Final Grade I of Year Has Great Intentions
Trickle Of Gold, who has won six in a row, isn’t the only shipper on a roll entering the $250,000 La Brea Stakes today at Santa Anita.
Great Intentions, a 3-year-old daughter of Cat Thief owned by Barry Schwartz and trained by Mike Hushion, has won three consecutive races entering the final Grade I stakes of 2005.
Purchased for $65,000 at Keeneland as a yearling, Great Intentions has won those last three races by a combined 18 lengths. She finished in a dead heat with Reunited in the second of those victories on Sept. 25 at Belmont Park.
Jon Court will ride Great Intentions, who was second and fourth in her two previous races outside New York. She ran twice at Gulfstream Park early in the year. She will race coupled in the wagering with Mystic Chant, an Unbridled’s Song filly who has won two of four. Jose Valdivia Jr. will ride Mystic Chant, who has never run in a graded stakes.
Leave Me Alone, who has won two of three at Santa Anita and five of 10 overall, will carry the highweight of 123 pounds in the seven-furlong La Brea. She is owned by S.M. Mitchell Ranch LLC and trained by Eric Kruljac. She will be ridden by Kent Desormeaux, who will be seeking his second La Brea win in three years. He scored with Island Fashion in 2003.
Race of the day: Lamor, who won three of four starts in his native Brazil, will make his first U.S. start for trainer Bill Mott in the $100,000 Pete Axthelm at 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf today at Calder. The Axthelm is part of an all stakes pick four at Calder that includes the $100,000 Francis A. Genter at 7 1/2 furlongs on grass, the $100,000 Chaposa Springs at seven furlongs and the $100,000 Stage Door Betty at 1 1/16 miles.
One for the road: Loving was moved prematurely when finishing second in the Coyote Lakes on Dec. 7 and can turn the tables on Navesink Rive with more patient handling in the $75,000 Gallant Fox Handicap today at Aqueduct. Fernando Jara will ride the 9-year-old Pioneering gelding in the Grade III race at 1 5/8 miles. The race is part of a pick six with a carry-over of more than $120,000.
Exotically speaking: A pick three using Dealer Choice, Misto Quente and County in the first, Sweet Belle in the second and Revealed, Dark Beauty and Lady Pegasus in the third.
Winners: (previous day/meet total): 2/11. Money: (previous day/meet total): $12.60/$64. Total money bet: $66.