ARLES AND RYANS CHARM HEAD FIELD OF EIGHT IN THE GRADE III, $100,000 ROBERT J. FRANKEL STAKES SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK

 

ARLES AND RYANS CHARM HEAD FIELD OF EIGHT IN THE GRADE III, $100,000 ROBERT J. FRANKEL STAKES SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 28, 2016) – Eastern invader Arles and 2016 Breeders’ Cup contender Ryans Charm are both set to head a field of eight fillies and mares, aged three years old and up, in Saturday’s 48th running of the Robert J. Frankel Stakes. The race, named in honor of the late Hall of Fame trainer will be run at 1 1/8 miles over the Santa Anita turf course.

Trained by Graham Motion and owned by Team Valor International and Green Lantern Stables, Arles comes off two second place finishes in graded stakes company since transferring to the United States in August. A consistent runner in France and Germany since 2014, Arles ran second, by a nose, in the Grade III, 1 3/8 miles turf Red Carpet Handicap at Del Mar on Nov. 24 and was second in the Grade III Glens Falls Stakes at Saratoga in early September when still trained by Andreas Wohler.

Arles has amassed earnings of $122,440 and has a lifetime record of 11-2-6-2.

Though sixth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf in her U.S. debut, Ryans Charm, a 6-year-old Kentucky bred mare by Heatseeker who is trained by Paddy Gallagher since arriving in the United States this summer, has run first or second in 19 out of 25 lifetime starts.

Something of a turf specialist in Peru dating back to the spring of 2013, Ryans Charm went into this year’s Breeders’ Cup off six consecutive turf wins, two of which came in Grade I events. Owned by Takaya Shimakawa, Ryans Charm has amassed earnings of $183,392.

The full field, including jockeys and weights, for the Grade III Robert J. Frankel –

                Race 4 – Approximate post time of 2:00 p.m.

1 – Sweet Charity, Mike Smith, 120

2 – Keri Belle, Norberto Arroyo, Jr., 122

3 – Frenzified, Santiago Gonzalez, 122

4 – Arles, Joel Rosario, 120

5 – Pretty Girl, Drayden Van Dyke, 120

6 – Ryans Charm, Rafael Bejarano, 125

7 – Goodyearforroses, Corey Nakatani, 122

8 – Into The Mystic, Flavien Prat, 120

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