ARCADIA, Calif. (April 5, 2017)–Undefeated California-bred Sircat Sally, Irish-bred Beau Recall and streaking Emphatically all loom prominent in Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000 Providencia Stakes which has attracted a field of eight sophomore fillies at a mile and one eighth on turf.
Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Sircat Sally, will try graded competition for the first time, as will the Simon Callaghan-trained Beau Recall, who flew from far back to finish second behind “Sally” in her most recent start. Trainer Tom Proctor’s Florida-bred Emphatically, a winner of her last two starts at a mile on turf, ships west to make her graded stakes debut in her fifth career start.
SIRCAT SALLY: Owned and bred in California by Joe Turner, this daughter of Surf Cat comes off a 1 ¼ length win while pressing the pace in the one mile turf China Doll Stakes on March 11. Unbeaten in four starts, she’s been favored in her last three outs and will be ridden back by Mike Smith in a race in which no one has been as far as a mile and one eighth. With $258,860 in the bank, Sircat Sally is the leading money earner in the field.
BEAU RECALL: A dedicated deep closer who ran twice in Ireland before winning her U.S. debut two starts back here on Jan. 29, she’ll likely appreciate the one furlong stretch-out off of her last two races. A distant 10th in a field of 12 in the China Doll after a half mile, she finished furiously to be beaten a length and a quarter by Sircat Sally and her connections will hope for a fast pace to help flatter her late run. A maiden winner going seven furlongs on turf in her final Irish start on Aug. 16, she has two wins and a second from her four starts. Owned by Slam Dunk Racing, she’ll be ridden for the third time in a row by Joe Talamo.
EMPHATICALLY: A daughter of Scat Daddy, who is owned by her breeder, Glen Hill Farm, she appears to be a solid fit as she comes off a 2 ¼ length allowance win going a mile on turf at Fairgrounds in New Orleans on Feb. 28. A gate to wire maiden winner at a mile on turf two starts back at Laurel Park on Nov. 18, she pressed the early pace in her allowance score and will likely employ similar tactics on Saturday when ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat.
THE GRADE III, $150,000 PROVIDENCIA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 9 of 11 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT
- Sircat Sally–Mike Smith–120
- Union Strike–Brice Blanc–120
- You Missed It–Mario Gutierrez–120
- Beau Recall–Joe Talamo–120
- Princess Roi–Corey Nakatani–120
- War Moccasin–Tiago Pereira–120
- Tiburtina–Gary Stevens–120
- Emphatically–Flavien Prat–120
There is a special early first post time of Saturday of 12 noon. Admission gates will open at 10 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.