Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 Great Lady M. Stakes comes our way from Los Alamitos Race Course in Los Alamitos, California this Saturday, July 11. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will be featured when they take to Los Alamitos dirt track and dash 6 1/2 furlongs for a purse of $200,000.
Nine older females will take part in the Great Lady M. Stakes - race 8 on Los Alamitos Saturday schedule. Post time is 5:43 PM. Let's take a glance into the past performances of all nine combatants for this Grade 2 stakes.
Warren's Veneda - terrific Craig Lewis trained mare has been one of the better horses on the planet the last seven or so months but hasn't won in her last two starts overall. She was second to Beholder last time out in the Grade 2 Adoration Stakes June 13 followed a disappointing third as 1-10 favorite in the Grade 1 Vanity Stakes May 9. Before that was an impressive three race win streak - by 7 1/4 lengths with a 100 Beyer Speed Figure in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes March 14, by 3 3/4 lengths in the Grade 2 Santa Maria Stakes February 14 and a nice win by 5 1/2 lengths in the minor Paseana Stakes January 11. Before those scores was a good second behind Tiz Midnight in the Grade 2 Bayakoa Stakes here in December and a third in the minor Betty Grable Stakes in November. Warren's Veneda has placed in her last seven starts overall (all stakes) and tries to snap a two-race losing streak in his shortest race since October from post 7 with Joe Talamo in the irons.
Sunday Rules - Phil D'Amato trained filly has five career starts and five wins by a combined 27 1/4 lengths - all at this distance or shorter. She enters on the heels of a good win in her stakes debut - the minor Spring Fever Stakes as 3-10 favorite at Santa Anita May 23 after consecutive Allowance Optional Claiming scores and a win in the minor Generous Portion Stakes in 2013. Sunday Rules makes just her third start in a year Saturday having not been touched so far in her career. Tyler Baze will be in the reins trying to keep the perfect career record intact - from post 5.
Amaranth - made her graded stakes debut last July and finished a good second after setting the pace in the 2014 Great Lady M Stakes after a nice three race win streak including the minor Betamerica.com Oaks by seven lengths at Oak Tree At Pleasanton June 22. Last time out was another minor stakes win in the Desert Stormer Stakes at 43-1odds at Santa Anita June 14 which followed a ninth in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes in December and a win in the minor Senator Ken Maddy Stakes November 1. Amaranth has won five of her last eight starts overall but looks for her first graded stakes win Saturday from the rail with William Antongeorgi in the saddle.
Fantastic Style - Bob Baffert trained filly has three wins, a second and a third place finish in five career starts and enters off a good win by 3 1/4 lengths in the minor Angels Flight Stakes at Santa Anita May 16 and an OK third in the Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes in April at Keeneland. She has been competitive every time out and hopes to continue that trend Saturday when she departs from gate 6 with Rafael Bejarano guiding her.
Legacy - John Sadler trained mare recorded her first stakes win in July of last year- the minor Cypress Stakes July 6 after a sixth in the Grade 2 Adoration Stakes in May and a second behind the terrific Beholder in the minor Santa Lucia Stakes April 20. She has struggled a tad lately however - a fourth last time out in the Grade 1 Vanity Stakes followed a fifth in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes here March 14 and consecutive fourths - in the Grade 2 Santa Maria Stakes February 14 and in the minor Paseana Stakes January 11. She has three wins, two seconds and three third place finishes in 20 career starts and has placed in just one of her last six starts overall. Santiago Gonzalez rides from post 9 Saturday hoping to change the fortunes around of the struggling mare.
Living the Life - Irish bred synthetic specialist filly has 25 career starts with eight wins, four seconds and two third place finishes for trainer Gary Mandella and enters off a fifth in the minor Desert Stormer Stakes June 14, a sixth in the Grade 3 Las Cienegas Stakes April 11 and a win in the minor Camilla Urso Stakes at Golden Gate March 14. She also finished last of ten in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint after a tidy three race win streak - the Grade 2 Presque isle Downs Maters September 8, an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Del Mar in August and a stakes in Europe in April. Living the Life was terrific at this time last year but has failed to place in her last two starts overall. Jockey Mike Smith has been tabbed to change the recent fortunes and to produce Living the Life's first dirt score from gate 4.
Clearly Confused - Richard Baltas trained mare has 27 career starts with six wins, seven seconds and three third place finishes. She was fourth in the 2014 Great Lady M Stakes last July and has been just OK since. Last time out was s fifth in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs May 2 after a respectable third at 27-1 odds in the Grade 1 Madison Stakes at Keeneland in April and a second and a fourth respectively in a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming races at Santa Anita. Clearly Confused looks for her first stakes score and her first win overall in over a year when she departs from gate 2 with Corey Nakatani in the irons.
Harlington's Rose - finished 2014 off with a good in the minor Kalookan Queen Stakes at Santa Anita and placed in her first three starts of 2015 with a win in the Grade 3 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita in March being the best result. She has failed to place in her last two starts however - a sixth last time out in the minor Desert Stormer Stakes at Santa Anita June 14 followed a fifth in the minor Spring Fever Stakes in May. Jockey Alonso Quinonez gets the call hoping to get Harlington's Rose back on track - from gate 8.
Ramona's Wildcat - has just two wins and a second place finish in 10 career starts for trainer Doug O'Neill and has failed to place in her last six starts overall. She has fourth place finishes in four of her last five starts overall including the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes in December, the minor Desert Stormer Stakes last time out and the minor Camilla Urso Stakes in March. Ramona's Wildcat looks for her first win since the minor El Paso Times Handicap in January, 2014 when she departs from post 3 with Alex Solis aboard.
Race 8 on Los Alamitos's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:43 PM.
||W. Antongeorgi III
||Living The Life (IRE)