When it comes to running Sugarinthemorning in this Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 La Brea
Stakes, Ron McAnally is taking a realistic approach.
“She’s doing well, working good, had a good seven-eighths the
other day (1:25.40 on Friday) and a good three-quarters before that,”
the 79-year-old Hall of Fame trainer said Monday morning.
“But in my opinion, she’s in a little tougher than she’s ever been but it was the owner’s idea and he pays the bills.
“His name is Steve Weissman.” Sugarinthemorning also is owned by
Weissman’s daughter, Samantha. Father and daughter reside in Dana Point.
Sugarinthemorning has five wins from 11 starts, including two
ungraded stakes, the Fleet Treat and the Torrey Pines at Del Mar last
summer. In her only previous graded race, the Grade I Darley Debutante
at Del Mar when she was a 2-year-old, the daughter of Candy Ride was a
pace factor before weakening to sixth.
McAnally has three prior wins in the La Brea: with Savannah Slew in 1985; Brought to Mind in 1990; and Affluent in 2001.
Asked if she was named for the 1957 hit “Sugartime” sung by the
McGuire Sisters for Coral Records in 1957, McAnally said, “I don’t know.
The owner named her and he thought it was a good name.”
Probable for the La Brea: Great Hot, Chantal Sutherland; Home
Sweet Aspen, Joel Rosario; May Day Rose, Martin Garcia;
Sugarinthemorning, Garrett Gomez; Teddy’s Promise, Victor Espinoza; Tiz
Flirtatious, Rafael Bejarano; and Turbulent Descent, David Flores.