Steve Knapp has been known to light up the tote board on occasion, but if blue collar California-bred filly Harlington’s Rose
captures Saturday’s Grade I, $250,000 Chandelier Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles, the illumination would rival the Las Vegas Strip.
Oddsmaker Jon White has her at 30-1 on his morning line.
That didn’t dissuade the 56-year-old Knapp, who captured the Oak Tree training title in 2005 but has never won a Grade I race.
“She was totally wiped out in her last race,” Knapp said, referring to the bay filly’s second by 8 ¾ lengths at odds 24-1 in the Barretts Debutante at Fairplex Park Sept. 14.
“This is a big step up, but she’s bred to run a mile and a quarter. Harlington (her sire) ran a mile and a quarter, and her grandfather, Unbridled, ran a mile and quarter (winning the 1990 Kentucky Derby by 3 ½ lengths), so we figured no horse in the race has run this far yet, so why not take a shot?
“If she doesn’t fire, then we have the Cal Cup race on Nov. 1 ($200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies), which is Cal-breds only. But we’re hopeful she runs a big race Saturday.”
The field for the Chandelier: Fascinating, Rafael Bejarano, 2-1; Colonel Joan, Garrett Gomez, 8-1; Antiquity, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Harlington’s Rose, Corey Nakatani, 30-1; Awesome Baby, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Belle of the Fleet, Joe Talamo, 8-1; Secret Compass, Rosie Napravnik, 12-1; and She’s a Tiger, Gary Stevens, 5-2.