DECKED OUT, SWIFT LADY & STAYS IN VEGAS ALL PROMINENT IN WIDE OPEN GRADE III, $100,000 SENORITA STAKES AT MILE ON TURF SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 5, 2016)–Recent stakes winners Decked Out and Swift Lady, along with classy comebacker Stays In Vegas, head a wide open field of nine sophomore fillies going one mile on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senorita Stakes at Santa Anita.

 

DECKED OUT: Dead last early in a field of nine, Decked Out came running late to post an impressive 2 ¾ length victory in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles turf Providencia Stakes here on April 9. Ridden by Kent Desormeaux and trained by his brother, Keith, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Street Boss will cut back in distance a furlong and be handled for the first time by Edwin Maldonado, as “Team Desormeaux” is away in Kentucky to contest the Run for the Roses with Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator. Third to Swift Lady three starts back in the Sweet Life Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, Decked Out will hope for a fast pace and clear sailing. Owned by Voss or Big Chief Racing, LLC, Decked Out closed good ground to be fifth, beaten one length in her only try at one mile on turf, the China Doll Stakes, here on March 12.

 

STAYS IN VEGAS: Idle since running a close second in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Starlet at Los Alamitos Dec. 12, Stays in Vegas is a four-time minor stakes winner who is two for two at a flat mile on turf. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the Kentucky-bred daughter of City Zip has one local work for her return, with the rest of her breezes coming at Hollendorfer’s Northern California base, Golden Gate Fields. Owned by Jim and Janet Rome’s Jungle Racing, LLC, or KMN Racing, LLC, or LNJ Foxwoods, Stays in Vegas has good tactical speed and will be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Alex Solis. A first-out maiden winner of the 5 ½ Juan Gonzalez Stakes on July 4 at Pleasanton, Stays in Vegas can be expected come with her “A-race” in the Senorita.

 

SWIFT LADY: Aptly named, this Florida-bred will try two turns for the first time as she comes off an authoritative 2 ¼ length win in the Sweet Life Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course Feb. 14. By the Awesome Again stallion Awesome of Course, she’s trained by Bob Baffert and although she was ridden to three consecutive wins by Martin Garcia, will be handled for the first time by Rafael Bejarano. Owned by Baoma Corporation, Swift Lady bids for her fourth consecutive win and is clearly the speed of the field.

THE GRADE III SENORITA STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS

 

Race 9 (of 11)  

THE GRADE III SENORITA STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS                                                           

  1. Fourth Watch–Joe Talamo–120
  2. Mirage–Alonso Quinonez–122
  3. Decked Out–Edwin Maldonado–124
  4. Kiss N Scat–Martin Garcia–122
  5. Sheeza Milky Way–Santiago Gonzalez–120
  6. Swift Lady–Rafael Bejarano–120
  7. Be Mine–Tyler Baze–120
  8. Compel–Brice Blanc–120
  9. Stays in Vegas–Alex Solis–122

First live race post time on Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, is at 12 noon. Admission gates open early on Saturday for simulcast wagering at 7:15 a.m. Approximate post time for the Kentucky Derby is at 3:40 p.m. PDT.