2017 Santa Ynez Stakes Preview, Entries & Odds

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Dave Bond | OTB Writer

OffTrackBetting.com - The G2 Santa Ynez Stakes will be contested this Sunday, January 8 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. A purse of $100,000 will be up for grabs for three year old fillies willing to race seven furlongs on Santa Anita's dirt track.

A strong field of nine will give it a go in the Santa Ynez - race 8 on Santa Anita's Sunday schedule. Post time is 4:00 PM. Let's take a look into the past performances of all nine entries for this Grade 2 stakes.

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2017 Santa Ynez Stakes Entries at Santa Anita Park

Noted and Quoted - has two wins in five career starts for trainer Bob Baffert. She was fourth in her debut July 16, broke maiden August 7 and followed that with a fourth in the G1 Del Mar Debutante September 3 - all results at Del Mar. She broke through with a terrific win at 7-1 odds on this track in the G1 Chandelier Stakes October 1 but most recently fell back to earth with a seventh after setting the pace and tiring badly as favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies November 5. Noted and Quoted has been trending upward before a disappointment last time out and will be out to prove that result was the exception, not the norm. Martin Garcia will be in the irons from gate 6.

Shane's Girlfriend - will race for just the third time for trainer Doug O'Neill, looking to remain undefeated. Her first start was a good one - a 5 3/4 length maiden score at six furlongs at Santa Anita October 28 and her second was a dominant 13 1/4 length triumphant step into stakes company in the $400,000 G3 Delta Downs Princess Stakes November 19. Shane's Girlfriend hasn't been touched so far in her career and hopes to continue and impressive start to her career from gate 8 with Flavien Prat guiding her.

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Unique Bella - has two career starts for Jerry Hollendorfer with a win and a second place finish. She races in stakes company for the first time off an impressive 10 ¼ length maiden score at 6 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar November 26 and a second as 1-5 favorite in her debut - on this track back in June. Unique Bella has shown improvement, has three recent bullet works on her tab and will be out for a career-defining win from post 3 Saturday. Mike Smith will be in the saddle.

It Tiz Well - Jerry Hollendorfer trained filly has two career starts with a win and a third place finish. She debuted with a third on this track October 28 and most recently broke maiden by an incredible 10 lengths as heavy favorite at Los Alamitos December 18. It Tiz Well's arrow is pointing way up and will be out to make a serious statement Saturday. Drayden Van Dyke will be in the reins.

Princess Karen - will hit the track for just the second time for trainer Jeff Bonde having posted a nice win in her only career start - on this track October 15. Princess Karen steps up in confident form and will try to make some noise from post 5. Rafael Bejarano rides.

Resilient Humor - Jesus Mendoza trained filly has just one career start and it was a good one - a maiden score at Los Alamitos December 8. She was impressive in that race and hopes to be again in her step up in competition. Kent Desormeaux has been tabbed to ride from the rail.

Sandy's Surprise - has a win, a second and a third place finish in four career starts for trainer Doug O'Neill. She made her stakes debut last time out and finished a disappointing sixth in the G1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos December 10 which followed a maiden score here November 3, a second and a third respectively in a pair of MSW to start her career. Sandy's Surprise looked good before last time out and will be hoping for a strong rebound from gate 2. Mario Gutierrez gets the call.

Go On Mary - Doug O'Neill trained filly has four career starts with a win and a third place finish. She stepped into stakes company for the first time last time out and recorded a disappointing ninth in the G1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos December 10. She broke maiden before that - at Del Mar November 12 and she also posted a third and a fourth in a pair of MSW races to start her career. Go On Mary was certainly improving before last time out and will be out to avenge that dud of a performance from post 7. Jamie Theriot is scheduled to ride.

Carrie - has a win and a second place finish in her five career starts for trainer Charles Stutts. She finished second in her debut and broke maiden in her second career start - on this track May 12 but hasn't looked great since. Last time out was a sixth in a Starter Optional Claiming at Del Mar December 2 after a fifth in an Allowance on that track November 18 and a tenth in her only stakes action to date - the minor Juvenile Turf Sprint Stakes on this track November 5. Carrie hopes to snap a slump Saturday and for a first stakes score when she leaves from gate 4 with Modesto Linares aboard.


2017 Santa Ynez Stakes Odds & Entries

Race 8 on Santa Anita's Sunday card with a Post Time of 7:00 PM.

Entry Horse Jockey Trainer
1 Resilient Humor Kent Desormeaux Jesus Mendoza
2 Sandy's Surprise Mario Gutierrez Doug O'Neill
3 Unique Bella Mike Smith Jerry Hollendorfer
4 Carrie Modesto Linares Charles Stutts
5 Princess Karen Rafael Bejarano Jeff Bonde
6 Noted and Quoted Martin Garcia Bob Baffert
7 Go On Mary Jamie Theriot Doug O'Neill
8 Shane's Girlfriend Flavien Prat Doug O'Neill
9 It Tiz Well Drayden Van Dyke Jerry Hollendorfer

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