Sunday and Monday Stakes at Santa Anita Features a Pair of $100,000 2-year-old Sprints
Santa Anita Park’s Spring Meet comes to a close Tuesday, July 4, but the fireworks will be lit for a pair of featured juvenile stakes sprints Sunday and Monday. These 2-year-olds are ones to watch for future Breeders’ Cup Championships.
Sunday’s $100,000 Landaluce Stakes is a 5 ½ furlong sprint for 2-year-old fillies. As the 6-5 favorite in her maiden debut, Gorgeous Ginny (8-5) scored a dazzling 5-length win May 4. She will sprint home in Sunday’s race 5 looking to become the first 2-year-old filly to win a stakes this year in Southern California. But the race favorite is expected to get a strong challenge from Surrender Now (9-5), trained by Santa Anita’s leading trainer in the spring meet Peter Miller. Surrender Now scored a 2-length win in her maiden debut June 9 also at Santa Anita, and she beat the heavy 3-5 favorite Tyfosha. Those two fine fillies earned the two fastest BRIS Speed ratings in the field at 91 and 89 respectively.
The 5 ½ furlong $100,000 Santa Anita Juvenile is race 5 on Monday. The race was scheduled to be run Sunday, but was not carded when it reportedly drew only five entrants on Thursday. Friday, the race was reopened for Monday’s program and drew a field of six.
The race favorite Run Away (6-5) had been considered for the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs, run on Friday. But owner Kaleem Shah and trainer Simon Callaghan have decided Run Away will have his stakes debut in the Santa Anita Juvenile. Run Away won here easily as the 3-5 favorite in her maiden debut May 26 in a final time of :52.23 seconds. Sir Valentine was a nearly a second faster at that same 4 1/2 furlong distance at Santa Anita May 6 while sprinting to the early lead and also winning by more than two lengths at 7-1 odds.
The 4th of July features a field of nine for the American Stakes at Santa Anita on Tuesday, the final day of the spring-summer meeting.