Defending champion Marley's Freedom, streaker Danuska's My Girl and comebacker Anonymity are among a dozen fillies and mares nominated to the $200,000-guaranteed Great Lady M. Stakes.
The Grade II, which will be contested at 6 ½ furlongs, will be run for the sixth time at Los Alamitos Saturday, July 6.
Owned by Cicero Farms LLC and trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Marley's Freedom won the 2018 renewal by 1 ½ lengths as the 1-5 favorite, defeating a field that included, among others, 2017 heroine Skye Diamonds.
A 5-year-old daughter of Blame and the Formal Gold mare Relaxing Green, Marley's Freedom has won eight of 17 and earned $1,113,935. She was second behind Mia Mischief in the grade I Humana Distaff May 4 at Churchill Downs in her first start of 2019.
Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer for Bad Boy Racing LLC, Danuska's My Girl is perfect in three starts this year after ending 2018 with a decisive victory last Nov. 22 at Del Mar.
A 5-year-old daughter of Shackleford and the Dayjur mare Amaday, Danuska's My Girl will be trying Grade II company for the first time after consecutive Grade III victories – Las Flores April 7 and Desert Stormer May 19 – at Santa Anita. She is 5-for-14 with a bankroll of $258,810.
Idle since finishing third, beaten by a neck, at nearly 32-1 in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint last Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs, Anonymity will be seeking her fourth victory for LNJ Foxwoods and Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella.
The 5-year-old Tapit mare has earned $252,200. Anonymity, who is out of the Sir Cat mare Stormy Sunday, will be making her Los Alamitos debut if she participates in the Great Lady M.
The other nominees are Donut Girl, Exuberance, Just a Smidge, who is also trained by Baffert, Princess Dorian, Show It N Moe It, S Y Sky, Uno Trouble Maker, who has won four in a row for trainer Bill Spawr, Yuvetsi and Zusha.
Entries for the Great Lady M. will be taken Wednesday, July 3.
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