RED-HOT VASILIKA ONE TO BEAT IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 ROYAL HEROINE STAKES AS SEVEN FILLIES & MARES GO ONE MILE ON TURF
RACE IS ONE OF SEVEN STAKES ON SANTA ANITA DERBY/BIG ‘CAP DAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 3, 2019)–Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Vasilika, a winner of 12 out of her last 14 starts, heads a field of seven older fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes at Santa Anita. One of seven stakes, five of them graded, the Royal Heroine is part of a blockbuster program that will also include three Grade I events, the $1 million Santa Anita Derby, the $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap and the $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks.
The Richard Baltas-trained Ms Bad Behavior, who has been third and second to Vasilika in her last two outings, would appear to be the second choice in the race with Mike Smith set to ride her back.
Owner: All Schlaich Stables, LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC and George Todaro
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer
The absolute epitome of a competitive Thoroughbred, this 5-year-old Skipshot mare finds a way to win virtually every time she races. One of the best claims in California racing history, she was haltered for $40,000 13 starts back on Feb. 11, 2018 and she’s won 10 out of her 12 starts with Hollendorfer, including five graded stakes, one of them a Grade I (Rodeo Drive, at 1 ¼ miles on turf, five starts back on Sept. 29). With an overall mark of 30-15-4-3, Vasilika has earnings of $938,595.
MS BAD BEHAVIOR
Owner: Sayjay Racing, LLC, Greg Hall and Brooke Hubbard
Trainer: Richard Baltas
Second, beaten 1 ½ lengths by Vasilika two starts back in the Grade III, one mile turf Megahertz Stakes Jan. 21, she made the lead turning for home in the Grade II Buena Vista at a mile on grass Feb. 23, but was no match for the top selection and finished third by 2 ¾ lengths. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Blame, Ms Bad Behavior, who was bred in Ontario, Canada, is five-time graded stakes placed with an overall mark of 15-3-7-3.
THE GRADE II ROYAL HEROINE STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 5 of 11 Approximate post time 2 p.m. PT
- Vasilika–Flavien Prat–124
- Ms Bad Behavior–Mike Smith–120
- Meal Ticket–Drayden Van Dyke–120
- Cordiality–Joe Talamo–120
- Raven’s Lady–Kent Desormeaux–120
- Space Talk–Rafael Bejarano–120
- Smoovie–Martin Garcia–120
Special early first post time for an 11-race card that will also include the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, the Grade III Providencia Stakes and two ungraded stakes for California-bred or sired horses, the $200,000 Evening Jewel and the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes, is at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.