Baltas Jumps Venetian Harbor Into Las Virgenes Off Impressive Maiden Score

A runaway 10 3/4-length maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs on Dec. 29, the Richard Baltas-trained Venetian Harbor heads a field of five sophomore fillies going one mile in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

Don Alberto Stables’ homebred Stellar Sound, who heads a three-horse contingent trained by Bob Baffert, will be trying two turns for the first time in what will be her fourth start.

VENETIAN HARBOR – Owner:  Ciaglia Racing, LLC, River Oak Farm & Dominic Savides; Trainer:  Richard Baltas
A close second in her debut, a five-furlong turf sprint at Del Mar Nov. 15, this Kentucky-bred daughter of Munnings blitzed seven rivals on dirt in her next start, a 6 ½-furlong maiden special weight at Santa Anita on Dec. 29, a race in which she led gate to wire and won geared down by 10 3/4 lengths. Out of the Street Cry mare Sounds of the City, Venetian Harbor, who was a $110,000 Keeneland September Yearling, has been the even money favorite in both of her starts and should go favored again as she tries winners and two turns for the first time in the Las Virgenes.

STELLAR SOUND – Owner:  Don Alberto Stable; Trainer:  Bob Baffert
A half-length first-out maiden special weight winner going six furlongs at Del Mar Aug. 18, this grey daughter of Tapit pressed the pace and tired to finish a well beaten fifth in the G1 Del Mar Debutante at seven furlongs Aug. 31. Most recently third, beaten 4 3/4 lengths in the 6 ½-furlong Desi Arnaz Stakes Nov. 10, Stellar Sound enters the Las Virgenes a fresh horse trying two turns for the first time.

G2 LAS VIRGENES STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 5 of 9 Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PT

  1. Go Big Blue Nation—Rafael Bejarano—120
  2. Gingham—Drayden Van Dyke—120
  3. Cholula Lips—Abel Cedillo—120
  4. Venetian Harbor—Flavien Prat—120
  5. Stellar Sound—Mike Smith—120

First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.

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