2022 Astra Stakes at Santa Anita Park

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Santa Anita Park Press Release
Updated: January 15, 2022


Trainer Leonard Powell, him self a French native, will send out like favorite Neige Blanche (white snow) a 5-year-old French-bred mare, in the Grade 3, $125,000 Astra Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Monday, January 17.

For older fillies and mares with a hillside start at a marathon mile and one half on turf, the Astra has attracted a field of five.

2022 Astra Stakes Field & Odds

Race 7 at Santa Anita on Monday, January 17 - Post 6:45 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Neige Blanche (FR) 2-5 Juan Hernandez
124 Lbs
Leonard Powell
2 Disappearing Act 4-1 Flavien Prat
120 Lbs
Richard Baltas
3 Frose 20-1 Mario Gutierrez
120 Lbs
George Papaprodromou
4 Reiwa 5-1 Umberto Rispoli
120 Lbs
Jonathan Wong
5 Scherzo (GB) 6-1 Kyle Frey
120 Lbs
Manuel Badilla

A winner of the Grade III Santa Barbara Stakes going the same distance five starts back on May, 2021, Neige Blanche has maintained a consistent form, winning an ungraded stakes at 1 3/8 miles on turf three starts back on Aug. 14 at Del Mar, and winning her most recent assignment, the Grade III Red Carpet Handicap at a mile and three eighths on turf Nov. 25.

A winner of three of her six starts in her native France, Neige Blanche has won three of her nine stateside starts with Powell, including winning three out of six last year and a career-best $204,168. Owned by Madaket Stables, LLC, Laura DeSeroux, Marsh Naify and Mathilde Powell, Neige Blanche took the Red Carpet in gate to wire fashion but has also proven effective stalking the pace in marathon scenarios.

With an overall mark of 15-6-0-3, she's the leading money earner in the field with $315,280 and will be ridden for the seventh consecutive time by Juan Hernandez.

California-bred Reiwa, a winner of two consecutive allowance races on Oct. 30 and Nov. 20 at Golden Gate Fields, comes off a fourth place finish in the ungraded Miss America Stakes going a mile and one sixteenth on Dec. 12.

Trained by Jonathan Wong, Reiwa, a 5-year-old mare by the El Prado stallion James Street, she's 18-4-5-0 overall and will be looking for her first stakes win with Umberto Rispoli up.

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