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Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 Santa Ana Stakes comes our way this Sunday, March 24 from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Fillies and mares four years old and upward will be featured in this 1 1/8 mile turf race as they chase their share of the $150,000 purse.
A small but quality field of six females will line up in the Santa Ana - race 7 on Santa Anita's Sunday card. Post time is 3:36 PM. Let's take a look into the past performances of all six combatants ahead of this Grade 2 stakes.
Lady of Shamrock - is a four time stakes winner who was fifth last time out in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf in November. She finished a close second in the Honeymoon Handicap on June 9 to My Gi Gi and then bounced back with a terrific wins in the Grade 1 American Oaks July 14 and the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks August 18. Her other wins last year include the Grade 3 Providencia Stakes at Santa Anita on April 7 and the China Doll Stakes. She has won four of her last six - all stakes races but she hasn't seen action since the Breeders' Cup - her worst effort since her racing debut in September 2011. She races for the first time for new trainer John Sadler but will have regular jockey Mike Smith in the saddle having won three of four starts on this track
Quiet Oasis - made her 2012 debut with an impressive win in the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap at Hollywood Park on April 29 and followed it up with a very good result - a second in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes also on that track. Her last action was way back in July - another impressive score in the Grade 2 Royal Heroine Mile also at Hollywood Park. She has been out of action for eight months but has two wins and a second - all in graded stakes action in her last three starts.
Tiz Flirtatious - Tiz Flirtatious has shown well recently with five wins, two seconds and a third place finish in eight career starts. She is coming off a win in the minor Valentine Dancer Stakes here January 23 after a pair of seconds in graded stakes races - the Grade 3 Robert J. Frankel two back, the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes three back and a win in the minor John Deere California Distaff here October 13. Tiz Flirtatious has been at or near the top in every career start and is expected to do the same Sunday.
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A Jealous Woman - has won three of her last six starts - the Megahertz Stakes here January 19 and the Swingtime Stakes on this track four back. She had a second in the Grade 2 Goldikova here in November as well. A Jealous Woman is coming off an ugly seventh in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Stakes on this track February 18 and will be looking for a bounce back in the Santa Ana.
Long Face - won an Allowance Optional Claiming race in July and then suffered a sixth in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks and a seventh in the Torrey Pines Stakes in September. Last time out was a fifth in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Stakes here February 18 after an Allowance Optional Claiming score - on this track January 18.
Smarty B - will be making her graded stakes and Santa Anita debut Sunday for trainer Dan McFarlane after six races at Turf Paradise produced three wins, and two second place finishes. The most impressive results - a win in the minor Glendale Handicap two back February 2 and a second last time out in the Sun City Handicap February 16.
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