‘Now Horse’ Queen Bee To You Faces Spiced Perfection In La Canada

A pair of recent graded stakes winners that were bred in California, trainer Peter Miller’s Spiced Perfection and Andrew Lerner’s Queen Bee to You, head a field of eight older fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 La Canada Stakes, to be contested at a mile and one sixteenth over the Santa Anita main track.

By far the most accomplished runner in the race with earnings of $1.2 million, Spiced Perfection comes off a 2 ¼ length win going a one turn mile at Aqueduct in the G3 Go For Wand Handicap on Dec. 7.

Queen Bee to You ran the best race of her career in winning the G3 Bayakoa Stakes by 3 ½ lengths over a track listed as “good” at Los Alamitos on Dec. 8 in what was her first graded stakes victory.

SPICED PERFECTION – Owner:  Pantofel Stable, Wachtel Stable & Peter Deutsch; Trainer:  Peter Miller
A two-time G1 winner, this 5-year-old California-bred daughter of Smiling Tiger, out of Perfect Feat, by Pleasantly Perfect, led gate to wire, winning the G3 Go For Wand by 2 ¼ lengths on Dec. 7 and will likely stalk the early pace in the La Canada when ridden for the first time by Joel Rosario.  A stakes winner at four different tracks dating back to her 2-year-old year, Spiced Perfection will be trying a mile and one sixteenth for only the second time in her career as she finished a close second versus statebreds in the Melair Stakes 12 races back here on June 3, 2018.  She is 20-9-5-2 overall with earnings of $1,214,405.

QUEEN BEE TO YOU  – Owner:  Christopher St. Hilaire & Adam Vali; Trainer:  Andrew Lerner
A stirring 4 ½-length winner going seven furlongs versus statebreds in the Betty Grable Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 17, this 6-year-California-bred mare by Old Topper, out of Silk Queen by Touch Gold stretched out to 1 1/16 miles over a wet track listed as “good” at Los Alamitos Dec. 8 and rallied for an emphatic 3 ½ length win under Ruben Fuentes, who rides back on Saturday.  Conditioned by a young trainer on the ascendency in Southern California, Queen Bee to You is a “now” horse that should be extremely tough in her 33rd career start.  With earnings of $538,770, she has an overall mark of 32-7-11-5.

G3 LA CANADA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT

  1. Der Lu—Drayden Van Dyke—120
  2. Zusha—Tiago Pereira—120
  3. Queen Bee to You—Ruben Fuentes—122
  4. Message—Mike Smith—120
  5. Kaydetre—Brice Blanc—120
  6. Horologist—Joe Bravo—122
  7. Spiced Perfection—Joel Rosario—122
  8. Starr of Quality—Geovanni Franco–120

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

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