Thursday, April 02, 2009


HIGH RESOLVE IS CLEARLY THE ONE TO CATCH IN SUNDAY’S LAS FLORES


ARCADIA, Calif. (April 2, 2009) – High Resolve clearly will be the one to catch Sunday among seven fillies and mares entered in Santa Anita’s 57th running of the Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Handicap at 6 ½ furlongs, as evidenced by the fact trainer Greg Gilchrist’s gray filly has been overhauled but three times in a 10-race career.

But Foxy Danseur, who ran down the Northern California-based speedster in Oak Tree’s $110,000 Cascapedia Stakes last October at Santa Anita, is in the lineup, and she may be accorded favoritism.


High Resolve, who will be ridden by Russell Baze and break from the rail, has been ultra consistent throughout her career while earning $426,270 from a 7-2-1 record for the Estate of Harry J. Aleo. She appears to have caught a relatively paceless field, and, if unchallenged early, will benefit immensely.

When Foxy Danseur overtook her in the Cascapedia, High Resolve was deprived of the early lead for the only time in her career after breaking on top. Foxy Danseur rallied to beat her by a length.

High Resolve has something else to prove. A handy wire-to-wire winner of the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint at Gulfstream Park in her last start, she has yet to win over a synthetic surface such as Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride track. She has two second-place finishes from as many starts over synthetics.

Joel Rosario rides Foxy Danseur, a 4-year-old Mr. Greeley filly trained by Christopher Paasch who has posted a 4-5-1 record in 16 starts for earnings of $303,714. But Foxy Danseur faltered in her last start when upset by Sweet August Moon as the 2-1 favorite in the $100,000 Honest Lady Stakes on March 7.

Sweet August Moon will have Aaron Gryder in the saddle as she seeks an encore of her 9-1 score in the Honest Lady for trainer Brian Koriner. The 4-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon brings a 4-1-1 record from 10 starts into the Las Flores while having earned $178,102.

All three are evenly weighted at 118 pounds as is the

5-year-old mare Coco Belle in the contentious field. Coco Belle, who chased Foxy Danseur the last three times they met, will be ridden by Mike Smith. Trained by John Sadler, the Storm Boot homebred is owned by Jerry and Ann Moss. Coco Belle has banked $364,913 with a record of 5-3-8 in 20 starts.

The complete field for the Las Flores Handicap, with jockeys and weights in post position order: High Resolve, Russell Baze, 118; Sweet August Moon, Aaron Gryder, 118; Petite Cherie, Rafael Bejarano, 114; Ashley’s Kitty, Michael Baze, 115; Foxy Danseur, Joel Rosario, 118; Coco Belle, Mike Smith, 118, and Starry Pursuit, Joseph Talamo, 115.

The Las Flores is scheduled as the eighth-race on a nine-race program with first post at 12:30 p.m. The entire card will be televised by HRTV.


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