2018 Santa Barbara Stakes Entries & Odds at Santa Anita

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Santa Anita Press Release | OTB Writer

Santa Anita Park - Irish-bred Plein Air will hope to replicate her dazzling U.S. debut on January 14 as she heads a field of six fillies and mares three and up in Saturday's Grade III, $100,000 Santa Barbara Stakes at a mile and one half over the Santa Anita turf.

Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Tyler Baze, Plein Air made every pole a winning one in the mile and one half turf Astra Stakes and will likely employ similar tactics in her second Santa Anita start.

Prominent among five rivals is fellow Irish-bred Pantsonfire, who is one of three Richard Baltas-trained distaffers in the Santa Barbara. A winner of two out of her last three starts here with the recently departed Rajiv Maragh aboard, she'll be ridden on Saturday by Corey Nakatani.


2018 Santa Barbara Stakes Odds & Entries

Race 4 on Santa Anita's Saturday card with a Post Time of 4:35 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Lucy De 3-1 Kent Desormeaux Richard Baltas
2 Pantsonfire (IRE) 2-1 Corey Nakatani Richard Baltas
3 Queen Blossom (IRE) 8-1 Flavien Prat Richard Baltas
4 Causeforcommotion 6-1 Geovanni Franco J. Kruljac
5 Space Cadet 12-1 Franklin Ceballos Richard Baltas
6 Plein Air (IRE) 8-5 Tyler Baze Bob Baffert

PLEIN AIR

Owner: Sunny Brook Stables, LLC

Trainer: Bob Baffert

With a sharp resume that included seven wins from 10 starts in Italy, Plein Air, although she was dispatched at 7-1, was ridden confidently by Baze in the Astra as he rationed her considerable speed to perfection in prevailing by three quarters of a length over the well-accomplished Evo Campo, and by 2 ½ lengths over stablemate Lucy De. A 5-year-old mare who had been raced exclusively in Italy, Plein Air is an impressive 11-8-1-1 overall with earnings of $155,272.

Although she will step up to the graded level in the Santa Barbara at the same distance, Plein Air won't face a graded winner in the field of six-unlike the Astra, when she held off 2017 Santa Barbara winner Evo Campo by three-quarters of a length.

PANTSONFIRE

Owner: Next Wave Racing, Pat Maciariello, Jeremy Peskoff and Mark Silverstein

Trainer: Richard Baltas

Winless in four starts in her native Ireland, this 4-year-old filly has come to hand under the care of Baltas, winning three of her eight Southern California starts, including two out of her last three. Off as the 2-1 favorite in a second condition allowance at a mile and one eighth on turf here April 7, Pantsonfire split horses a furlong out en route to an impressive head victory, which should set her up well for a top performance in the Santa Barbara.

Nakatani, who finished second with her in her U.S. debut on July 27 at Del Mar, was also aboard for a heartbreak nose defeat five starts back on Nov. 19 at Del Mar. Look for her to be rolling late in her first try at a mile and one half on Saturday.

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