Full Field on the Grass for the Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita
Saturday’s feature race at Santa Anita is on the lawn when a full field of 12 fillies and mares will run one mile in the $200,000 Grade ll Buena Vista Stakes.
No. 1 KERI BELLE is 2-for-2 over the Santa Anita turf course and should be able to get first jump on the late runners. She won the Megahertz Stakes (G3) last time out at 12-1. GLORY pushed the pace on the front end in that race and returns while HER EMMYNENCY is speed and runs off a 4 ½ month layoff after winning the Grade l Queen Elizabeth ll Challenge Cup at Keeneland. She’s not 100% fit and a prep race is preferred.
STORMY LUCY is the likely favorite and might be ranked too low. She’ll carry high weight of 124 pounds but she’s been a consistent performer and has run very well in her last three starts. Stormy Lucy won the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar and missed by a photo in two other graded stakes with the last by a nose at a mile over this course as runner up to Keri Belle. She’ll be flying late starting from the No. 10 post.
PRIZE EXHIBIT is a multiple graded stakes winner and returns to her preferred grass footing. She’ll be one of the favorites but can be difficult to control. She’s an x-factor in this race with the condition of the turf uncertain. She won the Grade ll San Clemente at a mile last summer and her best would be good enough.
NASHOBA’S GOLD makes her second start off a layoff and has a late-developing pedigree that makes her an upset candidate at a bigger price despite no wins as a 4 year-old last year.
The Buena Vista Stakes is Race 8 at Santa Anita on Saturday, February 20 with post time near 4:00 PT.