THRIVING & NEWLY ARRIVED GINGER NUT HEAD WIDE OPEN GRADE III, $100,000 SWEET LIFE STAKES FOR 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF COURSE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2019)–A much improved third in her second U.S. start, English-bred Thriving, along with new arrival, Irish-bred Ginger Nut, head a field of six sophomore fillies in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sweet Life Stakes, to be contested at 6 ½ furlongs down the Santa Anita hillside turf course.
Owner: Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal
Trainer: Jeff Mullins
Distanced at a flat mile on turf in her U.S. debut, the Grade III Jimmy Durante Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 24, Thriving rallied to be third, beaten 2 ¾ lengths, in the one mile turf Blue Norther Stakes here on Dec. 30, earning a solid 76 Beyer Speed figure, way up from 28 Beyer at Del Mar. With recency and Flavien Prat once again in her corner, Thriving seems the logical top selection although she was beaten three quarters of a length by Ginger Nut the only time they met, five starts back at Newmarket on Aug. 4.
Owner: Hronis Racing, LLC
Trainer: John Sadler
Unraced since victorious by a neck in an ungraded stakes that attracted 18 runners (male and female) going six furlongs on turf in England Aug. 22, Ginger Nut has easily banked more than the entire combined Sweet Life field, as she has $237,488 on account. Although she’s never faced graded or group competition, she’s won three out of her last four races and in the process, has defeated a total of 66 horses, many of them males. (Her neck win in a 25-horse field on July 21 at Newbury is a glaring case in point). With a solid work tab to her credit, Ginger Nut will get the services of Joel Rosario as she tries to improve upon an overall mark of 8-3-2-1.
THE GRADE III SWEET LIFE STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 7 of 9- Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PT
- Apache Princess–Kent Desormeaux–122
- Thriving–Flavien Prat–122
- Splashy Kisses–Heriberto Figueroa–120
- Nomizar–Rafael Bejarano–120
- Full Eclipse–Brice Blanc–120
- Ginger Nut–Joel Rosario–124
First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santtaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.