OffTrackBetting.com - The G1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf will be run this Saturday, November 5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. A purse of $2 million will be on the line for fillies and mares three years old and upward willing to go 1 1/4 miles on Santa Anita's turf track.
A field of 13 have been confirmed for the BC Filly and Mare Turf - race 5 on Santa Anita's busy Breeders' Cup Saturday schedule. Post time is 12:43 PM. Here is a glance into the past performances of all 13 combatants for this prestigious G1 stakes.
2016 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Entries at Santa Anita Park
Lady Eli 5-2 - impressive Chad Brown trained star filly has been superb in her eight race career - seven wins and a second place finish. - Last time out was a great win in the G1 Flower Bowl Stakes at Belmont Park October 8 after her only blemish - a second in the G2 Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga August 27 and 13 months away from the track. Before the layoff were wins in the G1 Belmont Oaks Invitational in July, 2015, in the minor Wonder Again Stakes May 31, the G3 Appalachian Stakes in April and a career defining 2 3/4 length win in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Lady Eli was an Eclipse Award finalist in 2014 and looks to get back on that path again. She has been sensational and tries for her second Breeders' Cup win from gate 8 with Irad Ortiz in the irons of the slight morning line favorite.
Seventh Heaven 3-1 - Irish bred Aidan O'Brien trained filly has eight career starts with four wins. She enters off a fifth in the Group 1 British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot October 15 and a two race win streak - the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks at York August 18 and the Group 1 Irish Oaks in July. Before that was a sixth in the Group 1 Investec Oaks in June and two more stakes wins. Seventh Heaven has been in there with some of Europe's best and has fared very well. She hopes her success overseas translates in her North American debut - from post 3 with Ryan Moore aboard the second betting choice.
Queen's Trust 6-1 - lightly raced Sir Michael R. Stoute trained filly has a win, a second and two third place finishes in seven career starts. She enters on the heels of consecutive thirds - the Group 1 British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes at Ascot October 15 and the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks August 18. Before that was a good second in the Group 1 Nassau Stakes in July and consecutive fourths in stakes races this past spring. Queen's Trust has been in there with some tough competition and has represented herself very well. She has placed in three straight ahead of this weekend and will be chasing her first win in over a year from post 11. Lanfranco Dettori has the mount on the morning line third choice.
Sea Calisi 8-1 - French bred Group 2 winner, Chad Brown trained filly has placed in 10 of 11 career starts - four wins, two seconds and four third place finishes. She made her North American debut in May and won the G2 Sheepshead Bay Stakes here and went on to a second in the G2 New York Stakes on this track in June, another good win in the G1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington August 13 and an OK third last time out in the G1 Flower Bowl Stakes at Belmont Park October 8. At home good results included consecutive respectable thirds including a Group 3 at Longchamp last September and that Group 2 score - the Prix de Malleret at Saint Cloud in June, 2015. Sea Calisi has placed in all four North American starts and hopes to keep that streak going from the rail Saturday. Florent Geroux has been tabbed to ride.
Catch a Glimpse 12-1 - Canadian Sovereign Award winner for 2015 Horse of the Year, Champion Grass Mare and Champion 2 Year Old Filly has eight wins (all on turf - seven graded stakes) and a second in 11 career starts for trainer Mark Casse and enters off her worst effort in a while - a seventh in the G1 QE II Challenge Cup at Keeneland October 15. She was good before that - a second in the G2 Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga August 21 followed a terrific eight race win streak including the G1 Belmont Oaks Invitational July 9, the G1 Penn Mile by 2 1/4 lengths in gate-to-wire fashion against the boys June 4, the G3 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs May 6, the G3 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland April 14, the G3 Herecomesthebride Stakes at Gulfstream February 27, on the biggest stage - the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, by five lengths in the G2 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine September 12, and an Allowance score in August on that same track. Catch a Glimpse had been on fire before her last two starts and will be looking to get back in the win column from gate 2. Javier Castellano will be in the irons.
Sentiero Italia 12-1 - has 11 career starts for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin with five wins, a second and two third place finishes. Last year she posted an OK third in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup October 10, a win as favorite in the G2 Sands Point Stakes September 12, another win in the G2 Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga August 14, an OK fourth in the G1 Belmont Oaks Invitational and an Allowance score by two lengths against older horses May 28. She ended her 2015 campaign with a fourth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. She was off for nearly nine months before returning to an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Belmont Park July 22 and followed that with an OK third in the G2 Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga August 2 and a good second last time out in the G1 Flower Bowl Stakes at Belmont Park October 8. Sentiero Italia has been in every race in her career and hopes to be again Saturday. She aims for her first graded stakes score in over a year - from post 7 with Joel Rosario guiding her.
Nuovo Record 12-1 - Japanese bred Makato Saito trained mare has five wins, six seconds and a third place finish in 18 career starts. She won the Group 1 Nakayama Stakes in March, 2015 and placed second in a trio of high-profile races in Asia including the Hong Kong Cup in December, the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Kyoto in November and the Group 2 All Comers Stakes in September, 2015. She has failed to place in her last three starts ahead of this weekend however - a fourth last time out in the Group 2 Sapporo Kinen August 21 followed a pair of sixths - the Group 1 QE II Cup in April and in the Group 2 Sankei Osaka Hai three weeks earlier. Nuovo Record was good last year but has failed to find traction this year. Jockey Yutaka Take hopes to change all of that from the outside post 13 Saturday.
Avenge 15-1 - Richard Mandella trained filly has 12 career starts with six wins and a third place finish. She has looked good lately - a win last time out in the G1 Rodeo Drive Stakes on this track October 1 followed another win in the G2 John C. Mabee Stakes at Del Mar September 4 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score on that track in July. She failed to place in her prior three starts but had an OK win in the minor Ultrafleet Stakes on this track before that. Avenge arrives in career best form and will have Flavien Prat aboard looking for a second straight G1 score from gate 4.
Al's Gal 15-1 - Michael Maker trained mare has 26 career starts with eight wins, eight seconds and three third place finishes and has been very good in her last six starts - three wins and three runner-up finishes. Last time out was one of those wins - in the G1 EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine October 16 which followed another win in the minor Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon September 15, a second in the G1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington August 13, a second in the G3 Modesty Handicap on that track July 8, a win in the minor Keertana Stakes at Churchill Downs in May and a second in the G3 Bewitch Stakes at Keeneland in April. Al's Gal has been in the mix in every race this year and will be shooting for her second straight graded stakes score from post 5 Saturday. Jose Ortiz gets the call.
Pretty Perfect 15-1 - Irish bred Aidan O'Brien trained filly has three wins and two seconds in 10 career starts. She won the Group 1 Munster Oaks Stakes at Cork in June and has placed in just one of four starts since. Last time out was a fourth in the Group 1 British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot October 15 after a second in the DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster September 8, another fourth in the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks and a tenth in the Group 1 Irish Oaks in July. Pretty Perfect arrives in so-so form and will have Seamus Heffernan aboard from gate 12.
Zipessa 20-1 - has nine career starts for trainer Michael Stidham with four wins, a second and two third place finishes. Last time out was a respectable second in the G1 Rodeo Drive Stakes here October 1 which followed an OK third in the G1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington August 13, a good win in the G3 Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes at Parx July 4 and a third in the G3 Mint Julep Stakes at Churchill Downs June 11. She also had a fourth in the G2 Churchill Downs Turf Mile May 7, an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Fair Grounds in March and an eighth in the G1 Del Mar Oaks last August. Zipessa has been decent lately placing in four straight races and hopes for her second graded stakes score in her last four starts overall. Joe Bravo has been tabbed to ride from gate 6.
Kitcat 20-1 - Chilean bred Juan Silva trained filly has seven wins and four second place finishes in her 14 race career. She won her last four starts at home including the Group 1 Club Hipico de Santiago Falabella Breeder's Cup in May and the Group 2 Carlos Campino in April. She debuted in North America October 8 and finished second in the minor Swingtime Stakes on this track. Kitcat has been a factor in every race she's entered the last eight months and hopes to make a name for herself on North American soil from gate 10. Gonzalo Gabriel Ulloa Perez is scheduled to ride.
Ryans Charm 30-1 - Patrick Gallagher trained mare has spent her career in Argentina where she posted 15 wins and four seconds in 24 career starts. She makes her North American debut Saturday on a very nice six race win streak including the Group 1 Clasico Pamplona June 26 - a race that she won two years in a row. Her other wins over that span were stakes races as well. Ryans Charm was absolutely dominant at home and hopes that success translates this weekend. Rafael Bejarano will try to make it seven straight wins from post 9 Saturday.
2016 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Odds & Entries
Race 5 on Santa Anita's Saturday card with a Post Time of 3:43 PM.
||Sea Calisi (FR)
||Catch a Glimpse
||Seventh Heaven (IRE)
||Irad Ortiz, Jr.
||Gonzalo Ulloa Perez
||Queen's Trust (GB)
||Sir Michael Stoute
||Pretty Perfect (IRE)
||Nuovo Record (JPN)