IN HER U.S. DEBUT, FRONT-RUNNING PLEIN AIR REGISTERS THREE QUARTER LENGTH WIN IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 ASTRA STAKES AT SANTA ANITA; TRAINED BY BAFFERT, IRISH-BRED MARE GETS MARATHON 1 ½ MILES ON TURF IN 2:27.34

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2018)–With Tyler Baze rationing her considerable speed throughout, Irish-bred Plein Air made her U.S. debut a winning one, taking Sunday’s $75,000 Astra Stakes in gate to wire fashion by three quarters of a length.  Trained by Bob Baffert, Plein Air got a marathon mile and one half on turf in 2:27.34.

Raced exclusively in Italy and a winner of seven of 10 Italian starts, Plein Air, a 5-year-old mare, had been idle since June 18, but Baffert, not known for training an abundance of turf horses, had her plenty fit as she cruised through splits of 23.56, 47.28, 1:12.88 and 1:38.74.

Off at 7-1 in a field of 10 older fillies and mares, Plein Air paid $16.60, $7.80 and $7.00.

Owned by Larry and Sunny Brookshire’s Sunny Brook Stables, Ltd., Plein Air improved her overall mark to 11-8-1-1.  With the winner’s check of $46,800, she increased her earnings to $155,272.

Second the entire trip, fellow Irish-bred Evo Campo could make no impression on the winner and was second best on the day, finishing 1 ¾ lengths in front of longshot Lucy De.

The second choice in the wagering at 7-2, Evo Campo paid $4.80 and $3.80.

Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Lucy De closed much ground to finish a head in front of Estrechada.  Off at 10-1, Lucy De paid $5.80 to show.

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