ARCADIA, Calif. (March 24, 2016)–Three-time stakes winner Singing Kitty, along with sharp fillies Kiss At Midnight and Sheer Pleasure, head a field of nine California-bred or sired older fillies and mares going a flat mile on the main track Sunday at Santa Anita.
SINGING KITTY: A three-time stakes winner on turf, this 4-year-old filly by Ministers Wild Cat comes off a close eighth place finish in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint, but retains the services of Gary Stevens. Trained by Matt Chew, Singing Kitty was never a factor when ninth two starts back in the Grade II Monrovia Stakes down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course Jan. 3, but was a close third three races back in the Grade III Autumn Miss down the hill Oct. 17. A storybook claim for just $32,000 in December, 2014, she banked $267,800 for owners Chris Aulds and Peter Jeong last year. Although she’s never tried one mile on dirt, she has two wins from four lifetime starts over the surface. She is 15-5-1-1 overall, with earnings of $333,488.
KISS AT MIDNIGHT: Claimed 10 starts back for $25,000 on April 11, 2015, Kiss At Midnight has proven an astute purchase for trainer Richard Baltas and owners Marasa, Messineo, Robershaw and partners. A close second in a one mile turf allowance here on Feb. 27, this 4-year-old filly by Decarchy has four lifetime wins, all of them coming from 11 starts on the main track. Second three starts back to the highly regarded Sunday Rules in the 6 ½ furlong Kalookan Queen Stakes on Dec. 30, Kiss At Midnight would be well served by a fast pace in her second try at the distance. She sports an overall mark of 13-4-6-2, with earnings of $292,260.
SHEER PLEASURE: A two-time stakes winner versus statebreds, this 4-year-old daughter of Birdonthewire comes off a sharp second at 1 1/16 miles in open company here on March 5. In winning the 1 1/16 miles Melair Stakes six starts back on May 23, 2015, she stalked the pace and went on to an overwhelming 7 ¼ length win. Trained by Phil D’Amato and owned by Little Red Feather Racing and R/M Racing, Sheer Pleasure will be ridden for the first time by Martin Garcia. With an overall record of 10-3-2-0, she has earnings of $323,030.
THE $100,000 DREAM OF SUMMER STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS
Race 9 (of 10) Approximate post time, 4:35 p.m. PDT
- Kiss At Midnight – Rafael Bejarano – 118
- Lucy in Diamonds – Felipe Valdez – 118
- Swissarella – Edwin Maldonado – 118
- Melanistic – Tyler Baze – 118
- Tiz a Kiss – Kent Desormeaux – 118
- Ashley’s Sassy – Alonso Quinonez – 118
- Light One – Drayden Van Dyke – 118
- Singing Kitty – Gary Stevens – 118
- Sheer Pleasure – Martin Garcia – 118
First post time for a 10-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.