Venetian Harbor moves from a dominating 10 3/4-length maiden allowance win at 6 1 /2 furlongs on Dec. 29 to Grade II competition Saturday in Santa Anita's $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile, but Richard Baltas is optimistic the bay daughter of Munnings will be up to the task in only her third career start.
“She's a young horse but I think I've got her fit enough,” the trainer said. “She's had some good works and good gallop outs. It's her first time around two turns but I don't see it being a big issue with her. She's out of a Street Cry mare (Sounds of the City) which I like, she has the pedigree to do it, she has the body to do it, so hopefully she can do it.”
The field for the Las Virgenes, race five of nine with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Go Big Blue Nation, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; Gingham, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; Cholula Lips, Abel Cedillo, 5-1; Venetian Harbor, Flavien Prat, 2-5; and Stellar Sound, Mike Smith, 5-1.
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