ARCADIA, Calif. (March 21, 2013)—Lady of Shamrock, a multiple Grade I winner who has been idle since running a close fifth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf on Nov. 2, heads a competitive field of six older fillies and mares entered in Sunday’s Grade II, $150,000 Santa Ana Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
A deep closer, Lady of Shamrock, who is trained by John Sadler and will be handled by her regular rider Mike Smith, will attempt to take advantage of what the connections hope is a lively early pace.
“She’s training well and she loves the course,” said Sadler on Thursday. “We gave her a little break after the Breeders’ Cup. We’ve got a long year and we’ve got the Breeders’ Cup back here in November, so we didn’t want to start her too early.”
The likely speed in the race is California-bred A Jealous Woman, a multiple stakes winner who ran a disappointing seventh in the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes on Feb. 18. Although she’s likely to make the early lead in the Santa Ana, A Jealous Woman could be pressed by Arizona shipper Smarty B, or by Irish-bred Quiet Oasis, who has been on the shelf since winning the Grade II Royal Heroine Mile on July 7 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The complete field for the Grade II Santa Ana Stakes from the rail out is as follows:
LADY OF SHAMROCK
A back to back winner of the Grade I American and Del Mar Oaks’ this past summer, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Scat Daddy came within a nose of winning five stakes in 2012 and has three wins from four starts over the Santa Anita lawn.
Lady of Shamrock, who is owned by Hronis Racing LLC, has a steady series of turf drills for her return, but her most recent work came on the main track, a seven furlong move in 1:25.80 on March 17.
Idle since running fifth in the 1 ¼ miles turf Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, a race in which she had to wait for racing room a furlong out, Lady of Shamrock came running and lost by just 2 ½ lengths. If she gets a lively pace to run at, she should be very tough on Sunday. With a record of 11-6-1-1, she has earnings of $705,400.Read the rest of the story Santa Anita Park - Press Releases