OffTrackBetting.com - The Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes takes place this Saturday, March 5 from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Three year old fillies will be featured when they take to Santa Anita's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles for the winner's share of the $100,000 purse.
A field of 10 will line up in the Santa Ysabel - race 5 on Santa Anita's Saturday schedule. Post time is 2:30 PM. Here is a glance at the past performances of all 10 combatants for this Grade 3 stakes - most of which have already been beaten by race favorite Songbird.
2016 Santa Ysabel Stakes Race Preview
Songbird - Jerry Hollendorfer trained filly and reigning Eclipse Award winner for two year old fillies won all four of her starts in 2015, the last three in Grade 1 events. Her debut was by 6 1/2 lengths in July which was followed by wins by an impressive 5 1/4 lengths with a 96 Beyer Speed Figure as even money favorite in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante September 5, the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita September 26, and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies by an impressive 5 3/4 lengths. Her only start of 2016 was yet another win - by 6 1/2 lengths in the Grade 2 Las Virgenes Stakes over many of her Santa Ysabel Stakes on this track February 6. She hasn't been touched yet - as impressive as any horse in any division the last year and will look to keep the impressive roll going Saturday from gate 6. Mike Smith has the mount on the obvious favorite.
Land Over Sea - tough luck Doug O'Neill trained filly will hit the track for the seventh time Saturday. Last time out was a respectable runner-up finish to Songbird in the Grade 2 Las Virgenes Stakes here February 6 after a seventh behind Songbird in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile October 31, another respectable second behind Songbird in the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita September 26, a third - behind, you guessed it, Songbird and Pretty N Cool in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante September 5. Land Over Sea isn't scared of top company and has recorded a win, three seconds and a third place finish in her six starts. She leaves from gate 2 with Mario Gutierrez aboard hoping to turn the tables on her nemesis.
Street Fancy - Phil D'Amato trained filly will race for the fifth time Saturday having posted two wins and a third place finish so far. She enters off a disappointing sixth, 28 lengths behind Songbird in the Grade 2 Las Virgenes Stakes here February 6 which followed a terrific win at 6-1 odds in her graded stakes debut - the Grade 1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos December 12, a third in the minor Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar November 15 and a maiden score at first asking October 18 at Santa Anita. Street Fancy had been impressive before last time out and will be in search of a strong bounce back Saturday. Victor Espinoza gets the call from post 3.
Jade Princess - Bob Baffert trained filly has two wins in five career starts - fifth place finishes in the other three. Last time out was a fifth in the Grade 2 Las Virgenes Stakes here February 6 after one of her wins - an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track January 8. Before that was a fifth in her only other stakes action to date - the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes September 26 and a maiden score at Del Mar in her second career start. Jade Princess hopes for her first stakes win Saturday when she leaves from gate 9 with Rafael Bejarano in the saddle.
Mokat - has a win, a second and a third place finish in five career starts for trainer Richard Baltas. Last time out was a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming here February 5 after a fourth in a similar race on this track January 8 and a respectable second in her only stakes action to date - the Grade 3 Jimmy Durante Stakes at Del Mar November 28. Mokat will be after her first stakes win Saturday when she departs from the outside gate 10 with Flavien Prat in the reins.
Merirosvo - Patrick Gallagher trained filly has just three career starts with one win - that coming two starts back a MSW on in this track January 3. Her debut was disappointing - an eleventh place finish at Del Mar in November and last time out was another off-the-board finish - a fourth in the Grade 2 Las Virgenes Stakes on this track behind Songbird February 6. She hasn't been great in her career so far and will likely be in tough again Saturday. Drayden Van Dyke has been tabbed to ride from post 5.
My Dynamo - Jeff Bonde trained filly has two wins, a second and a third place finish in six career starts. She enters off an OK runner-up finish in the minor California Oaks at Golden Gate February 6, a fifth in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes here January 2 and a third in the minor Golden Gate Debutante Stakes November 28. Before that was an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Del Mar November 12 and a disappointing ninth, 22 lengths behind Songbird in the Grade 1 Del mar Debutante Stakes September 5. My Dynamo looks for her first stakes score and enters in so-so form. Fernando Hernandez Perez gets the call from the rail.
Code Warrior - has five career starts with three wins and a third place finish for trainer Manuel Badilla. She won her first three career starts including the minor Golden Gate Debutante Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths November 28, the minor Golden Nugget Stakes against males November 7 and a MSW in August - all at Golden Gate and made her graded stakes debut January 2 with a runner-up finish in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes on this track. Last time out was a disappointing fourth in the minor California Oaks at Golden Gate February 6. Code Warrior looks to snap a two race losing streak and get her first graded stakes score Saturday. Anne Sanguinetti has the mount from post hoping to accomplish that goal.
Not Now Carolyn - Keith Desormeaux trained filly has one win in three career starts - that coming by 1 1/2 lengths in a MSW here January 28. Before that was a ninth and a seventh respectively at the end of 2015. She step into stakes company off a career best effort after looking underwhelming to say the least in her first two starts. Not Now Carolyn looks as though she will be in over her head when she leaves from post 9 with Kent Desormeaux in the irons.
Pageant Material - Richard Baltas trained filly races in graded stakes company for the first time Saturday having recorded a win, a second and a third place finish in five career starts. She enters off a career worst effort in her stakes debut - a ninth in the minor Sweet Life Stakes on this track February 14. It followed a maiden score in her fourth career start, a third, a second and a sixth respectively to start her career. Pageant Material hasn't been great and will likely be in over her head in this one. Santiago Gonzalez has the mount from gate 4.
2016 Santa Ysabel Stakes Entries & Odds
Race 5 on Santa Anita's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:45 PM.
||Land Over Sea
||Drayden Van Dyke
||Not Now Carolyn