Rain may shrink Wish­ing Well

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - Front Page - By Brad Free

AR­CA­DIA, Calif. – Thir­teen fil­lies and mares were en­tered in the $75,000 Wish­ing Well Stakes on the turf Sun­day at Santa Anita, but if the weather fore­cast is ac­cu­rate the field will shrink to just a hand­ful on the main track.

Three turf races are sched­uled Sun­day, in­clud­ing a claim­ing route for fil­lies and mares, race 1, and a Cal­i­for­nia-bred op­tional-claim­ing route which is race 8. Planted smack in the middle is the 6 1/2-fur­long Wish­ing Well, a re­stricted sprint for fil­lies and mares which goes as race 5, an­chor leg of the pick five and se­cond leg of the pick six.

Weather.com calls for a “100 per­cent” chance of rain Sun­day in Ar­ca­dia. Turf sprints are the first to be af­fected in rain, be­cause the course crosses the main track at the top of the lane – from turf to dirt to turf. When the track is fast, it is no prob­lem. When the track is wet, turf sprints are moved to the main track.

Cadet Roni, a win­ner three of her last four dirt sprints, would ben­e­fit from a change to the main track in the Wish­ing Well. Sheer Plea­sure also stands to gain from a sur­face switch. Cadet Roni and Sheer Plea­sure both have raced on turf with lit­tle suc­cess. Their best ef­forts have been on dirt.

If the race stays on grass, it will be tough to find the win­ner. My Year Is a Day fin­ished a re­spectable fourth in the Grade 3 Mega­hertz at a mile two weeks ago and could in­herit fa­voritism. Kool Kat has run races that put her in the hunt. The Wish­ing Well is re­stricted to fil­lies and mares who have not won a graded stakes since July 1.

WISH­ING WELL, RACE 5

KEY CON­TENDERS

Cadet Roni, by Colonel John (Last 3 Bey­ers: 82-80-80)

◗ Mark Glatt trains Cadet Roni, whose 3-for-4 dirt-sprint record since Au­gust co­in­cides with the ad­di­tion of blink­ers. Rafael Be­jarano rides.

◗ Cadet Roni is drawn on the out­side, and fig­ures for a press­ing trip in the clear.

Sheer Plea­sure, by Bir­don­thewire (Last 3 Bey­ers: 74-69-81)

◗ A wide-trip sixth last out, Sheer Plea­sure is likely to im­prove with a race un­der her belt. Trained by Phil D’Amato, she won the $200,000 Me­lair Stakes in May, and her come­back was her first start in more than five months.

My Year Is a Day, by King’s Best (Last 3 Bey­ers: 85-82-80)

◗ A turf spe­cial­ist, she also is trained by D’Amato.

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