CHANDELIER STAKES ONE OF FIVE GRADE I ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ RACES ON BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE DAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2014) – A newcomer to the barn area at Santa Anita for the Autumn Meet, Florida-based trainer Mark Casse will saddle one of his many “Conquest’s”–Conquest Eclipse, in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes for two-year-old fillies at a mile and a sixteenth, a race that attracted a wide-open field of 12 juvenile fillies.
The Chandelier is one of five Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” qualifying races on Breeders’ Cup Challenge Day at Santa Anita. The winner of the Chandelier earns an automatic berth in the mile and a sixteenth Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita Nov. 1.
A game third in the Grade I Del Mar Debutante at seven furlongs on Aug. 30, the daughter of Malibu Moon broke her maiden at first asking in her only other start on June 29 at Churchill Downs in a six furlong Maiden Special Weight. She will again be ridden by Corey Nakatani, who was up for the Debutante. Conquest Eclipse is owned by Conquest Stables, LLC and has earnings of $62,400.
Another eastern-based trainer, Todd Pletcher will send out Angela Renee. The daughter of Bernardini is quite possibly the most experienced in the field having already run in two graded stakes in her only three race career. After breaking her maiden June 27 going five furlongs at Belmont in a Maiden Special Weight, the Siena Farm owned filly went on to run a valiant second in the six and a half furlong Grade II Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga Aug 10. She ran third in the Grade I, seven furlong Spinaway Aug. 31 at Saratoga by 19 ¼ lengths on a sloppy track. Ridden by Johnny Velazquez in all of her three lifetime starts, she will try out top rider Rafael Bejarano for the first time Saturday. She leads the field in earnings with $120,000.
Locally based Sharla Rae heads into the Chandelier with two wins and $89,695 in the bank. The Doug O’Neill trained filly by Afleet Alex will likely hope for a fast pace to run at as she stretches out for the first time. Though she broke her maiden at first asking on July 13 at Los Alamitos going five furlongs, she finished fourth in the Grade II Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar Aug 6. Jockey Elvis Trujillo was up for her most recent win in the Sept. 13 Barretts Debutante Stakes at Los Al, but she will again be ridden by top apprentice Drayden VanDyke who was aboard for her first two races. She is owned by W C Racing, Inc.
The Desormeaux’s, both trainer Keith and jockey Kent will again pair with Danette in her first graded stakes attempt. The filly by Curlin has the most experience in the field with four races but has yet to break her maiden. The Grade I Chandelier could be a tall order for the Don’t Tell My Wife Stables owned two-year-old but this will be her first attempt on natural dirt as she has only run on synthetics thus far.
Bob Baffert sends out the daughter of Lookin At Lucky, Maybellene in her first graded stakes attempt Saturday. The Natalie J Baffert owned filly broke her maiden in her most recent start, a Maiden Special Weight going one mile on the main track at Del Mar Aug 31. With all three of her career starts on Del Mar’s Polytrack this will be her first race on natural dirt. She will gain the services of Rosie Napravnik, who will be up for the first time in the Chandelier.
The complete field for the Grade I Chandelier Stakes, to be run as the 10th race on an 11-race card Saturday with jockeys and weights in post position order: Sunday Sonnet, Joseph Talamo, 122; Conquest Eclipse, Corey Nakatani, 122; Danette, Kent Desormeaux, 122; Angela Renee, Rafael Bejarano, 122; Sharla Rae, Drayden VanDyke, 122; Maybellene, Rosie Napravnik, 122; Morning Coffee, Mario Gutierrez, 122; Manahatta, Tyler Baze, 122; Cruisingtheharbor, Edwin Maldonado, 122; Dad’s Princess, Mike Smith, 122; Majestic Presence, Elvis Trujillo, 122; Lutine Belle, Alex Solis, 122.