Exciting Jolie Olimpica Stretches Out in Buena Vista
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By Emily Shields for TVG
A stellar field of 12 have been entered for the one-mile Buena Vista Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita on Saturday. The $200,000 turf race is for older fillies and mares.
The exciting prospect Jolie Olimpica (Brz) will break from the rail. The daughter of Drosselmeyer is unbeaten in four starts, including a Grade 1 in Brazil last June. She was then transferred to the barn of Richard Mandella, who brought her along carefully and didn’t unveil her until the January 11 Las Cienegas (G3) over five and a half furlongs on the course here. Under Mike Smith, Jolie Olimpica rolled to win by a length and a quarter despite a slow break. She stretches back out for this, but this distance is the same as the Grade 1 she won last year.
Carressa will break alongside. John Shirreffs trains the daughter of Uncle Mo, who won the local prep for this in the Megahertz Stakes (G3) on January 20. She has won two races in a row, is three for six lifetime, and has worked very well since her last start. Victor Espinoza will climb back aboard. Super Patriot and La Sardane, second and third behind her in the Megahertz, are both back for this.
Muchly (GB) makes her American debut in this for trainer Simon Callaghan. John Gosden was at the helm in England, where the daughter of Iffraaj was two for nine; both wins came over this distance. The hot riding Umberto Rispoli will have the mount.
Lady Prancealot (Ire) and Mucho Unusual exit the American Oaks (G1), where they finished one-two. Lady Prancealot has won three times over this course for trainer Richard Baltas, and was a Grade 3 winner at Keeneland in October. Joe Bravo will ride. Mucho Unusual has never been worse than third here for Tim Yakteen. Joel Rosario will ride.
Brill was a winner in the Lady of Shamrock Stakes over this trip December 28. She was seventh as the favorite in the Megahertz, but the $1 million purchase by Medaglia d’Oro is eligible to rebound here. She appeared to love the turf two back and was facing elders for the first time last out. Don Chatlos trains.
Keeper Of the Stars was favored when she ran second behind Brill in the Lady of Shamrock, then was sixth in the Megahertz for trainer Jonathan Wong. She was a Grade 3 winner here in October over this trip in the Autumn Miss, and seeks her sixth win.
For just two lengths, Tiny Tina would be a dual Grade 3 winner at the meet, but she ran second by a nose going nine furlongs here in the Robert J. Frankel in December, then second by two lengths in the Astra over 1 ½ miles in January. She cuts back in distance to a mile, where she has won three of six for trainer Phil D’Amato.
The race is part of a strong card at Santa Anita including three maiden special weight races and an allowance. Bet the entire card with TVG.
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