Amy C Shoots for Consecutive Stakes Wins in G3 Las Cienegas

December 31, 2022

Amy C wins the Senator Ken Maddy Oct. 29, 2022 (Ernie Belmonte/Past The Wire)

Santa Anita Press Release

ARCADIA, Calif.— Amy C will look to make it consecutive stakes wins for trainer Phil D’Amato when she headlines a field of eight fillies and mares in Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Cienegas. Originally scheduled for Sunday, the Las Cienegas, to be run at about 6 ½ furlong on the hillside turf course, was pushed back a day due to a forecast of rain this weekend.

Amy C steps back into the graded-stakes ranks following a 1 ½-length victory in the Sen. Ken Maddy going down the hill on Oct. 29. Owned by Madaket Stables, Michael Dubb and Robert V. LaPenta, the 5-year-old English-bred daughter of Charming Thought has a record of 9-4-1-0 and earnings of $188,385.

Umberto Rispoli, who has been aboard Amy C in her previous three starts, retains the mount.

D’Amato also entered Irish-bred Burgoo Alley, a Grade III winner who is 0-for-2 on the hillside course. The 5-year-old mare also entered in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Robert J. Frankel going 1 1/8 miles on grass but D’Amato is leaning toward a hillside run on Monday.

Burgoo Alley has been limited to minor awards since a victory in last year’s one mile turf Grade III Autumn Miss at Santa Anita. Most recently, Burgoo Alley was the beaten favorite in the restricted Kathryn Crosby going a mile on turf at Del Mar on Nov. 12.

Top rider Flavien Prat was aboard for the Kathryn Crosby and will again be in the irons on Monday.

Eastern-based trainer Eddie Kenneally has sent Brooke Marie from Fair Grounds in New Orleans for a return visit to Santa Anita. In April, Castleton Lyons’ Brooke Marie shipped to Santa Anita and won the Grade II Monrovia going down the hill at 9-2. The 7-year-old mare by Lemon Drop Kid has gone winless in four subsequent starts, which includes a seventh in the Grade III Franklin Stakes going 5 ½ furlongs on grass at Kentucky Downs on Oct. 16.

Jockey Juan Hernandez, who had four wins on opening day, piloted Brooke Marie to victory in the Monrovia. He will again be in the irons on Monday.

THE GRADE III LAS CIENEGAS WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER

Race 1 of 10 Approximate post time 12 p.m. PT

  1. Burgoo Alley—Flavien Prat—124
  2. Freedom, Flyer—Frankie Dettori—120
  3. Lady Edith—John Velazquez—122
  4. Lady Jae—Ryan Curatolo—120
  5. Brooke Marie—Juan Hernandez—124
  6. Amy C—Umberto Rispoli—122
  7. Royal Address—Joe Bravo—122
  8. Countess Rosina—Hector Berrios—120

First post time for a 10-race card on Monday is at 12 noon, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m.

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