First Look: Graded stakes, Oaks prep at Santa Anita, Gulfstream

First Look: Graded stakes, Oaks prep at Santa Anita, Gulfstream
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Now is a good time to catch your breath as we find ourselves in whatever the winter counterpart to the summer doldrums is.

But three graded stakes are on the calendar for this weekend, and they include one Kentucky Oaks points prep.

Here is an early look at the likely fields for this weekend's graded stakes


Santa Ynez (G2), Santa Anita, 7 furlongs, 3-year-old fillies

This race offers 10-4-2-1 Kentucky Oaks qualifying points to the top four finishers (unless they were trained by Bob Baffert). Tonito's graduated on debut and then finished second in a listed stakes before finishing a close third in the Starlet (G1) last out. Awake At Midnyte also won her first race and then lost by a nose in the Jimmy Durante (G3). Miss Mattie B switches back to dirt after breaking her maiden on turf last out.

2022 Santa Ynez (G2)

Tropical Turf (G3), Gulfstream, 1 mile, 4-year-olds and up

Value Proposition would return to graded-stakes company for the first time since a half-length loss in the Forbidden Apple (G3) in July. He finished fifth in an Aqueduct stakes last out after winning two in a row. Phat Man, who went 2-for-9 in 2021, would be trying the turf for the first time since 2017.

2022 Tropical Turf (G3)


Las Cienegas (G3), Santa Anita, 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Tapwater would be looking for her first win in seven starts since winning a Santa Anita allowance in February. Zero Tolerance had three wins in five starts last year and finished fourth in the Autumn Miss (G3). Constantia hasn't won in four starts since April and finished sixth last out in the Goldikova (G2).

2022 Las Cienegas Stakes (G3)

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