Multiple Grade I stakes placed Charm the Maker, who comes off a
troubled fourth-place finish in the Grade II Bayakoa Handicap on Dec. 8,
heads a seven-horse field in Sunday’s $75,000 Paseana Handicap for
older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.
Charm the Maker, trained by Ron McAnally, owned by his wife,
Debbie, and bred by both, was a solid third, beaten 1 ½ lengths, in the
Grade III Autumn Miss going a mile on turf at Santa Anita on Oct. 27.
Third in the Grade I Oak Leaf and second in the Grade I Hollywood
Starlet at two, Charm the Maker was winless from six starts last year.
The 4-year-old filly by Empire Maker is 5-1-1-1 at the Paseana
distance and will be ridden back by Garrett Gomez. Her overall record
is 10-2-2-2, with earnings of $262,040.
Fourth, beaten just 1 ¼ lengths going seven furlongs in the
Grade I La Brea Stakes on Dec. 26, the Bob Baffert-trained Candrea looks
like a solid fit in the Paseana.
Second in the Grade I Oak Leaf at two, Candrea rallied gamely
two starts back to win a tough classified allowance going 6 ½ furlongs
on Nov. 29 at Betfair Hollywood Park. A 4-year-old Florida-bred filly
by Trippi, Candrea has earnings of $181,980 from a 11-3-2-0 mark and
will again be handled by Martin Garcia.
Baffert and Rafael Bejarano will have theft in mind Sunday with
the up and coming Distracting. The 4-year-old filly by Distorted Humor
won her first two starts sprinting and disappointed as the 3-5 favorite
in a second-condition allowance going six furlongs on Oct. 20 at Santa
Baffert will remove blinkers as she tries a route of ground for
the first time from the rail in the Paseana. Owned and bred by Hill “n”
Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. and Edward McGhee, she has earnings of
The complete field for the Paseana Handicap, to be run as
Sunday’s third race, with jockeys and weights in post position order:
Distracting, Rafael Bejarano, 115; Curvy Cat, Corey Nakatani, 115; Charm
the Maker, Garrett Gomez, 118; Snow Fall, Tyler Baze, 117; Sweetly
Peppered, Juan Hernandez, 116; Great Hot, Alonso Quinonez, 118, and
Candrea, Martin Garcia, 117.