Sadler’s Speedy Ancient Peace Heads Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Providencia Stakes As Sophomore Fillies Go 1 1/8 Miles On Turf
SADLER’S SPEEDY ANCIENT PEACE HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 PROVIDENCIA STAKES AS SOPHOMORE FILLIES GO 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF
FIRST POST TIME FOR A 12-RACE CARD ON SATURDAY IS AT 1 P.M.
ARCADIA, CA (April 26, 2023)—A runaway allowance winner in her first start for John Sadler, Ontario/Canadian-bred Ancient Peace appears more than ready for her initial stakes assignment as she heads a field of six sophomore fillies going a mile and one eighth on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Providencia Stakes at Santa Anita.
Originally trained by Graham Motion, Ancient Peace rocketed to a long, lonely lead going one mile on the main track April 8 and won geared down by six lengths under Flavien Prat in a performance that suggested she could be a bright star in the making.
With Prat now riding full-time in Kentucky, Ancient Peace will be reunited with Juan Hernandez, who pointed her to a 4 ¼ length one mile turf maiden score two starts back here on Dec. 30. By top turf sire War Front, she’s out of the A.P. Indy mare Deceptive Vision.
Owned by Boardshorts Stables, LLC, Ancient Peace has two wins from her three starts and will return to turf for the third time.
A troubled fourth in her U.S debut going one mile on turf here in the ungraded China Doll Stakes March 18, Phil D’Amato’s Irish-bred Paris Secret will again be handled by Kazushi Kimura, who returns from his Toronto base to ride at Santa Anita on Saturday.
A first-out winner over heavy turf going one mile in her native Ireland Oct. 31, Paris Secret, who is owned by Strand Beach, LLC, has drilled five times since her last start on Santa Anita’s inner training track, her most recent move had her going five furlongs 1:02.20 this past Monday.
THE GRADE III PROVIDENCIA WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 3 of 12 Approximate post time 2 p.m. PT
- Pleasant Wave—Diego Herrera—120
- Miss Lizzy—Antonio Fresu—120
- Broadway Girls—Edwin Maldonado—124
- Ancient Peace—Juan Hernandez—122
- Paris Secret—Kazushi Kimura—120
- Una Palabra—Victor Espinoza—124
First post time for a 12-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. with admission gates opening at 11 a.m.