ARCADIA, Calif. — Kaleem Shah’s Madone, a recent one mile turf stakes winner, will try to remain unbeaten as she heads a field of nine juvenile fillies in Sunday’s $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes at one mile over the Santa Anita lawn.
Trained by Paddy Gallagher, Irish-bred Consternation, an impressive one mile turf maiden winner on Sept. 6, merits strong consideration, as does Peter Miller’s French-bred Nimbostratus, who finished well when a close second to Madone in the Juvenile Fillies Turf Sept. 6 at Del Mar.
Owner: Kaleem Shah, Inc.
Trainer: Simon Callaghan
An impressive first-out one mile turf maiden winner July 31 at Del Mar, this Kentucky-bred daughter of the Medaglia d’Oro stallion Vancouver broke a bit awkwardly in the Juvenile Fillies Turf Sept. 6, but was able to work her way through traffic and won as much the best as the 8-5 favorite in a field of 11. Prevailing by a half length, she’ll be ridden by Flavien Prat for the third consecutive time.
Owner: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners & Chuck Winner
Trainer: Paddy Gallagher
Second in a field of 10 fillies in her six furlong turf debut in her native Ireland June 29, Consternation was all business when stretched out to a mile on grass in her U.S. debut Sept. 6 at Del Mar. Off a bit slowly, she rated well, wheeled five-wide turning for home and prevailed by 1 ¾ lengths in a field of 10. With Drayden Van Dyke back aboard on Sunday, Consternation figures to improve off her maiden score and she rates a huge chance in this context.
Owner: Altamira Racing Stable, CYBT & Michael Nentwig
Trainer: Peter Miller
French-bred, but Irish-raced in her first two starts, she broke her maiden over soft turf at five furlongs two starts back on July 3 and made her stateside debut in the one mile Juvenile Fillies Turf Sept. 6, a race in which she rallied wide from off the pace to be second, beaten a half length by Madone at odds of 19-1. Although second at the wire, she was disqualified to third for an infraction in deep stretch.
The $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes
Race 8 of 10. Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT
1. Reign of Fire—Edwin Maldonado—118
2. Pizzazz—Victor Espinoza—118
3. Tetragonal—Juan Hernandez—118
4. Consternation—Drayden Van Dyke—120
5. Closing Remarks—Tyler Baze—118
6. Madone—Flavien Prat—122
7. Maxim Strider—Ricardo Gonzalez—118
8. Nimbostratus—Jorge Velez—122
9. Canoodling—Abel Cedillo–118
First post time for a 10-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Santa Anita’s races can be viewed live and free of charge at santaanita.com.
Photo: Madone. Credit: Benoit Photos