Tiny Tina takes aim at breakout win in Santa Anita's Astra

Tiny Tina takes aim at breakout win in Santa Anita's Astra
Photo: Santa Anita Park

Fresh off a heartbreaking nose defeat over the course in the Robert J. Frankel Stakes (G3), trainer Phil D’Amato’s Tiny Tina heads a field of seven older fillies and mares going the marathon distance of a mile and one half on turf in Sunday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Astra Stakes at Santa Anita.

The Richard Baltas-trained Lostintranzlation, who set the early pace in the Nov. 30 Red Carpet (G3) at Santa Anita, will get the first-time services of Joel Rosario and rates second billing.

Richard Mandella’s long fused Siberian Iris, idle since fourth going a mile and one quarter on turf  in the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive Stakes here Sept. 28, will be ridden back by Rafael Bejarano and she would benefit from a fast early pace on Sunday.


Owner:  A. Venneri Racing, Inc. & Anthony Fanticola

Trainer:  Phil D’Amato

A 5-year-old mare by Paddy O’Prado who was bred in-part by by Alex Venneri in Kentucky, Tiny Tina took a stutter-step leaving the gate in the Frankel but was comfortably in hand while last at the rail heading into the clubhouse turn. She rallied three-wide turning for home under Javier Castellano and made the lead well inside the sixteenth pole, but her stablemate Mirth re-rallied to her inside and denied “Tiny” the victory at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

A respectable fifth two starts back in Del Mar’s Grade 3 Red Carpet Handicap at 1 3/8 miles on turf, Tiny Tina, who like the rest of the field is trying 1 1/2-miles for the first time, should be very tough if her closing kick is as effective at the Astra distance.

Owner:  Aaron Hesz, Denis Hendrickson & Jerry McClanahan              Trainer:  Richard Baltas

A 6-year-old California-bred mare by Lucky Pulpit, Lostintranzlation showed the way to mid-way on the far turn in the Red Carpet at Del Mar prior to tiring to finish seventh, beaten 10 ¼ lengths at odds of 3-1 over a turf rated as “good.”  With her connections hoping for firm footing on Sunday, her front-running style could prove more effective with leading man Rosario taking over. 

Owner:  Calumet Farm                                           

Trainer:  Richard Mandella

Fourth, beaten 6 ¾ lengths by multiple graded stakes winning Mirth in the Grade 1, 1 ¼ mile turf Rodeo Drive Stakes here on Sept. 28, Irish-bred Siberian Iris rallied from far back to win the CTT/TOC Stakes two starts back at 1 3/8 miles on turf Aug. 16 at Del Mar. She should benefit from a hot pace in the Astra.  Although she’s won only three of her 18 starts, Siberian Iris, a 6-year-old mare, is the leading money earner in the field with $234,727.

The field for the Astra Stakes in post position order:

1. Lostintranzlation—Joel Rosario--120

2. Tiny Tina—Flavien Prat—120

3. Blue Diva—Abel Cedillo—122

4. Trust Fund Kitty—Assael Espinoza—120

5. Siberian Iris—Rafael Bejarano—122

6. Ms Peintour—Brice Blanc—120

7. Heathers Grey—Aaron Gryder--120

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