Bet on the Las Virgenes Stakes
The Las Virgenes Stakes is a major stepping stone on the road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) for three-year-old fillies. Held typically at the end of January or beginning of February, the one-mile race is contested on Santa Anita’s dirt main track in Arcadia, California. With a purse of $300,000 as well as Grade 1 status on the line, the race attracts the top tier sophomore fillies on the West Coast and is often used as a prep race for the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) which is held in the spring.
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2017 Las Virgenes Stakes Contenders
The 2016 edition of the Las Virgenes Stakes (G2) brought the return of one of the most exciting horses in training, Songbird. Undefeated from four starts as a juvenile, she completed her Eclipse Award winning season with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).
With Mike Smith aboard, the bay daughter of Medaglia d’Oro broke alertly and instantly opened up a two-length advantage. The race was over by the ½ mile marker. Putting in a glorified workout, she extended her margin to 10 lengths at the top of the stretch and crossed the wire 6 ½ lengths clear of the runner-up, Land Over Sea. She was much the best and was geared down at the end. Despite the impressive performance, her connections have been adamant that she will point towards the Kentucky Oaks (G1) not the Kentucky Derby (G1).
2016 Order of Finish: Win Place Show
1st: Songbird $2.10 $2.10 $2.10
2nd Land Over Sea $5.60 $4.00
3rd: She’s a Warrior $4.60
(Also Ran: Merirosvo, Jade Princess, Street Fancy Scratched: Decked Out)
Check back closer to the race for the contenders for the 2017 Las Virgenes Stakes.
Did you know?
Throughout the history of the Las Virgenes Stakes, no trainer has won more editions than Hall of Fame conditioner D. Wayne Lukas. With five wins to his credit, the popular trainer is still active and could add to that total. He saddled his first winner of the race in 1984 with Althea and followed that with Life at the Top (1986), champion Serena’s Song (1995), Sharp Cat (1997) and champion Surfside (2000).
There are two jockeys who are currently tied with the most wins in the Las Virgenes. Both Corey Nakatani and Gary Stevens each have four wins and both remain active riders in California. Nakatani won his first with Light Lite (1991) and followed that with Serena’s Song (1995), Sharp Cat (1997) and Sharp Lisa (2005). Stevens piloted Timely Assertion (1987), Magical Maiden (1992), Likeable Style (1993) and Fashion Plate (2014).
Since the inaugural running in 1981, the Las Virgenes has showcased some of the greatest fillies in Thoroughbred racing history. In addition to Serena’s Song (1995) and Surfside (2000) both claiming champion three-year-old filly honors, Rags to Riches (2007), Blind Luck (2010) and Beholder (2013) all parlayed their success in the Las Virgenes towards an eventual Eclipse Award that year.
In 2011, Zazu set a stakes record when she blazed home to complete the mile in 1:34.86 under jockey Joel Rosario for trainer John Sadler. Finishing behind her in second was Turbulent Descent, the eventual winner of the Santa Anita Oaks (G1). Plum Pretty finished third and came back to win the Kentucky Oaks (G1). Zazu went on to finish second and third in those races.