Kinza Superior in G3 Santa Ysabel

March 10, 2024

Bob Baffert trainee Kinza showed she is in a class above in her Santa Yaabel victory under Juan Hernandez at Santa Anita. (Ernie Belmonte/Past The Wire)

Santa Ysabel Is An Important Prep For The GII Santa Anita Oaks Saturday April 6

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ARCADIA, Calif.—Michael Lund Petersen’s Kinza stayed perfect in her young career with a smashing five-length victory in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Kinza seized the early lead under Juan Hernandez and was never threatened in the 1 1/16-mile prep for the Grade II Santa Anita Oaks April 6. Kinza set solid fractions of 22.52, 45.98 and 1:10.55 for six furlongs while being tracked by 14-1 shot She’s a Tempest.

At the head of the stretch, Hernandez gave Kinza her cue and she responded, drawing off from the field to win in a final time of 1:44.16. Where’s My Ring, a 20-1 longshot for trainer Val Brinkerhoff, rallied to be second under Victor Espinoza returning $8.20, $5.20.  She’s a Tempest and Tiago Pereira checked in another 1 ¼ lengths back in third for trainer Steve Knapp returning $4.00.  

Checking in fourth was Ultimate Authority, followed by Shiloh’s Mistress, Nay V Belle, Pacific Rose and Ifuaintfirsturlast, who was eased.

Kinza off at 1-2 paid $3.00, $2.80 and $2.10. She is now three-for-three following a 7 ¼-length debut win here going six furlongs Dec. 29 followed by a two-length victory in the Grade III, Las Virgenes going a mile Feb. 10.

Kinza is by Carpe Diem out of the Quality Road mare Secret Wonder. Petersen purchased the filly for $350,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

Post time for a nine-race card Sunday is at 1 p.m. with admission gates opening at 11 a.m.

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