Review of 2018 Autumn Miss Stakes, Grade III, at Santa Anita

Race 10. Autumn Miss Stakes, Grade III. For three-year-old fillies at 1 mile in the turf. Purse $100,000

Entries:

PP Filly Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Pulpit Rider Tyler Conner Mike Puype 20/1
2 So Hi Society Tiago Pereira Jeff Mullins 30/1
3 Streetwithnoname Joe Talamo Eoin G. Harty 30/1
4 Ms Bad Behavior Rafael Bejarano Richard Baltas 4/1
5 Toinette Flavien Prat Neil Drysdale 9/5
6 Tesora Drayden Van Dyke Jonathan Thomas 6/1
7 K P Pergoliscious Tyler Baze Jeff Mullins 20/1
8 West Palm Beach Brice Blanc Simon Callaghan 20/1
9 Streak of Luck Mike Smith Matthew Chew 10/1
10 Movie Moment Geovanni Franco John A. Shirreffs 30/1
11 Rayya Evin Roman Bob Baffert 12/1
12 Spring Lily Mario Gutierrez John A. Shirreffs 15/1
13 Flametta Gary Stevens Richard Baltas 12/1
14 Hey Negrita Angel Cruz Richard Baltas 10/1

Yes, the challenges facing Toinette, Ms Bad Behavior, Tesora, and Spring Lily are real. All are qualified to win the $100,000 race for 3-year-old fillies.

Toinette is clearly the best in this field of 14 if she is ready. She pressed the early pace and then gave way to finish ninth as the 7-2 second choice in a field of 10 in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational at a mile and a quarter on turf July 7.  A winner of three out her five starts, she overcame a rough start to take the Grade 3 Edgewood Stakes by a neck when going 1 1/16 miles on turf at Churchill Downs May 4. Prior to that, she pressed the pace  to a half-length allowance win over the Keeneland turf going 1 1/1 miles on In her second start, a maiden special weight here at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course on Jan. 28, she was pinched back to last following the break and rallied to win by a nose in a field of nine.

Ms Bad Behavior 2018 record is 2-3-1 from seven starts this year. Most recently second as the even money favorite in the Unzip Me Stakes, run at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course here on Sept. 29, she has a win (the China Doll Stakes, March 10) and one third place finish at a mile on turf. Well-suited to the Santa Anita lawn, she’s 5: 2-3-0 locally. Reunited with Rafael Bejarano, who guided her to a fourth place finish two starts back in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks, look for her to show plenty of early zip on Saturday in what will be her 12th career start.

West Palm Beach is a two-time winner from four starts in England. She was an impressive 1 1/4 length winner of her U.S. debut going a mile on turf here three starts back on March 16, a race in which she demonstrated an impressive turn of foot from off the pace. Idle since well beaten going a mile on turf in the Grade 2 San Clemente Stakes July 21, she was a dull fifth as the 3-5 favorite two starts back in the one mile turf, Grade 3 Senorita Stakes here on May 5.  With plenty of pace signed on Saturday, she’ll hope to be a late threat when ridden for the first time by Brice Blanc.

Streak of Luck was an impressive 1 ½-length one-mile turf allowance winner in open company here on Sept. 28, this Roncelli Family homebred, the lone California-bred in the field, will be bidding for her third consecutive win with Mike Smith on Saturday. Blessed with plenty of tactical speed, this filly by Old Fashioned has three wins and two seconds from seven tries at a mile on turf and will hope to have the class that would enable her to maintain her “roll” in the Autumn Miss.

Our Top Three Picks:

 

  • Toinette
  • Ms Bad Behavior
  • Tesora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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