SPEEDSTERS FAHAN MURA & ESCAPE CLAUSE RATE BIG CHANCES IN WIDE OPEN GRADE III, $150,000 ROBERT J. FRANKEL STAKES ON SATURDAY; FIELD OF EIGHT DISTAFFERS ENGAGED AT 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF

RACE NAMED IN HONOR OF LATE HALL OF FAME CONDITIONER BOBBY FRANKEL

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2018)–A pair of speedsters, Pennsylvania-bred Fahan Mura and Manitoba-Canadian-bred Escape Clause would appear to rate good chances in Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes.  Named in honor of the legendary late Hall of Fame conditioner, the Frankel has attracted a wide open field of eight fillies and mares aged three and up.

 

FAHAN MURA

Owner:  Bran Jam Stable & David W. Clark

Trainer:  Vladimir Cerin

Well beaten after opening up by some four lengths early in Del Mar’s Grade I Matriarch at one mile on turf Dec. 2, this 4-year-old filly by English Channel returns to a course she adores, evidenced by her five wins from six Santa Anita turf starts.  A close second to two starts back behind top distaffer Vasilika in the Grade II Goldikova Stakes at one mile on turf here Nov. 4, Fahan Mura has flourished under Cerin’s guidance, posting a 10-6-1-1 mark this year, good for 2018 earnings of $275,665.  She’ll be ridden for the ninth consecutive time by Edwin Maldonado, who’s guided her to four wins in her last eight starts.

 

ESCAPE CLAUSE

Owner:  Don Schnell

Trainer:  Don Schnell

Bred in Manitoba, Canada, this 4-year-old filly is a truly amazing sort who will be making her 13th start of the year at her sixth different track.  From June 8 at Assiniboia Downs in Manitoba, through Oct. 21 at Century Downs, located in Rocky View, Alberta, she rattled off eight consecutive wins, prompting her owner/trainer to run next in the restricted Kathryn Crosby Stakes at Del Mar, a one mile turf event in which she finished second, beaten a half-length.  (And she was subsequently placed first following a stewards’ inquiry).  Following that, she stretched out to 1 3/8 miles on turf in the Grade III Red Carpet Handicap and finished third, beaten one length.  With a 12-9-1-2 mark this year, Escape Clause is 26-18-3-3 overall, with earnings of $354,500.

 

THE GRADE III ROBERT J. FRANKEL STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER

Race 4 of 10

Approximate post time 1:30 p.m. PT

  1. Lucy De–Flavien Prat–120
  2. Escape Clause–Ruben Fuentes–122
  3. Quebec–Joel Rosario–120
  4. Fahan Mura–Edwin Maldonado–122
  5. Sweet Charity–Tyler Baze–120
  6. Gliding By–Drayden Van Dyke–120
  7. Amboseli–Kent Desormeaux–120
  8. Excellent Sunset–Rafael Bejarano–120

Special early first post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 12 noon.  Admission gates will open at 10 a.m.  For additional information, please visit www.santaanita.com/live-racing or call (626) 574-RACE.