2019 Astra Stakes Entries & Odds at Santa Anita

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Santa Anita Park Press Release | OTB Writer

Bob Baffert's Irish-bred Plein Air is back to defend her title in Sunday's Grade III, $100,000 Astra Stakes at Santa Anita Park, as she, along with Ray Bell's Mantuana and Jim Cassidy's Amboseli, head a wide open field of 10 fillies and mares going a marathon mile and one half on turf.

In what was her U.S. debut, Plein Air was an impressive gate to wire winner of the 2018 Astra, which was subsequently upgraded to Grade III status. Winless in two subsequent starts, the 5-year-old mare comes into Sunday's Astra on the heels of six month freshening, which is just how she approached last year's running.

Claimed three starts back out of a $40,000 claiming win at 1 3/8 miles on turf Aug. 22, India Mantuana could prove a menacing obstacle to Plein Air, as she exits a sharp gate to wire score in the marathon Grade III Red Carpet Handicap going 1 3/8 miles on grass at Del Mar Nov. 22.

D P Racing's Amboseli, although winless in her last 16 starts, has kept good company and is best suited as a deep closer, a style that might fit well given the running styles of the top two.

2019 Astra Stakes Odds & Entries

Race 8 on Santa Anita's Sunday card with a Post Time of 6:34 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Cheekaboo 10-1 Joel Rosario
118 Lbs
Peter Eurton
2 Lynne's Legacy 6-1 Alonso Quinonez
120 Lbs
Doug O'Neill
3 Arctic Roll (GB) 20-1 Ruben Fuentes
118 Lbs
Andrew Lerner
4 Amboseli 6-1 Kent Desormeaux
118 Lbs
James Cassidy
5 Plein Air (IRE) 4-1 Drayden Van Dyke
118 Lbs
Bob Baffert
6 Trust Fund Kitty 30-1 Brice Blanc
118 Lbs
Val Brinkerhoff
7 Copper Fever 30-1 Joseph Talamo
118 Lbs
Craig Dollase
8 K P Pergoliscious (IRE) 3-1 Mike Smith
118 Lbs
Jeff Mullins
9 India Mantuana 7-2 Tyler Baze
122 Lbs
Thomas Bell, II
10 Pantsonfire (IRE) 6-1 Flavien Prat
118 Lbs
Richard Baltas

PLEIN AIR

Off at 7-1 in her U.S. debut with Tyler Baze, she was then favored in her next two turf starts, a fifth place finish in the Grade III Santa Barbara Stakes at 1 ½ miles April 28 and in the ungraded Possibly Perfect, at a mile and one quarter on June 3. With Drayden Van Dyke set to ride for the first time, look for Plein Air to bounce back to good form and be forwardly placed on Sunday.

Owner: Sunny Brook Stables, LLC | Trainer: Bob Baffert

INDIA MANTUANA

Ridden by Tyler Baze in his last three starts, this 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Wilburn has responded with a pair of front-running wins. In her Red Carpet triumph, India Mantuana, who was off at 18-1, opened up by six lengths after the first half mile and held sway late by a half-length going 1 3/8 miles on turf.

Unlike many others in the Astra lineup, India Mantuana has won a good percentage of her lifetime starts, evidenced by her overall mark of 24-6-2-4. Her primary obstacles on Sunday would appear to be Plein Air and K P Pergoliscious, who've both done their best running when on the lead.

Owner: Richard A. Bell | Trainer: T.R. Bell

AMBOSELI

Although she has but two wins from 25 lifetime starts, this 7-year-old Maddalia d'Oro mare has a dependable come from behind style, which could make her extra dangerous in a lineup that includes three speedsters such as Plein Air, India Mantuana and K P Pergoliscious.

Most recently fifth, beaten 3 ½ lengths by highly regarded Fahan Mura in the Grade III Robert J. Frankel at 1 1/8 miles on turf Dec. 29, look for Amboseli to be much further back early in the Astra as Kent Desormeaux tries to time her late run just right.

Owner: D P Racing, LLC | Trainer: Jim Cassidy

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