Stretch-running distaff sensation Blind Luck, arguably North America’s most exciting Thoroughbred since Zenyatta, takes dead aim Saturday at the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic with her final dress rehearsal in Santa Anita’s Grade I, $250,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.
The Lady’s Secret is one of four Grade I stakes races on Breeders’ Cup Challenge Day at Santa Anita with each competition offering “Win and You’re In” entrée into racing’s championship event, the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 4 and 5 at Churchill Downs in Kentucky. The other three are the Goodwood, The Norfolk, and the Yellow Ribbon – each offering a purse of $250,000.
The complete field for the Lady’s Secret Stakes, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Blind Luck, Garrett Gomez, 124; Champagne d’Oro, Joseph Talamo, 119; Ask the Moon, Martin Garcia, 124; Love Theway Youare, Christian Santiago Reyes, 116; Great Hot, Chantal Sutherland, 116; Ultra Blend, David Flores, 124, and Zazu, Joel Rosario, 118.
The Goodwood, at 1 1-8 miles, is for open competition, and its nine entrants include 2011 Santa Anita Handicap champion Game On Dude. Horse of the Year prospect Acclamation was entered in the Goodwood, but trainer Don Warren has said last month’s Grade I Pacific Classic winner is more likely to run in Sunday’s Grade II Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship at 1-¼ miles.
The complete field for the Goodwood Stakes, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Acclamation, Patrick Valenzuela, 124; Coil, Garcia, 121; Tres Borrachos, Rosario, 119; Preamble, Victor Espinoza, 119; Golden Itiz, Talamo, 119; Miss Match, Gomez, 121; Awesome Gem, David Flores, 119; Game On Dude, Sutherland, 121, and Nijinsky’s Song, no rider, 116. (note: If Acclamation is scratched as expected, Valenzuela would ride Nijinsky’s Song).
The Norfolk, for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, reunites Drill and Creative Cause, one-two finishers earlier this month in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity. The field for the Norfolk Stakes, with jockeys in post position order (each entrant carries 122 pounds): Super Candy, Hector Berrios; Loukas, Valenzuela; Ruler of Dubai, Mike Smith; Creative Cause, Rosario; Drill, Garcia, and Basmati, Talamo.
The Yellow Ribbon Stakes presented by Emirates Airline has attracted a deeply contentious field of nine fillies and mares competing over 1¼ miles on turf. The field for the Yellow Ribbon: Turning Top, Flores, 119; Cozi Rosie, Gomez, 121; Dubawi Heights, Rosario, 124; Malibu Pier, Brice Blanc, 121; City to City, Smith, 119; Private Affair, Berrios, 119; Harmonious, Garcia, 121; Cambina, Valenzuela, 121, and Medaglia d’Amour, Talamo, 119.
Source: Santa Anita press release