Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 3 Megahertz Stakes is on tap for this Monday, January 18 from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. A purse of $100,000 will be on the line for fillies and mares four years old and upward willing to go one mile on Santa Anita's turf track.
14 older females will saddle up in the Megahertz Stakes - race 8 on Santa Anita's holiday Monday card. Post time is 4:00 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all 14 possible combatants for this Martin Luther King Day Monday Grade 3 stakes.
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Stormy Lucy - was at her best at the beginning of 2014 when she won the Grade 2 Santa Ana Stakes in March and the Grade 3 Santa Barbara Handicap but has been up and down since. She enters in very good form however - a second a neck behind Gender Agenda in the Grade 3 Robert J. Frankel Stakes here December 27 followed a great win over Gender Agenda among others at 65-1 odds in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar November 29. Before that were a fifth in the Grade 2 Goldikova, a third in the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive in September, an eight in the Grade 2 John C. Mabee Stakes in August and a third in the Grade 2 Royal Heroine Stakes in June. Stormy Lucy now has eight wins, three seconds and five third place finishes in 32 career starts. She has just one win in eight tries at this distance but hopes to build off two good results in graded stakes action - from post 9 with Kent Desormeaux scheduled to ride.
Gender Agenda - British bred Carla Gaines trained filly has been OK in her career - five wins, three seconds and three third place finishes in 18 career starts. Last time out was a terrific breakthrough win in the Grade 3 Robert J. Frankel Stakes here December 27 which followed an OK fifth in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar November 29, a decent third in the Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes November 1, a fourth in the minor Swingtime Stakes October 3 and two straight Allowance Optional Claiming scores. She has placed in four of her last six starts overall and hopes to build on a career best effort last time out at a distance she's recorded three wins, a second and a third place finish in eight starts. Tyler Baze gets the call from gate 8.
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Glory - Jerry Hollendorfer trained filly has three wins, two seconds and two third place finishes in nine career starts. She enters off a respectable third as favorite behind Gender Agenda and Stormy Lucy in the Grade 3 Robert J. Frankel Stakes on this track December 27 , a two race win streak - both Allowance Optional Claiming races in impressive fashion, a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming in September, a sixth in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks in April and an OK third in the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes in February. Glory has been OK so far but looks for her first stakes win Monday. Mike Smith has the mount from gate 2.
Theatre Star - Tom Proctor trained mare has placed in 11 of 17 career starts five wins, three seconds and three third place finishes. She won the minor Justakiss Stakes at Delaware Park in June and went on to thirds in a trio of stakes races - the Grade 3 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes on this track October 25, the Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint September 14 and the Osunitas Stakes at Del Mar in July. Last time out was a close fifth in the Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes here January 3. She has placed in five of six races heading into the weekend but is still after her first graded stakes score. Drayden Van Dyke will be in the irons from gate 4 Monday as Theatre Star attempts to get that win at a distance she's recorded two runner-up finishes in four tries.
Chaulk O Lattey - consistent Richard Baltas trained mare has placed in eight of 10 career starts - four wins, two seconds and two third place finishes. She makes her graded stakes debut Monday off a respectable second in the minor Kathryn Crosby Stakes at Del Mar November 27 which followed and Allowance Optional Claiming score here in October, a second in the minor Solana Beach Handicap in August and an Allowance score in July. Chaulk O Lattey has been in every race so far in her career and looks ready for her step up in competition at a distance she's recorded three wins, a second and a third in five starts. Rafael Bejarano gets the mount from gate 10.
Circling - Irish bred Neil Drysdale trained mare had a win, a second and two third place finishes in seven starts at home before debuting in North America with a third place finish in an Allowance Optional Claiming here in March. She placed in just two of her next six starts - two straight off the board finishes before a good win last time out in the minor Miss America Stakes at Golden Gate December 13. She now has two wins, three seconds and three third place finishes in 15 career starts and enters off her career best effort. Tiago Josue Pereira has been tabbed with building off that effort from the rail.
Alexis Tangier - Richard Mandella trained filly has four wins, a second and a third place finish in 12 career starts and enters off a sixth in the Grade 3 Robert J. Frankel Stakes here December 27. It followed a win in the minor Swingtime Stakes on this track October 3, a disappointing seventh in the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar September 6, a fourth in the Grade 2 Royal Heroine Stakes on this track in June and a third in the minor Mizdirection Stakes in May. She has two minor stakes scores in her career but looks to place in graded stakes company for the first time in her fifth try. Gary Stevens will be in the saddle hoping to attain that goal - from the outside post 12 Monday.
Beat of The Drum - Irish bred mare had two wins and a third place finish in seven starts overseas including a win in the minor Pengxin National Breeder's Cup at Mengjun Race Course in September 21 and a third in the minor Coolmore CECF Singapore Cup in October, 2014. She failed to place in two of her first three North American starts but has looked OK in her next two - respectable third in the minor Kathryn Crosby Stakes at Del Mar November 7 followed an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Santa Anita October 9. Last time out was a huge step back - an eleventh in the Grade 3 Red Carpet Stakes at Del Mar November 21. Beat of The Drum has been up and down the last four months and hopes for a breakthrough performance Monday - from post 3 with Flavien Prat in the saddle.
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Tiz a Kiss - Richard Baltas trained mare has three wins, five seconds and a third place finish in 15 career starts and makes her stakes debut Monday. Last time out was an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Del Mar November 27 after a second and a fourth respectively in a pair of similar races. She has been trending upward ahead of this weekend but has yet to see this type of company yet. Santiago Gonzalez will be in the irons in her huge step up in competition from gate 6.
Journey On - Richard Baltas trained mare finished second in the Grade 3 Autumn Miss Stakes in October, 2013 but has failed to place in two graded stakes tries since. She enters off consecutive runner-up finishes - the minor Miss America Stakes last time out at Golden Gate December 13 and an Allowance Optional Claiming at Del Mar November 7. Journey On has been decent but hasn't won since November, 2013 (12 starts). Mario Gutierrez will be in the saddle Monday hoping to change her fortunes - from post 11.
Keri Belle - John Shirreffs trained mare has 11 career starts with three wins, two seconds and a third place finish. She enters off a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Aqueduct November 26 which followed an eleventh in the Grade 3 Athenia Stakes October 17 (her only stakes action to date), a sixth in an Allowance Optional Claiming in August and an Allowance Optional Claiming score in July. Keri Belle has been up and down - not a whole lot is expected in her huge step up in competition - from post 7 with Alex Solis guiding her.
Sweet as a Rose - Peter Gallagher trained filly makes her graded stakes debut Monday after 14 career starts yielded just two wins, three seconds and three third place finishes. Last time out was a distant sixth in her stakes debut - the minor Kathryn Crosby Stakes at Del Mar November 7 after an Allowance Optional Claiming score here in October and a third in a similar race in August. She has been just OK in her career but could be in over her head in this one. Geena Lattanzio rides from post 5.
Oscar Party - Also Eligible Entry has placed in just one of her last 11 starts overall. She may enter off a tenth place finish in the minor Miss America Stakes at Golden Gate December 13 after three straight sixth place finishes in stakes action - the minor Tranquility Stakes in September, the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap in August and the Grade 3 Adoration Stakes in June and another tenth in the Grade 3 Gallorette Handicap in May. She now has 30 career starts with just three wins, four seconds and four third place finishes and hopes for her first graded stakes score in her eleventh attempt.
My Year Is a Day - Also Eligible Entry French bred Phil D'Amato trained filly placed in six of seven starts at home (3 wins, 2 seconds and a third place finish) but has failed to hit the board in three starts since her arrival in North America. Last time out was a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Del Mar November 22 after consecutive fifth place finishes - the minor Little Silver Stakes at Monmouth Park in July and the Grade 3 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs in May. My Year Is a Day hopes for a major breakthrough Monday but may enter in less-than-spectacular fashion.
2016 Megahertz Stakes Entries & Odds
Race 8 on Santa Anita's Monday card with a Post Time of 7:00 PM.
|1||Circling (IRE)||Tiago Pereira||Neil Drysdale|
|2||Glory||Mike Smith||Jerry Hollendorfer|
|3||Beat of The Drum (IRE)||Flavien Prat||Leonard Powell|
|4||Theatre Star||Drayden Van Dyke||Thomas Proctor|
|5||Sweet as a Rose||Geena Lattanzio||Patrick Gallagher|
|6||Tiz a Kiss||Santiago Gonzalez||Richard Baltas|
|7||Keri Belle||Alex Solis||John Shirreffs|
|8||Gender Agenda (GB)||Tyler Baze||Carla Gaines|
|9||Stormy Lucy||Kent Desormeaux||Ed Moger, Jr.|
|10||Chaulk O Lattey||Rafael Bejarano||Richard Baltas|
|11||Journey On||Mario Gutierrez||Richard Baltas|
|12||Alexis Tangier||Gary Stevens||Richard Mandella|
|13||Oscar Party||Fernando Perez||James Cassidy|
|14||My Year Is a Day (FR)||Brice Blanc||Philip D'Amato|