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HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

Welcome Back … St Trinians!

With a sixteenth of a mile to go, it appeared the mighty Zenyatta’s winning streak was in serious danger. Mike Smith was getting in to her like I had not seen since 2009, and yet the other filly was somehow holding her at bay.  The race was Last year’s Vanity Handicap and the other mare was St Trinians, who was making her first appearance since finishing off the board as the betting favorite in the Santa Anita Handicap.

Although dwarfed by the larger than life Zenyatta, she was accelerating down the lane with her unique eggbeater stride,
apparently oblivious to what everyone thought was supposed to happen. As the two feisty females quickly left the rest of the field far behind, Zenyatta would need every ounce of her great will to win, and every inch of the 1 1/8 mile race, to hit the wire first. Under new rider, Martin Garcia, St Trinians had run a great race despite losing for the first time in five races against females since arriving in America.

Flash forward eight months, and the now six-year-old paddling mare, St Trinians is back. Santa Anita’s Grade 2 Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares will be her first time in the starting gate since her sensational battle with Zenyatta. Saturday’s race will also mark the daughter of Piccolo’s first try on a traditional dirt surface. Conditioner Mike Mitchell is showing a lot of confidence in his charge, bringing her back in a grade two stakes race after the long layoff, but that is nothing new for St Trinians.

After winning her first four races in the United States impressively, including defeating the defending Ladies’ Classic winner, Life is Sweet, in last year’s edition of the Santa Maria, St Trinians could not have found any tougher spots than the Big Cap and the Vanity. Mitchell feels that she will be ready for Saturday’s challenge off her workouts alone, and is looking forward to the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic as his star’s ultimate goal.



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We need to remember that Zenyatta was giving the field from 10-15 pounds! She still got the job done, but that was the onlly reason, I think, that St. Trinians got that close to her! I'm hoping that Zardana, St. Trinians, and Vision all wind up in the Santa Margarita, along with Blind Luck, Harmonious and Princess to challenge Switch! The winner of that race will likely be crowned the reigning new Older Female to fill the spot vacated by Zenyatta! I would love it if either Harnomious or Zardana were to win that spot, as Zenyatta's former stable mates!
It's going to be a challenge after the long layoff, but I'll be cheering for her!
Dirt is a question mark, but Mitchell seems to think she likes it. If she does, look out.
I love St Trinians and the fact that Mitchell isn't afraid to take risks with her and try new things. She's coming back in a tough spot but I think she'll pull through, she was so tough and talented last year!
Love this mare, really hope that she comes back and runs well in this race. Her trainer seems confident in her ability, but it seems strange to me that he said last year she wouldn't run on dirt and now comes back and hopes she does well on the surface. Safe trip and stay consistent St Trins. Good Luck.

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