Patience is a virtue, the old credo goes, and John Sadler is adhering
to it with the precocious 2-year-old filly Sister Moon, who will go
favored in her second start, Saturday’s $65,000 Anoakia Stakes at six
furlongs. After she won her maiden race by nearly 10 lengths at Del Mar
going 5 ½ furlongs, there was talk of trying a route in her next race,
but thoughts of that were eventually dismissed.
“She just wasn’t ready to stretch out, so we wanted to run her
short again and we got a race here in our own backyard,” Sadler said.
“That’s the plan.”
A daughter of Dixie Union owned and bred by Jerry and Ann Moss,
Sister Moon was not favored when she won at Del Mar on Aug. 21, going
off at 9-5. She looms a much shorter price in the Anoakia, where five
horses were entered to face her.
The field for the Anoakia, which goes as race three on a 10-race
program: Ismene, Patrick Valenzuela; Nicos Memory, Rafael Bejarano;
Lasso from El Paso, Victor Espinoza; Sister Moon, Joel Rosario; Evelyn’s
Dancer, Mario Gutierrez; and Lady Pecan, Martin Garcia.