Lady of Shamrock
, a troubled second at even money in her most recent
start, will hope for better luck in Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000 Santa
Barbara Handicap, as she heads a field of seven older fillies and mares
committed to run 1 ¼ miles on turf.
Trained by John Sadler and owned by Hronis Racing LLC, Lady of
Shamrock broke awkwardly from the rail in the Grade II Santa Ana
Handicap on March 24 and finished with a rush to be beaten one length by
the highly regarded Tiz Flirtatious at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
A winner of the Grade I, 1 ¼ miles (turf) American Oaks in July
and the Grade I Del Mar Oaks in August, Lady of Shamrock is a deep
closer who would benefit from a fast early pace on Saturday. She is one
for two lifetime at the Santa Barbara distance.
The Santa Ana was her first start since running a close fifth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf on Nov. 2.
“She ran a great race, her first race back,” said regular rider
Mike Smith following the Santa Ana. “If she had a race under her belt, I
probably would have ridden her a little differently myself, but I
didn’t. It’s a long year and we just wanted a good race and that’s what
Ridden in her last four starts by Smith, she’ll be handled for
the first time by leading jockey Rafael Bejarano, as Smith rides at
Keeneland on Saturday.
A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Scat Daddy, Lady of Shamrock has a stellar record of 12-6-2-1 and earnings of $735,400.
With the exception of Lady of Shamrock, the complete field for
Saturday’s Santa Barbara Handicap from the rail out is as follows:
THE ONLY KEY
A 7-year-old English-bred mare, The Only Key is the elder
distaffer in the Santa Barbara and she comes off an eye-catching
allowance score from well off the pace going 1 ¼ miles on April 5 under
Kevin Krigger, who rides her back on Saturday.
A 3 ¼ length winner, her victory was so emphatic that trainer
Dean Greenman initially said he would point The Only Key to the Grade II
San Juan Capistrano Handicap against males on April 21.
Although class may be a question, her win was emphatic and her
credentials are impressive, as she is 13-3-1-3 lifetime at the Santa
Owned by former Santa Anita President Ron Charles, The Only Key
is a minor stakes winner in England and will be making her sixth
stateside start on Saturday. She has earnings of $97,443 from an
overall mark of 22-5-2-4.
This 5-year-old English-bred mare was a game nose winner of an
allowance race going one mile on turf March 29—her first start since
June 16, 2012. A minor stakes winner in England, she was third in the
Grade II Marjorie L. Everett Stakes on May 19 and was subsequently a
well beaten fourth in the Grade I Vanity Handicap June 16.
Trained by Peter Miller and owned by Brous Stable or Wachtel
Stable, she gets a new rider in Corey Nakatani, who rode her at Santa
Anita in her U.S. debut on Jan. 1, 2012.
Ridden by Garrett Gomez in her March 29 win, she was mid-pack
early and made a stout rail run through the lane. With a record of
20-5-5-4, she has earnings of $155,858. The Santa Barbara will be her
first try at 1 ¼ miles.
With Gary Stevens away to ride in Kentucky, David Flores will
get his first shot with this Patrick Biancone trainee. Fourth, beaten 4
¼ lengths by Tiz Flirtatious in the Santa Ana March 24, this 4-year-old
filly by Whywhywhy had no apparent excuses at odds of 17-1.
Although she broke her maiden in gate to wire fashion going a
mile on turf in Oct. 2011, her best recent races now have been from off
Owned by Robert Trussell, Long Face will be trying 1 ¼ miles for
the first time in the Santa Barbara. Her overall mark stands at
11-3-1-0, with earnings of $136,090.
Trained by Art Sherman, this lightly raced 4-year-old is on the
improve, as she comes off an authoritative 2 ¼ length allowance win at
one mile on turf March 16. Second, beaten a head from way off the pace
going a mile on turf Feb. 16, she sat much closer in her win March 16.
Owned by George Krikorian, Double Ante, a Kentucky-bred filly by
Purim, was ridden by Victor Espinoza in her March 16 score, but will be
handled for the first time by Tyler Baze in the Santa Barbara.
Her record stands at 7-2-2-1, with earnings of $107,480.
A lightly raced 4-year-old filly bred in Argentina, Viva Carina
is in sharp form and has the advantage of having a recent win over the
course at the Santa Barbara distance. Third, beaten a half length going
a mile in her last start on March 29, Viva Carina made every pole a
winning one in a mile and a quarter turf allowance on Feb. 15.
Trained by A.C. Avila and owned by Coudelaria Jessica, Viva
Carina is 8-2-1-1, with earnings of $115,420. She’ll be ridden back by
Victor Espinoza, who has been aboard for her last two starts.
MOONE’S MY NAME
Moone’s My Name, a 5-year-old English-bred mare, joins Lady of
Shamrock as the second John Sadler trainee in Saturday’s Santa Barbara
and she rates a legitimate chance based on her solid second place finish
in her U.S. debut, the one mile turf American Beauty Stakes April 7.
Idle since Nov. 1 in England , she earned a Beyer Speed figure of 90,
which matches her stablemate’s Santa Ana effort—giving the twosome best
last-out Santa Barbara “Beyer’s.”
A multiple stakes winner in England, she sat next to last early
in the five-horse American Beauty and came running to be beaten a neck.
Ridden by Garrett Gomez April 7, she’ll be handled for the first time
on Saturday by Joe Talamo.
Owned by the Batchelor Family Trust or Judi Partridge, Moone’s
My Name will try 1 ¼ miles for the first time on Saturday. Her overall
record stands at 18-6-3-4 and she has earnings of $100,933.
The complete field for the Santa Barbara, to be run as the fourth
on a nine-race program Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post
position order: The Only Key, Kevin Krigger, 114; Caelis, Corey
Nakatani, 117; Long Face, David Flores, 116; Lady of Shamrock, Rafael
Bejarano, 123; Double Ante, Tyler Baze, 114; Viva Carina, Victor
Espinoza, 115, and Moone’s My Name, Joe Talamo, 117.