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Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 Buena Vista Stakes comes our way this Holiday Monday, February 18 from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. $150,000 will be on the line in this one mile turf event for fillies and mares four years old and upward.
The Buena Vista has attracted a field of eight for Santa Anita's President's Day Monday card. Post time is 4:37 PM. Here is a look at the past performances of all eight combatants ahead of this Grade 2 race.
Mizdirection - had five starts in 2012 for trainer Mike Puype with four wins and a second place finish culminating in a win in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint over Unbridled's Note on this very track. The only blemish of 2012 was a second in the minor Great Lady M Stakes back in May. Before that were three straight wins including last year's Monrovia here January 2 and a pair of minor stakes races here. In his only start of 2013 he looked great again - a convincing win in the Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes. He is unquestionably the horse to beat - hands down although she won't be racing on her favorite downhill course on Monday!
A Jealous Woman - has won three of his last five starts - the Megahertz Stakes here January 19 and the Swingtime Stakes on this track three back. He had a second in the Grade 2 Goldikova here in November as well. She is in peak form and should be an interesting entry to the Buena Vista.
Byrony - Irish bred 5-year-old started 2012 off hot for trainer John Sadler but cooled off to a pair of sixths in a pair of Grade 2 races - the Goldikova in November and the Yellow Ribbon in September. Her last two starts have been better - a third in an Allowance and a second last time out in the Megahertz Stakes here January 19.
In the Stars - Brazilian brad mare had a decent career before shipping to North America where she has recorded two wins, two thirds and a fourth place finish in five starts. Last time out was a third in the Megahertz Stakes here January 19 to follow an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Hollywood Park December 14. In the Stars has been favored in four of her five U.S. starts, winning twice and she has finished in the money in 10 of her 11 career starts. She will be ridden by Gary Stevens as she looks for her first stakes win Monday.
Buena Vista Stakes betting at Santa Anita with OffTrackBetting.com
Byrama - was decent in 2012 with three wins, three seconds and two third place finishes in 10 starts. Three back was a decent third as favorite in the Grade 3 Ken Maddy Stakes here October 20 behind Broken Dreams and Kindle to follow a win in the minor Unzip Me Stakes here September 29 and a second in the C.E.R.F Stakes September 5. She also had a win in the Manhattan Beach Stakes at Hollywood Park to follow a third in the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes and a second in the Grade 3 Providencia Stakes on April 7. Last time out was an OK third as favorite in the minor Wishing Well Stakes here eight days ago after a disappointing fourth in the competitive Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes here January 6.
Trois Aureole - John Sadler filly has just six career starts with three wins and a second place finish. She enters the Buena Vista having won two of her last three - the minor Le Cle Stakes at Hollywood Park last time out way back in July and an Allowance Optional Claiming three back in May. She had a fourth place finish sandwiched in there in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Stakes at Hollywood Park June 8.
Charm the Maker - has placed in just two of his last seven starts - a third in the Grade 3 Autumn Miss three back and the minor Unzip Me Stakes before that. His last two starts produced a fourth in the Grade 2 Bayakoa two back at Hollywood Park and a sixth most recently in the minor Pasadena Handicap here January 13.
Long Face - won an Allowance Optional Claiming race in July and then suffered through a sixth in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks and a seventh in the Torrey Pines Stakes in September. Last time out was another Allowance Optional Claiming score - on this track January 18.
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