Spiced Perfection, a three-time stakes winner against California-breds, ventures into open company in the Grade I La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on opening day at Santa Anita on Wednesday.
“It's the last chance this year to run with 3-year-olds and we hope to get some graded type for her,” explained Brian Koriner, who trains the bay daughter of Smiling Tiger for the Dare To Dream Stable, LLC.
Spiced Perfection has a 5-4-2 record from 13 career starts, with enviable earnings of $442,405, most coming from victories against state-breds in the Generous Portion, the Evening Jewel and the Betty Grable.
She also has a win and a second from three races at seven furlongs.
Spiced Perfection drew the outside nine post position for the La Brea and was made the 5-1 co-third choice on the morning line. She will be ridden by Flavien Prat, who was aboard for her most recent victory Nov. 11 at Del Mar in the Betty Grable.
Joe Talamo, who had ridden Spiced Perfection in her previous starts, opted for Bob Baffert-trained Emboldened, a daughter of Elusive Quality who has not started since winning the Angel Flight Stakes at Santa Anita in May at seven furlongs. Baffert also trains the unbeaten Dream Tree, who is the 8-5 favorite for the La Brea. The daughter of Uncle Mo will be ridden by Drayden Van Dyke.
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