Las Vegas, NV - Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California will be the scene of the Grade 3 Las Cienegas Stakes this Saturday, April 13. Fillies and mares four years olds and upward will be featured as they dash 6.5 furlongs on Santa Anita's turf track for the winner's share of the $100,000 purse.
A small but quality field of six will line up to chase Mizdirection in the Las Cienegas - race 8 on Santa Anita's Saturday schedule. Post time is 4:07 PM. Here is a look at the credentials of all six entries for this Grade 3 stakes.
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. 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 Grade 3 Monrovia January 2 and a pair of minor stakes races. In his two starts of 2013 he has looked typically great - a convincing win in the Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes January 6 and another score last time out in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths February 18. He has been worse than second just twice in a 14-race career that includes nine wins and is unquestionably the horse to beat Saturday.
Purim's Dancer - Thomas Proctor trained filly makes her graded stakes debut after four wins in her last five starts - the restricted Wishing Well Stakes at Santa Anita by 3 1/4 lengths February 10, an Allowance Optional Claiming January 18, a Starter Claiming in October and a MSW in September. Her only two career blemishes came in her debut and in December - an Allowance at Hollywood Park.
Schiaparelli - has six career starts with three wins and two second place finishes for trainer Mike Puype. Last time out was an Allowance Optional Claiming score by 3 1/2 lengths March 14 at on this track after a fourth in the minor Wishing Well Stakes February 10 and a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming December 30.
Bench Glory - Sean McCarthy pupil has won two straight races heading into the Las Cienegas including the minor Irish O'Brien Stakes last time out March 17 at Santa Anita. She has six straight starts on this track with two wins, a second and a third place finish but steps up in graded stakes company for the first time Saturday.
Dancingtothestars - Doug O'Neill pupil has placed in her last five starts including two wins at the end of 2012. In 2013 she has three minor stakes starts - a third last time out in the Irish O'Brien Stakes and a pair of seconds - in the Wishing Well Stakes February 10 and the Valentine Dancer Stakes January 26 - all three results coming at Santa Anita.
Givine - French bred filly had a good third January 6 in the Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita - her best result in quite some time but was a distant ninth last time out in the minor Wishing Well Stakes February 10. She has six wins in 24 career starts but hasn't tasted victory since May 2011 (15 starts).