‘Special Filly’ Venetian Harbor Targets Santa Anita Oaks En Route To Kentucky

To no one’s surprise, Richard Baltas has Oaks on his mind after Venetian Harbor’s smashing 9 ¼-length triumph in Saturday’s Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile, the first race around two turns in the three-race career for the daughter of Munnings.

Sent off as the 3-10 favorite at Santa Anita, Venetian Harbor went to the front and improved her position with Flavien Prat merely hand-riding her into the stretch and taking a long hold late.

According to majority owner Domenic Savides, the 3-year-old filly even lost a shoe sometime during the race.

“She came back really good,” Baltas said Sunday. “I jogged her this morning and she’s 100 percent sound. I knew she was very good, because I never had a horse break her maiden like she did (winning by 10 ¾ lengths at 6 ½ furlongs on Dec. 29).

“I thought she was a special filly. I was concerned about the two turns, but she did even better than I thought. She was very strong in the beginning, let those horses come to her, then re-broke. That’s not an easy thing to do.”

Asked if an Oaks program was now on her agenda, Baltas said, “probably yes,” alluding to the Grade II Santa Anita Oaks on April 4 and the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs May 1.

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