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Breeders' Cup 2017

She's a Tiger Stretches Out in Chandelier

Fresh off victory in the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Debutante Aug. 31, speedy She’s a Tiger will try a route of ground for the first time in Saturday’s Grade I, $250,000 Chandelier Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Santa Anita, one of five Grade I Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In’ preps.

With the Grade I, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies looming as the ultimate prize on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, the Jeff Bonde-conditioned She’s a Tiger drew the outside post in a field of eight Saturday and will likely be sent to the front or thereabouts by Gary Stevens, who orchestrated a 9-2 upset in the Debutante.

A Kentucky-bred by Tale of the Cat, She’s a Tiger was a nine-length debut maiden winner going five furlongs at Pleasanton on June 22, and came back at odds of 3-5 to annex the $150,000, six furlong Landaluce Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park on July 13.  In her third out, she was second in the Grade II,   6 ½ furlong Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar Aug. 7.

Owned by Mark DeDomenico LLC or Aldrich or Dow, She’s a Tiger has three wins and a second from four starts, with earnings of $315,650.

Kaleem Shah Inc.’s Awesome Baby will try to make amends for an even money flop in the Debutante, as she pressed the pace from the rail, made the lead going to the far turn, and tired to finish seventh, beaten seven lengths by She’s a Tiger.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Awesome Baby was a lights-out maiden winner in her debut at Del Mar on Aug. 4, winning by 4 ¾ lengths at odds of 4-5.  She makes her third start on Saturday and will also be two-turning for the first time.

Baffert will be represented by three fillies in the Chandelier, including Fascinating and Secret Compass, second and fourth respectively, in the Debutante.  Both fillies will be routing for the first time and they’ll both be making their fourth career start.

Owned by Lunsford & Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holding and ridden last time by Mike Smith, Fascinating is still a maiden and will be handled by Rafael Bejarano.

Secret Compass is owned by Westrock Stables LLC, and will be handled for the first time by female riding sensation Rosie Napravnik.  Secret Compass would appear to be one of several who would benefit from a hot early pace in the Chandelier.

Top trainer John Sadler will send out Antiquity, an impressive first-out maiden winner going six furlongs Aug. 25 at Del Mar.  Owned by Lee and Susan Searing’s CRK Stable, Antiquity is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Pulpit who fetched $450,000 as a Keeneland September yearling.  She’ll be ridden back by a resurgent veteran Victor Espinoza.

A neck away from being a perfect two for two, Belle of the Fleet comes off an impressive 4 1/4 length maiden tally going 5 ½ furlongs at Del Mar Sept. 2.  Owned and bred in Kentucky by Traver and Webb, Belle of the Fleet outfooted her rivals early and should show plenty of early zip stretching out.  She’ll be ridden for the third consecutive time by Joe Talamo in the Chandelier.

The complete field for the Chandelier, to be run as the fifth race on an 11-race card Saturday, with jockeys and all horses assigned 122 pounds in post position order:  Fascinating, Rafael Bejarano; Colonel Joan, Garrett Gomez; Antiquity, Victor Espinoza; Harlington’s Rose, Corey Nakatani; Awesome Baby, Martin Garcia; Belle of the Fleet, Joe Talamo; Secret Compass, Rosie Napravnik, and She’s a Tiger, Gary Stevens.

 

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