Baffert-trained Plein Air wins Santa Anita's Astra in U.S. debut

Baffert-trained Plein Air wins Santa Anita's Astra in U.S. debut
Photo: Zoe Metz Photography

With Tyler Baze rationing her considerable speed throughout, Irish-bred Plein Air made her U.S. debut a winning one, taking Sunday’s$75,000 Astra Stakes in gate to wire fashion by three quarters of a length. Trained by Bob Baffert, Plein Air got a marathon mile and one half on turf in 2:27.34.

Raced exclusively in Italy and a winner of seven of 10 Italian starts, Plein Air, a 5-year-old mare, had been idle since June 18, but Baffert, not known for training an abundance of turf horses, had her plenty fit as she cruised through splits of 23.56, 47.28, 1:12.88 and 1:38.74.

Off at 7-1 in a field of 10 older fillies and mares, Plein Air paid $16.60, $7.80 and $7.00.

“We’ve been working her and if you see it, she struggles on the dirt -- works very ordinary," Baffert said. "I knew I had to run her. I had to do something, so I put her in this race and here we are. I told Tyler to put her on the lead, that’s what you do. She ran around there and had turf form so I was very excited to watch her do that off a layoff.”

Owned by Larry and Sunny Brookshire’s Sunny Brook Stables, Ltd., Plein Air improved her overall mark to 11-8-1-1. With the winner’s check of $46,800, she increased her earnings to $155,272.

Second the entire trip, fellow Irish-bred Evo Campo could make no impression on the winner and was second best on the day, finishing 1 ¾ lengths in front of longshot Lucy De.

The second choice in the wagering at 7-2, Evo Campo paid $4.80 and $3.80.

Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Lucy De closed much ground to finish a head in front of Estrechada. Off at 10-1, Lucy De paid $5.80 to show.

Source: Santa Anita news release

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