Monrovia Stakes 2019: Entries & Odds at Santa Anita

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Santa Anita Park Press Release | OTB Writer

English-bred Belvoir Bay and stablemate Painting Corners both figure prominently in one of the Memorial Day Weekend's best betting races, Sunday's Grade II, $200,000 Monrovia Stakes, at five furlongs over the Santa Anita Park turf.

The Monrovia, carded as the seventh race on a nine-race program, has attracted a deep and competitive field of 10 fillies and mares three and up, with one horse on the also eligible list.

Trainer Phil D'Amato's California-bred S Y Sky, a Nick Alexander homebred, also rates a big look in the large field, as she comes off what might have been her biggest win in the five furlong turf Camilla Urso Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

2019 Monrovia Stakes Odds & Entries

Race 7 at Santa Anita on Sunday, May 26 - Post 7:03 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Poster Girl (GB) 10-1 Evin Roman
121 Lbs
Matthew Chew
2 S Y Sky 6-1 Drayden Van Dyke
121 Lbs
Philip D'Amato
3 Rocky Policy 12-1 Ruben Fuentes
121 Lbs
Andrew Lerner
4 Painting Corners 4-1 Joseph Talamo
121 Lbs
Peter Miller
5 Ginger Nut (IRE) 6-1 Rafael Bejarano
116 Lbs
John Sadler
6 A Little Bit Me 6-1 Geovanni Franco
121 Lbs
Richard Baltas
7 Flammetta 30-1 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.
121 Lbs
Richard Baltas
8 Belvoir Bay (GB) 9-5 Flavien Prat
121 Lbs
Peter Miller
9 Gliding By 15-1 Mario Gutierrez
121 Lbs
Richard Baltas
10 Lady Suebee 15-1 Victor Espinoza
121 Lbs
John Sadler
11 Spectator 15-1 Martin Garcia
121 Lbs
Philip D'Amato

BELVOIR BAY

Sheer class at age six, Belvoir Bay is the defending champion in the Monrovia and is by far the leading money earner in the field with $1,085,787. Most recently second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths in a $2 million Group I sprint going six furlongs on turf in Dubai March 30, she was an emphatic 4 ¾ length winner of the ungraded Wishing Well Stakes going five furlongs on turf two starts back here on Feb. 16 and is 7-3-3-0 at five eighths of mile on grass.

With an overall mark of 25-11-5-2 and Flavien Prat back aboard, Belvoir Bay rates top billing.

Owner: Gary Barber | Trainer: Peter Miller

PAINTING CORNERS

Most recently a front-running 1 ½ length winner of the ungraded Mizdirection Stakes going five furlongs on turf April 13, this 5-year-old Florida-bred mare by the Smart Strike stallion Pleasant Strike, has three wins from seven tries at five furlongs on grass as she seeks her first graded stakes victory with leading man Joe Talamo back aboard.

Based at San Luis Rey Downs with her far more accomplished stablemate, Painting Corners, who has an overall mark of 18-6-2-4, figures to blast off and hope to hold off all comers on Sunday.

Owner: Altimira Racing Stable & Slam Dunk Racing | Trainer: Peter Miller

S Y SKY

The lone California-bred in the lineup, this 5-year-old Grazen mare was brilliant in her five furlong turf debut on April 27 at Golden Gate as she rallied to take the Camilla Urso by 3 ½ lengths at odds of 3-5. Sidelined due to a tendon issue mid-way through her 2-year-old campaign, S Y Sky, who is out of Alexander's Sky Mesa mare Sky Marni, has a remarkable overall mark of 12-6-5-1 and earnings of $542,320.

She's no doubt stepping way up in class in what will be her first graded stakes assignment and with Prat sticking with Belvoir Bay, S Y Sky will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke.

Owner: Nick Alexander | Trainer: Phil D'Amato

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