Review of Las Cienegas Stake at Santa Anita on January 12.

Race 11. Las Cienegas Stake, GIII on Turf. For four year-old fillies and mares at about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf. Purse $150,000.

PP Filly / Mare Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Compelled Drayden Van Dyke Thomas Proctor 4/1
2 Fiery Lady Heriberto Figueroa Anna Meah 15/1
3 Tesora Kent J. Desormeaux Michael McCarthy 6/1
4 Belvoir Bay Flavien Prat Peter Miller 5/2
5 Selcourt Tyler Baze John Sadler 2/1
6 Miss Southern Miss Rafael Bejarano Keith Desormeaux 15/1
7 Last Promise Kept Aaron Gryder Thomas Proctor 12/1
8 Lady Suebee Mike Smith John Sadler 6/1
9 Painting Corners Joel Rosario Peter Miller 3/1

With forecasts showing a 90% chance of rain, Selcourt would only run in the 6 1/2-furlong Las Cienegas if it is moved to the main track. Otherwise, she will run in the 6 1/2-furlong Kalookan Queen Stakes on the dirt Jan. 13, a race she won last year by 7 1/2 lengths for her first stakes win.

Painting Corners set a fast pace when finishing second in the Sen. Ken Maddy (G3T) when last seen in early November.

Belvoir Bay is a top choice here since her record for the course at 4-0-1 for from five outing at 6 1/2 furlongs. She is effective with any running style, has won previously when fresh, and shows a slate of solid works. She looks the best in this field on turf or dirt.

Compelled ran in the Monrovia (GIIT) over course in May. She has run only twice since then, but she has an excellent late kick that gives her a chance to be on the board.

Our Top Three Picks

  • Belvoir Bay
  • Compelled
  • Painting Corners

 

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