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St Trinians Looking for Confidence Booster

February 13, 2010.Joel Rosario, riding St. Trinians, wins the Santa Maria Handicap at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA
Trainer Mike Mitchell is hoping a rider switch, a cutback in distance and a break from Grade I and II competition in Sunday’s $85,000-added, one-mile Adoration Stakes will bring a first win in 2011 for prized 6-year-old mare St Trinians.

St. Trinians has finished fourth in four straight Grade I or Grade II starts since March – once by disqualification after crossing under the wire first in the Grade II Milady Handicap at Hollywood Park. Frustrating fourths to Mitchell, who bluntly says, “I’m trying to put her in the winner’s circle” of the 6-year-old English-bred mare who gave the great Zenyatta a major scare before a narrow loss in last year’s Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park.

St Trinians will be undertaking an assignment shorter than 1 1/16 miles for the first time since December of 2009 and will have Joel Rosario aboard for the first time since March of 2010. Chantal Sutherland was up for a fourth-place finish of five in the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes on Saturday, August 6.

“Joel knows her and has won three times on her, so I’m making that switch,” Mitchell said. “If we can win, then I can think about Keeneland (fall stakes) or whatever.”

The Adoration drew a field of eight.


From the first moment he saw the yearling filly at Rancho Paseana, Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally was smitten with Sugarinthemornng.

“She was in a field 100 feet away, and I liked her looks,” McAnally said Friday morning. “There was something about her that made you think she was going to be a good one.”

Now a three-year-old, the daughter of Candy Ride, California-bred and owned by Stephen B. Weissman, will be seeking her third straight stakes victory, and second of the Del Mar meeting, when she takes on five rivals in Sunday’s $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes.

Sugarinthemorning was a wire-to-wire, 3 1 /4-length winner of the Fleet Treat Stakes on July 30 under Patrick Valenzuela, a follow-up to a 1 ½-length win from off the pace in the Manhattan Beach at Hollywood Park on June 18. Valenzuela, who led the Pacific Classic from start to finish last Sunday on Acclamation, has been aboard for the last six starts for Sugarinthemornng.

“We’re keeping the same rider, which is good, and stretching her out (from seven furlongs to a mile),” McAnally said.  “We’ve been slowing her works down, so hopefully she will rate and finish good and strong.


Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer remained positioned two away from career win No. 6,000 when his lone starter, Capital Plan, failed to hit the board in Thursday’s seventh race.

He has four scheduled starters today, three at Golden Gate Fields and one at Del Mar.  In order of probable post times they are:  Sky High Hatty (9-5) and Going For A Spin (2-1), first race, 12:45 p.m. at Golden Gate Fields;  Tio Vic (5-2), seventh race, 3:49 p,m. at Golden Gate Fields and  Sahara Sky (9-2), sixth race, 6:30 p.m. at Del Mar.



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Older Comments about St Trinians Looking for Confidence Booster...

Ajump - agree, that's a good spot for her.
Will they send her to Keeneland to stay on the Poly? Obviously an all-weather specialist, and Spinster has been lack luster the last couple years.
shes a good mare
Well she got her win today, good for her

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