ALEXIS TANGIER, BIRDLOVER & QUEEN OF THE SAND HELP ROUND OUT COMPETITIVE FIELD ON GOLD CUP DAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 24, 2015)–Graded stakes placed Fanticola and Graded stakes winner Blingismything head a field of 10 in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up going a mile on the turf.
Beaten a nose and a neck in her last two races, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Fanticola will attempt to return to winning form in the Royal Heroine, her last victory coming in the Megahertz Stakes at a mile on the turf Jan. 17.
Second in the Grade III Santa Barbara Handicap on April 18 to Royal Heroine contender Queen of the Sand, Fanticola was beaten a neck in her most recent outing, the Grade I Gamely when east-coast invader Hard Not to Like scraped along the rail to nail her on the wire May 25.
Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, the 5-year-old mare by Silent Name has two wins, a second and a third at the distance. She is 16-4-5-6 overall with $348,300 in earnings.
Graded stakes winner Blingismything was a close third in the Grade I Gamely after sitting second throughout, beaten only three quarters of a length, but gained her first graded stakes victory two races back when going a mile on the turf in the Grade III Wilshire on April 26.
Trained by Eric Kruljac and owned by Class Racing Stable Blingismything’s last four races have all been in graded stakes here at Santa Anita including a third place finish four races back in the Grade II Buena Vista Feb. 16 and another third place finish in the Grade II Las Cienegas April 11.
Like Fanticola, Blingismything has two wins, a second and a third from four tries at the Royal Heroine distance.
Blingismything is 11-4-2-4- overall with earnings of $282,330.
A winner of four out of her last six races, Doug O’Neill’s front-running Birdlover comes into Saturday off a third place finish to Blingismything in the Wilshire after leading throughout with a win in her most recent race, the Mizdirection Stakes, run at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course.
With all horses assigned 119 pounds, here is the field for Saturday’s Grade II Royal Heroine Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys in post position order: Blingismything, Tyler Baze; Generosidade, Tiago Pereira; Stormy Lucy, Flavien Prat; Birdlover, Mike Smith; Mangita, Aaron Gryder; Famous Alice, Gary Stevens; Fanticola, Joe Talamo; Queen of the Sand, Rafael Bejarano; Alexis Tangier, Victor Espinoza; One More, Mario Gutierrez.
First post time on Saturday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.