BEEN STUDYING HER SWITCHES TO GRASS AS SHE HEADS A FIELD OF 12 SOPHOMORE FILLIES IN SATURDAY’S $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP OAKS AT ONE MILE ON TURF
RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2020)–KMN Racing’s homebred Been Studying Her, a two-time stakes winner on dirt, will try turf for the first time on Saturday as she heads field of 12 sophomore fillies in the $200,000 California Cup Oaks, to be contested at one mile over the Santa Anita turf.
Other top Oaks contenders would appear to be Benjamin and Sally Warren’s homebred Warren’s Showtime, a one mile turf stakes winner and trainer Peter Miller’s Bulletproof One, a two-time stakes winner who will be stretching out to a route of ground for the first time.
The Cal Cup Oaks is part of the lucrative Golden State Series. Sponsored by the CTBA, the Golden State Series for eligible California-bred or sired horses.
BEEN STUDYING HER
Owner: KMN Racing, LLC
Trainer: Dan Ward
A scintillating 3 ¼ length winner of the seven furlong Golden State Juvenile Fillies two starts back on Nov. 1, she was a disappointing fourth, beaten 10 lengths as the 2-5 favorite in the one mile Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos on Dec. 14. A first out open maiden special weight winner going 5 ½ furlongs at Sacramento on July 20, this California-bred daughter of the Medaglia d’Oro stallion Fast Anna, out of Maddie’s Odyssey, by Kitten’s Joy, then took the six furlong Generous Portion Stakes versus statebreds at Del Mar on Aug. 28. Subsequently fourth, beaten 5 ½ lengths by multiple Grade I winner Bast in the Grade I, 1 1/16 mile Chandelier Stakes here on Sept. 27, she’s won three out of her five starts and looms the class of the Oaks field with Mike Smith up.
Owner: Benjamin & Sally Warren
Trainer: Craig Lewis
By Clubhouse Ride out of Warren’s Grade I stakes winning mare Warren’s Veneda (by Affirmative), this chestnut filly broke her maiden going one mile on turf in her second start on Aug. 21 at Del Mar and with her one mile turf Surfer Girl win two starts back Oct. 6, has two wins from three starts at the Oaks trip. Most recently a troubled third, beaten four lengths by Been Studying Her in the seven furlong Golden State Juvenile Fillies Nov. 1, Warren’s Showtime has to be accorded a big look in Saturday’s Cal Cup Oaks.
Owner: Gary Barber, Cecil Barber, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners & Wachtel Stable
Trainer: Peter Miller
Originally based at Golden Gate Fields, this extremely quick California-bred daughter of Idiot Proof was sold privately following her second start, a 9 ¼ length romp in the 5 ½ furlong Everett Nevin Stakes at Pleasanton on July 6. A subsequent 6 ¼ length winner of the CTBA Stakes going the same distance at Del Mar July 31, she made the early lead in the Generous Portion on Aug. 28, but finished 9 ¾ lengths behind Been Studying Her as the 1-5 favorite. Most recently beaten 8 ½ lengths by the top selection in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 1,Bulletproof One is the speed of the Oaks field and will hope to shake loose in her first two turn assignment.
THE $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP OAKS WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT
- Almost a Factor–Flavien Prat–124
- Wise Rachel–Juan Hernandez–124
- Bulletproof One–Ruben Fuentes–124
- Been Studying Her–Mike Smith–124
- Warren’s Showtime–Jorge Velez–124
- Smokin Hot Bobbie–Rafael Bejarano–124
- Midnight Sunrise–Geovanni Franco–124
- Homehome–Mario Gutierrez–124
- Smiling Shirlee–Umberto Rispoli–124
- Cholula Lips–Tyler Baze–124
- California Kook–Drayden Van Dyke–124
- Warrior’s Moon–Abel Cedillo–124
First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.