One of the best claims in recent years and a 14-time winner, Jerry Hollendorfer's Vasilika heads an outstanding field of 14 fillies and mares in Saturday's Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at one mile over the Santa Anita turf on Saturday.
Ms Bad Behavior and Zaffinah, most recently second and third behind Vasilika in the Grade III Megahertz Stakes here Jan. 21, and course specialist Fahan Mura top a deep list of contenders as Vasilika shoots for her 12th win in her last 14 starts.
Owner: All Schlaich Stables, LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC and George Todaro
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer
Claimed out of a $40,000 win going a mile on turf here 12 starts back on Feb. 11, 2018, this 5-year-old Skipshot mare simply loves to win. A 1 ½ length victor of the Grade III Megahertz, which was run over a “good” turf, Vasilika has employed a stalk and pounce style that is difficult to deny, race in and race out. With Flavien Prat set to ride for the 11th time in a row, Vasilika will try to improve upon a 29-14-4-3 overall mark that has produced earnings of $818,595.
MS BAD BEHAVIOR
Owner: Sayjay Racing, LLC, Greg Hall & Brooke Hubbard
Trainer: Richard Baltas
Second in her last four starts, this 4-year-old Blame filly will be ridden back by Mike Smith, who will again try to ration her considerable early speed. Off at 4-1 versus a 3-5 Vasilika in the Megahertz last time out, Ms Bad Behavior should be a similar price as she tries to turn the tables on her more accomplished rival. As reflected in her overall race record of 14-3-7-2, “seconditis” is a concern.
Owner: Red Baron's Barn, LLC & Rancho Temescal, LLC
Trainer: Jack Carava
A hard knocking, consistent 5-year-old Irish-bred mare, she's 3-2-4 from 12 stateside starts for Carava as she seeks her first graded stakes win on Saturday. Third, beaten 1 ½ lengths by Vasilika in the Megahertz, she was a one mile turf allowance winner at Del Mar two starts back on Nov. 24 and could be sitting on a big effort with a recent race under her belt. With a stalking style similar to the top selection, it would appear she'll need to run the race of her life to win the Buena Vista.
Owner: Bran Jam Stables & David W. Clark
Trainer: Vladimir Cerin
A six-time winner and once second in seven starts over the Santa Anita lawn, this 5-year-old Pennsylvania-bred daughter of English Channel was a gate to wire winner of the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes at 1 1 /8 miles on turf here two starts back on Dec. 29, but was distanced after making the early lead in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational at Gulfstream Park Jan. 26. With a return home, to firmer footing and a distance at which she's posted seven wins from 15 tries, Fahan Mura will hope to bounce back with a big effort on Saturday.
THE GRADE II BUENA VISTA WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PT
- Take These Chains—Tiago Pereira—120
- Ms Bad Behavior—Mike Smith—120
- Zaffinah—Rafael Bejarano—120
- Fahan Mura—Edwin Maldonado—122
- Compelled—Joe Talamo—120
- Amandine—Drayden Van Dyke—120
- English Dancer—Kent Desormeaux—120
- Elysea's World—Joel Rosario—122
- Vasilika—Flavien Prat—124
- Streak of Luck—Tyler Baze—120
First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 12:25 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
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