Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California will be the scene of the G3 Autumn Miss Stakes on Saturday, October 29. Three year old fillies will take to Santa Anita's turf track and run one mile for the winner's portion of the $100,000 purse.
A wide-open field of 10 have been confirmed for the Autumn Miss Stakes - race 8 on Santa Anita's Saturday card. Post time is 4:00 PM. Here is a brief glance into the past performances of all 10 the entries for this G3 stakes.
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Belvoir Bay - British bred Peter Miller trained filly has five wins and a second place finish in 10 career starts. She made her graded stakes debut July 23 and flopped to a tenth place finish in the G2 San Clemente Stakes at Del Mar but has been impressive since. Last time out was a gate-to-wire win in the minor Unzip Me Stakes on this track October 1 which followed a good win in the G3 Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar August 28. She also posted a nice win in the minor Blue Norther Stakes at Santa Anita December 27, a ninth in her North American debut - the minor Chelsey Flower Stakes at Belmont Park in October and a respectable fourth in the Group 3 Prestige Stakes at home before shipping. Belvoir Bay has won three of her last four starts ahead of this weekend and tries for three straight stakes victories from the outside gate 10 with Norberto Arroyo in the reins.
Danilovna - Irish bred filly has four career starts for trainer Graham Motion with two wins. She makes her stakes debut Saturday off an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Belmont Park September 22 - her North American debut. She posted a fourth and a fifth in a pair of Handicap races at home before shipping and also posted a win at first asking in November. Danilovna looked good last time out and hopes to build on that effort in her stakes debut. Flavien Prat has been tabbed to ride from the rail.
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Lady Valeur - Irish bred Patrick Gallagher trained filly has placed in six of nine career starts - two wins and four runner-up finishes. Last time out was a disappointing ninth in the G1 Del Mar Oaks August 20 which followed a respectable second behind Mokat in the G2 San Clemente Stakes at Del Mar July 23, a fifth in the G2 Honeymoon Stakes at Santa Anita June 19, an impressive 1 1/2 length Allowance Optional Claiming score May 20, another fifth in the G3 Providencia Stakes April 9 and a second in the minor China Doll Stakes March. Lady Valeur has been OK at times and searches for her first stakes win Saturday with Rafael Bejarano in the saddle from post 3.
Nodiac - Irish bred Phil D'Amato trained filly has placed in eight of nine career starts - two wins, two seconds and four third place finishes. Last time out was a third behind Belvoir Bay in the minor Unzip Me Stakes on this track October 1 after an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Del Mar August 27, a sixth in the G3 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs May 6 and a pair of thirds in stakes action including the G3 Providencia Stakes here in April. Nodiac has been in every race in her career so far, has a win, a second and a third in three grass starts but has yet to record a stake win. Jockey Santiago Gonzalez will try to change all of that from gate 6 Saturday.
Dreamarcher - has 13 career starts for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer with three wins, a second and three third place finishes. She makes her graded stakes debut Saturday off a fifth in the minor Swingtime Stakes on this track October 8, a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Del Mar September 1 and a nice win in the minor Wine Country Stakes at Santa Rosa in July. Dreamarcher has placed in just one of her last four starts ahead of this weekend but hopes to make some noise from post 9 Saturday. Mario Gutierrez gets the call.
Barleysugar - Irish bred Edward Freeman trained filly had a win, three seconds and a third place finish in six starts in Europe - she placed second in her last two starts at home before shipping. Barleysugar has three North American starts - the first was a good one - a win in the minor Sandy Blue Handicap at Del Mar July 17. She went on to a sixth in the G1 Del Mar Oaks and was most recently third in an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track October 6. Barleysugar has been decent in her career and will chase a career-defining win from post 5. Gary Stevens rides.
Cover Song - Carla Gaines trained filly has just one win in nine career starts to go along with three third place finishes. Last time out was an unsuccessful stakes debut - a tenth in the minor Unzip Me Stakes on this track October 1. Before that was a third, a fifth and another pair of thirds in Allowance races during the summer. She steps into graded stakes company for the first time in less-than-spectacular form and will have Kent Desormeaux aboard from gate 4.
Sweet Dragon Fly - British bred Paul Cole trained filly has two wins, a second and a third place finish in seven career starts. Last time out was a poor stakes debut at Newmarket - a tenth in the minor EBF Stallions Boadicea Stakes October 8 after a third, a win and a fourth respectively in Handicap races overseas. She makes her North American debut in so-so form and will have Joe Talamo guiding her from gate 8.
Great Page - Irish bred Jerry Hollendorfer trained filly ahs 14 starts already with three wins, two seconds and a third place finish. She won a stakes at Naas in June, 2015 and also posted a terrific win in the Group 3 Longines Prix du Clavados in France in August of last year but has placed in just one of seven starts since. Last time out was an unflattering North American debut in the minor Unzip Me Stakes on this track October 1. Before that was a tenth, a seventh, a third, two more sevenths and a fifth in stakes races in Europe. Great Page hasn't been great lately but hopes to change her fortunes around from gate 2 Saturday. Tiago Josue Pereira rides.
Lookout Sister - has just two wins in eight career starts for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and has failed to place in the others. She won the minor Small Wonder Stakes at Delaware Park in September, 2015 but has not looked good since. A seventh last time out in an Allowance Optional Claiming here October 6 followed a tenth in the minor Our Mims Stakes at Delaware Park June 8, a ninth in the minor Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico in May, a sixth in the G3 Bourbonette Oaks in April and a tenth in the G1 Darley Alcibiades October 2, 2015. Lookout Sister hopes to snap an ugly funk when she leaves from post 7 with Martin Pedroza aboard.