Santa Barbara Stakes – Grade III
1 1/2 Mile Turf Stake Purse $100.000 Filly & Mare 3 Year Olds And Up.
1st Heaven Sent Maxmillion Farm Roman E A 2:25.29
I said in the review that this trainer was a turf wizard and he did it again with yet another stakes race victory on the grass. Running the stalk she covered every run and was very game in holding on by a neck. This was her best run of the year so far and whilst she probably isnt the best turf female in the game she is certainly worth a look in these long distance lower level black type races.
2nd Feel The Thunder Mb Stables Maldonado E 2:25.36
Close enough throughout and kept on giving all the way to the line but just couldnt quicken past the winner. This former grade two winner is sure to be competitive in this type of race going forward.
3rd Drop Her Off Mb Stables Talamo J 2:25.56
Closed up like the winner with 2 to run but just whacked away in the end. Difficult to place this nice sort but she clearly isnt far away from this time of race.
4th Exhausted Hambletonian Stable Bejarano R 2:26.21
Taken back but couldnt really make any ground off a slowish pace.