LADY PRANCEALOT & VIBRANCE BOTH PROMENENT IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 AMERICAN OAKS AS EIGHT SOPHOMORE FILLIES GO 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2019)–With distance looming as a huge consideration, Irish-bred Lady Prancealot rates top billing among a field of eight sophomore fillies in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 American Oaks, to be contested at a mile and one quarter over the Santa Anita turf.
Trained by Richard Baltas, Lady Prancealot has been idle since rallying from off the pace to take the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles turf Valley View Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 18.
In a race in which none of the contestants have ever run a mile and a quarter, trainer Michael McCarthy’s Vibrance, fresh off a close third place finish in the Grade III Red Carpet Stakes going 1 3/8 miles on turf at Del Mar Nov. 30, would appear to have a solid chance as well.
Owner: Jules Iavarone, Michael Iavarone & Jerry McClanahan
Trainer: Richard Baltas
Devoid of early foot, Lady Prancealot rallied from far back to be third, beaten 1 ¾ lengths three starts back in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Subsequently an even sixth in the ungraded Jockey Club Invitational Oaks going 1 3/8 miles on turf at Belmont Park Sept. 7, she then rallied from far back to win the Valley View at Keeneland when ridden for the first time by veteran Joe Bravo, who has the assignment on Saturday. With a 2019 resume that reads 7-3-1-2, a win in the Grade I Oaks would cap a tremendous year.
Owner: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners & Donna & Jim Daniell
Trainer: Michael McCarthy
Graded stakes placed on both dirt and turf, this Louisiana-bred filly by Violence will like make or attend to the early lead. Fresh off a solid third, beaten 1 ½ lengths in the 1 3/8 miles turf Red Carpet, she appears capable of acting at the Oaks distance and brings a solid, consistent form to the table.
THE GRADE I AMERICAN OAKS WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 6 of 11 Approximate post time 1:30 p.m. PT
- So Much Happy–Tiago Pereira–124
- Apache Princess–Javier Castellano–124
- Mucho Unusual–Joel Rosario–124
- K P Slickem–Jorge Velez–124
- Lady Prancealot–Joe Bravo–124
- Pretty Point–Mike Smith–124
- Giza Goddess–Victor Espinoza–124
- Vibrance–Abel Cedillo–124
First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11 a.m. Admission gates open at 9 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.