Kleen Karma Tries First Stakes in Cal Distaff

October 10, 2022

ARCADIA, Calif.— Having shown a penchant for Santa Anita’s downhill turf course, Kleen Karma will make her stakes debut in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap at about 6 ½ furlongs on the unique venue.

“That’s her thing; she’s a downhill specialist. That’s what she likes,” said Craig Lewis, who trains the five-year-old Clubhouse Ride mare for owner Zephyr Racing LLC and Alfred Pais, who also bred her with James Shenouda.

Kleen Karma shocked many but not her trainer when she won a downhill allowance race Oct. 2 at 40-1 under Edwin Maldonado, who will be back aboard Saturday. She also was second over the course on June 19.

“We might be overmatched a little bit, but we’re going to try it because she seems to like going down the hill and there’s nothing else for her,” Lewis said.

“She’s coming back a little quick but she bounced out of the (Oct. 2) race pretty good.”

Santa Anita Press Release

Photo by Benoit Photo

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