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La Canada: Open Water in Deep

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 Gomez.

 

 

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