run a big race,” Lewis said.

Lewis said he has two races for fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles in mind for Warren’s Veneda’s next start – the $400,000 Sam Houston Ladies Classic at Sam Houston Race Park on Jan. 24 or the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes here Feb. 14.

“We’ll see how she trains,” he said. “We know she likes Santa Anita.”

Greg More than 1 year ago
She sure aint a runner maybe a broad mare. Zenyatta isnt turning anything out as a broad mare yet that can run.?
spanky More than 1 year ago
What happened to Bufferts horse?
Dick Brasher More than 1 year ago
Good question...maybe he bet the winner,as she did get pretty good action.....just sayin
Mark D More than 1 year ago
Lets be honest....this horse would have won with ANY type of ride....give the jock credit for not falling off.
Jim Eggers More than 1 year ago
No, I give the jock credit for knowing his mount and having the guts to pop through the opening on the rail and get his horse home. Tyler is a young man who has got his life back together, and is riding very well. I admit, I know him and have admired him for many years, but still.... not falling off??
RIP Grammar More than 1 year ago
Nice mare, she just romped. But man oh man, when will Eblouissante's people finally figure out that she doesn't want to be a racehorse? Dogs learn faster than these people. She's lost by more than 95 lengths in her last 3 starts. Enough already. She was a basket case again today, acting up, washy... give it a rest.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Retire Elbouissante NOW. It's so hard for some connections to be realistic about their prospect especially following in the footsteps of the iconic Zenyatta, but the handwriting is on the wall. Do the right thing by the horse.