Review of La Canada Stake at Santa Anita on January 12

Race 8. Las Canada Stake, GIII on dirt. For four year-old fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. Purse $100,000.

PP Filly / Mare Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Exuberance Geovanni Franco Ian Kruljac 8/1
2 Stradella Road Rafael Bejarano Gary Stute 5/1
3 Lemoona Flavien Prat Richard Baltas 5/1
4 True Royalty Joel Rosario John W. Sadler 3/1
5 Bernina Star Kent J. Desormeaux James M. Cassidy 8/1
6 Escape Clause Tyler Baze Don Schnell 5/2
7 K P Wildcat Roimes Chirinos Jeff Mullins 4

None among the seven entered are higher than 8-1 on the line, and it’s a competitive mix that contains a trio of 4-year-olds older stakes mares, among them True Royalty whose win in the Torrey Pines (GIII) stands as the only  graded stakes entree with a victory for this field.

Escape Clause is 17-for-24 record on dirt was accomplished primarily at Assiniboia Downs. Her first three starts on the West Coast  circuit came on turf toward the end of 2018, and she is back in two weeks after a tough trip behind in Robert J. Frankel (GIIIT).

Stradella Road has never been on dirt before. She has enough early speed to part of the lead pack and may set the race up for Escape Clause.

Bernina Star is third back from a layoff, and her last dirt start was a third in the Clement L. Hirsch (G1). She is the class of this field.


Our Top Three Picks

  • Bernina Star
  • Stradella Road
  • True Royalty


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