St Trinians points to Santa Maria Handicap
St Trinians, who gave Zenyatta a scare in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap in June, resumed exercise with trainer Mike Mitchell earlier this month after a break of more than three months.
Mitchell hopes to have St Trinians ready for the $150,000 Santa Maria Handicap on Feb. 12, a race she won last year against Life Is Sweet, winner of the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic.
“That’s what I’m hoping for,” Mitchell said. “If I can’t get her ready for that, it will be the Santa Margarita” Handicap on March 12.
Mitchell said that St Trinians did not require surgery during the summer but did not train to his liking after losing the Vanity by a half-length on June 12.
“I took her to Del Mar and decided to take a break,” Mitchell said. “She was body sore, but she didn’t have any major problems.”
Owned by Dan Capen and Laura Chavers, St Trinians has won 7 of 13 starts and $308,587. A 5-year-old mare, St Trinians was the 3-1 favorite against males in the Santa Anita Handicap last March but could only finish sixth.
Had she been ready, St Trinians would have been a strong favorite in Saturday’s $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park, a Grade 2 race for fillies and mares over 1 1/8 miles.
The Bayakoa is led by defending champion Zardana, who is expected to face It Tiz, Silver Sawallow, and Washington Bridge. Zardana was third in the Vanity Handicap in June.