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OffTrackBetting.com - The G3 Santa Barbara Stakes comes our way this Sunday, April 30 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will take to Santa Anita's turf track and race 1 1/2 miles searching for the winner's portion of the $100,000 purse.
A field of nine have been confirmed for the Santa Barbara Stakes - race 6 on Santa Anita's Sunday schedule. Post time is 3:30 PM. Here is a glance into the past performances of all nine combatants for this G3 marathon stakes.
Evo Campo - Irish bred Patrick Gallagher trained mare has placed in eight of 12 career starts - five wins, a second and two third place finishes. She enters this week off a fifth in her graded stakes debut - the G2 Santa Ana Stakes here March 12 and nine months away. Before that was a two race win streak - the minor Possibly Perfect Stakes here way back in June and an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track in May. She also had a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming last March and a third and a win respectively in Allowance Optional Claiming races to start 2016. Evo Campo looked good last summer, has four wins and a third in eight starts on Santa Anita turf and will be out to avenge a disappointing graded stakes debut from gate 8. Rafael Bejarano will be in the saddle.
Place des Vosges - Richard Baltas trained mare has four wins, six seconds and three third place finishes in 23 career starts. She makes her graded stakes debut Sunday on a two race win streak - both Allowance Optional Claiming races on turf here with the last coming March 26. Before that was a fourth, a fifth, a third and a win in Allowance races this past winter. Her only stakes action came before that and resulted in a sixth in the minor Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon in September. Place des Vosges arrives in career best form and will be after a first stakes score from gate 2. Corey Nakatani gets the call.
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Dressed to a T - has four wins, two seconds and two third place finishes in 14 career starts for trainer Ben Cecil. Last time out was an OK third in the minor Dream of Summer Stakes here March 26 which followed an Allowance Optional Claiming score here March 3 and a sixth in the minor Astra II Stakes on this track February 2. She finished seventh in her only graded stakes start to date - the G1 Gamely Stakes here in May, 2016. Dressed to a T has placed in three of her last four starts - OK form and will be after a first stakes win from post 3 Sunday. Flavien Prat has been tabbed to ride.
Mrs. Norris - has just one win, five seconds and a third place finish in 15 career starts for trainer Eoin Harty. She makes her graded stakes debut Sunday on the heels of consecutive runner-up finishes - an Allowance Optional Claiming here March 23 and an Allowance Optional Claiming at Del Mar December 4. Before that was and a fifth, a fourth and a sixth in similar races around California. Her only stakes action was a respectable second in the minor Sandy Blue Stakes at Del Mar in July. Mrs. Norris steps up in OK form with Victor Espinoza scheduled to ride from post 7.
Laseen - Irish bred James Cassidy trained mare has just three wins, eight seconds and a third place finish in 22 career starts. She posted a stakes win in France in August and followed that with a respectable runner-up finish in the minor Prix Panacee-Fonds European de l'Evevage in November - her last start overseas. Laseen debuted in North America March 26 and finished second in an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track. She has shown form in the past and hopes to make some noise on North American soil from post 9 Sunday. Mike Smith has been tabbed to ride.
Hiking - has 21 career starts for trainer Simon Callaghan with four wins, three seconds and four third place finishes. She was OK at the beginning of 2016 when she posted three third place finishes and an Allowance Optional Claiming score during a four race span but hasn't been all that great lately. Last time out was a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming here March 26 which followed eight months away and a sixth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Del Mar in July. Hiking shoots for a first stakes win Sunday when she leaves from gate 4 with Brice Blanc aboard.
Responsibleforlove - Irish bred Neil Drysdale trained mare has placed in five of seven career starts. She made her North American debut March 12 and finished seventh in the G2 Santa Ana Stakes after a third in the Premio Archidamia in Rome October 2, a tenth in the Group 2 Premio Oaks D'Italia in May and a three race win streak including two stakes scores overseas to start her 2016 campaign. Responsibleforlove has been decent in her career so far and will be after a career-defining win from the outside post 5 Sunday. Kent Desormeaux will be in the reins.
Betty Draper - lightly raced James Cassidy trained mare has placed in five of six career starts - two wins and three third place finishes. She started her career in France where she finished third in her first three career starts and won an Allowance in October. Her two North American starts resulted in an Allowance Optional Claiming score here March 16 and an eighth in another Allowance Optional Claiming on this track April 9. Betty Draper makes her stakes debut in so-so form Sunday when she leaves from gate 6 with Santiago Gonzalez guiding her.
Estrechada - stakes winning Argentinean bred Mike Puype trained mare has placed in 11 of 17 career starts - four wins, four seconds and three third place finishes. She was last seen finishing fifth in the G1 Santa Margarita Stakes here March 18 after a respectable second in the minor Astra II February 2 and a ninth in the G2 Marathon Stakes on this track November 4 - her North American debut. She failed to place in her last two starts at home including a fifth in the Group 2 General Belgrano in June but did place in her four previous starts. Estrechada has been a tad up and down in her career and will be out to make a little North American noise Sunday. Stewart Elliot will be in the irons from the rail.
Race 6 on Santa Anita's Sunday card with a Post Time of 6:30 PM.
|1||Estrechada (ARG)||Stewart Elliott||Mike Puype|
|2||Place des Vosges||Corey Nakatani||Richard Baltas|
|3||Dressed to a T||Flavien Prat||Ben Cecil|
|4||Hiking||Brice Blanc||Simon Callaghan|
|5||Responsibleforlove (IRE)||Kent Desormeaux||Neil Drysdale|
|6||Betty Draper||Santiago Gonzalez||James Cassidy|
|7||Mrs. Norris||Victor Espinoza||Eoin Harty|
|8||Evo Campo (IRE)||Rafael Bejarano||Patrick Gallagher|
|9||Laseen (IRE)||Mike Smith||James Cassidy|
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