DREAM TREE OUT TO MAKE AMENDS AS SHE HEADS A SOLID FIELD OF 10 FILLIES & MARES IN SUNDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 LAS FLORES STAKES AT SIX FURLONGS
SHOW IT N MOE IT, EMBOLDENED, AMUSE & OTHERS ALL RATE BIG CHANCES
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 4, 2019)–Bob Baffert’s Dream Tree, who tasted defeat while heavily favored in the opening day Grade I La Brea Stakes, will be out to make amends as she heads an ultra-talented group of 10 older fillies and mares going six furlongs in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita.
Trainer Gary Sherlock’s hard-knocking Show It N Moe It, fresh off a powerful state-bred stakes win going six furlongs on Feb. 24, will be making her 20th career start and her first graded stakes swing on Sunday. Dream Tree’s stablemate, Emboldened, who was a close third in the Dec. 26 La Brea going seven furlongs, will hope to run back to that race with Joe Talamo back aboard.
Richard Mandella’s Amuse, who stalked a fast pace and won like a filly with any kind of future in a 6 ½ furlong allowance on Dec. 30, looms very dangerous with Drayden Van Dyke up for the first time.
Owner: Phoenix Thoroughbred III
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Unbeaten in five starts, three of them graded stakes, this 4-year-old Uncle Mo filly was off as the 3-5 favorite in the Grade I La Brea, but she never seemed comfortable after breaking a bit slowly. Empty at the top of the lane, she checked in eighth and last, beaten 25 ½ lengths. Although she tasted defeat for the first time, Dream Tree has trained in sharp fashion for her comeback, evidenced by her last three works: a bullet five furlongs in 1:00.20 on March 19 (best of 66 at the distance), another bullet five eighths in 59.20 on March 26 (best of 32 at the distance) and another five furlongs in 1:00.40 on April 1 (fourth of 36 at the distance). With five wins from six starts, Dream Tree is easily the leading money earner in the field with $527,845.
SHOW IT N MOE IT
Owner: Tom London, Terry Lovingier & Eugene Zondlo
Trainer: Gary Sherlock
A remarkable California-bred success story, she’s by Lovingier’s Grace Upon Grace and is out of his veteran producer, Robotica, by Ide. A big, rangy filly with unquestioned heart, 4-year-old Show It N Moe It comes off what Sherlock felt was her best-ever performance on Feb. 24, a three quarter length win in the state-bred Spring Fever Stakes going six furlongs. A Cal-bred 6 ½ furlong allowance winner two starts back Jan. 10, Show It N Moe It seeks her third straight win and first in graded company in the Las Flores. A big, rangy mare, she’s got a remarkable overall resume of 19-6-4-4, with earnings of $435,604.
Owner: Godolphin, LLC
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Off at 10-1 in the Grade I La Brea, she came up the rail late and finished third, beaten 1 ¼ lengths. A Godolphin homebred 4-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality, out of the Bernardini mare Al Andaleeb, she’s won two out of her four starts and will try to prove the La Brea finish was no fluke as she cuts back in distance a furlong.
THE GRADE III LAS FLORES STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PT
- Amuse–Drayden Van Dyke–120
- Spectator–Flavien Prat–120
- Lady Suebee–Joel Rosario–120
- True Royalty–Aaron Gryder–122
- Phantom Proton–Mario Gutierrez–120
- Danuska’s My Girl–Geovanni Franco–120
- Dream Tree–Mike Smith–122
- Emboldened–Joe Talamo–120
- Show It N Moe It–Rafael Bejarano–120
- Moon Kitty–Evin Roman–120
First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.