US Racing - Preview of the Boxing Day Grade 1s
Santa Anita commences its Winter/Spring meet with a couple of quality grade 1s in the form of the Malibu and La Brea Stakes.
La Brea Stakes, Grade 1 for 3 year old fillies over 7 furlongs, Purse $300,000
8 fillies face the starter in this competitive and high quality event. Lightstream is the 2/1 Morning Line favourite and is uneaten from three starts under today’s pilot, Julien Laparoux.
Second favourite on the ML is Finley’sluckycharm (5/2) and she is blessed with terrific speed, which is demonstrated by her last time out Beyer of 102. She would be a very much shorter price over 6 furlongs but will she stay today’s trip of 7 furlongs, particularly away from her beloved Churchill?
Chao Chom may provide a bit of value. She is moving out of state-bred company for the first time but she is on the improve and accounted for the 1/10 favorite, Enola Gray, last time out.
Malibu Stakes, Grade 1 for 3 year olds over 7 furlongs, Purse $300,000
With Navy Hymn a non-runner, we have a field of 9 for this valuable grade 1. With all due respect to the others in this race, this race does seem to revolve around Mind Your Biscuits, Sharp Azteca and Ten Blessings, who have all recorded Beyers of 100+ last time out. Ten Blessings Beyer of 106 in an allowance race makes him hard to ignore.