Royal Ascot is one of the greatest race meets in the world, and there is no race as historic or exciting during the meet than the Gold Cup (G1)! First run in 1807, it is one of the premier races for stayers in the world. The two-and-a-half-mile turf race offers a rich £500,000 purse, and it drew ten of the world’s best long-distance horses.
Vanity Stakes Draws a Field of Eight at Santa Anita
Fillies and mares will take center stage at Santa Anita in the $300,000 Vanity Stakes (G1) to be run at a mile and an eighth on the main track.
The 2-1 morning line favorite in the field of eight is Let Faith Arise for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Corey Nakatani is named to ride the four-year-old daughter of Kafwain who has rapidly ascended the ranks among stakes company after breaking her maiden at Golden Gate in February of 2013. Last year, she competed primarily against allowance/optional claiming competition before passing the class test against graded stakes company with a game runner-up effort in the La Canada (G2) in January. She notched a Grade 1 victory in the Santa Margarita (G1) and was last seen pulling off a narrow victory in the Adoration Stakes (G3).
Former Breeders' Cup contender is included in the field
Also in the field is Grace Hall who will be making her second start off of a thirteen-month layoff. Now in the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, Grace Hall was highly regarded as a sophomore and was third in the Kentucky Oaks and fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic in 2012. She only made two starts in 2013 and appeared to return this year in good form with a good runner-up effort to Fiftyshadesofhay in the Ruffian (G2) at Belmont in May. The red-hot Joel Rosario will be aboard the five-year-old daughter of Empire Maker, carrying the colors of Alpha Delta Stables.
California's Unusual Way back to the graded-stakes level
The only Cal-bred in the field is trainer Jeff Bonde's longshot Unusual Way. Fifth in the Del Mar Oaks (G1) last year, she's been on the edges in a trio of ungraded stakes events so far in 2014, with a pair of runner-up finishes, after winning the Zia Park Oaks to close out her 2013 campaign.
The Vanity is the eighth race of Santa Anita’s nine-race Saturday card.
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