COMPETITIVE FIELD OF 13 SOPHOMORE FILLIES SET COMPETE IN GOLDEN STATE SERIES EVENT
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2015) – A wide open field of 13 three-year-old fillies are set to go in Saturday’s $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs as part of the Golden State Series for California bred or sired horses.
Though she has never run on natural dirt in her three lifetime starts, Long Hot Summer could be the one to beat Saturday. A two-time winner at Del Mar, breaking her maiden going 5 ½ furlongs August 9 in a maiden special weight and then following that with a win in the Aug. 27 Generous Portion Stakes, Long Hot Summer ran a solid second in a downhill turf allowance at Santa Anita March 19.
Trained by Phil D’Amato and owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, the filly by Street Boss was bought at the May Barretts Sale in 2014 for $260,000. She is 3-2-1-0 overall with earnings of $145,580.
Bad Ju Ju goes into Saturday two for two at sprint distances and will retain the services of Kayla Stra in the saddle. A distant fifth in her first career outing at Del Mar Nov. 7, she went on to break her maiden by 9 ¼ lengths at Los Alamitos on Dec. 5 in a maiden special weight. Bad Ju Ju went gate to wire once again Jan. 29 at Santa Anita in an allowance race and will attempt to make it three in a row Saturday off a two month layoff.
The filly by Desert Code is trained by Mike Machowsky and owned by Richard Barton and Lo Hi Stable. She is 3-2-0-0 overall with earnings of $61,120.
The Peter Miller trained Easter Fever, one of the more experienced in the field with nine lifetime starts will gain Victor Espinoza for the Evening Jewel and will break from the far outside.
The daughter of Stormin Fever has recently re-gained top form as she hasn’t been worse than second in her last two races and a win three starts back in a $50,000 claiming race, all at six furlongs. She is owned by Gary and Cecil Barber and is 9-2-4-0 overall with $120,600 in earnings.
The complete field for the Evening Jewel Stakes, to be run as the 10th race on a eleven-race card Saturday, in post position order with jockeys and weights: Long Hot Summer, Joe Talamo, 122; Niassa, Martin Garcia, 120, Desert Thief, Agapito Delgadillo, 118; Ashley’s Sassy, Mike Smith, 120; Bad Ju Ju, Kayla Stra, 120; Can Can Babe, Elvis Trujillo, 120; Tribal Express, Alonso Quinonez, 116; Alwazabridesmaid, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 118; Jenna’s Faith, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Grand Yodeler, Kent Desormeaux, 120; Princess Bertrando, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Easter Fever, Victor Espinoza, 116.