Pa­cific Heat re­gains health

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Steve An­der­sen

AR­CA­DIA, Calif. – Pa­cific Heat left trainer Peter Eur­ton puz­zled by her eighth-place fin­ish as the 2-1 fa­vorite in the Grade 1 Star­let Stakes at Los Alami­tos last month – un­til she un­der­went a post-race ve­teri­nary exam.

Pa­cific Heat was found to have a throat ul­cer.

Seven weeks later, the ul­cer is gone, and Pa­cific Heat is again a lead­ing con­tender in a rich stakes – Satur­day’s $200,000 Cal­i­for­nia Cup Oaks for state­bred 3-year-old fil­lies at a mile on turf at Santa Anita.

“We didn’t breeze her for three weeks,” Eur­ton said of the filly’s con­di­tion. “We throat-flushed it five, six, or seven times a day.”

Pa­cific Heat, who won the Golden State Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies on dirt at Del Mar on Oct. 29, will be mak­ing her turf de­but.

CAL CUP OAKS, RACE 4

KEY CON­TENDERS

Pa­cific Heat, by Un­usual Heat (Last 3 Bey­ers: 63-73-78)

Pa­cific Heat won her first two starts on dirt in sprints. She was third with a fur­long re­main­ing in the Star­let Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on dirt but faded late in her first start in a route.

“I think she’ll like the turf,” Eur­ton said. “The big ques­tion is two turns. We haven’t proven that yet.”

Roo’s Valen­tine, by Vron­sky (Last 3 Bey­ers: 64-61-59)

Roo’s Valen­tine has im­proved rapidly in re­cent starts, win­ning a maiden race for Cal­i­for­nia-bred fil­lies on turf at Del Mar on Nov. 5 and the Soviet Prob­lem Stakes at a mile on dirt at Los Alami­tos on Dec. 5. She led through­out those races but is likely to stalk the quick maiden-race win­ner Hur­ri­caine Cal­lie in the Oaks.

Roo’s Valen­tine has de­vel­oped phys­i­cally since her last start, trainer Kristin Mul­hall said.

“She’s re­ally catch­ing on,” Mul­hall said. “She’s turned into a race­horse and get­ting strong in her gal­lops.”

Pa­tri­otic Di­a­mond, by Hat Trick (Last 3 Bey­ers: 64-65-62)

Pa­tri­otic Di­a­mond, win­ner of the Gen­er­ous Por­tion Stakes for state­bred fil­lies at six fur­longs at Del Mar in Au­gust, has never run on turf, which is not a con­cern for trainer Pa­trick Bian­cone.

“She should han­dle it, hope­fully,” Bian­cone said. “Hat Tricks do well on the turf. She’s one of the few that do well on the dirt. Hope­fully, she can show a turn of foot on the turf.”

Just Google Me, by Stormin Fever (Last 3 Bey­ers: 64-44-66)

An easy win­ner of the Bar­retts Debu­tante at Los Alami­tos in Septem­ber, Just Google Me will have her turf de­but Satur­day.

“She acts like a hard-try­ing filly, but I don’t know about the grass,” trainer Ron El­lis said. “The course seems as if some like it and some don’t.”

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