Jockey Drayden Van Dyke guides Red Lark to the winner’s circle after their success in the Grade I, $250,000 Del Mar Oaks, Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar CA.
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A field of 10 is gone into to run in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes, a one mile grass test for fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park. A lot of them are rather achieved, consisting of winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks last summertime, Red Lark (IRE), who most just recently ended up 4th in the Grade 1 American Oaks following 2 and one-half months off.

Mucho Unusual gets in the Buena Vista Stakes off wins in the Grade 3 Robert J. Frankel Stakes and the Grade 3 Megahertz Stakes and won the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive Stakes over the course last summertime. Going to Vegas, who ended up second in the American Oaks, and Sedamar, who ended up second in the Megahertz, are both attempting to go up a notch into the winner’s circle in this grade 2 occasion.

Warren’s Showtime was triumphant in the comparable Grade 3 Fall Miss Stakes at a mile over the Santa Anita grass last October and is yet another with a severe opportunity at success. Nasty gets in the race off a win over the course at the range in the Woman Shamrock Stakes in December and was close at hand behind Warren’s Showtime in the Fall Miss 2 races prior to that so contributes to the depth of the entrants in this race.

Charmaine’s Mia simply won the Grade 3 Las Cienegas Stakes at 6 furlongs and is extending to this range and to 2 turns for the very first time in a stakes. Sloane Garden (GB) won a set of stakes on yard last spring and summertime at Golden Gate Fields consisting of the Luther Burbank Stakes and returns from 4 months on the bench so might require a race in the past being competitive versus this field. Bohemian Bourbon revealed she belongs at the level when 3rd in the Grade 2 Royal North Stakes last summertime however her current 5th location effort in the Las Cienegas following 3 months off might suggest she’s not yet back in leading type. Heather’s Grey moves into stakes business off a 6th location effort in a sprint and might be overmatched.

Red Lark (IRE) has actually won just 2 times in 14 profession begins consisting of 9 considering that importing to The United States and Canada 13 months earlier in January, 2020. After transferring to grass in her 2nd stateside start and winning, Red Lark (IRE) lost 4 races in a row, although she was competitive and never ever even worse than 4th in any of those races. Then last summertime came a breakout efficiency in the Del Mar Oaks with an aesthetically remarkable stretch run and upset at 19 to 1 chances. That effort yielded a profession finest 109 Equibase Speed Figure. Sent out to Keeneland to run in the Queen Elizabeth II Difficulty Cup Stakes as a preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & & Mare Grass, Red Lark (IRE) ran creditably versus a few of the leading grass fillies in the nation, winding up 4th and enhancing to a 111 figure.

Rested 2 and one-half months and returning at a range she had actually never ever run formerly, one mile and one-quarter, Red Lark (IRE) rallied from ninth of 10 to get 4th at the end in the American Oaks and was just beaten a nose for 3rd and less than a length for 2nd. The 104 figure made in the American Oaks was respectable thinking about the layoff and range. Cutting down to one mile for the Buena Vista, it should be kept in mind Mucho Unusual ended up second in the 2019 American Oaks prior to a huge effort when 3rd to numerous stakes winners (Keeper of destiny and Jolie Olympica) in the 2020 Buena Vista. As such, Red Lark must enhance substantially in her 2nd begin a layoff and seems the one to beat in this race.

Nasty is a gently raced, freshly turned 4 years of age filly, who has actually won 3 of 6 races on yard to date in her profession. The very first of the trio was a rousing 8 length win last June in her grass launching at Indiana Grand and another win one month later on. Following a bad effort in August, Nasty was delivered to California and to the barn of Richard Baltas and she almost won the Fall Miss Stakes as she made the lead with an eighth of a mile to go and was beaten a neck and a half-length on the wire off a 2 month layoff, making a career-best 104 figure. After a bad effort one race in the past last, Nasty rebounded in the Woman Shamrock Stakes at the range of the Buena Vista at the end of December. Because race Nasty duplicated the 104 figure she made 2 races previously while setting a strong rate and hanging on gamely over Counterparty Threat, who flattered her when winning the Endeavour Stakes 2 weeks earlier in Florida. The race likewise produced another next out winner and a near winner so it ends up being a “SECRET RACE” from which Nasty has capacity to surpass and win once again.

Mucho Unusual has 4 wins in 8 profession attempts at this mile grass journey. The most current of those came simply last month in the Megahertz Stakes, her 5th profession win in 9 races on the Santa Anita grass course she’s revealed a fondness for. Although the Megahertz effort just led to an 88 figure, Mucho Unusual has actually run all right to be competitive with Red Lark (IRE) and Nasty if they duplicate or surpass their best shots. Among those efforts which would make Mucho Unusual a strong competitor in this year’s Buena Vista came when she made a career-best 110 figure when 3rd, beaten simply one length, in in 2015’s Buena Vista. Mucho Unusual ran likewise well when taking the Rodeo Drive Stakes last September with a 107 figure and after that 2 races later on when winning the Robert J. Frankel Stakes with the very same 107 figure. Considered that strong record of success at the range and presently in the very best type of her profession, Mucho Unusual has every right to prosper in this year’s Buena Vista Stakes.

The remainder of the Buena Vista Stakes field, with their finest Equibase Speed Figures, is Bohemian Bourbon (101 ), Charmaine’s Mia (115 sprinting), Going to Vegas (108 ), Heather’s Grey (105 ), Sedamar (109 ), Sloane Garden (GB) (99) and Warren’s Showtime (107 ).

Win Competitors, in choice order:
Red Lark (IRE)
Nasty
Mucho Unusual

Buena Vista Stakes– Grade 2
Race 7 at Santa Anita
Saturday, February 20, 2021– Post Time 6:30 PM E.T.
One Mile on Grass
Fillies and Mares, 4 Year Olds and Upward
Handbag: $200,000

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