Canani Has a Bountiful Supply of Shining Energy
Trainer Julio Canani will try for a second consecutive victory in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks when he sends out Shining Energy in the Grade I stakes race on turf this afternoon.
Owned by Terry Lanni and Bernie Schiappa, Shining Energy, a 3-year-old Rahy filly, rebounded from two poor efforts at Hollywood Park to win the San Clemente Handicap in her first Del Mar start on July 30.
Winless in four starts in France before being purchased privately, Shining Energy has won three of five for Canani, who won the 1 1/8 -mile Oaks a year ago with Amorama.
Shining Energy broke her maiden in her U.S. debut on Feb. 5 at Santa Anita, then came back at the same about 6 1/2 -furlong distance to win the La Habra Handicap a month later.
Rene Douglas, who has been aboard for all but one of her races in the U.S., will ride today.
Another contender in the Oaks is Three Degrees, who has won three of five in this country for trainer Paddy Gallagher, including a victory in the Honeymoon Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park on June 5 in her only other race at today’s distance.
Completing the field are Singhalese, Rich In Spirit, Mi Luna Nueva, Lasika, Isla Cozzene, Berbatim, Louvain and Peaceful Love.
Race of the day: Sweet Symphony, who is unbeaten in three starts, will make her stakes debut in a Grade I today at Saratoga against six other 3-year-old fillies in the $750,000 Alabama. Owned by George Steinbrenner’s Kinsman Stable, the daughter of A.P. Indy, who is trained by Bill Mott, will be ridden by Jerry Bailey in the 1 1/4 -mile race.
A winner by a combined 9 1/4 lengths in her three outings, Sweet Symphony will run on Lasix for the first time.
The ones to beat are multiple graded stakes winner Sis City and Spun Sugar.
One for the road: Deputy G overcame a stumbling start to win his second in a row in the Bashford Manor and will try to stay unbeaten for trainer David Pate in the $75,000 James C. Ellis Juvenile today at Ellis Park.
Jesus Castanon will ride the 2-year-old Matty G. colt for Spade Stable in the seven-furlong race that is the eighth on the card.
Exotically speaking: A pick three using Crystal House in the third, Hitchin, Songwriter and Diamond Omi in the fourth and Datticus, Major Success and Logician in the fifth.
Winners (through Thursday): Previous day/meet total: 3/71. Money: Previous day/meet total: $18.40/$425.20. Total money bet: $444.