Review of Las Virgenes Stakes, (GII), at Santa Anita on Feb. 9

The Las Virgenes Stakes is a prep race for the 2019 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 3rd. Points toward a spot in the 2019 Kentucky Oaks will be awarded on a 10-4-2-1 scale. 

Horses in Las Virgenes Stakes with Oaks points are: Bellafina with 22, Mother Mother with 6, Enaya Alrabb with 4, and Tomlin with 2.

Race 5. Las Virgenes Stakes, (GII). For three-year-old fillies at 1 mile on dirt. Purse $200,000.

Entries:

PP Filly Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Calf Moon Bay Joel Rosario Jerry Hollendorfer 12/1
2 Enaya Alrabb Mike Smith Doug O’Neill 4/1
3 Bellafina Flavien Prat Simon Callaghan 2/5
4 Mother Mother Drayden Van Dyke Bob Baffert 7/2
5 Tomlin Tyler Baze Steven Specht 15/1

Bellafina returns to track after her 8 1/2 length victory in the Santa Ynez Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita  on Jan. 6at at seven furlongs. Bellafina heads a field of five sophomore fillies going one mile in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita Park. She out ran two of the entries in the Santa Ynez. The distance of 7 furlongs should not cause her a problem since won the she won the 1 1/16 mile Chandelier Stakes (G1) by 6 1/4 lengths. She will be the betting favorite and the horse to beat.

Enaya Alrabb has been idle since finishing second in the Grade I Starlet Stakes going 1 1/16 miles at Los Alamitos on Dec. 8. She has started three times with a record of 1-1-0 with earnings of $93,600. She should close the pace throughout the race. She should finish in top three.

Mother Mother won the Rags to Riches Stakes, one-turn mile, at Churchill Down on October 10. She ran second in her most recent start the Santa Ynez. She should finish in top three.

Tomlin has three wins to her credit. She won the Golden Gate Debutante Stakes on November 23. She ran third in her most recent start the Santa Ynez. She could be on the board.

Calf Moon Bay has recorded two wins racing around two turns. She won a maiden special weight going one mile at Los Alamitos on Dec. 14 by five lengths. She  then scored a first-level allowance victory by a nose on Jan. 11 at Santa Anita. Both races were two-turn mile races. She should be near the lead down the back stretch. She could be on the board.

Our Top Three Picks

  • Bellafina – Our Best Bet of the Day
  • Enaya Alrabb
  • Mother Mother

 

 

 

 

 

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