AMERICAN CLEOPATRA & CHAMPAGNE ROOM HEAD COMPETITIVE FIELD OF 12 JUVENILE FILLIES GOING 1 1/16 MILES IN GRADE I, $300,000 CHANDELIER STAKES SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA

 

CHANDELIER IS ONE OF FIVE BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE STAKES

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016)–Separated by just a nose when last they met, American Cleopatra, a full sister to 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, will renew acquaintances with Champagne Room in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes for 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita. The final major steppingstone to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, the Chandelier attracted a wide open field of 12 on Saturday.

 

                AMERICAN CLEOPATRA: Like American Pharoah, she’s a Zayat Stables homebred and is also trained by Bob Baffert. An impressive two length maiden special weight winner under Stewart Elliott going 5 ½ furlongs on July 31, she was second as the 8-5 favorite with Rafael Bejarano in the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Debutante Sept. 3, finishing a nose in front of Champagne Room. She’ll be reunited with Elliott on Saturday as she tackles two turns for the first time in her third career start.

 

CHAMPAGNE ROOM: Trained by Peter Eurton and owned by Sharon Alesia, Ciaglia Racing, LLC or Exline-Border, LLC and partners, this Kentucky-bred daughter of Broken Vow broke her maiden in the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Sorrento Stakes two starts back with Mario Gutierrez up, who has ridden her in all three career starts. She’ll go a route of ground for the first time Saturday with Mike Smith at the controls.

 

THE GRADE I CHANDELIER STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS

 

Race 10 (of 11)                                                                                                  Approximate post time 5 p.m. PST

 

  1. With Honors–Flavien Prat–122
  2. Noted and Quoted–Rafael Bejarano–122
  3. Champagne Room–Mike Smith–122
  4. Zapperkat–Norberto Arroyo–122
  5. American Cleopatra–Stewart Elliott–122
  6. Bitzka–Tyler Baze–122
  7. Datz a Violation–Martin Pedroza-122
  8. Mistressofthenight–Kent Desormeaux–122
  9. Princess Coco–Victor Espinoza–122
  10. Lake Time–Gary Stevens–122
  11. Nikki My Darling–Drayden Van Dyke–122
  12. Demigoddess–Brandon Boulanger–122

First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com