BAFFERT’S UP & COMING FAYPIEN TAKES ON HOLLENDORFER’S CLASSY IT TIZ WELL IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SUMMERTIME OAKS

 

 

SELCOURT, MOPOTISM & MAJESTIC QUALITY BOLSTER IMPORTANT RACE FOR SOPHOMORE FILLIES

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (June 14, 2017)–Rapidly improving and trained by America’s hottest high-profile trainer of 2017, Faypien, who will try two turns and graded stakes competition for the first time, nonetheless heads a field of nine 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita.

The logical horse on paper is Jerry Hollendorfer’s It Tiz Well, who was a well beaten third by Paradise Woods in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, a race in which she also finished 2 ¼ lengths behind Abel Tasman, who has gone on to momentous victories in both the Grade I Kentucky Oaks and the Grade I Acorn Stakes.

Adding considerable depth to Saturday’s Oaks are John Sadler’s Selcourt, Doug O’Neill’s Mopotism and Keith Desormeaux’s Majestic Quality.

 

FAYPIEN:  A $720,000 Ocala Sales 2-year-old in training purchase in April, 2016, this Florida-bred daughter of Ghostzapper has come to hand for Baffert, as she was a 4 ½ length maiden special weight winner going seven furlongs in her maiden win two starts back and followed that up with a half-length score at the same distance in the Angels Flight Stakes here on May 14.  Owned by Baoma Corporation, Faypien will likely attempt to dictate terms under Rafael Bejarano in what will be her fourth career start on Saturday.  With two wins and a third place finish, she has earnings of $85,680.

 

IT TIZ WELL:  Second four starts back to her multiple stakes winning stablemate Unique Bella in the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes on Jan. 8, this Kentucky-bred daughter of Arch took the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn Park two starts back on March 11.  Although a well- beaten third in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 8, she was beaten 2 ¼ lengths by Abel Tasman, who has since proven to be America’s top rated 3-year-old filly.  A $230,000 Keeneland September yearling, It Tiz Well is owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds.  With an overall mark of 6-3-1-2, she has a win and one third at the Oaks distance and has earnings of $274,840.

 

SELCOURT:  Third, beaten 1 ¾ lengths by Faypien as the 6-5 favorite in the seven furlong Angels Flight Stakes May 14, Selcourt will also be trying two turns and graded stakes company for the first time in what will be her fourth career start.  A daughter of Tiz Wonderful, she was bred in Kentucky by Keith Abrahams and is owned by Abrahams, Medallion Racing and Sandra Lazaruk.  A runaway 9 ¼ length maiden special weight winner in her debut going six furlongs on Feb. 12, she was subsequently second, beaten 1 ½ lengths, by Grade I winning Union Strike as the 6-5 favorite in the 6 ½ furlong Santa Paula Stakes here on April 9.  It’ll be up to Tyler Baze to ration her considerable speed on Saturday, which will likely mark the first time she has not been favored.  With an overall mark of 3-1-1-1, she has earnings of $57,480.

 

MOPOTISM:  Fourth, beaten 14 lengths two starts back in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks April 8, she was distanced by Abel Tasman in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks May 5, but will try to bounce back against softer completion on Saturday.  Trained by Doug O’Neill and owned by J. Paul Reddam’s Reddam Racing, LLC, this Kentucky-bred daughter of Uncle Mo was a gate to wire winner of a minor stakes going one mile at Sunland Park three starts back and will likely aim for a similar stalking type trip in the Summertime Oaks.  Well accomplished, her resume includes a third place finish, beaten 4 ¼ lengths, by Abel Tasman, six starts back in the Grade I Starlet at Los Alamitos on Dec. 10.  With an overall mark of 8-2-2-1, she has earnings of $199,000.

 

MAJESTIC QUALITY:  Winless in her first nine starts, she ran a big second in the Grade II Rachel Alexandra Stakes going 1 1/16 miles at Fairgrounds in New Orleans three starts back.  Subsequently fifth, beaten 17 ¼ lengths at the same distance in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks April 8, she dominated her competition, winning a 1 1/16 miles maiden special weight here by 6 ¾ lengths on May 21, her most recent start.  Trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by Kent, Majestic Quality, dispatched at odds of 4-5, earned a Summertime Oaks best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 91 in the maiden score and thus rates an upset chance on Saturday.  Owned by Big Chief Racing, LLC, Rocker O Ranch and Keith Desormeaux, Majestic Quality a $40,000 Keeneland September yearling, is 10-1-2-2 and has earnings of $109,265.

 

THE GRADE II SUMMERTIME OAKS WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER

Race 9 of 10                                                                                                        Approximate post time 5 p.m. PT

 

  1. Goseecal–Martin Pedroza–120
  2. Spooky Woods–Flavien Prat–120
  3. It Tiz Well–Mike Smith–122
  4. Sheza Chattykat–Corey Nakatani–120
  5. Selcourt–Tyler Baze–120
  6. Faypien–Rafael Bejarano–120
  7. Majestic Quality–Kent Desormeaux–120
  8. Noted and Quoted–Martin Garcia–122
  9. Mopotism–Mario Gutierrez–120

 

First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11 a.m.