Warren's Veneda Going for Third Straight in $400,000 Santa Margarita

Warren's Veneda Going for Third Straight in $400,000 Santa Margarita

Category : News - Fri 13/03/2015 - 13:21 EDT

On Saturday at Santa Anita, the featured race is the 78th edition of the $400,000 Santa Margarita. The Grade 1 race, carded at a mile and an eighth on the main track, has drawn a field of seven fillies and mares.

The California-bred mare Warren’s Veneda tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 for trainer Craig Lewis. A five-year-old daughter of Affirmative bred by owner Benjamin Warren, the seven-time career winner is two for two this year and was last seen defeating a field of seven rivals in the Santa Maria (G2) at Santa Anita in February. Regular rider Tyler Baze will be in the irons and they will break from post position seven.

Dame Dorothy heading west for Todd Pletcher

Todd Pletcher will saddle Dame Dorothy as the second choice at odds of 5-2 on the morning line. Purchased for $390,000 as a yearling, the four-year-old daughter of Bernardini has won five of her six career starts. She returned off of a freshening in January to win the Sunshine Millions Distaff at Gulfstream and has been training forwardly since then. Rafael Bejarano will be in the irons for the first time and they will break from post three.

Tiz Midnight trying to rebound and return to form

Also in the field at morning line odds of 4-1 is Tiz Midnight for trainer Bob Baffert. A five-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute, the bay mare is trying to rebound after finishing sixth as the heavy favorite in the Santa Maria (G2) last time out. A four-time career winner, she has been training steadily since then and will be trying to earn the second graded stakes win of her career. Martin Garcia will be in the irons from post positon five.

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