Trainer Eric Guillot realizes he’ll need some luck if Open Water is
to turn the tide on favored Lady of Fifty in Sunday’s Grade II, $150,000
La Canada Stakes exclusively for 4-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.
Lady of Fifty defeated Open Water by 3 ¼ lengths last out in the
Grade II Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood on Dec. 8. Open Water spotted
Lady of Fifty four pounds in that race, and has only one race on Santa
Anita’s conventional dirt track. Open Water gets a nine-pound swing in
weights in the La Canada, 118 to Lady of Fifty’s 123.
“The Las Virgenes was the only time she ever ran on the dirt,”
Guillot pointed out, referring to Open Water’s third by six lengths to
front-running Eden’s Moon in the Grade I race for 3-year-old fillies
last March 12 at Santa Anita.
“She’s coming into this race really good, but she’s got to beat
the Lady of Fifty,” Guillot added. “My filly worked good and she’s
coming back very aggressive.
“If she takes to the dirt like she takes to synthetic and grass, I think she’ll be right there.”
The La Canada field: Open Water, Corey Nakatani; Lady of Fifty,
Martin Garcia; Book Review, Rafael Bejarano; Willa B Awesome, Martin
Pedroza; Ubelongtomemissy, Joe Talamo; and More Chocolate, Garrett