ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2015)–Arizona-bred Tribal Gal, a five-time stakes winner, heads a competitive field of seven older fillies and mares in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita, which is to be run at six furlongs.
Trained by R. Kory Owens, the 5-year-old mare by Tribal Rule comes off a fifth place finish in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint at 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 24 and was second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths at 5-2 by rival Harlington’s Rose two starts back in the 6 ½ furlong (dirt) Kalookan Queen Stakes on Dec. 28.
Speedy Tribal Gal draws the advantageous outside post for the Las Flores and retains the services of leading rider Rafael Bejarano, who has ridden her in four out of her last five starts, including a win in the six furlong Orange County Stakes five starts back at Los Alamitos. Owned by her breeder, John Pendergast, she has five wins from 11 starts at six furlongs and is 23-8-4-1 overall with earnings of $340,535.
Trainer Steve Knapp’s Harlington’s Rose draws the rail, but is in peak form. A winner of the Kalookan Queen three starts back, the 4-year-old California-bred filly by Harlington was third in the Grade II, seven furlong Santa Monica Stakes two starts back and she comes off a close third in a six furlong allowance as the 5-2 favorite here on Feb. 12. She would be best suited by a fast pace, which is what she got when she rallied from off the pace in the Kalookan Queen.
Owned by Halasz, Johnson, Newhart and partners, Harlington’s Rose is 20-3-5-2 overall with earnings of $311,040.
Bob Baffert’s Global Hottie, a rousing 3 ¾ length allowance winner going 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 18, could pose an elusive front-running target as she seeks her first stakes win on Sunday. A 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Dixie Chatter, Global Hottie has won four of her six lifetime starts and will be ridden back by Victor Espinoza. Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Global Hottie has earnings of $156,490.
An impressive four length winner going 6 ½ furlongs on Feb. 21, Meinertzhageni was claimed by trainer Peter Miller for $40,000 and bears watching off the purchase. A 4-year-old California-bred filly by Stormin Fever, she’s banked $238,778 from an overall mark of 14-4-2-2 and has two wins from three tries at six furlongs. Meinertzhageni is owned by Rockingham Ranch.
The complete field for the Grade III Las Flores Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race card Sunday, with jockeys and all horses assigned 118 pounds in post position order: Harlington’s Rose, Joe Talamo; Sagebrush Queen, Edwin Maldonado; Global Hottie, Victor Espinoza; Meinertzhageni, Fernando Perez; Liza Doolittle Day, Drayden Van Dyke; Patriotic Brother, Flavien Prat, and Tribal Gal, Rafael Bejarano.
First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.