ARCADIA, Calif. (June 9, 2016)–Grade I winner Sharla Rae heads a competitive field of seven fillies and mares three and up in Sunday’s $75,000 Possible Perfect Stakes, to be run at a mile and a half over the Santa Anita turf oval. A winner of the Grade I Del Mar Oaks in August, Sharla Rae’s primary competition includes Energia Fribby, who has most recently faced males in a pair of Graded stakes at Santa Anita, Evo Campo, a sharp recent allowance winner and Chocolatier, who comes off a solid second in the Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields May 14.
SHARLA RAE: Trained by Doug O’Neill, this 4-year-old filly by Afleet Alex comes off an even sixth, beaten four lengths, in Santa Anita’s Grade II Royal Heroine at one mile on turf May 5, which was her first start since she was well beaten by males in the Grade I Hollywood Derby at Del Mar Nov. 28. Winless since winning the Del Mar Oaks five starts back, she figures to improve with a recent race under her belt and should be forwardly placed as she stretches out a half mile. Owned by Barber, Brous Stable and Wachtel Stable, Sharla Rae will be ridden for the first time by Santiago Gonzalez. She has five wins from 17 starts and has earnings of $443,140.
ENERGIA FRIBBY: Brazilian-bred, she’ll be making her seventh stateside start for Neil Drysdale on Sunday. A close third two starts back versus males in the Grade II, 1 ½ miles turf San Luis Rey Stakes, she was a non-threatening fourth against the boys in the Grade III San Juan Capistrano Stakes, which due to weather conditions, was contested at 1 7/8 miles on turf here April 10. A logical contender based upon her familiarity with marathon distances, this 6-year-old mare takes a notable drop in class and is re-united with Drayden Van Dyke, who guided her to her third place finish in the San Luis Rey. Owned by Golden Eagle Farm, she has five wins from 21 starts and seeks her first stateside victory on Sunday. She would appear to be best suited if she can settle well off a quick early pace.
EVO CAMPO: Trained by Paddy Gallagher, this 4-year-old Irish-bred filly has the look of a “now horse,” as she comes off an authoritative half length allowance win here going a mile and one eighth on turf May 5. A first-out maiden winner in England in December, 2014, she’ll be making her 10th start for Gallagher in the Possibly Perfect and appears at the top of her game, as she’s won three out of her last six races, with a second and a third, dating back to Oct. 9. Owned by Ronald Day and Mary DiPietro, Evo Campo is 10-4-1-2 overall and will be ridden back by Rafael Bejarano.
CHOCOLATIER: Trained by Blaine Wright, this 5-year-old French-bred mare comes off a sharp second, beaten a half length, in the 1 1/16 miles turf Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on May 14. A winner of two of six starts with trainer Chad Brown in Kentucky and New York last year, Chocolatier comes off a pair of second place finishes at Golden Gate and will be making her fourth start for Wright in the Possibly Perfect. Ridden by Julien Couton in her last two starts, she’ll be reunited with Tyler Baze, who guided her to a sixth place finish in her Southern California debut three starts back here on March 4. A gate to wire winner over a yielding turf going 1 3/8 miles at Aqueduct four starts back Nov. 12, Chocolatier could employ similar tactics going a mile and one half on Saturday. Owned by Chappell Alpine Farms, LLC, she is 17-3-4-0 overall with earnings of $196,735.
THE POSSIBLY PERFECT STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS
Race 8 (of 9) Approximate post time 5 p.m. PDT
- Hiking–Flavien Prat–123
- Energia Fribby–Drayden Van Dyke–123
- Evo Campo–Rafael Bejarano–123
- Exuberante–Brice Blanc–121
- Soresca–Victor Espinoza–121
- Sharla Rae–Santiago Gonzalez–123
- Chocolatier–Tyler Baze–123
First post time on Sunday is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.