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Two-year-olds featured in double stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise


December 24, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

Trainer Diodoro goes for hat trick in Lost In The Fog Juvenile

Since all Thoroughbreds share the same birthday—January 1 of each New Year—two-year-olds looking to get a stakes win on their resumes before turning three, will be featured in double stakes on Saturday, December 26, at Turf Paradise.

Saturday marks the return of live racing following a two-day Holiday hiatus. Itís also the traditional opening day of Santa Anita. Live race post time is 12:40 p.m. local time.

The $35,000 Arizona Juvenile Fillies drew seven entrants while the $35,000 Lost In The Fog Juvenile attracted a field of 10. Both stakes will be run at 6Ĺ furlongs.

Also on Saturdayís card are double first divisions of the marathon series at 1-1/16 miles with each division attracting full fields of 12 horses. Qualifiers will move forward with the finale being run at 1-1/4 miles.

Arizona Juvenile Fillies

The Robertino Diodoro-trained Star of Munster and the Dan McFarlane-conditioned Heidiís In Charge appear formidable, given that both have won three races.

Star Of Munster will be making her Turf debut, having campaigned in southern California. The daughter of prodigious sire Tribal Rule won at first asking and then followed with two optional claiming wins.

Heidiís In Charge won her last three efforts, including victories in the ATBA Stakes and Arizona Breedersí Futurity. The daughter of multiple stakes winner Ez Dreamer, registered all three of her wins locally.

Two others worth a look are Protective Shield, who won her maiden outing on December 8, recording a 74 Beyer, the best of any entrant.

The other is Zenita, with a two wins in four starts record, that was claimed from her nearly 11-length maiden victory for $10,000 and then immediately followed with a 5ľ length allowance win.

Lost In The Fog Juvenile

The race is named after the star-crossed, stakes winning sprinter, who set the Turf Paradise track record for the distance in 2004 (1:13.55), a record that still stands.

Of the 10 entrants, the Diodoro-trained Law Master will attract attention, given that the son of Readyís Image has not been out of the money in five starts and due to the fact the trainer has won this race the last two years.

Shipping in from Golden Gate is the Jose Silva-trained Senator Robert, winner of two of six starts.

Ready Intaglio, conditioned by Eurico Martens, just missed by a nose in his Turf debut on the grass on December 9, earning a 70 Beyer, the best of the field. Prior to that, Ready Intaglio raced competitively at Northlands Park and Assiniboia Downs in Canada.