SANTA ANITA : A Pair of Rivals Will Square Off on New Year’s
Cuddles, winner of the Hollywood Starlet in November, and Ifyoucouldseemenow, who beat her a race earlier in the Moccasin Stakes, will face each other on New Year’s Day in the Pasadena Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
A field of six 3-year-old fillies is entered in the 6-furlong race.
Overbrook Farm’s Cuddles has won three of five lifetime starts, including the Junior Miss at Del Mar. She was second in the Moccasin on Nov. 10, before redeeming herself in the Starlet and increasing her bankroll to $332,325.
Jan, Mace and Samantha Siegel’s Ifyoucouldseemenow can match Cuddles’ three-for-five record, if not her earnings, and was the upset winner the only time they met in the Moccasin. That was the last start for Ifyoucouldseemenow. In her previous effort, she won an allowance race at Oak Tree.
With six starters, the Pasadena will offer a purse of $105,250.
including $25,000 from the Breeders’ Cup Fund. If the winner is Breeders’ Cup eligible, she will earn $60,250.
The full field, in post position order, includes Ifyoucouldseemenow, 118; Lee Azucar, 114; Mobile Phone, 114; Brazen, 118; Cuddles, 121, and Classical Design, 114.