Three year old fillies are given the opportunity to race for a grade two badge this weekend in California. The race is the Yanta Snez and the distance is seven furlongs over a fast dirt surface. The field has attracted a very eclectic field with some previous graded winners, some trying stakes for the very first time and a whole lot of speed. A number of these fillies are making their first starts off long layoffs which is always interesting. There’s also a good amount of well-bred fillies in this race.
There are five fillies in this race with four races or fewer. The horse with the fewest starts leads off the field. Green Bud Hut (12/1) has one run and one win. She’s a daughter of Commissioner out of a grade one winning Seeking the Gold x Green Desert mare. Her win was impressive and came wire to wire but the competition was much easier. Keeney Miney Mo (6/1) has three starts with one win. She has never sprinted in her career but she is grade three placed going a mile and one sixteenth. She’s a daughter of Keen Ice out of an Uncle Mo x A.P. Indy mare. She likes to close from midpack. Blaisdell (61/1) has four starts and she has not yet hit the board in any of them. She’s a scratchbred Lonhro x Wild Again x Galileo. Ocean Curl (16/1) has a decent record of 4-1-2-0. The daughter of Stormy Atlantic x Curlin x Unbridled’s Song likes to sit midpack. The most interesting of the fresh faces is The Third Bride (7/1). She’s a daughter of Tapit out of the legendary Storm Cat x Mr. Prospector mare Mother of Dragons. Herself a Hall of Famer she has produced a Hall of Fame member among her four graded stakes winning foals. The Third Bride has a 4-2-2-0 record. Her first three races came in short order but she was given three months off from August to November and responded with a listed win. She’s been off since that race but certainly one to watch in the future but she loves the lead and could have trouble getting it here.
The Graded Winners
Air Force Bone (9/1) already has a grade three win among her five victories from seven starts with two placings. The daughter of Air Force Blue out of a Capote x Storm Cat mare likes to be on or near the lead but with her experience she should be comfortable sitting just off of it. Adelaide’s Oval (8/1) has two grade three wins as a two year old. She was also grade one placed at this distance back in September. Her most recent start saw her finish third behind males in a grade three stakes where she pressesd the early pace, took the lead at the stretch call and just got run down late. She’s a daughter of Adelaide out of a Redoute’s Choice x Theatrical mare. Connectorbone (8/1) is a grade two winner from a race back in July. She’s by Connect out of a Storm Cat x J. Burns mare who already produced a grade one winner by Mountain High. She is the only filly in the field who has double digit starts (13). Her best runs have come setting or pressing the pace. Humoresque (7/1) is the other grade two winner in the field. She’s won four of seven starts and has rateable speed which will suit her well in this spot. She’s by Distorted Humor based on a Storm Cat x Unbridled’s Song hemare. She was last seen in the Breeders’ Bowl Juvenile Filly finishing eighth. Another who hasn’t run since the Breeders’ Bowl is So Graceful (10/1). She won a grade three routing back in September to qualify for that race but her sprint record is solid with four starts, two wins and two seconds. She’s a very high quality closer which may help her against this field. She’s by Indian Haven based on a Shamardal x Montjeu hemare.
The Wild Cards
Fifty Yards (14/1) is another deep closer who hasn’t run since early November. She was multiple graded placed in sprints as a two year old including a third place finish in a seven furlong grade one where she closed from ninth to get third. She’s by Mshawish out of a Not For Love x A.P. Indy mare. Triple Bounty (5/1) is a very deserving favorite here. She’s regally bred by Giant’s Causeway out of a grade one winning Seeking the Gold x Nijinsky II mare. She brings a 5-4-1-0 record into this race. She won her first four starts including a listed event before just getting beat in her most recent start, another listed. She likes to sit midpack and if the class jump doesn’t hurt her she will get first run on the tiring front runners. Tap Into My Heart (8/1), like Triple Bounty should be sitting midpack early. The regally bred Tapit filly based on a Giant’s Causeway x Medaglia D’oro hemare has won three of eight and finished second once. She is stakes placed in her most recent start and when she gets running in her head she can be a factor. With her pedigree the calendar change may help for things to click for her.
Good luck to all!